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Volume 18 Number 23
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Friday, November 24, 1989
Price: 35 cents
Labor Stuns Likud In Histadrut Vote
Israelis who voted in the Hista-
drut elections left the giant
trade union federation in the
hands of the Labor Party,
depriving Prime Minister Yitz-
hak Shamir of a political
advantage he had hoped to
exploit on his visit to the
United States this week.
Shamir's Likud bloc was
aiming for a third of the votes
in the new Histadrut Execu-
It won 28 percent, according
to Israel Television, as the
3,000 voting stations around
the country closed.
According to the poll, Labor
scored 54 percent, as
expected. Mapam surprised
many by winning an estimated
10 percent share of the vote.
The joint Jewish-Arab list got
five percent, and the Citizens
Rights Movement squeezed by
with three percent, the thresh-
old for representation in Hista-
drut bodies.
All other parties fell short.
There was jubilation at
Labor Party headquarters
over the apparent results.
Likud's reaction was more
subdued. A spokesman said
the party hoped to reach 30
percent when all of the votes
are counted. But their goal of
34 percent appeared to be out
of reach.
The prime minister had
hoped to be able to point to a
strong showing in Histadrut, a
traditional Labor stronghold,
as evidence that Likud's fore-
ign policies enjoy massive pop-
ular support in Israel.
Throughout the election
campaign, Shamir hammered
away at the idea that the His-
tadrut vote would be as much
or more a referendum on
peace policy than on labor-
related matters.
The Labor Party denied that
at first. But when it became
clear that Likud was bitterly
divided over Shamir's peace
plan, Laborites stopped rebut-
ting the prime minister's argu-
Likud did make gains. Its 28
percent, if it holds, is a consid-
erable improvement over the
22 percent it won in the last
Histadrut election in 1985.
Moreover, it was disadvan-
taged by running the little
known Ya'acov Shammai for
Histadrut secretary-general
against Labor's popular Yis-
rael Kessar, who is now
assured of a second term.
Nevertheless, if Likud still
lacks the clout to block major
constitutional measures in the
Histadrut Central Committee,
it may be able to console itself
by winning control of a string
of local labor councils domin-
ated up until now by Labor.
The local councils ran separate
Post War Era Ends Dramatically
The Week That
Shook The World
NEW YORK (JTA) Years from now,
people will recall the ninth of November,
1989 as the day the post-World War II erm in
Europe, with its division into frozen camps
of the free and the unfree, came decisively
and visibly to an end.
To be sure, the drama of the crowds
surging over and through the infamous
Berlin Wall began with earlier events in
Hungary, in Poland, and above all, in the
Soviet Union itself.
We should be grateful to Mikhail Gorba-
chev for burying (we hope once and for all)
the Brezhnev doctrine on intervention, and
to the leaders of Solidarity in Poland and the
emerging democratic forces in Hungary for
their courage and devotion to freedom.
There is always a tendency in times of
rapid change to remember nostalgically the
structures of the past, and for 40 years now
we have relied upon the division of Germany
and the confrontation of armed camps to
maintain peace in Europe.
Listening to comments from many capi-
tals, including our own, it is obvious that
there are those who regret the passing of an
old and familiar order.
Nevertheless, for the first time since 1945,
we now have the possibility provided we
are clever and careful of creating a
Europe in which peace is maintained by the
spread of democracy and economic develop-
ment rather than the menace of mutually
Continued on Page 6
Tel Aviv Three Israeli automobile mechanics who lost at least
one loved one in the concentration camps or the Warsaw ghetto
during World War II look at Tel Aviv newspapers about the
ending of travel restrictions in East Germany. Alt said they were
happy for the new freedom, but feared a united Germany. Left to
right are Dov Rosen, Motti Motel, and Chaim Wasserman.
(APIWide World Photo)
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel
met with staff writer Ellen
Ann Stein for a personal
interview. Go for the soul,
he encouraged her with the
wisdom of a former jour-
Leave the questions about
the Middle East peace
plan, the possibility of a
German reunification, etc.
to other reporters.
'Eroticism'of Holocaust Concerns Wiesel
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
So much has Elie Wiesel
written about other great Jew-
ish leaders, overall experi-
ences the Holocaust that
he questions whether the fire
of his own soul has been bared.
Wiesel has written 32 books,
and being a person who has
many projects occupying his
time, Wiesel is working on at
least three other books.
One is a volume of lectures
on the Talmud he has given at
the 92nd Street "Y" for the
last 23 years. Another book is
about great Talmudic masters
from Shammai to Hillel and
Rav. Ashi to Ravina.
Wiesel, born in Sighet,
Transylvania was raised in a
Hasidic home until he lost his
earents and a sister in the
lolocaust, which is also when
he stopped playing his violin.
The third book, which he is
working out in his mind at the
moment, is to be his memoirs.
Sixty-one years old is not a
young age, Wiesel notes. Since
1945 he has been keeping a
diary, sometimes writing 10
words, sometimes three pages.
The book would be ready in
about two years and would
first come out in French. It
will probably have the word
"celebration' in the title. Most
of his books published in
French have the word "cele-
bration," such as a "Biblical
Celebration," a "Talmudic
"The idea is to celebrate
Judaism, to show that in
Judaism, despite everything,
we celebrate,' Wiesel says.
As for his memoirs, Wiesel
says he never speaks about a
book until the book is written -
"I have to carry it with me."
But other than "Night" -
his first book and one of his
favorites which was autobio-
graphical, Wiesel terms his
other works simply "fiction
and non-fiction."
"I believe what makes Jews
Jewish is testimony. We are all
And so the memoirs will
contain "all the things I
haven't said yet. I have not
really spoken about myself. I
have spoken about everyone
"I have to comment on my
books. My work is not a com-
mentary on my life. My life is a
commentary on my *orks."
Wiesel's eves, powerful for
their warmth and depth and
conveyance of his soul, search
his interviewer's eyes as he
asks, 'How long have you been
a journalist? Where do you
live? Where are your parents
While his books are taking
Continued on Page 2

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Fridav. November 24, 1989
Continued from Page 1
shape in his mind, Wiesel con-
tinues to teach two classes a
week in the humanities (philos-
ophy and literature) at Boston
University. He is also an advi-
sor to PhD. students.
He travels to Paris fre-
quently, at least once every
two months. His sister Hilda
lives in Nice.
With the money he received
from the Nobel Peace Prize in
1988, Wiesel had arranged a
conference in Paris, where 79
Nobel Prize winners from
throughout the world gathered
to discuss the topic, "Con-
fronting the 21st Century:
Threats and Promises."
He is currently preparing a
conference to be called "The
Anatomy of Religious Ethnic
Hatred how do we dissolve
it?" It would take place in
three sections, one in Oslo, one
in Moscow and one in Israel.
"By definition, we will take
the best in the field" to be
there, Wiesel says.
"I believe hatred is the
threat facing our society...We
Jews suffer so frequently from
Hatred, racism, bigotry,
anti-Semitism are growing,
Wiesel says. The Anti-
Defamation League reports
that 60 Hate Groups exist in
America alone...
Rabin Stresses
Consumer Goods
TEL AVIV (JTA) Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin has
urged Israel's scientific estab-
lishment to concentrate on
developing sophisticated con-
sumer goods for the world
Israel currently exports mili-
tary equipment in the amount
of $1.7 billion a year, one-third
of its total industrial exports.
But that is expected to decline,
as the trend toward reducing
defense budgets accelerates
worldwide, Rabin said.
"They went down after the
Holocaust, maybe unde-
rground. Now it's surfaced
So soon after, he says.
"If I had to pin it down I'd
say mainly since the 1982
Lebanese War and we are
going farther and farther
away from the Holocaust.
"I travel a lot and less and
less people are taken by the
subject. They know, but it s
superficial. The cheapening,
trivialization, and commercial-
ization and the introduction of showing naked as docudra-
mas...they take extras and pay
them to undress...cheaply dra-
"It's losing it's authenticity
and I believe whatever i
superficial cannot last. Still
there are more courses offered
today than ever before. More
books, more documentaries
and I applaud that, but..."
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Rush to Judgment
The Jewish people and the State of Israel
will not stand alone in seeking a stay in the
rush to judgment regarding the reunifica-
tion of Germany.
Even as the euphoria over the opening of
the Berlin Wall continues, nations such as
Russia, Poland, Belgium and others which
suffered grievous losses at the hands of
German militarism in two world wars, are
making their positions known.
Certainly few can deny the plus for
freedom which the dramatic relaxation in
travel curbs for East Germany created.
History literally unfolds by the hour.
We as Jews cannot forget the horrors of
Nazism, nor the fact that the Communist
government of East Germany has yet to
pay reparations or restitution for the vic-
tims of the Holocaust, a step which West
Germany undertook decades ago.
President Bush and the United States,
fortunately, are showing restraint and
keeping the dramatic events in proper
perspective. Relations with NATO, status
of the American armed forces present in
Germany since 1945 and the future of a
united Germany's military ability are ques-
tions which cannot be resolved quickly.
These are indeed exciting days, but there
are more meaningful ones ahead.
WJC Successes Cited
The World Jewish Congress has scored
several notable successes on the diplomatic
front in recent weeks. The African nations
of Senegal and the Ivory Coast cancelled
planned state visits by Austrian President
Kurt Waldheim following WJC documenta-
tion of his Nazi past.
It has helped obtain new assurances from
Syria on the estimated 3,800 Jews still
living in that country.
And the visit by Congress president
Edgar Bronfman to Czechoslovakia has
helped to upgrade Czech relations with
The WJC warrants a special salute.
Catholic Bishops Err
Recommendation by the National Confer-
ence of Catholic Bishops for "a Palestinian
homeland with territory and sovereignty"
detracts from the usually sensitive position
of the American Catholic hierarchy.
Declaration of the Bishops says progress
on the Palestinian issue cannot be made
while the Arab states continue their policy
of war against and rejection of Israel.
But the document, as the Anti-
Defamation League properly notes, raises
questions about the wisdom of outside
parties to the conflict offering specific
Such proposals may well impede, rather
than advance, progress towards peace.
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Noah's Ark And Violence In America
the earth was corrupted before
God, and the earth was filled
with violence" (Genesis 6:11).
That image dominates the
account of Noah and the ark
that was read recently in syna-
gogue services. As that biblical
narrative unfolded, it felt as if
one were reading about the
streets of New York, Los
Angeles or Boston, among
many other American cities
Look at what has been going
in New York City alone these
past few days. On Halloween
day, hundreds of young thugs
poured out of high schools and
terrorized, beat and robbed
ordinary citizens in Gotham's
I witnessed with my own
eyes such an assault on the
Upper East Side, when a teen-
age hoodlum brutally choked a
small Vietnamese man deliver-
ing a pizza. The punk was
driven away, but he had only
defiance and contempt on his
In another instance, 10 girls
were caught after they had
terrified some 40 women with
needle attacks. "They thought
it was fun to jab people and see
their reactions, the detective
Such cruel and violent epi-
sodes are acted out daily in our
major cities across the coun-
In Noah's day, the Midrash
informs us, the world was
filled with theft and robbery,
and contempt for human life.
And the floods came to wash
out the viciousness.
Noah and his family were
saved in the ark, our sages
assert, because they had com-
passion and respect for other
people, and even for animals.
We need not wait for a flood
if the major institutions of our
national society govern-
ment, the media, schools and
religion would re-examine
seriously their roles in contain-
ing the culture of violence, and
inculcate greater respect for
every human life.
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum is inter-
national relations consultant to the
American Jewish Committee.
Groups Rally For 'Women's Lives'
Friday, November 24,1989
Volume 18
Number 23
Marching behind a banner
reading "Jewish Tradition:
Women's Lives Are Also
Sacred," Jewish women and
men made their way along the
banks of the Potomac River on
a sunny Sunday morning to
join thousands of Americans
rallying for reproductive
The group, which included
two and even three genera-
tions of Jewish families, were
walking to the rally at the
Lincoln Memorial from an
American Jewish Congress
briefing that drew a crowd of
more than 300.
Those who took part in the
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sounded a common theme:
that they came to Washington
because reproductive rights
are among the civil liberties
that Jews in America have
traditionally fought to protect.
"We know too well that
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taken away whether they
are poor women, women of
color, rural or city women,
women in Washington, D.C.,
Pennsylvania or Illinois
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happen to them," Lenore Feld-
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Council of Jewish Women, said
as she addressed the crowd at
the Lincoln Memorial, esti-
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"If we remember nothing
else, we do remember as Jews
that human rights must be
respected and protected,"
Feldman said.
During her turn at the
microphone, Rabbi Lynn
Landsberg, associate director
of the Reform movement's
Religious Action Center,
declared, "I am pro-God, pro-
family and pro-choice.
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Orthodox Rabbi Says:
Women's Cosmetic Surgery Halachically OK
metic surgery for women who
want to improve their appear-
ance is halachically permissa-
ble, according to an over-
whelming majority of authorit-
ies on Jewish religious law.
That was the good news
Rabbi Yosef Adler, spiritual
leader of Congregation Ranit
Yisrael in Teaneck, N.J.,
brought to a meeting of the
Teaneck-Bergenfield chapter
of AMIT Women.
It was also welcomed by Dr.
Sherwood Baxt, a Teaneck
plastic surgeon who shared the
platform with Rabbi Adler at
the Sept. 11 meeting, accord-
ing to a report in The Jewish
Voice, an Orthodox monthly
published in Englewood, N.J.
Both the Orthodox rabbi and
Dr. Robert L. Sadoff
Re-Elects Sadoff
Dr. Robert Sadoff has been
re-elected to a second term as
national president of ARMDI,
American Red Magen David
for Israel. Sadoff, a leading
national forensic psychiatrist,
was in Miami this week to
attend the opening night of
Fiddler on the Roof at TOPA,
an ARMDI benefit. Sadoff is
the son-in-law of Joseph Han-
dleman, past ARMDI national
chairman and international
chairman. Sadoff and Amb.
Moshe Liba, Israel's Consul
General in Miami, presented
Fiddler star Chaim Topol with
a special painting at a recep-
tion for ARMDI benefactors.
Magen David Adorn is the sole
provider of Israel's emergency
medical and blood needs.
Czech Relations
PRAGUE (JTA) Govern-
ment officials and Jewish lead-
ers here seem to agree that the
prospects of Czechoslovakia
restoring diplomatic relations
with Israel after 22 years will
be advanced by the first offi-
cial visit to Prague of Edgar
Bronfman, World Jewish Con-
gress president.
the non-Orthodox physician
were invited to discuss the
subject, each in terms of his
own specialty, Adler told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
He confessed that when he
was first approached by the
chapter, he was not certain
about the halachic position on
such surgery and had to exam-
ine the appropriate writings.
He said the core question
was whether or not surgery,
sought by women solely to
improve their appearance,
violated the halachic ban on
"chavalah," defined as wilful
damage to any part of the
According to Rabbi Moshe
Feinstein, one of the sages
cited by Adler, "voluntary sub-
mission" to such surgery not
only does not violate halachic
strictures but its psychological
benefits are real and therefore
worthy of consideration, a
term Adler said means halachi-
cally acceptable.
Until his death three years
ago, Feinstein was considered
one of the world's foremost
authorities on Jewish law.
The 38-year-old Teaneck
rabbi also cited a contrary
opinion at the meeting, one by
Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg, a
member of the Jerusalem Beth
Din, or rabbinical court.
Waldenberg was quoted as
having ruled that there was no
halachic justification for plas-
tic surgery to improve appear-
ance because the benefits were
psychological but not medi-
cally needed.
Adler told JTA he had intro-
duced the rare dissent from
the majority position on the
issue because he wanted his
audience to know that rabbinic
sages could differ.
Adler said that until he
spoke, the women who heard
him and Baxt had no idea of
the conclusion he had reached
from his studies.
"I suppose if I had told them
that cosmetic surgery was in
violation of halacha, they
would have had to confront the
problem," he said.
Its dimensions were indi-
cated by Baxt, who told the
group that women constituted
the majority of the 7,000
patients on whom he had per-
formed plastic surgery.
Baxt appeared genuinely
relieved when he learned that
Adler's summation of the
majority rabbinic stance sup-
ported his professional spe-
cialty, according to the Jewish
The presumption was that
he was relieved by removal of
the threat of Halachic ban to
his cosmetic surgeVy practice.
But Adler told JTA he felt
Baxt should have been more
cautious in his presentation,
during which he said there had
never been any physical com-
plications from his surgery.
The rabbi said he had reason
to believe that there could be a
risk for older patients and the
surgeon should have indicated
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Martinez Proclaims Nov.
Deborah Heart & Lung Center Month
Governor Bob Martinez has
proclaimed the month of
November, Deborah Heart and
Lung Center Month. More
than 18,000 Deborah Hospital
Foundation volunteers from
50 plus local chapters around
the sunshine state will be par-
ticipating in this celebration.
Contributions raised
through the Deborah Hospital
Foundation go to support the
internationally respected
Deborah Heart and Lung Cen-
ter in Browns Mills, New Jer-
sey. The center specializes in
the diagnosis, research and
treatment of heart and lung
Deborah has an extensive
Children of the World pro-
gram working with more than
40 third world nations. Chil-
dren come to Deborah for
treatment from around the
world because their countries
often lack the medical facilities
and technology necessary to
treat them.
"Deborah counts on the sup-
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everywhere to insure that
there can be no price on life,"
said Arlene Trister, Deborah's
Director for the state of Flor-
Friday, November 24, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale Page 5
Women's League
For Israel
The next meeting of the
Margate Chapter of Women's
League for Israel will be held
on Monday, November 27, at
noon, at the New Margate
Teen Center, 6199 N.W. 10th
St., Margate.
Dr. Albert Green, psycholo-
gist, will be guest speaker.
Art Exhibit
Leonard Gallery will exhibit
works of Claire V. Dorst,
ZINC, Jamie Spilman, Naomi
Litzenblatt and Joel Shapses,
titled "Post Modern Utopia
An Intense Perspective," from
Dec. 1-Jan. 3. For information,
call 568-9617.
Pictured above Ariene Trister Deborah Hospital Foundation's
Director for the state of Florida receives a proclamation from
Governor Bob Martinez. Also pictured are Associate Directors,
Harry Tuohey and Maureen Burke.
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assured destruction.
It is important to remember there are no cases in history
of one democratic state attacking another democratic
We must now begin to think seriously about the question
of German reunification and its implications for the world.
As Jews, we remember the attempt of Hitler's Germany to
kill Jews wherever they found them. We have the moral
right, perhaps more than anyone else, to demand assuran-
ces that it can never happen again.
In fact, the assurances we want as Jews are really the
assurances we also want as Americans. If there is to be a
reunited Germany, it must be on the basis of the "Aden-
auer Constitution," as a free and democratic state in which
human and civic rights are guaranteed to all; within the
framework of the European Economic Community; and,
one hopes, as part of the spread of democracy and national
autonomy through Eastern Europe.
There must be a solemn undertaking given Germany's
neighbors, perhaps most particularly Poland, to scrupu-
lously honor the pledges of the two German states in the
Helsinki Accords to respect the present international
frontiers. In addition, there must be an equally solemn
undertaking never to produce or acquire nuclear or
thermonuclear weapons.
Clearly, the process will take time to sort out; in the
meantime, an East German state will continue to exist, if
only because there are some 350,000 Soviet troops sta-
tioned there.
Internally, the struggle between a Communist party
attempting to hold on to power and a people determined
upon democracy and pluralism may be as intense and as
convoluted as in Poland.
In the interim then, there are tests we should ask the
East German state to meet. They need to face up to their
obligation to make reparations payments to Holocaust
survivors, an obligation that the Federal Republic of
Germany began meeting in 1952.
Furthermore, they should join with Hungary, Poland and
Romania in recognizing Israel and establishing diplomatic
relations. If they are truly anti-Fascist as they claim, they
should deprive Hitler of his final victory by assisting the
rejuvenation of the Jewish communities in East Germany
rather than complacently presiding over their disappear-
After this tumultuous week, nothing in Central or
Eastern Europe can ever again be the same.
Karl Marx is wrong, finally and definitively. Europe is
not stalked by Communism.
Instead, even after 40 years of repression and brutality,
throughout all the East there is an unquenchable yearning
for democracy, freedom and national identity. As Jews and
as Americans, we should hope, pray and work for its
Harvey Feldman, a retired American ambassador, is the director of
international relations for the American Jewish Committee.
Europen Community Mideast Role: Arab, But Not Israel On Agenda
European Community will
embark next month on a more
active role in the Middle East
peace process.
But while talks with Arab
leaders have been set, there is
no agenda yet with Israel.
The foreign ministers of
France, Spain and Ireland will
visit Tunisia on Nov. 11 on
behalf of the 12-member E.C.,
for exploratory talks with
Chedli Klibi, secretary-general
of the Arab League, and a
meeting with Palestine Libera-
tion Organization leader Yasir
They fly to Egypt on Nov. 12
for talks with President Hosni
The three foreign ministers
comprise the E.C.'s diplomatic
"troika" dealing with the Mid-
dle East.
A visit to Israel is on their
agenda, but no date has been
fixed. That has led to reports
that Israel is reluctant to
receive the E.C.'s peace mis-
Such speculation has been
fueled by the fact that Jerusa-
lem's relations with the E.C.
have been strained since the
start of the Palestinian upris-
ing nearly two years ago. The
Europeans often have been
critical of Israeli measures
against Palestinians in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip.
When Israeli Foreign Minis-
ter Moshe Arens was in Brus-
sels last week, E.C. officials
made clear to him that the
community's economic rela-
tions with Israel are linked to
developments in the peace pro-
Smith Asks
Review Of All
Arms Sales
Washington In response
to notification by the Bush
Administration that it intends
to sell Saudi Arabia 315 state
of the art MIA2 Abrams tanks,
Congressman Larry Smith (D-
FL) called for a comprehensive
review of U.S. Persian Gulf
and Middle East arms sales
strategy and objectives.
Smith's comments were part
of a joint hearing held by two
key House Foreign Affairs
Committee subcommittees to
determine whether the pro-
posed sale to Saudi Arabia is in
the long term interest of the
"Often it seems that Ameri-
can arms sales are motivated
less by the national interests of
the United States and more by
the desires of the recepient
country," Europe and Middle
East Subcommittee member
Smith said at the hearing.
"The result is an ad hoc
arms sale policy, one that is
many times at odds with other
foreign policy objectives,
including the assurance of
Israel's security.
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Berman Elected
President JTA
Berman has been elected pres-
ident of the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency, succeeding
William Lee Frost, who has
served as JTA president since
The announcement was
made by Martin Fox, chairman
of the JTA nominating com-
mittee, at the annual meeting
of JTA's board of directors.
JTA is the international
agency that functions as the
central news gathering and
disseminating organization of
world Jewry.
Berman, of Forest
Hills, N.Y., is an attorney and
partner in the New York law
firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fier-
man, Hays & Handler, and is
executive vice president and
chief legal officer of Olympia
and York (USA).
He attended Yeshiva Uni-
versity and New York Univer-
sity School of Law, and
received his rabbinic ordina-
tion from the Rabbi Isaac
Elchanan Theological Semin-
ary of Yeshiva University.
A longtime director, officer
and member of the JTA execu-
tive committee, Berman is a
past chairman of the Confer-
ence of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organiza-
tions, honorary president of
the Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America and
past president of the National
Jewish Commission on Law
and Public Affairs, or COLPA.
Berman is a member of the
U.S. Commission on the Pres-
ervation of America's Heri-
tage Abroad, co-chairman of
the Joint Committee for the
Preservation of Jewish Heri-
tage in the Soviet Union,
chairman of the Kashrut Com-
mission of the O.U., and chair-
man of the Task Force on
Missionaries and Cults of the
New York Jewish Community
Relations Council.
B'nai B'rith Honors Wiesel
WASHINGTON B'nai B'rith International presented
the Lily Edelman Award for Excellence in Continuing
Jewish Education to author Elie Wiesel in New York. The
Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the second recipient. The
Etrevious honoree was Claude Lanzmann, creator of the
andmark film "Shoah."
Japan Slates Annual Talks
TOKYO (JTA) Israel and Japan will conduct annual
bilateral discussions on international issues and projects of
mutual interest, beginning in January. Japanese leaders
agreed to the discussions during a five-day official visit
here by Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens.
AJCommittee Woos Pacific
LOS ANGELES (JTA) The American Jewish Com-
mittee has embarked on a concerted effort to strengthen
Israel's economic ties and combat anti-Semitic stereotypes
in Japan and Korea, and to forge coalitions with Asian-
American groups in the United States. Spearheading the
effort will be the newly created Pacific Rim Institute.
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B'nai B'rith To Honor Goldstein
trict I and is presently a mem-
ber of the B'nai B'rith District
5 Board of Governors, as well
as a member of the Commun-
ity and Volunteer Services
Commission of B'nai B'rith
He has served on the Human
Rights Board of Broward
County, and is a member of the
Executive Board of "CAM-
ERA" (Committee for Accu-
racy on Mid-East Reporting in
The proceeds from the
luncheon, which is sponsored
by the B'nai B'rith Foundation
and the North Broward Coun-
cil of B'nai B'rith Lodges/
Units, helps support
B'nai B'rith Youth Services
(comprised of the B'nai B'rith
Youth Organization and B'nai
B'rith Hillel).
Bernard Helfand of Sunrise
will serve as Chairman for the
luncheon. Neil C. Rosen,
National Director of Field Ser-
vices, will be the guest
Julius Berman
Other officers elected were
Frost, JTA board chairman;
Martin Fox of Newark, N.J.,
vice chairman of the board;
Robert Arnow of New York,
chairman of the executive
committee; Bennett Aaron of
Philadelphia, Raymond
Epstein of Chicago, Nat
Kameny of Bergenfield, N.J.,
Ben Zion Leucnter of Vine-
land, N.J., Melvin Swig of San
Francisco, Bernice Tannen-
baum of New York and Mar-
shall Weinberg of New York,
vice presidents; Phillip Ritzen-
berg of New York, secretary;
Henry Everett of New York,
treasurer; William Landau and
Eleazar Lipsky, both of New
York, past presidents; and
Mark Seal, a native of Mon-
treal, executive vice president.
Oscar Goldstein
Oscar Goldstein, a leader in
the Jewish community, will be
presented with the
B'nai B'rith Guardian of the
Menorah Award at a luncheon
on Sunday, December 17, at
David's Caterers, Tamarac.
Oscar Goldstein is a former
Director of B'nai B'rith Dis-
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U.S. Trying To Close 'Vienna-Rome' Pipeline
The State Department has
moved a step closer toward
shutting down the "Vienna-
Rome pipeline" used by tens of
thousands of Soviet Jews to
seek entry to the United
States as refugees.
The department surprised
many by announcing in Mos-
cow last week that the United
States would no longer process
refugee applications in Rome
for Soviet Jews and others
who did not obtain their Israeli
entry visas by Nov. 5.
That deadline placed a new
but apparently small con-
straint on Soviet Jews and
Evangelical Christians seeking
to enter the United States
with Israeli papers.
On Oct. 1, the United States
shifted its processing of Soviet
refugees from Rome to Mos-
cow and said that from that
point on, those wishing to
enter the United States as
refugees would have to apply
for U.S. visas in Moscow.
But it said it would still
consider granting refugee
status under the old system in
Rome to those with Soviet exit
visas dated before Oct. 1. Until
last week, though, Soviet Jews
and Evangelicals were not
bound to obtain their Israeli
entry visas by any particular
A State Department official
said that the United States will
show a "little bit of flexibility"
toward Soviets who received
Soviet exit visas by Oct. 1 but
did not obtain their Israeli
entry visas by Nov. 5.
The State Department offi-
cial said potential refugees
who did not meet the Nov. 5
deadline would have to provide
a "very good story," and pre-
dicted that they would proba-
bly have to be processed
through Moscow, not Rome. "I
would anticipate that there are
very few people" with good
excuses, such as ill health, the
official said.
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By Ben Gallob
kibbutz movement, the hall-
mark of Zionist endeavor for
much of this century, is consid-
ered by some to be a romantic
relic in modern Israeli society,
one that has lost the power to
enchant idealistic young olim.
That view, however, is not
shared by an American
Reform Zionist movement,
TaMar an acronym of the
Hebrew name for the Reform
Zionist Fulfillment Movement
that was created nearly 15
years ago to stimulate aliya.
Since 1975, it has sent 180 to
190 members to settle in the
two Reform kibbutzim in the
arid Arava region of the
In that time, only 25 percent
to 30 percent returned to the
United States, according to
Zvi Sabin, secretary of TaMar.
Those who returned, Sabin
explained, decided that kib-
butz life and/or Israel was not
Nearly 200 U.S. Jews Settle
In Israel's Two Reform Kibbutzim
for them. He stressed that the
intifada did not affect their
decisions or any element of
TaMar programs.
Sabin described the history,
structure and accomplish-
ments of TaMar, saying it is
co-sponsored by the youth divi-
sion of the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations, the
North American umbrella
agency for Reform syna-
gogues, and the American
Reform Zionist Association.
He told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency that fulfill-
ment in TaMar philosophy
means more than settling in
Israel, which in itself is a rare
event; the vast majority of
American Jews have shown no
interest in aliya.
He said TaMar seeks to
move Israeli society "in the
direction of the Prophetic
"We will be fulfilling our-
selves and society in the
Reform/Progressive tradition,
" he said, adding that the term
"progressive" is used in Israel
as a synonym for Reform.
Sabin said members of the
Movement for Progressive
Judaism, the parallel agency to
TaMar in Israel, are "deeply
involved in lobbying for the
rights of the secular, the non-
Orthodox and the poorer
classes" in Israel.
Those members, he added,
seek "equal distribution of tax
monies to both Orthodox and
non-Orthodox schools as well
as to Israeli Arab schools.
Israel Receives Millions Less
Israel received $1.13 billion in
economic aid from the United
States, $70 million less than it
has received in the past few
The reduced figure is largely
due to across-the-board budget
cuts mandated by President
Bush when Congress failed to
bring total spending for the
1990 fiscal year in line with the
deficit-reduction law.
Douglas Bloomfield, a Wash-
ington lobbyist and former leg-
islative director of the Ameri-
can Israel Public Affairs Com-
mittee, said it is "very likely,
but not guaranteed," that
$63.6 million of the $70 million
will be restored.
The $63.6 million cut was
mandated under the deficit-
reduction law, which required
that non-defense programs be
cut by 5.3 percent.
But pro-Israel lobbyists said
Israel will almost certainly not
be able to restore $6.5 million
that Congress shaved off in
across-the-board cuts of its
own. Of that money, $5 million
was used to expand the gov-
ernment's drug interdiction
campaign and $1.5 million was
used to continue the Peace
Corps program.
To reverse Bush's across-
the-board "sequestration" of
federal programs, Congress
wo lid have to cut the deficit to
about $100 billion in its 1990
deficit reconciliation bill. Pas-
sage of that bill is being
delayed for various reasons,
including wrangling over a cut
in the capital gains tax.
If Congress comes up with
the cuts, the few billion dollars
in across-the-board cuts that
already have been made could
be restored, bringing the
deficit close to $110 billion,
and in line with Gramm-
Rudman-Hollings target.
Reacting to the cuts, an
Israeli Embassy official said
Wednesday, "Itrs reality."
"We understand that
the U.S. government is under
severe constraints," he said,
adding that Israel is "very
grateful" for the funds not cut.
The Israel official said that
the economic aid is used to
repay Israel's debts from U.S.
loans received during various
Israeli-Arab wars and in fore-
ign aid prior to 1984, when
Israel's foreign aid was con-
verted from loans to grants.
That debt is now owed
mainly to private U.S. banks,
under a 1987 debt-refinancing
law that converted high-
interest government loans into
lower-interest private loans.
The Israeli official said his
government owes the United
States "a lot of money," esti-
mated at $10 billion, with its
annual debt repayments to pri-
vate U.S. banks being "a little
higher" than $1.2 billion
An Israeli Embassy official
would not speculate on how
Israel would try to offset cuts
in U.S. military aid.
They seek to narrow the gap
between Oriental and Occiden-
tal Jews."
Sabin, who has a masters
degree in Oceanography and
Limnology, the study of fresh
water bodies, plans to settle in
13-year-old Kibbutz Yahel a
year from now.
The other Reform kibbutz,
Lotan, is 7 years old. Both are
located in desert country north
of Eilat.
TaMar is comprised of Garin
Arava, founded in 1975, and
an urban component, Kvutzah
Ironit, organized only last year
for Reform aliya candidates
who prefer city dwelling to
kibbutz life.
Garin Arava in fact preceded
TaMar. Most of its members
belonged to the National Fed-
eration of Temple Youth.
Sabin said more women than
men are involved in the TaMar
movement, estimating the
ratio of women to men at 60-40
in the two kibbutzim.
The current total member-
ship of TaMar in the United
States and Canada is 48,
nearly two-thirds of them
women. Members' ages range
from 19 to 30.
Sabin was elected TaMar
secretary last January. He is a
full-time paid employee of the
He observed that a growing
number of Reform young peo-
ple had been coming to confer-
ences of Garin Arava, but
many indicated that while they
might become interested in
settling in Israel, they felt
intimidated by the emphasis of
veteran Garin Arava members
on settlement in the two kib-
butzim and by the fulfillment
The veterans religious
school teachers, youth group
advisors, camp counselors and
campus leaders responded
with a decision to expand the
Garin Arava program to
include a place for Reform
aliya candidates who did not
want kibbutz life.
TaMar's principal forums for
discussion of plans and prob-
lems are regional and national
conferences, Sabin said. These
are held by TaMar and by its
two component divisions.
Garin Arava plans a national
conference in Boston next Jan-
uary. Kvutzah Ironit plans a
national conference, probably
in San Francisco, next Febru-
Sabin said TaMar has devel-
oped enough program activity
to justify twice-a-year national
conferences, once in the fall
and once in the spring.
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Synagogue News
Temple Kol Ami
On Friday evening, Novem-
ber 24, services will begin at
8:15 under the leadership of
Rabbi Sheldon J. Harr and
Cantor Seymour Schwartz-
man. At this time, Lee Feld-
man, son of Lois and Leslie
Feldman, will be called to the
Torah in honor of his Bar
On Saturday morning,
November 25, services will
begin at 10:30. At this time,
Hannah Tabin, daughter of
Susan and Jeffrey Tabin, will
be called to the Torah in honor
of her Bat Mitzvah.
On Friday, December 1, ser-
vices will begin at 8:15 under
the leadership of Rabbi Shel-
don J. Harr and Cantor Sey-
mour Schwartzman. The 5th
Grade of the Temple Kol Ami
Religious School will partici-
pate in and help lead the ser-
vices. Children who have a
birthday in December will be
called to the Bimah for a spe-
cial birthday blessing.
On Saturday morning,
December 2, services will
begin at 10:30. David Stelnik,
Douglas Todd Goorland
Douglas Todd Goorland, son
of Roberta & Bruce of Planta-
tion, was called to the Torah
on the occasion of his Bar
Mitzvah on Nov. 18, at Temple
Beth Israel, Sunrise.
Maternal grandparents are
Freda & Sigmund Reinberg, of
Hallandale. Paternal grand-
parents are Mrs. Selma Fisher
& the late Dr. Harry Fisher of
Douglas is a student at Uni-
versity School. His hobbies are
tennis and soccer.
Peter Jared Rose
Peter Jared Rose, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jack J. Rose of Plan-
tation, will be called to the
Torah on the occasion of his
Bar Mitzvah on November 25,
at Temple Beth Israel, Sun-
Maternal grandparents are
Mimi and Jack Pockriss, of
Paternal grandparents are
Ida and Alvin Rose, of Tam-
Peter is a student at Nova
Middle School. His hobbies are
coin collecting, drawing and
computer games.
son of Gina and Mark Stelnik,
will be called to the Torah in
honor of his Bar Mitzvah.
Temple Emanu-EI
Breakfast Dec. 3
On Sunday, December 3, at
9:30 a.m., Temple Emanu-EI
of Greater Fort Lauderdale,
will host breakfast with Rabbi
Edward M. Maline. At 10 a.m.
there will be conversation and
discussion. The topic will be
"Great Trials in Jewish His-
tory," the Alfred Dreyfus
Case, "L'Affaire Dreyfus," its
implications for Jewish history
and the rise of Zionism.
Variety Show At
Beth Hillel
The Men's Club of Congre-
gation Beth Hillel, under the
leadership of Abe Plotkin,
president, will sponsor the
second in the series of variety
shows on Saturday, December
9th, at 8 p.m.
David Berger, coordinator of
entertainment has engaged
Stuart & Sebastian, a duo who
perform pop, classical and
Broadway numbers and Dor-
een Stuart who plays the Dou-
Vox accordian. They have
appeared in hotels, night clubs,
condominiums and cruise
ships. Sharing the program is
Eddie Garson and Cnico Chico,
a ventriloquist.
For information, call 974-
Chanukah Botique
The Sunrise Jewish Center
Parent Teachers Organization
is holding its' third annual
Book Fair and Chanukah Bou-
tique on Sunday, December 3,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Sunrise Jewish Center, 4099
North Pine Island Road, Sun-
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. "And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of
the field of Machpelah before Mamre"
(Gen. tS.19).
HAYE SARAH Sarah died at the age of 127 in Hebron, and
was buried in the Cave of Machpelah, which Abraham purchased
as a family grave yard. Anxious for Isaac to marry one of his
kinfolk rather than an idolatrous Canaanite woman, Abraham
sent his trusted servant Eliezer to his former home in Mesopota-
mia where his brother Nahor lived. Approaching the city, Eliezer
prayed for the success of his mission. He determined on a
procedure: He would ask each girl he met, "Give me your pitcher
and let me drink;" the girl who would reply, "Drink, and I will
give thy camels drink also" should be Isaac's destined bride
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himself to Rebekah's family, explained his mission, and received
permission for Rebekah to accompany him back to Canaan as
Isaac's prospective wife. Isaac loved Rebekah, and was consoled
in her after his mother's death. Abraham took another wife,
Keturah, and she bore him sons whom he dispatched to the east.
At the age of 175 Abraham died and was buried next to Sarah in
the Cave of Machpelah.
(The recounting of the Weekly Portion of the Law is extracted and
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P. Wollman-Tsamir, published by Shengold. The volume is available
at 75 Maiden Lane, New York, N.Y. 10038.)
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Joint Screening Group Opposed
Friday, November 24, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale Page 11
ven rabbis of Yeshiva Univer-
sity have signed a five-point
document opposing the forma-
tion of a mixed denominational
"Screening Committee,"
which could solve the "Who Is
a Jew" controversy. The com-
mittee was to consist of repre-
sentatives of the Orthodox,
Reform and Conservative
The document, addressed to
students at the college who
had requested clarification on
the matter, states that "A
Beth Din (rabbinic council)
which includes even one mem-
ber who is not an Orthodox
Jew ... is without halachic'
Some Orthodox sources had
favored the idea of a coopera-
tive committee, reasoning that
it would reduce to a minimum
the number of illegitimate con-
verts, by Orthodox standards,
who are accepted into Israel as
citizens. The proposal's sup-
porters reportedly include
members of the Rabbinical
Council of America, the rab-
binic arm of Orthodox
In a letter to the president of
the RCA Rabbi Aaron Solo-
veitchik, Talmudic sage and
Y.U. professor, admonished
the Rabbinical Council for its
rumored willingness to partici-
pate in the joint Beth Din.
Mysticism Also F Novice
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
Jewish mysticism or kabal-
lakde\ves into the deepest
secrets of G-d, the universe
and the human soul.
It deals with such weighty
issues as creation, purpose,
love, death and afterlife and its
study is said to be limited to
great rabbinic scholars and in
the past few centuries, to Has-
sidic sects.
Some even say that it is not
customary to begin to study
the Zohar, considered one of
the greatest kabbalisticv/orks
until one reaches the age of 40.
By that time, it is assumed
that one with scholarly inclina-
tions has spent more than two
decades of rigorous scholarly
study of texts such as the
Torah, Mishnah, and Talmud.
Even then it is said that the
work is so complex that only a
handful can actually under-
stand the original Aramaic
text while most require
hundreds of supplementary
texts that have been written
about the Zohar.
David Ariel
David Ariel, a 40-year-old
Jewish academician, argues
that mysticism is too valuable
to the Jew and his heritage to
be limited to scholars. And he
has written a book, "The Mys-
tic Quest An Introduction to
Jewish Mysticism," (Jason
Aronson, 1988, $27.50) that he
hopes will introduce Jewish
novices to the deep concepts.
Ariel, president of the Cleve-
land College of Jewish Studies,
began to study kaballah in
1970 during his undergraduate
studies at Hebrew University
in Jerusalem. Twenty years of
subsequent study and research
led to this, his first book.
"The purpose of the book is
to make the ideas of Jewish
mysticism accessible to people
who have been told it s too
difficult," Ariel told The Jew-
ish Floridian.
"My interest in Jewish mys-
ticism began at a point when I
thought Judaism did not have
answers to questions about the
meaning of life and other
important religious ques-
tions," he explains.
Leaders of United Synagogue of America present an artpiece to UN Secretary General Javier
Perez de CueUar during a recent meeting with him in New York. From left: Stephen Wolnek,
United Synagogue vice president; Roy Clements, biennial convention chairman; Franklin D.
Kreutzer of Miami, international president, United Synagogue of America; Secretary General
Javier Perez de CueUar; Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein, CEO, United Synagogue; and Harold Kalb,
president, New York Metropolitan Region.
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