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The Jewish Floridian the voice of the Jewish community of Palm Beach County
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Jewish Floridian (Palm Beach, Fla. : 1982)
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Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County
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4 v. : ill. ;
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English
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Fred K. Shochet
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Miami, Fla

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Vol. 8, no. 41 (Dec. 24, 1982)-v. 11, no. 26 (Aug. 30, 1985).
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"Combining Our voice and Federation reporter."

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THE VOICE OF
THE JEWISH
COMMUNITY OF
PALM BEACH
COUNTV
ewish floridian
VOLUME 11 NUMBER 17
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA FRIDAY, APRIL26.1985
PRICE 35 CENTS
[avana Report: Cuba Easing Up On Jewish Worship?
NE\V YORK (JTA) The
[uban gmernment, reversing
\ long-standing policy, has
breed to liberalize its religious
Iberty policy toward the small
Fuban lewish community,
including permission for a
labhi to visit and conduct
leligious services on major
lewish holy days, the
kmerican Jewish Committee
Reports.
The announcement of
Imprmcd religious conditions
for Cuban Jewry was made by
Dr. Jose Felipe Carneado,
lirector of the Religious
\ffairs Division of the Central
tomminee of the Cuban
Communist Party, during a
neeting held on Mar. 19 with
three leaders of the Cuban
Jewish community: Dr. Jose
Miller, president of the Jewish
Community of Havana;
Moises Asis, secretary general;
and Abraham Bere/niak, a
Jewish leader.
Details of the liberalized
policy were made known by
Asis in a communication sent
to Jacobo Kovadloff, an
Argcnline who is director of
South American affairs for the
American Jewish Committee.
Leo Nevas, chairman of the
AJC's International Relations
Commission, and Rabbi Marc
Tanenbaum, AJC's in-
ternational relations director,
characterized the development
as "an important
Jacobo Kovadloff
breakthrough for the con-
tinuity and survival of the 800-
member Cuban Jewish
community."
According to the AJC
report, the Cuban official has
agreed "to help Cuban Jewry
open a kosher restaurant in
Old Havana, maintain and
take care of synagogues and
Jewish cemeteries, and open a
Sunday religious school for
Jewish children and young
people."
Significantly, Carneado
agreed also to grant visas to
rabbis who will be allowed to
conduct religious services
during the major Jewish holy
days. According to Kovadloff,
"in previous years, rabbis who
had visited Havana had been
denied the right to officiate in
the synagogues."
The Cuban government
promised also to allow a
mohel, a ritual circumciser for
initiating Jewish children into
the covenant of Judaism, to
come to Cuba for carrying out
this basic religious tradition.
The AJC was informed that
Carneado has invited the
Cuban Jewish leaders to
submit to him a written report
on the current situation of the
Cuban Jewish community and
its major religious,
educational, and cultural
problems, promising that "the
Cuban government is willing
to help solve these problems."
Nevas and Tanenbaum
Continued on Page 6
Annual Meetings
Mayor Roberts To Address
Women's Division
The newly-appointed mayor of West Palm
Beach, the Honorable Carol A. Roberts, will
pe the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of
pomens Division of the Jewish Federation
>f Palm Beach County, announced Co-chairs
Eva Hirsch and Shirlee Blonder. The event
Mil be held on Wednesday evening, May 15,
[30 pm., at the Hyatt Hotel.
"Mayor Roberts has been an active
pember of our Jewish community in ad-
dition to all her other communal in-
volvements. We are honored to have her
Wdress our committed women on the
Inject, Women in Politics-Power,' Mrs.
plondersaid.
Mayor Roberts has been a resident of West
[aim Beach since 1955. She received her
pucation from the University of Florida,
"s University, Palm Beach Atlantic
oilege and Palm Beach Junior College.
Pnor to her appointment as mayor by her
gues on the City Commission, she
served as vice-mayor in 1976-77 and 1984-85
and as a commissioner in 1975, re-elected in
1977, 1982 and 1984. In addition she has
served in many official positions including
vice chair of the Metropolitan Planning
Organization of Palm Beach County.
Mayor Roberts is a businesswoman who
co-founded the public relations firm of
Denman, Roberts & Ross. She also has
served as president of Sunshine Academic
Press, Inc. and of VIP Management and
Realty, Inc.
In the Jewish community, the mayor is a
founder of the Jewish Community Day
School. She has served on the board of the
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
and was chair of the Federation's Women s
Division. Mayor Roberts was president of the
Palm Beach County Chapter of Hadassah
and a regional vice president.
Her versatility extends to the broadcast
field where she hosted R.S.V.P. on radio
station WPBR from 1978-1983. Her corn-
Continued on Page 5
Mayor Carol A. Roberts
Inside
Attorneys to learn
about Jewish com-
"iunity...page3.
Celebrating Indepen-
dence Day in Israel
Page 4.
Nh Ms issue, the
Jewish Floridian of
rjim Beach County
""l begin a bimonthly
Jb icatlon schedule
m Fall. The next
P8" will be May 10.
Marva Perrin To
Chair Federation Event
Myron J. Nickman, president of the
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County,
has announced the appointment of Marva
Perrin to chair the Jewish Federation's 23rd
Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on
Sunday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Hyatt
Hotel, West Palm Beach.
The Annual Meeting will be highlighted by
a special media presentation "Building Our
Community A Partnership for Life"
produced by the public relations department
of Federation. In addition recognition will be
given to campaign workers and volunteers
and the newly elected officers and board of
directors of Federation will be voted on and
installed.
The 1985-86 slate is as follows: Erwin H.
Blonder, president; Peter Cummings, Alec
Engelstein, Murray Goodman, Arnold
Lampert and Alvin Wilensky, vice
presidents; Barry Berg, treasurer; and Lionel
Greenbaum, secretary.
Board members to be elected to a three-
year term are Michael Burrows, Al Brodsky,
Dr Sidney Edelstein, Miles Fi term an, Fred
Gattegno, Alex Gruber, Charles Jacobson,
Marilyn Katz, Mark Levy, Marva Perrin,
Myron Roberts, Martin Rosen, Sam Wadler
and Mortimer Weiss.
Board members to be elected to a two-year
term are Harry BilawsWy and Dr. Elizabeth
Shulman and for a one-year term are Ruthe
Eppler and Arthur Gladstone.
Mrs. Perrin, who has been actively in-
volved in the Jewish community for many
years, emphasized that the influx of new
Jewish residents into the Palm Beaches has
created an increasing demand for programs
and services to meet their needs. "This is a
challenge that the Federation is continuing to
meet. Three of our beneficiary agencies, the
Jewish Community Day School, the Jewish
Family and Children's Service and the Joseph
L. Morse Geriatric Center, have moved into
new facilities in the past few years enabling
Continued on Page S
Marva Perrin



Page 2 The Jewish Fkridian of Palm Beach County / Friday, April 26,1965_________
Lag B'Omer A Time Of
Joy And Sorrows
Lag B'Omer is known as
Scholars' Day because of its
happy connections with Rabbi
Akiba, a scholar, patriot and
martyr who died in 135 C.E. at
the hands of the Romans, and
his pupil. Rabbi Shimon bar
Yochai.
The Omer period (the days
between Passover and Shavout
Lag B'Omer is the 33rd day
of the counting of the Omer) is
traditionally a time of
austerity because of the many
tragic events that are believed
to have occurred during the
Roman occupation of Judea.
As a result of the prevailing
mood of sorrow and mour-
ning, no marriages take place
during this period except on
Rosh Chodesh, the day of the
new moon, and on Lag
B'Omer. Some rabbis permit
marriages after Lag B'Omer,
some wait until the three days
prior to Shavout to permit
marriages.
In Israel, Chasidic Jews visit
the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar
Yochai at the foot of Mt.
Meron near the city of Safed
in the Galilee. On Lag B'Omer
thousands of people come
to the Bet Midrash, the
academy, which is located at
Meron. There they light
candles and engage in singing
and dancing, as was Shimon
bar Yochai's wish. At mid-
night, a huge bonfire is lit.
During the day, little boys who
have reached the age of three
are brought forward to receive
their first haricut.
Lag B'Omer is primarily a
children's holiday and a
family holiday. It is customary
to hold family or school
picnics on this day. Children
are given bows and arrows in
memory of the students of
Shimon bar Yochai who came
to his cave dressed as hunters.
Among some
congregations, a Lag B'Omer
picnic serves as a joyful end to
the religious school year.
The origins of Lag B'Omer
Student
Suicide
Explored
Jewish Family and
Children's Service of Palm
Beach County is sponsoring a
panel discussion entitled
"Adolescent Suicide: How
Could It Happen To A Nice
Jewish Kid?" The panel will
consist of Rabbi Alan
Sherman of the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County; Dr. Anthony Yocana,
director of adolescent services
of Fair Oaks Hospital, Delray-
Boca; and Dr. Harvey Klein,
psychologist in private
practice. Marilyn David,
MSW, LCSW, will be the
program moderator. Youth
professionals and parents are
welcome to attend. The
program will be held at the JF
and CS office. 2250 Palm
Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 104,
on May 14, from 4-6 p.m.
Advance registration is
required due to space
limitations.
Contact Marilyn David at
| 684-1991 toregistes.
are obscure. It has no roots in
the Bible whatsoever. In all
likelihood, it was originally an
ancient heathen festival that
included superstitious beliefs
and woodland lore. When
Judaism made it into a minor
festival, it linked the 18th of
lyar with important events in
Jewish history.
Just as Tisha B'av has
become the day when many
tragic events in the history of
the Jewish people supposedly
occurred, Lag B'Omer has
become the "traditional" date
for joyous events. They in-
clude the following:
Bar Kochba and Rabbi
Akiba led an uprising against
Rome from 132-135 C.E.
Talmudic and Midrashic
sources indicate that a fear-
some plague hit the disciples
of Rabbi Akiba killing at least
12,000 people. This plague,
which broke out right around
Passover, suddenly ceased on
the 18th of lyar, hence an
occasion for rejoicing.
During the war against
Rome, the Romans, in an
effort to wipe out all op-
position, forbade the Jews
from studying Torah. Rabbi
Shimon bar Yochai and his
son hid in a cave for 13 years.
There, they studied in secret.
Many of Shimon bar Yochai's
pupils came to vist their hermit
teacher. They would dress as
hunters and would carry bows
and arrows with them. Shimon
bar Yochai asked his disciples
not to mourn him when he
died, but rather to make the
annivesary of his death a day
of rejoicing. He died on Lag
B'Omer at Mt. Meron.
It is said that manna first
fell in the desert on Lag
B'Omer.
In addition, it should be
noted that the Omer period
was a time when Jewish
suffering seemed to be par-
ticularly intense. Massacres of
Jews during the First Crusade
(1096 C.E.) occurred during
that period. The Cossack
pogroms under Chmielnitzki
in Poland in 1648 also took
place during this season.
Lag B'Omer gradually
evolved into a joyous holiday,
a welcome respite from the
austerity and restrictions of
the Omer period.
Adapted from "A Teachers'
Guide to the Jewish Holiday"
by Robert Goodman,
published by Alternatives In
Religious Education, Inc.,
Denver, Colorado.
Ed Lefkowitz, president of the Holocaust Survivors of the Pal
Beaches, displays a proclamation from the Board of Cm3
Commissioners of Palm Beach County declarine the *..i .
April 14 through April 21 as Days of Remembrance 3 ,2
Victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Yom Ha'Shoah [HoIocm.
Memorial Day], April 18, was commemorated b> the col
munity with a program held at the Jewish Communiu U,,
School sponsored by the Community Relations Council of til
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and the Holocia!
Survivors of the Palm Beaches.
Holocim
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Friday. April 26, 1985 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 8
Novelist Vonnegut
ent to Auschwitz
vardly
Reality
By ANDREW POLIN
| Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
Authors Kurt Vonnegut and
Villiam Styron, two of
America's leading novelists,
ntly visited Poland out-
as tourists, but in
to meet secretly with
in Communist-bloc
tountries.
While they found a
determined group of writers
working in secret, Vonnegut
and Styron also discovered
Poles are very sensitive to
[barges that Poland's history
rideled with anti-Semitic
Sets.
'They cannot stand the
Suggestion that Poland has an
tnti-Semitic past," Vonnegut
taid in an interview with The
Jewish Floridian. Vonnegut
participated in a writer's
keminar at Miami-Dade
Community College South
L'ampus.
WHEREVER we went
people who were literate tore
nto Styron for suggesting
fchere was any anti-Semitism in
Poland," Vonnegut said.
Styron's book, "Sophie's
Choice," is about a Polish
gentile Holocaust survivor.
'They just went right
khrough the roof everytime
that was suggested. And the
subject came up again and
pgain because the Poles were
ery offended by 'Sophie's
Thoice,' he added.
Vonnegut said Poles were
iety sensitive to anti-Semitic
allegations partially because
ie> strongly support
'resident Reagan. "I think
hey're deeply afraid that if it
was widely believed over here
lhat they were anti-Semitic,
there would
penalties."
VONNEGUT
iisited writers
i'/enhosknakia
be political
and Styron
in Poland,
and East
crlin on behalf of PEN, an
nter national writer's
rgani/ation, to find out how
hey were doing under
'ommunisi rule.
"They're continuing to
rite under very arduous
onditions. Writing secretly.
ublishing secretly. They'll be
amned if they have to stop.
nd if the old people get
iscouraged, the youngsters
omc along," Vonnegut said.
While there, Vonnegut and
tyron also visited the death
amps of Auschwitz and
irkenau. "The impressions
Pan only be horrible. It must
it everybody the same way,"
" said, adding that Auschwitz
aves people "speechless."
Curiously, Vonnegut ended
1 m Europe during World
ar II and Styron in the
Pacific.
"I had been a prisoner of
ar with a lot of Eastern
Europeans. In a way, my
pipenence was deeper than
P's. When the war was over, I
MMed up with a bunch of
[amp survivors, so I had seen
2 "e'luva lot. He came to it as
fn outsider," said Vonnegut,
Lie author of' 'Slaughterhouse
>ive and "Cat's Cradle,"
P^ong many other important
fovels.
ULWE HAD Styron's wife
f "us' and there was an
phibit at the death camps
n baby shoes," Vonne|ut
H'd. adding that they warned
PJ not to go insWe. *But sht
>a anyway, it wrecked her for
l"e rest of the day."
Vonnegut and Styron also
met a couple of survivors,
including one writer who
objected to the emphasis on
Holocaust studies and
Holocaust literature. The
writer, whom Vonnegut did
not name, preferred that the
subject of the Holocaust not
be separated or isolated from
literature generally.
"As nearly as I could tell,
what bothered him was the
idea that everything had
somehow stopped" since the
Holocaust. After all, said
Vonnegut, "life of some sort
did go on afterward."
VONNEGUT, who has
received criticism for not
balancing his vivid depiction
of the firebombing of Dresden
with the atrocities of the death
camps, did not think it washis
job to counter one atrocity
with another.
"People ask me why I
didn't balance out Dresden
with Auschwitz," Vonnegut
said, adding that he was a
POW who lived through the
firebombings. He was a
prisoner in a meat locker
under a slaughterhouse when
the worst of the firebombing
occurred.
"It was the damndest event
I had ever witnessed in my
whole life. I thought I would
write about it," Vonnegut
said.
"I'm not a broadcasting
station required to give fully-
balanced reports of
everything. I simply wanted to
write about the bombings of
Dresden. 1 simply reported h.
I assume others will write
about (the bombing of)
Coventry (England) and about
Hiroshima and whatever. It's
not my duty to balance
everything out," he said.
"I don't believe one atrocity
justifies another. If I was
writing about an Armenian
shooting a Turkish diplomat, I
would focus on that. I would
be misrepresenting my own
morals if I went back to show
the slaughter of Armenians so
long ago because I don't see
the actual connection."
ON OTHER topics,
Vonnegut, whose books often
have been targets of book-
burners throughout the United
Continued on Page U
.mm K-emenu
'Poland's History is
Riddled With Anti-Semitism*
Attorneys To Participate In
Mini-Mission, Breakfast
An opportunity to learn
about the future of this Jewish
community and to become an
involved participant in its
growth is being extended to
attorneys in the Palm Beaches,
according to Paul Shapiro. As
attorneys section chair of the
Business and Professional
Division of the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County, Shapiro has an-
nounced that two events will
be held in May to involve
attorneys in the local com-
munity.
On Thursday, May 13,
attorneys will board a bus to
participate in a mini-mission
to the four beneficiary
agencies of the Federation.
They will have a chance to
discuss the programs and
services of the respective
agencies with the directors of
the Jewish Community
Center, the Jewish Com-
munity Day School, the
Jewish Family and Children's
Service and the Joseph L.
SoonuLju
Paul Shapiro
Morse Geriatric Center.
Challenges for the future
growth of these agencies will
also be highlighted.
Akiva Baum, a former
Israeli who is associated with a
prominent Wall Street law
firm, will address the at-
torneys at a breakfast on
Thursday, May 23, 7:45 a.m.,
at the Hyatt Hotel. Shapiro
noted that there are a large
number of attorneys who live
in this area year round. "We
have scheduled the breakfast
at this time because attorneys,
as working professionals, have
a year-long interest in this
community. We look forward
to seeing many committed
members of this profession at
the breakfast," Shapiro
stated.
Shapiro is a managing
partner of Wolf, Block,
Schorr and Solis-Cohen. He
was active in Young
Leadership in his former home
of Philadelphia and is con-
tinuing his involvement locally
with the Business and
Professional Division.
For more information on
the two events, contact Mark
Mendel, staff associate, at the
Federation office, 832-2120.
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The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
MINI-MISSION TOUR
THURSDAY, MAY 2

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Jewish Community Center
Jewish Family and ChlWron'a
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Joseph L Morse Geriatric
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,Dign associate, at the Federation office H
Bus will depart promptly
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Ootony Clubhouse
Jewish Parenting Workshops
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Page 4 The Jewiah Floridian of Palm Beach County / Friday, April 26,1965________.
i i
National UJA Chair Delivers Israel Independence Day Message
It was a warm Friday af-
ternoon, that 5th ofIyar 5708
(May 14, 1948) when they
crowded into the Tel Aviv
Museum to hear David Ben-
Gurion his white hair
puffed above his ears as he
stood beneath a picture of
Theodore Herzl and a Star of
David read the Declaration
of Independence for the newly
established State of Israel.
"Eretz Israel was the bir-
thplace of the Jewish people,"
he began, as the crowd listened
in hushed silence. He recalled
the Jewish heritage and history
from ancient forced dispersion
to the recent United Nations
partition and read clearly,
"We hereby declare the
establishment of a Jewish
State in Eretz Israel, to be
known as the State of Israel."
He appealed for peace as
bombs were being loaded onto
Arab planes, but he also, still
reading, spoke to us: "We
appeal to the Jewish people
throughout the diaspora to
rally round the Jews of Eretz
Israel in the tasks of im-
migration and upbuilding and
to stand by them in the great
struggle for the realization of
the age-old dream the
redemption of Israel."
We American' Jews have
tried to rally "in the tasks of
immigration and upbuilding."
Through the United Jewish
Appeal-Federation Cam-
paigns, for instance, we have
helped Israel absorb 1.8
million immigrants; aided
pioneers who have made the
desert bloom; provided for
promising university students,
troubled teenagers, needy
senior citizens and small
children; and have helped
people in disadvantaged
neighborhoods. Since 1948 we
have raised over $10 billion,
and have allocated over half of
that to meet humanitarian
needs in Israel.
April 26 marks the 37th
anniversary of Israel's birth
and is an occasion for Jews to
rejoice around the world. It
corresponds to the 5th of Iyar.
Israel has survived. That has
been no easy feat and her
continued survival must never
be taken for granted. We have
access to the Western Wall for
the first time in many years.
We have been gratified by a
daring peace treaty with
Egypt, thrilled by Entebbe,
inspired by the "coming
ISRAELI INDEPENDENCE DAY David
Ben-Gurion reads Israel's Declaration of
Independence at the Tel Aviv Museum, 5 Iyar
5708 [May 14, 1948). Ben-Gurion, who was
chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive
immediately beore becoming Prime Minister
was close to American Jews, and once said
"At the heart of UJA work lies the enS
of giving, not to charity but to life."
home" to Israel of so many
Ethiopian Jews. But we have
also seen our Israeli brothers
and sisters suffer five terrible
wars, a cold peace and dashed
hopes.
Still, Israel at 37 is
remarkable among nations; a
democracy in a region of
monarchs, sheiks and dic-
tators. She remains America's
staunchest ally, a place of
personal freedom, committed
and persevering against all
odds.
We American Jews salute
the people of Israel, who have
fought the wars, taken the
risks for peace, fashioned the
freedoms and instilled pride in
every Jew. Israel is the center
of world Jewish affairs and
you and I are more secure and
more fulfilled because she has
been restored in our lifetime.
On April 25, let us sing and
dance and pray and give
thanks on Yom Haatzmaui
Israel's Independence Day, for
every year is a miracle o'f its
own. And let us rededicatt
ourselves to the Jews of Ereiz
Israel, "to stand by them in
the great struggle for the
realization of the age-old
dream the redemption of
Israel."
Shalom,
ALEX GRASS
UJA National Chiirmu
By MICHAEL SHASHAR
All Israelis who experienced
the declaration of Israel's
independence in 1948 will
testify to the fact that, at the
time, the question of the
content of Independence Day
as a national festival hardly
arose. However, as the years
passed and the 5th of Iyar
established its place in the
Jewish calendar, the problem
of the festival's special
character became more acute
in Israel as well as in the
Diaspora.
Today for many people,
both those who were born in
Israel after 1948 as well as
those who immigrated after
the establishemnt of the State,
the significance of the festival
is no longer self-explanatory.
For them, a Jewish State is
conceived as a natural
phenomenon.
To ensure that the festival
survives in future generations
there may be a need which
has not yet been satisfied to
imbue it not only with Jewish
national significance but wjth
some special commandments,
mitzvot. This is what
characterizes all Jewish
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dilemmas in seeking suitable
forms for Yom Ha'atzmaut,
so do Jews in the Diaspora.
There, Independence Day is a
central activity in Jewish life,
but many would welcome
ways of giving it more
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Up to now no central
How Israel Deals With Independence Day
mitzvah ot a practical nature
has been determined to
distinguish Yom Ha'atzmaut
from other festivals in Israel.
Various attempts have indeed
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been made in this direction but
so far without much success.
At one time, it was proposed
to read the Proclamation of
Independence at a festive
family meal just as the
Haggadah is recited on the
Seder night. However, the
custom never struck roots
(perhaps due to the proximity
of the festival to Pesach).
The military parade of
Israels Defense Forces was
introduced and no doubt filled
the hearts of many with pride
and joy. But it constituted a
passive event for the crowd
was very costly, and in the eyes
of many Israelis it was not an
authentic expression of the
real meaning of our in-
dependence. Some even saw a
militarist mentality behind the
march.
Alternate types of
processions to symbolize
Israel's achievements in
agriculture, industry, and
cultural creativity were
suggested, but it is hard to
recall that if such processions
took place, they made much
impression. Military parades
have not been held recently, or
have taken on modest
proportions.
The Bible Quiz and the
Israel Prize-giving ceremony
lor distinguished persons in
the sciences and the arts, as
well as other ceremonies which
are limited to a small number
ot participants, are also
watched rather than joined.
i ney constitute important
aspects of the festival but
cannot claim a central place in
its celebration. One sector of
the population which has
apparently solved the problem
ol the festival's content is the
national-religious community.
which is trying to grant the
festival religious significance
by holding special services in
synagogues on the festival's
eve and morning.
This has an advantage from
both a personal and national
point of view insofar as
assembling for prayer need not
be limited to Israel and can be
relatively easily accomplished
in synagogues abroad.
Moreover it need not
limited to Jews alone, and one
can imagine, as did Herzl in
"The Jewish State,
situation in which all the
State's citizens gather in
synagogues, mosques ana
churches, each according to
his faith, in order tomarktne
festival of Independence.
Incidentally, those extreme
Orthodox elements vvhico
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Havana Report:
Cuba Easing Up On Jewish Worship
Continued from Page 1
made public for the first time
the fact that Kovadloff had
visited Cuba three times
during the past two years in
order to express solidarity with
Cuban Hebrews. (Cuba is the
only Latin American country
in which Jews are called
"Hebrews" since the word
"Jews" still retains a
derogatory connotation in
Spanish.)
During his visits, Kovadloff
brought as gifts from the
American Jewish Committee
to the Cuban Jewish com-
munity many Spanish and
English-language books,
records and cassettes of Jewish
religious and cultural content.
Among recent contributions to
the Havana Jewish Patronato,
the library and communal
institution, were Jewish prayer
books in Spanish
(Devocionario Judio, in
Spanish and Hebrew), the
Passover Haggadah, and the
Sabbath Haggadah.
Nevas and Tanenbaum
reported that Kovadloff last
traveled to Cuba in Sep-
tember, 1983, where he
participated in Yom Kippur
and Sukkoth services with
Cuban Jews. They reported
also that during the past 20
years, American Jewish
Committee offices in Mexico,
directed by Sergio Nudelstejer,
and in Buenos Aires have
regularly sent religious and
educational material to Cuban
Jewry. Similar material has
been sent to Havana by the
AM1A, the Jewish Federation
of Argentina.
The AJC officials made
known also that the Canadian
Jewish Congress annually
sends kosher Passover foods,
matzos, and wine to Cuban
Jewry. Jewish ritual
slaughtering is also allowed
for observant Cuban Jews at
the Havana abattoir.
Kovadloff reported that
many books on "Hebrews"
and on religious-ethnic
pluralism have been made
available to the Jose Marti
National Library in Havana.
He said he found only two
Spanish-language anti-Semitic
publications in that library,
published in Mexico and
Moscow.
Nevas and Tanenbaum
disclosed that Kovadloff had
met in recent years with high-
ranking Cuban government
officials to arrange for the
emigration of Jews who had
requested exit permits. Noting
that President Fidel Castro
and Cuban officials had met in
recent years with American
Catholic bishops and
Protestant leaders, Nevas and
Tanenbaum expressed concern
over the fact that Cuban
Jewish leaders had been
denied a meeting with Car-
neado and other government
officials for some 10 years.
Kovadloff played a crucial
role in urging that this
discrimination come to an
end, and he encouraged the
Cuban Jewish leaders to seek
the present meeting, which
proved to be positive and
constructive.
The AJC was informed also
by the Cuban Jewish
spokesmen that with the
permission of the government
they recently (March 25) held a
public commemoration of the
850th anniversary of the birth
of Maimonides, the 12th
century Spanish Jewish
scholar.
In their communication to
the AJC, the Cuban Jewish
leaders expressed the hope that
these developments "will
mark the beginning of a new
era for the (Hebrew) com-
munity."
At the next meeting of the
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AJC's International Relations
Commission, Nevas and
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examine what concrete steps
might be taken to help the
Cuban Jewish community
realize to its fullest these new
possibilities for enriching their
spiritual and cultural life as
Jews."
They said also that
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States as well as between Cuba
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About 15,000 Jews lived in
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Random Thoughts
Friday, April 26,1986 / The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 7
By MURIEL LEVITT
, Since I have devoted several
Icolumns to various members
If my family. I do believe tha
K's time my father got equal
Killing. My dad was a unique
Character, a rugged in-
Idividualist and a turn-of-the-
Ventury nonconformist. He
Las an original and certainly
lone of a kind.
For openers, he was born in
iBucharest, Roumania in 1891
Iduring an era when the Jewish
Icrowd was not too popular
Iwith the existing estabhsh-
Iment. His older brothers fled
lihe country to escape con-
Iscription because conditions
for Jews in the army had
become insufferable. Each
brother purchased a passport
Ion the gray market and three
lot" them came to America with
different surnames. At the age
of 15, Daddy decided to make
iiis exit also. He was spon-
sored by his oldest brother and
Consequently they shared the
fame last name Solomon.
[The other branches of the
family flourished as Gartners
land Lerches. It is interesting to
tote that in Roumania, the
original family name was
Kamil. derived from an earlier
patriarch who dealt in camel's
hair.
So ... my father arrived in
hhe goldeneh medina and
found that everyone he knew
)iad congregated on New
York's Lower East Side. This
nas not quite his cup of tea.
The crowds, the tenements,
heavy ghetto-like con-
centration did not exactly
thrill him and before he could
even speak English fluently, he
eft.
Traveling up, down and
bcross the country, my father
forked for the railroads, not
he usual occupation for your
average European immigrant.
He gradually lost any trace of
an accent and acquired the
speech patterns of a typical
mid-westerner together with
an extensive vocabulary.
These cross country ad-
ventures continued until, on a
return visit to New York, he
and some friends crashed a
local wedding. On that fateful
day he met my mother who
was one of the bridesmaids. It
was love at first sight and
goodbye to the railroads. They
married shortly after at which
time he opened a business
which ran successfully for over
60 years.
Daddy's window shade,
mirror and picture frame store
became a meeting place for the
neighborhood. Customers
came for minutes and stayed
for hours entranced by his
stories. People went to
Solomon's for a framing
estimate and remained for
coffee and danish. His
remarkable personality was
the drawing card.
I must confess that my
father's business practices
were somewhat unorthodox.
If you needed white window
shades, chances were you
might well leave with ecru.
When he was cutting colored
cloth, he would sweet talk you
into whatever he was pushing,
and it was accomplished so
adroitly that you never
realized he had done you in.
Late deliveries, mistaken
measurements and substituted
colors were all forgiven under
the spell of his persuasive
charm.
Whenever time permitted,
my father would drive through
the city with my sister and me.
He treated us to all kinds of
ethnic goodies, much to the
despair of mother who .was
sure we would sicken from
forbidden foods. He scoffed
and continued to broaden our
outlook by taking us
everywhere and showing us
everything. To be sure, this
was not your ordinary stay-at-
home kind of father. There
was adventure in his soul and
wanderlust in his blood. It was
a tribute to mother's in-
telligence and stamina that she
was able to tame this early-day
maverick.
He was an avid reader,
devouring any and all non-
fiction. He loved reading in
Yiddish and latched on to The
Forward newspaper whenever
he could find one. Botany
became his parttime hobby
and he could identify hun-
dreds of trees and plants. But
daddy's real love was opera
and the theater. He frequented
the Metropolitan whenever
possible and saw all the
current Broadway shows. His
interest in everything musical
included a clear, true tenor
voice and the seders he
conducted were masterpieces
of song and harmony.
When mother died, he was
only 59 years old. His love of
people and travel surfaced
once more. As often as he
could close his store, daddy
was off and away. For about
25 years he journeyed all over
the world at various intervals.
He fell in love with Israel and
visited there repeatedly.
Daddy had a natural talent
for languages and spoke seven
fluently, an amazing feat since
most were self taught. At the
age of 80, he taught himself
Italian prior to a trip to Italy
where he even had an audience
with the pope! At 82, a sense
of nostalgia drew him back to
Roumania, the place of his
birth. Incredibly, the house
where he was born still
remained intact with oc-
cupants just as poor as his
family had been. Within a few
days he regained full com-
mand of his mother tongue
and bragged that had it not
been for his American clothes,
people would have never
known he was an outsider.
Now hear this. When you
think of an 83-year-old man
going on a two-month
vacation, what would you
imagine his destination to
be Florida maybe, or
Israel perhaps? Not my father!
Would you believe that at age
83 he spent a summer in Africa
and even went on safari! And
in Africa, as it happened
wherever he went, he made
friends immediately. His open
nature and zest for # life were
recognized at first meeting. No
matter where he went, all over
the globe, he collected people
and remembrances to last a
lifetime. Daddy said that he
never knew a stranger once
he met them, they were
friends.
On and on he went, still in
business and working a six-day
week until the age of 85.
Gradually, insidiously, he
began to decline with one
illness following another. At
86, he slipped away quietly in
his sleep.
Try to understand when 1
71 slice of lochs.
Was it really the game of golf that tempted Jewish immigrants to call
Scotland their home? Was it the taunting call of the little white hall? The
lure of those infernal sand traps? Fferhaps some strange appeal in the
moastrous-ness of the lochs? And just what accounts for todays weekly
pilgrimage to the country club outside Glasgow?
One thing we can account for. After an invigorating day chasing
Jivots those frazzled duffers are apt to reauire a neat sht* of Scotch
whisky. For that is surely one of Scotland's more s one preferred stateside is J&B Rare Scotch. It is hlended from the best
whiskies its native country has to offer. That makes tor a sawch that is
smooth. A far cry, indeed, from the strokes seen on the hack nine.
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tell you that his passing was
not mourned tragically. He
had lived a long, rich, full life
doing what he wanted, when
he wanted. We were left a
treasury of good memories.
While we certainly miss him,
he is still all around us. The
pictures and mirrors on the
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Organizations in
the News
ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS
OF AMERICAN ISRAELIS
The Palm Beach County Chapter will meet Sunday,
April 21, 1 p.m., at the Royal Palm Club House at the
intersection of U.S. 1 and NE 22nd Ave., Boynton Beach.
Topic will be a discussion on Living Trusts plus other
information. 'NAI B'RITH
The Fifth Annual Menorah Chapels-B'nai B'rith Seniors
golf classic will be held May 8 at the Colony West Golf
Course in Tamarac. The tournament is open to men and
women aged 55 and older, and proceeds will go to B'nai
B'rith Youth services. The $30 entry fee covers cart and
greens fees, the awards luncheon, prizes and gifts. For
more information call the regional B'nai B'rith office.
Lucerne Lakes Lodge No. 3132 will have a special
celebration of Israel's Independence at the Sunday, May 5
meeting, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Worth
Senior Citizens Center. A typical Israeli breakfast, with the
menu in Hebrew, will be served. The program will feature
Israeli Consul General Yehoshua Trtgor as the guest
speaker. Author and columnist Ruth Turk will present a
dramatic monologue which she wrote for the occasion. All
are inivited. There is no fee to attend.
B'NAI B'RITH WOMEN
The next meeting of Olam Chapter will be held on May
1, 12 noon, at the Challenger Clubhuse, Poinciana Drive,
Lake Worth.
Guest speaker will be Sylvia Lewis, staff associate of the
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Ms. Lewis will
tell us about her experiences as a Volunteer in Israel last
summer.
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
NATIONAL WOMEN'S COMMITTEE
Saturday, May 4 a Tribute Luncheon will be held at
Bernard's Restaurant for qualified members of Boynton
Beach Chapter.
On Monday, May 6 at 1 p.m. the board of directors will
meet at the home of Sally Friedman, Building No. 14.
On Saturday, June 1 the chapter will attend a matinee
performance of "Guys And Dolls" at the Burt Reynolds
Theatre. Reserve tickets by calling Esther Alsen or Martha
Sapir.
HADASSAH
The board of Lake Worth Chapter will have their final
organization meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m., at
the home of President Fanny Schwartz.
The Four Groups: Aliya, Chai, Henrietta Szold and Lee
Vassil will become Chapters at the end of the Fiscal Year.
This meeting will be a training session apprising them of
their duties and responsibilities.
TUtvah plans a trip to the West Coast of Florida on June
4, 5, 6 to Warm Mineral Springs in Venice, Fla. three
days, two nights. Contact Laura London for reservations.
LABOR ZIONIST ALLIANCE POALE-ZION
The Palm Beach County Chapter will meet on Wed-
nesday, May 1, 1 p.m., at the American Savings Bank,
west gate of Century Village.
JuliuCogen, formerly of the Chicago Histadrut office,
will present the Histadrut Scholarship plaques.
There will be an accordion musical program by David
Altman.
PIONEER WOMEN-NA'AMAT
The Sixth Annual Donor Luncheon of Palm Beach
Coaacil was held on April 25 at the Crystal Lake Country
Club in Pompano Beach.
Mildred Weiss, Southeast Area organizational chair,
installed the following officers for the 1985-86 year:
President Rae Hoff; Na'amat Vice President Shirley
Fayne; Membership Vice President Celia Levinson;
Program Vice President Hannah Schwartz; Treasurer
Frances Lehn; Financial Secretary Jean Weitz; and
Recording Secretary Rita Katcher
The Council will sponsor workshops for club presidents
and chairs at their office at 4889 Lake Worth Road, Lake
Worth.
Outgoing and incoming officers and presidents will
attend each learning session as follows:
April 29 Club presidents
April 30 J Membership chairperson and president
May 6 Program chairperson and president
May 23 Na'amat chairperson and president
Rae Hoff of the Cypress Lakes Club in West Palm
Beach is the incoming president of Palm Beach Council.
The next meeting of Palm Beach Coucil will be held on
May 9.
SOUTH FLORIDA
JEWISH CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES
The Chapter'^ final meeting prior to the summer recess
Continued on Page 11
The Other Face of Israel
The West Bank
By MURRAY ZUCKOFF
NABLUS (JTA) The
West Bank is a time bomb
waiting to explode. The West
Bank is a foundry where
suspicion, hatred and hostility
is being forged. The West
Bank is a series of political
Rorschach ink blots waiting to
be interpreted.
The West Bank is a fragile
and uneasy mix of Jews and
Arabs. The West Bank is a
maze of super highways and
superannuated roads, the first
leading to Jewish settlements,
the latter to Arab towns and
villages. The West Bank is
fear. The West Bank is none
of these in isolation but all of
these inextricably interwoven.
On the 60-kilometer drive
from Jerusalem, along hairpin
turns through mountains and
valleys, desolate, craggy,
moon-like landscapes are the
pervasive designs.
Occasionally, there is a stretch
of green denoting some plant
life and a few meager crops, a
stretch of olive trees basking in
the warm spring sun, some
furrowed fields waiting for the
first signs of crops to emerge,
and lifeless terraced moun-
tains once fruitful but now
barren.
Israeli soldiers, in their teens
or barely out of them, stand
forlornly, two each, in front
of refugee camps while inside
the camps youngsters and
adults roam through mud
streets and live in conditions
of squalor and penury. These
camps are seething with
resentment and anger and
spawn tomorrow's fighters
against the "Zionist entity."
On the roads, a lonely
merchant in an occasional
tourist shop or cafe
lackadaisically waits for a
customer and when one comes
along, laconically and per-
functorily goes through the
motions of human relations.
On most days the area is
smothered in eerie silence,
giving the impression of a
dream-like apparition. There
are no signs of people, other
than in the main market
squares or in and around
schools, nor signs of Israeli
soldiers nor border police.
Unless there is trouble, they
are inside the military com-
pounds which are usually just
on the outskirts of the larger
cities.
But there are days when the
area is punctuated with the
sounds of violence, and the
roads and streets are pock-
marked with strewn rocks and
Molotov cocktails and burning
tires filling the air with acrid
smoke. Then, Israeli patrols
are everywhere.
Nablus itself is reminiscent
of an old tired movie set in
which even Charles Boyer
would rather be caught dead
than alive. The city is on two
levels: the lower is filled with
shops, decrepit dwellings, and
the casbah; the upper level is
peppered with sun-drenched
and bleached homes of the
local middle class. The casbah
with labyrinthine alleyways
and innumerable stalls, with
hawking merchants and
gawking customers and
passerbys, is a sniper's
paradise.
The main entrances and
exits in the casbah were sealed
off by the Israeli military
government personnel to
prevent terrorists from losing
themselves in there and
eluding the police and soldiers.
One or two of the gateways
were recently reopened after
the local Arab officials
promised to apprehend
terrorists in the area. "We also
did it as a sign of good will and
trust," the local Israeli
military government com-
mander said.
Israeli soldiers and police
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[bah It was a strange sight,
before, for the denizens to
|a convoy of armed Israeli
fdiers marching through the
tbah flanking an army
nkestnan, this reporter and
J Sedan, the Israeli TV West
Ink correspondent and
irespondent for the Jewish
llegraphic Agency, as they
liked through the city streets
the casbah at the in-
lation of the local Israeli
umander.
'This is an unusual scene,"
said, "but we can't allow
-Arab persons to walk
(rough the casbah by
tmselvcs. You could get
Bed and I'm sure you would
[her make the headlines than
in the headlines." The
imander was in his late
enties or early thirties, clean
Even with close cropped hair
|o looked more like a
Ibutznik than a soldier.
1e took the scene in his
fde and engaged in light
pier with this reporter and
Ian. Told that we ap-
ciated the protection to
tier side of us, he smiled.
ked what we should do if
neone armed approached us
Im up in front, he smiled
Vin and said, "Duck." But
fthat day, we didn't have to.
Jablus is one of the cities on
West Bank where there
been anti-Israeli
nonstrations. One reason
i this, it was pointed out, is
h the local university of Al
|ah is a breeding place for
) sympathizers and student
lators, similar to the
laiion at Bir Zeit University
kr Ramallah. "When classes
] in session the campuses are
Icanoes of terrorist
paration and its lava flow
|ls onto the streets and
hways," said one military
ternment official. "When
sol lets out, things arc
it."
fie minimized the per-
son which is prevalent
Jside the West Bank and
kel, that the West Bank is
Ihing with organized armed
ps resistance. "There is no
i thing," he said, "because
I people can't get together,
fcre is too much competition
*een the PLO and other
lups, especially the Moslem
therhood which lurks
lind the scenes. Certainly
it of the Arabs here hate
Id, but many also depend
[Israel for jobs and many,
tcially the older Arabs and
rchants, want to be left
fie to ply their trade."
The official pointed out that
at is frequently stressed in
press are the rock-
owing, tire-burning tal-
ents and anti-Israeli pro-
|0 demonstrations and
^cks on Jewish settlers by
'-agers and their older
Inters. "But what is
frlooked is that while these
idents occur in a few large
|ns, most of the towns are
ft and without distur-
bs, such as Jericho and
[in and other places. This,
1. is part of the West Bank
ity."
Another reality is the
fvasiveness of PLO
Jpaganda among Arab
nts and professors. But a
al deal of this tends to be
unthinking, uncritical
rptance of emotion-laden
7 volatile anti-Zionist
Jooleths and slogans. There
Fost no effort to develop
perent ideology and there
I a Penchant for gross
lortion of history even in
1'ace of contrary evidence.
J Morad Asi, an assistant
|'?So.r of journalism at
|an University in Nablus, is
T011 hese people.
PUri|in an interview at his
^ridaj^April 26,1986 / The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 9
home in Nablus, on a hill
overlooking the university, he
defined himself as a
"moderate." But during the
almost one-hour interview it
became apparent that his
moderateness was confined to
his willingness to "talk to Jews
and Zionists" but a total
unwillingness or incapacity
to reconsider his thinking.
A Zionist, he said, "is a
person who thinks Palestine
should be exclusively a Jewish
state and that the land belongs
to the Jews wherever it is. A
Zionist is a person he
doesn't have to be a Jew
who believes that Palestine,
the Holy Land or Israel,
whatever you like to call it,
belongs to the Jews and any
other group doesn't belong
there."
Would it be correct, given
this approach, to define
adherents and supporters of
what he called the Palestine
liberation movement as those
who believe that Jews have no
right to any part of Israel and
should be driven out, he was
asked.
"I don't think so," he
answered. "This is a big
misrepresentation by Zionist
groups. Even if this was the
view in the 1950's or 1960's, it
was the view of immature
people. No responsible person
would say such a thing."
Did he recognize that there
were different tendencies
within the Zionist movement
ranging from right to left,
from secular to religious, who
had different views about the
Palestinian people? Asi of-
fered a half-hearted yes.
Did he accept the fact that
there were organizations like
the Brit Shalom and Ichud in
the 1930's and similar
organizations today in Israel
the Labor Party, Mapam,
Peace Now which ad-
vocated peaceful coexistence
with the Palestinian people
and which did not seek
territorial conquests? Again, a
half-hearted yes.
"But," he added, "these
are just ideas, ideas that have
not been put into practice and
those who try to put them into
practice, like Emil Grunzweig
(a Peace Now activist), get
themselves killed by other
Zionists."
Who, he was asked, are the
Grunzweigs among the
Palestinians and which are the
organizations equivalent to
those in Israel seeking
coexistence with the Jewish
State and recognizing its right
to exist? He took time to sip
some tea and then said, "the
PLO."
But the PLO was respon-
sible for the bloody massacres
against unarmed civilians at
Maalot, Avivim, Munich,
along the Haifa-Tel Aviv
highway, Paris, Amsterdam,
Athens and along the Israel-
Lebanon border. Was this
how the PLO recognized
Israel's right to exist? Asi cited
attacks against Arab villages
by "Zionists."
These acts, he was told,
were condemned by the of-
ficial Zionist leaders and by
the Israeli government as acts
of extremists. Where were
similar condemnations of the
PLO atrocities by Palestinians
and who were they? Asi went
into an explanation that defied
the imagination. "Arabs
react, they don't act," he said.
"They react to attacks, they
don't initiate them."
In Munich, he said, "the
guerrillas didn't kill the Israeli
athletes. The German police
did and they tricked the
guerrillas into participating. In
Maalot, who started the
shooting? On the Haifa-Tel
Aviv highway, they wanted to
go somewhere and negotiate
with the Israelis, but Israeli
troops attacked them."
Pressed for proof and told
that this view was totally
without foundation, he looked
at his watch and said it was
time for him to leave for the
university.
Asi is a mild-mannered,
soft-spoken man, even gentle
and sociable. He had worked
in the United States, he said,
for various news agencies.
There was not a trace of
hostility, of animosity in his
voice during the interview. It
was all the more frightening
and sad to hear him espouse
such "moderate" views. If
this was "moderate," what
are the extremists saying?
During the drive back to
Jerusalem, the homes of the
Jewish settlers in Elon Moreh
could be seen on a verdant hill
not far from Nablus. This
reporter, Sedan and the army
spokesman drove along a
super highway into the set-
tlement.
The streets were im-
maculately clean and the
homes along the treelined
streets and gardens evoked a
totally different world, one of
peace and serenity. The stucco
homes had the appearance of
stately mansions. They were
all constructed by Arab labor
with what was apparently
loving care.
But why all that love and
care, this reporter asked the
army spokesman. "Because,"
he answered, "the Arabs feel
that in a few years all this will
belong to them."
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Continued from Page 8-
will be held on Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m., at the Sunrise
Savings and Loan meeting room, Gun Club Shopping
Center, 4645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach.
The guest speaker is humorist Jack Polinsky, who is
associated with the Florida Knights of Pythias and
Sunrise Jewish Center among others.
The chapter is sponsoring a weekend trip May 17-19, to
Key West with a stop-off at the Marco Polo Hotel in
Miami Beach for the show and dinner on the return trip
home.
For information on the chapter and membership contact
Sid Levine, president, 2557 Emory Drive West Villa 'C,'
West Palm Beach, Fla. 33415.
WOMEN'S AMERICAN ORT
Century Chapter will hold its annual installation of
officers at the Century Holiday Inn, Thursday, May 2, 12
noon. Sylvia Friedlander and her dancing group will
entertain. Contact Lil Davis for more information.
On May 12, Mother's Day, the chapter will spend a day
on the "Paddlequeen" complete with lunch and boat ride.
June 1 is "Guys And Dolls," Saturday matinee at the
Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre.
Lake Worth Chapter of Covered Bridge will be
celebrating their 10th anniversary on Thursday, May 2,
12:30 p.m. at their Clubhouse, Covered Bridge Blvd.
Installation of New Officers for the coming year will be
held with Lilyan Jacobs, chair of the Executive Committee
of North Palm Beach County Region, installing.
Program will also include a satire on "What Transpires
At A Board Meeting," with a cast of board members.
#
Royal Chapter is having their closing meeting on
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m., at the village hall in Royal
Palm Beach.
WOMEN'S LEAGUE FOR ISRAEL
Sabra Chapter will have its last meeting of the season on
May 7, 1 p.m., at the Sunrise Savings and Loan
Association on Military Trail and Gun Club Road.
Guest speaker will be Mrs. Sandella, who will discuss
nutrition.
YIDDISH CULTURE GROUP
On May 7 the Century Village Group will celebrate the
37th anniversary of the State of Israel. Entertainment
includes the Yiddish Culture Choral Group under the
direction of Mildred Birnbaum, with Dorothy Goldberg at
the piano; Rabbi Alan Sherman of the Jewish Federation
of Palm Beach County; and violinist Harry Levine and
pianist Dora Rosenbaum.
JCDS lb Hold Masked Ball
At Palm Beach Estate
"Just when you thought all
the fun parties were over the
Jewish Community Day
School is hosting a Masked
Ball at the Torre Bianca in
Palm Beach," announced Joy
Gales, co-chairman of the
event. "The event will take
place on Saturday May 11,
8:30 p.m. and will feature a
late night supper and feast
from a Viennese dessert table.
It will be catered by Savoire
Faire and music will be
provided by the Barry Herman
Orchestra."
"This will be a spectacular
evening of dancing under the
stars amid Old World
splendor," added Marjorie
Berg, co-chairman. "It will be
a night filled with dancing and
fun."
There will be a special prize
for the most spectacular mask,
as well as a prize for a
chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce
providing transportation for
the evening of the party.
Reservations must be made by
May 1 to qualify for this
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Sunday, May 5 from noon to 5
p.m. at the Cross County Mall
on Okeechobee Blvd. and
Military Trail.
The Fair is sponsored by the
March of Dimes, B'nai B'rith
Women and the National
Council of Catholic Women
and will include demon-
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nutrition, childbirth, teen-age
counselling, genetic coun-
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exercises, maternity fashion
show, live music, en-
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Admission is free. The
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for the sixth year by the
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B'nai B'rith Women Plan To End
Its Affiliation With The BBI
ASHlNGTON (JTA)
Climaxing several years of
b|jc exchanges, the
rutive board of B'nai
5 Women (BBW) has
proved a resolution calling
.,he development of a plan
lerminate BBW's present
iliate relationship with
B'rith International
BI), according to Beverly
/is, BBW president.
he resolution was adopted
response to a proposal
Loved last fall by the BBI
admit women into its
ierally all-male lodges and
apters. BBW officials
10licly assailed the BBI
lion as a threat to BBW's
tus as "an independent
wish women's
:anization," adding that it
"important" that the
ganization's identity
main intact."
|)AVIS SAID that language
Is included in a "Platform
Purpose" for the agency
at a 1978 BBW
nvention. She said the
pposed plan for disaf-
lation will be presented to a
Vcial Delegate Assembly, to
[convened in Chicago June
[.July 1 and that a final plan
| action will be presented to
: delegates to the next BBW
Innial convention in Las
i in March, 1986.
\fter the executive board
, Davis said "BBW has
en moving in this direction
a long time." She said
^W leaders will devote the
t several months to
ussions with members
out the potcntial'of a new
ganization.
series of "town hall"
'tings have been scheduled
[50 cities to poll the BBW
kmbers and obtain their
|ws about a separate and
Jewish women's
fcanization, Davis reported.
[ addition, 18 regional
Inferences have been
leduled in major cities to
plore organizational options
In regional leaders, she
Ided. She said BBW
rrently has more than
P.OOO members in 834
Bpters.
rHE ACTION of BBI
lien brought the long-
pmering controversy to a
Id was adoption at a BBI
nvention last September of a
" "lion calling on Gerald
Kraft, BBI president, to set up
a special committee to develop
a plan for "full and equal
membership" for women to be
submitted to the 1986 BBI
convention.
Daniel Thursz, BBI
executive vice president, said
at the September convention
that implementing the plan
would require a constitutional
amendment approved by two-
thirds of the delegates at the
1986 convention.
He added that section 145 of
the BBI constitution specifies
that "members of B'nai B'rith
lodges must be men of Jewish
faith, of good moral character
and at least 18 years of age."
He said the projected
amendment would likely
replace "men" with "per-
sons."
SEYMOUR REICH, BBI
senior vice president, who was
acting chairman of the study
committee which proposed
acceptance of woman, said the
committee treated the issue as
one of male bias
women members.
against
Reich declared that "the
fact that women have not been
admitted to membership in
B'nai B'rith in the United
States for 141 years does not
make it right. At worst these
have been injustices; at best,
they have been cultural lags.
There is no valid reason for
B'nai B'rith to continue its
anachronistic membership
policy."
Kraft, responding to the
concerns voiced by BBW
leaders, said there was no
intention on the part of BBI to
eliminate BBW as an in-
dependent Jewish women's
organization.
Mezuzahs in Space
Jewish Astronaut Brought Along
Four In Personal Flight Kit
By KEVIN FREEMAN
NEW YORK (JTA)
Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, a
crew member aboard the five-
day mission of the space
shuttle Discovery, carried in
his personal flight kit four
mezuzahs and two atarot, the
inscription on the collar of a
tallit.
The 40-year-old Hoffman,
of Clear Lake City, Tex., a
suburb near Houston, is the
first Jewish male astronaut to
go up into space. Judith
Resnik was the first Jewish
woman to go into space when
she was a crew member last
June aboard the shuttle
Discovery.
HOFFMAN, active in
Congregation Shaar
Hasholom as past president of
the men's club, spoke with
Rabbi Arnold Stiebel, spiritual
leader of the congregation,
about doing something of
"Jewish interest" during the
Discovery flight.
The four mezuzahs include
one of hand-blown glass
designed by Shirley Kagan,
who with Brenda Bernstein
runs a Judaica gallery in
Manhattan. The others are
ceramic designed by Marcia
Penzerof Woodmere, L.I.
Hoffman, an astrophysicist,
plans to present the glass
mezuzah to the Israel
Museum. One of the ceramic
ones will go the Jewish
Museum in New York,
another to Congregation
Shaar Hasholom, and the
fourth he will hold onto for
personal use, Stiebel told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
lovelist Vonnequt Says Poles Are
fensitive About Anti-Semitism
which brought him to Miami-
Dade South. "Timothy Leary
is doing the same circuit.
William F. Buckley is on the
same circuit. Gore Vidal.
There are outrageous people
like G. Gordon Liddy and so
forth.
"WHEN I talk about the
death of the American left
Continued from Page 3
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Miami-Dade's South Campus.
He participated in "Writers
and the World Around
Them," which ran this week.
Other authors at the event
included Nora Ephron and
John Knowles.
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Independence Day
Continued from Page 4
It Zionism have nothing to
Ijih Independence Day.
L non-religious public's
jof a binding framework,
|ar to the synagogue in the
|ous community, un-
|Icdlv makes it difficult to
le a general and uniform
Li tor the festival in
C|and the Diaspora.
he kibbutzim have turned
Ipendence Day into one of
Imosi enjoyable of the
k festivals. Though each
lutz docs its own thing
m may even celebrate
|tly differently from year
Tear both children and
is enjoy a series of ac-
les: picnics and barbecues
Tie kibbutz or in nearby
, with each family staying
Iher within the whole
nullity; special parties in
Ihildren's houses; open-air
ling and cultural shows
(competitions with games,
Js, folk singing and
ongs.
Jid in the evening, a special
jering of the whole
llation to recall the
Igles for independence
(celebrate its achievements
Inoi so much through
ches as by cultural
fcntations, sometimes in
ant form, which involve
Ire Maimonides
:odex To Be
Exhibited
|UDAPEST (JTA)
Hungarian government
[for the first time offered
I rare Maimonides Codex
public exhibition,
Owing a request from the
Hd Jewish Congress and
intervention of the Central
Ird of Hungarian Jews, the
resentative body of
Igarian Jewry and the
p affiliate here.
in Maimonides Codex is
of the most famous
Istrated Hebrew
biscripts in existence.
lently part of the world
[wncd David Kaufman
Action of the Budapest
Jy 'he manuscript is of
nonides' Mishneh Torah
p ol Italian Origin dating
to approximately 1482-
>e Hungarian government
[led permission for the
Jnomdcs Codex to be
filed under the auspices of
engagement
Mn DeCarie, daughter of
WO DeCarie of Lake
J"1. and the late Raye
pne and Mark Mendel,
lot Richard Mendel and
Ra Mendel, both of
lnta, announce their
gement.
fcS D^Carie 's a graduate
|e University of South
|aa and teaches pre-school
fngimpaired children at
l*ard Elementary School.
fndel. a graduate of the
[ers'ty of Massachusetts at
lerst and a master's degree
P'date at Yeshiva
Iersi,y School of Social
f '> a staff associate with
|wjsh Federation of Palm
|n County.
September wedding is
ISRaeL
many dancers, singers,
musicians, readers and
writers. Some may favor
making things more serious,
but there can be no doubt that
Independence Day in the
kibbutz is a genuine day of
rejoicing, enjoyed by all and
looked forward to from year
to year.
One step in this direction
may be found in the
Shiratrom, which is occupying
an increasingly important
place among Independence
Day activities. It would appear
that the secret of its success
lies in the fact that it emerges
from below and not according
to a command from above.
The idea is to give charity a
noble commandment in itself
which is not yet connected
in this form to any other
festival and whose observation
is worth promoting for the
good of the giver and the
receiver alike. Contributions
go to a well-defined cause
education in the IDF and
the whole project is organized
and broadcast on Israel
television.
Furthermore, the con-
nection between this mitzvah
and Yom Ha'atzmaut is
natural and almost obvious. It
also fulfills other necessary
conditions for long-term
survival: it can be observed
actively and personally by
everybody, young and old,
poor and rich, Jew and non-
Jew, Israeli and non-Israeli. It
is not restricted to Jewish
citizens of Israel
but in the future, when peace
reigns, can also be of positive
significance for Israel's Arab
citizens who, though they do
not serve in its armv today, are
equal citizens of the State.
Naturally, charity being a
broad humanitarian act, it can
also become a practical
mitzvah among world Jewry.
It will be rcalled that in olden
days, Jews everywhere" made
contributions to the Temple in
Jerusalem. Perhaps this
tradition can be renewed.
It must, of course, be noted
that Israel TV broadcasts
uninterrupted Independence
programs from early morning
to late at night and they
provide something for all
tastes. The same goes for our
radio stations. Watching or
listening to these programs is
indeed a passive activity, but it
is a way in our era of mass
communication of capturing
the spirit of the festival. All in
all, this is a popular and
positive aspect of Yom
Ha'atzmaut in Israel.
Most Israelis who have the
means to do so, get together
with family or friends, load
their cars with supplies and
equipment and go out for an
Independence Day picnic. The
weather is usually good at this
time of year and the main
problem seems to be to find a
space in the countryside not
already occupied, or a place
not overcrowded.
The Jewish National Fund
and the Parks authority have
prepared special picnic spots
all over the country, with
benches, tables, taps and
grills. Like the buses in the
rush hour, these can't cater for
so many people at once. On an
ordinary week or Shabbat, the
Israeli hiker has fine facilities
at his or her disposal.
As far as one knows,
nobody decided that these
outings are the most ap-
propriate way of celebrating
the festival. The idea
developed at grass roots and
spread like wildfire. Those
looking for more content on
Yom Ha'atzmaut won't find it
here. What they will find is
spontaneous enjoyment for all
the family; a day different
from others, closer to nature,
without set schedule or
program, an environment in
which the kids can have the
time of their lives, the family
can relax together and in the
background the transistor is
tuned to Israeli folksongs
especially from the old days.
If this is how so many
everyday Israelis choose to
celebrate their State's in-
dependence, why shouldn't
they? As night falls and the
cars and stationwagons and
trucks make their way home,
slowed down by the stream of
traffic, most of the people feel
good, fed, contented and
satisfied. Isn't that what a
celebration is about?
These ladies are preparing for the first ORT District VI Con-
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(District VI Parliamentarian and Convention co-chairman].
Mania Light [president District VI], Jeanne Zugman [con-
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Region Parliamentarian and Region Convention chair in charge
of all local arrangements].
Cutting the ribbon for the road named in her honor in American
Independence Park, Jerusalem, is Charlotte Jacobson,
president, Jewish National Fund of America. With her at the
dedication site are [left to right] Dr. Samuel I. Cohen, executive
vice president, JNF of America; Dr. Joseph P. Sternstein,
member of JNF of America board of directors and past
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/
The Rabbinical Corner
DEVOTCD TO DISCUSSION OF THEMES AND ISSUES RELEVANT TO JEWISH LIFE. PAST AND PRESENT___________________
Our Support Secures Israel's Future
By RABBI
ISAAC VANDER WALDE
Congregation
Anshei Sholom
Yom Ha'Azmaut, Israel's
Independence Day, annually
being observed on Iyar 5, is
being celebrated this year on
April 26. Thirty-seven years
ago David Ben Gurion, acting
as the first Prime Minister,
declared Israel to be a free and
independent country, after the
British had to relinquish their
mandate over Palestine. More
than 2,000 years had passed
since the Romans had
destroyed the last existing state
and immediately in 1948 the
surrounding Arab states, not
accepting the decision of the
United Nations, attacked the
newly created state from all
sides. Israel, however,
prevailed and succeeded in
throwing back its attackers.
What has happened since then
is history.
Israel opened up her gates to
our people who came from the
far corners of the world and
welcomed them with open
arms, as she has so beautifully
illustrated again this year in
rescuing the remnant of the
Ethiopian Jews. From a small
unit Israel began to expand
economically and politically
until she has now reached the
status of a powerful country, a
Rabbi Isaac Vander Walde
real and loyal ally of the
United States who, in turn,
'considers her to be important
to her own interests.
What of the future of Israel,
many of us are asking
anxiously? We know full well
that the State is undergoing an
economic crisis more enor-
mous than she ever had to face
before. This is due to the great
expenses she has had to absorb
to maintain an adequate
defense posture against the
Arab nations which have not
yet come out with a clear sign
that they are willing to
recognize Israel as an adequate
partner who has the right to
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exist within secure and
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horrible bloodbath we are
witnessing in Lebanon despite
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withdraw from that un-
fortunate land shows clearly
that the so-called radical Arab
nations are ready to destroy
the last vestiges of Lebanon's
independence. These nations,
Syria, Libya, Iraq and Iran
would like nothing better than
to seize the oil fields of the
Persian Gulf and dominate the
area stretching from the Nile
to the Euphrates. The
movements which we witness
in behalf of establishing a
stabilized peace are nothing
but attempts to juggle for
positions to deceive world
opinion. Would it not be
possible to say on the part of
the Arabs we accept Israel's
right to exist; yes, we are
willing to sit down and
negotiate a just and lasting
peace in an area which could
offer so much to the welfare of
all mankind?
This is a time when we, as
Jewish people inside and
outside of Israel, have to
remain cool and supportive.
Our history throughout the
ages has shown that we have
survived crisis after crisis in
every generation. We are
determined to overcome this
one also because we are
convinced that, like every
other nation in the world,
Israel has a right to remain
free and independent. And
thus, in the words of Bildad in
the Book of Job, we greet
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Conservative
CONGREGATION ANSHEI SHOLOM: 5348 Grove Stnw
West Palm Beach 33409. Phone 684-3212. Rabbi Q
Vander Walde. Cantor Mordecai Spektor. Daily 830 a
and 5:30 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and a late service at M
p.m., followed by Oneg Shabbat. Saturday: 8:30 a.m 6n
Mincha followed by Sholosh Suedos. P'm"
CONGREGATION BETH KODESH OF BOYNTON BEACH
501 N.E. 26 Avenue, Boynton Beach 33435. Phone 586-9421
Rabbi Avrom L. Drazin, Cantor Arthur R. Rosenwawer
Monday 8:30 a.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. Sabbath service,
Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
GOLDEN LAKES TEMPLE: 1470 Golden Lakes Blvi
West Palm Beach 33411. Phone 689-9430. Rabbi Joseph
Speiser. Daily Services 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sabbath
services Friday &15 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m., 5 p.m., Minchi
followed by Sholosh Suedos.
TEMPLE BETH DAVID: 4657 Hood Road, Palm Beach
Gardens 33410. Phone 694-2350. Rabbi William Marder,
Cantor Earl J. Rackoff. Sabbath services, Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH EL: 2815 No. Flagler Dr., West Pah
Beach 33407. Phone 833-0339. Rabbi Howard J. Hirsca,
Cantor Elaine Shapiro. Sabbath services Friday 8:16 p.m.,
Saturday 9:30 a.m. Daily Minyan 8:15 a.m., Sunday and
Legal Holidays 9a.m.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM: 315 N. "A" Street, Lake Worth
33460. Phone 585-5020. Rabbi Emanuel Eisenberg, Cantor
Jacob F.lman. Services Monday and Thursday 8:15 am,
Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM: 224 N.W Avenue G, Belle
Glade 33430. Sabbath services Friday, 8:30 p.m. Phone 99*
3886.
TEMPLE BETH ZION: Lions Club, 700 Camelia Dr., Royal
Palm Beach. Mailing Address: POBox 104, 650 Royal Palm
Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411. Sabbath Services Fridays
| p.m., Saturday 8:45 a.m. Rabbi Nathan Zeliser. Phone 79J-
9122.
TEMPLE B'NAI JACOB: 2177 So. Congress Ave West Palm
Beach 33406. Phone 433-5957. Rabbi Dr. Morris Silbennan.
Cantor Hyman Lifshin. Sabbath services, Friday 8 p.m.,
Saturday and Holidays 9a.m., Monday and Thursday 9a.m.
TEMPLE EMANU-EL: 190 North County Road, Palm Beach
33480. Phone 832-0804. Rabbi Joel Chazin, Cantor David
Dardashti. Sabbath services, Friday 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 9a.m.
THE TREASURE COAST JEWISH CENTER Bea
I Abraham: 3257 S.E. Salerno Road, Port Salerno. Rabbi
Abraham Rose. 1-287-8833. Services Friday evenings 8 p.m.
LAKE WORTH JEWISH CENTER: St. Lukes United
Methodist Chapel, 165 Ohio Road, Lake Worth. Mailing
Address: 6996 Quince Lane, Lake Worth, FL 33467. Phone 965-
6053. Friday night services 8:16 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m..
Orthodox
CONGREGATION AITZ CHAIM. Century Village, West,
Palm Beach. Phone 689-4675. Sabbath services 9 a.m. and 5
p.m. Daily services 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Reform
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL: 1682 Floresta, P.O. Box
857146, Port St. Lucie, FL 33462. Friday night services 8 pin.
Satui^jnorning 10:30 a.m. Phone 466-6977.
THE REFORM TEMPLE OP JUPITER-TEQUEStA: 769
Parkway Street, Jupiter. Mailing address: Plaza 222, U.S. No.
1, Tequeeta 33458. Phone 747-1109. Rabbi Alfred L. Friedman.'
Services Friday 8 p.m.
TEMPLE BETH EL: 4600 Oleander Avenue, Fort Pierce, FT.
33450. Phone 461-7428.
TEMPLE BETH SHALOM: St. Helen's Parish Hall, 20ta
Avenue and Victory Blvd., Vero Beach 32960, mailing addreer
P.O. Box 2113, Vero Beach, FL 32961-2113. Rabbi Richard D.
Messing. Phone 1-569-0180.
TEMPLE BETH TOR AH: at Wellington Elementary School
13000 Paddock Dr., West Palm Beach. Mailing address: P.O.
Box 17008, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Friday services 8:
p.m. Rabbi Steven R. Westman. Phone 793-2700.
TEMPLE ISRAEL: 1901 No. Flagler Dr.. West Pahn B*f
33407. Phone 833-8421. Rabbi Howard Shapiro, Cantor*!
Soloist Susan Weias-Speth. Sabbath aervicee, Friday 8pjn
TEMPLE JUDEA: at St. Catharine's Greek Orthodox Chord
Social Hall, 4000 Washington Rd.. at Southern Boulevard-
Rabbi Joel L. Levine. Cantor Anna Newman. Mailing addreer
6154 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33409. PW
471-1526.


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_________Friday, April 26,1986 /The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 15
Aliyah Conference Set For May 19
CONGREGATION
ANSHEI SHOLOM
The Sisterhood will hold its
l3rd meeting on May 6, 9:45
and its season closing
ilar meeting on May 21, 1
, when the speaker will be
||ieYeldman, anchor woman
[r Channel 5.
The Sisterhood announces a
(si at the temple. On Friday
[ening, March 22. Five ladies
id one gentleman celebrated
leir Bas and Bar Mitzvah,
jpectively.
azel tov to Ruth
relman, Rose Concors,
jphie Menschenfreund,
[ollie Podorzer, Rose Scooler
idJackPeltz.
TEMPLE BETH DAVID
On April 26, 8 p.m., the
dergarten and First Grade
isses will give a musicai
..ntation at the Friday
,ht services at the temple in
nor of Israel Independence
iy. A Shabbat dinner will be
preceding the services for
dents, their parents and
jchers. Students par-
bating from Kindergarten
le Rachel Elias, Danielle
rdon, Joel Kaminester,
irissa Kay, Jenna
laybaum, Philip Scherer,
mathan Schnapp, Steven
(azur and Stacy Merklin.
st Grade students are Eric
Idman, Jeffrey Gray,
nielle Kandel, Kelly
indwer, Micki Lichtstein
id Philip Stein.
[Due to a scheduling con-
let, a special dedication
Iremony originally planned
Ir Sunday morning, April 14,
Is been rescheduled for
liday evening, May 24.
bnors will be honored by
Irticipation in the Sabbath
Irvice, as well as a special
Iremony following services.
[The Sisterhood will hold a
Irage and rummage sale at
le temple, 4657 Hood Road,
pm Beach Gardens on
Nay, May 3, from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. Items offered will
elude household furnishings,
Kthes, furniture, bicycles and
uch more. For details call
|e temple office.
CONGREGATION
BETH KODESH
[The Sisterhood will hold
M'f Installation Buffet
Inner on May 5, 5:30 p.m.,
the Social Hall. Dinner and
entertainment will be
provided.
TEMPLE EMANU-EL
Men's Club final meeting
will be held Sunday, May 5, 10
a.m., in the Wershaw Social
Hall. The meeting is preceded
by a service in the Sanctuary at
9:15 a.m., followed by a
breakfast of bagels, cream
cheese, lox and coffee.
Bernie Knee, musician,
performer, song writer and
cantor will entertain with
program of music, songs and
laughs. The public is welcome.
Non-members contribution
of $2.50 per person. For
further information contact
Sol Raphael.
The Third Annual Aliyah
Conference will take place on
"Yom Yerushalayim,"
Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. at Temple Beth El, 1351
S. 14th Avenue, Hollywood.
The theme of this year's
conference is "Experience
Israel. For A Month. For
A Year, For A Lifetime." The
Conference is being sponsored
by the Aliyah Council of
South Florida, in conjunction
with the Israel Aliyah Center
and Israel Programs Office.
Shane and Bob Wolf are co-
chairing this event.
Opportunities and programs
for persons of all ages will be
featured during the day long
program. Workshop topics to
be discussed will answer
questions on Initial Absor-
ption, Business and
Employment, Professional
Opportunities, Settlements,
Kibbutzim, Israel Programs,
and Retirement in Israel. The
object of the Aliyah Con-
ference is to provide in-
formation regarding programs
in Israel, life in Israel and to
help prepare prospective
"olim" for the transition that
awaits them.
Admission fee for the
Conference is $5 for Adults,
$2.50 for children 12 and
under. Baby sitting service will
be available. Admission fee
includes a strictly kosher
lunch.
For further information,
contact the Aliyah Council or
the Israel Aliyah Center.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah
LAUREN BLOCK
On Friday evening, April
26, 8 p.m., Lauren Block,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Alan Block of Palm Beach
Gardens, will be called to the
Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at
Temple Judea. Rabbi Joel
Levine and Cantor Anne
Newman will officiate.
A seventh grader at Howell
L. Watkins Junior High
School, Lauren is a member of
the National Junior Honor
Society and is secretary of the
Science Club. At her temple,
she is active in the junior
youth group. She enjoys
cooking, reading, swimming,
babysitting and bike riding.
Lauren will be twinning her
Bat Mitzvah with Diana
Solovei of Riga to highlight
the plight of Soviet Jewry.
Lauren will be presented a
certificate from the Jewish
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Palm Beach communal leader Aaron H. Rose [second from left]
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Sholom. Over 180 members of the congregation, family and
friends attended in tribute to the honoree, who received a
Citation of Honor for his Seminary support. Pictured are [left
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Rabbi Isaac Vander Walde, spiritual leader of Congregation
Anshei Sholom, making the Citation presentation; and
Seminary Dean of Administration Rabbi Michael Greenbaum,
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