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AJCongress To Hear 12 Ambassadors
CALL FOR ACTION JERUSALEM Former Soviet prisoners Yosef Begun, left, Vladtmir
Slepak and Ida Nudel discuss emergency evacuation of Jews from the Soviet Union. The activists
called for evacuation at a meeting this week, saying it was necessary to save Soviet Jews from the
dangers of pogroms and anti-Semitism. (AP/Wide World Photo)
Bonds Hadassah To Help New Olim
Urgent action to help Israel
absorb the tens of thousands of
Soviet Jews beginning to
arrive there has just been
announced by the State of
Israel Bonds Organization and
by Hadassah, the Women's
Zionist Organization of Amer-
Hadassah has allocated $1
million for a wide range of
absorption needs.
The Bonds Organization's
aim is to help Israel build
housing and create jobs for the
Soviet Jewish immigrants.
The announcement by
Bonds' North American chair-
man, William Belzberg, cited
reports from the Soviet Union
of a dangerous rise of anti-
Semitism there.
It represents a departure for
the Bonds Organization, which
sells dividend-paying Israeli
bonds as capital investment
instruments in all aspects of
Israel's economic develop-
ment. The organization sold
$789 million in Israeli bonds
worldwide last year.
Now it will launch an emer-
gency effort to convince inves-
tors of $10,000 or more to
purchase new bonds immedi-
ately, to provide loan funds to
Israel for the absorption of
Soviet emigres.
That will be followed during
the Passover season in April
by Operation Aliyah, a special
mass campaign, to be con-
ducted in synagogues all over
the United States and Canada,
for bond subscriptions to help
Israel's absorption effort.
American Jewish Congress
expects over 300 delegates to
take part in American Jewish
Congress' 1990 National Bien-
nial Convention which will be
held in West Palm Beach Feb.
16-19, at the Palm Hotel. It
will be hosted by the Southeast
Region. The theme for the
convention is, "The New Plur-
alism: At Home and Abroad,"
according to regional presi-
dent Bernard Mandler.
Convention agenda includes
the participation of ambassa-
dors from 12 countries. They
will take part in two roundta-
ble discussions and will attend
a black-tie ball in their honor
Feb. 18 at the Ocean Grand
Confirmed dignitaries are
Marcilio Marques Moreira of
Brazil. El Sayed A.R. El
Reedy of Egypt, Juergen Ruh-
fus of West Germany, Dr.
Peter Varkonvi of Hungary,
Moshe Arad of Israel, Charles
P. Gomis of the Ivory Coast,
Masamichi Hanabusa (Consul
General in New York) of
Japan, Eugenia A. Word-
sworth-Stevenson of Liberia,
Jan Kinast of Poland, Julian
Santamaria Ossorio of Spain,
Anders Thunborg of Sweden,
and Dzevad Mujezinovic of
In addition, the Mayor of
New York, David Dinkins, will
present the keynote address at
the Opening Plenary session
Feb. 16. He will speak on
"Pluralism's New Meaning
and It's Role in Politics."
Convention program also
will include an impressive list
of local professionals speaking
Azerbaijan Violence Threatens
Almost All Baku Jews Want To Leave At Once
Almost all of the estimated
25,000 to 30,000 Jews in Baku,
capital of the Soviet republic of
Azerbaijan, want to leave for
Israel immediately to escape
ethnic strife.
That was the consistent
theme of telephone reports to
leaders of B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional and the Long Island
Committee for Soviet Jewry.
A report in The Los Angeles
Times said Azerbaijan Jews
are fleeing to Moscow by the
thousands, and that some of
the refugees report incidents
of Jews being beaten or threat-
ened by Moslem extremists.
The reports came from con-
tacts in Moscow, who spoke to
Yegev Sokhulutsky, a member
of the Jewish cultural associa-
tion in Baku, and from Jews
speaking directly from Baku.
According to these inform-
ants, there are no reports of
anti- Semitism, but Jews want
to avoid involvement in the
ethnic warfare between Azer-
baijanis and Armenians in the
Caspian Sea port, where thou-
sands of Soviet troops have
been sent to try to restore
The Jews fear being asked to
choose between the mainly
Christian Armenians and the
predominantly Shi'ite Moslem
Azerbaijanis, both their long-
time friends.
Leaders of B'nai B'rith
received their information in
calls to two sources in Baku,
Leonard Mishne and Dimitri
Mishne spoke to B'nai B'rith
National Director Daniel Mari-
ascnw, and Korsh, reportedly
a journalist for Tass, spoke to
Hillel Kuttler, coordinator of
Soviet chapters of
B'nai B'rith.
There were conflicting
accounts in their reports.
Mishne spoke of another doc-
tor named Kosnovsky fatally
wounded by machine-gun fire
while riding in an ambulance
with a 3-year-old child believed
to be Jewish, who was also
According to Mishne,
another Jewish teen-agr \
Boris Glickman, was wounded.
Mishne said invitations from
Israel, necessary to begin the
emigration process, were
arriving. Korsh, however, said
there was no mail delivery.
Korsh told Hillel Kuttler,
coordinator of Soviet chapters
of B'nai B'rith, that he has
been waiting six months for an
invitation even though a sister
was already in Israel and
another was in Moscow
enroute to Israel.
In Israel
meanwhile, Ha'aretz reported
Wednesday that the Cabinet
will soon discuss the reports of
'"g anti-Semitism in the
Union and the entire
m bloc.
A report on the situation
prepared for the Cabinet rec-
ommends top priority for the
emigration of Jews from those
Deputy Foreign Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu said
efforts must be made to get
Jews out of the Soviet Union
while the Soviet authorities
continue their liberal emigra-
tion policies, which, he
implied, could be reversed at
any time.
According to Netanyahu,
about 300,000 Soviet Jews
already hold exit visas, but
have been unable to leave
because of lack of funds and
lack of flights to Israel.
on a number of topics. They
include, "The Unfinished
Work of the Civil Rights Revo-
lution," which will be
addressed by Sylvia Poitier of
the Broward County Commis-
sion; Carlton Moore, Ft. Laud-
erdale City Commission; John
Due of the Metro-Dade Office
of Black Affairs; Max Castro,
Greater Miami United; and
Dorothy Gaiter, editorial
board, The Miami Herald.
David Saitman, executive
director of Jewish Family Ser-
vice; Sandra Goldberg, Palm
Beach activist; and Soviet Jew
turned Rabbi, Leonid Feld-
man, will speak on "After
Emigration: The Challenge of
Integrating Soviet Jewry."
On the topic of Crises and
Opportunities in Jewish-
Christian Relations," Frank
Magrath of the National Con-
ference of Christians and Jews
will speak, along with Rabbi
Sol Schiff, executive vice pres-
ident of the Rabbinical Associ-
ation of Greater Miami, and
Rabbi Sam Silver of Palm
Beach County.
The final forum is, "The
Impact of Changing Family
Patterns on Jewish Life.
Gene Greenzweig, Central
Agency for Jewish Education;
Neil Newstein, Jewish Family
and Children's Service in West
Palm Beach; Rona Bartelstone
of Rona Bartelstone Associ-
ates; and Rhea Schwartzberg,
of Beth Torah Congregation,
will speak.
For information, call 673-
9100 in Dade or 763-8177 in

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Friday, February 16, 1990
Bus Must Not Derail Peace
Neither the murderous attack on the
Israeli bus in Egypt nor the possibly mis-
quoted words of Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir can be allowed to halt the painfully
slow progress towards peace in the Middle
Egypt and the PLO were quick to con-
demn the slaughter of 9 Israelis and two
Egyptians on their way to Cairo. Yet their
ongoing anti-Israeli rhetoric hardly sets the
tone for curbing such violence.
Shamir quickly clarified his comments on
the need for a "bigger" Israel to absorb the
increasing wave of Soviet Jewish immi-
grants. And he correctly pointed out that
less than one percent of the recent arrivals
actually settled in the territories.
Opponents of the peace process rang-
ing from the extreme right in Israel to
militant Palestinians to the radical states of
Libya, Iran and Syria have been quick to
utilize these latest "incidents" for their
own purposes.
Fortunately, the United States was quick
to voice its horror at the tragic bus attack.
At the highest level, including the Presi-
dent, our government is seeking to make
direct flights from Moscow to Ben Gurion
Airport a reality.
At the same time, the opponents within
Likud should not harden Shamir's position,
which already divides the Israeli public and
world Jewry.
The delicate balance of a coalition gov-
ernment, like democracy itself, may not be
perfect, but it is better than any other form
now possible.
AVRjeNPLY* squeeze
Tragic Lesson Haunted Goldberg
late Justice Arthur Goldberg,
among his many distinctions,
served in the mid-1980s as
chairman of a research study
on the response of American
Jewry to saving Jews during
the Nazi Holocaust.
Together with representa-
tives from most of the major
Jewish religious and com-
munal organizations, I served
on that committee. It was one
of the most uncomfortable
experiences of my life.
There were all kinds of
explanations of extenuating
circumstances given limited
Jewish political clout, possible
rise of anti-Semitism, unrelia-
ble information about the Jew-
ish plight. The bottom line was
that with rare exception,
American and world Jewry
had not risen fully to the chal-
lenge and the mitzvah of "pid-
Letter To The Editor:
Congresswoman Back From Israel
Along with three other
members of Congress, I have
just returned from a fact find-
ing mission to Israel sponsored
by the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith. During
this time, we had the opportu-
nity to discuss the many press-
ing problems which confront
Overall military balance in
the Middle East
Buildup of high technology
programs in the Arab world
Absorption of hundreds of
thousands of Soviet Jews
Potential break-up of the
coalition government
We met with key govern-
ment leaders, and found that
these discussions were quite
frank and open. Among those
officials we spoke with were
Prime Minister Yitzhak Sha-
mir, Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin, Foreign Affairs Minis-
ter Moshe Arens, and mem-
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bers of the Knesset, including
Education Committee Chair-
man Michael Bar Zohar, Immi-
gration Chairman Michael
Kliner, and Environment Min-
ister Ronnie Milo.
I expect the U.S. relation-
ship with Israel will take on
added importance as the
upheaval in Eastern Europe
and the Soviet Union contin-
ues. The U.S. Navy will play a
bigger role in our defense
strategy as the military situa-
tion in Europe changes, and
Israel plays a key role in sup-
porting our Navy through the
port of Haifa.
So now is not the time to act
precipitously to cut aid to
Israel. Now is not the time to
give strength to Israel's ene-
mies. Now is not the time to
impede Israel's ability to
absorb thousands of Soviet
Jews fleeing persecution and
uncertainty in a changing
Soviet Union. Rather, we must
work with Israel to bring the
winds of change to the Middle
East change that will enable
Jews and Arabs to live side by
side in peace.
I leans Roa-Lehtinen,
Member of Congress
yon shevuyim," the redeeming
of fellow captive Jews.
As more information comes
in daily about the condition of
Soviet Jewry, I think back to
that Goldberg study and the
In no way do I wish to
suggest that the Soviet Union
today and Nazi Germany then
are comparable. But there are
moral challenges for Jewry
and Israel that are in many
ways analogous. Within the
next several years, there may
be nearly a million Soviet Jews
emigrating to Israel. There are
growing fears among them
that the explosive ethnic
unrest and right-wing nation-
alism might unleash floodgates
of ancient Russian anti-
Until glasnost and pere-
stroika are able to do any
transforming work, the Soviet
economy may well become dis-
astrous, for Soviet citizens and
especially Jews.
The Soviet Jewish emigra-
tion for which we have
battled for some 15 years
will pose massive problems for
Israel and world Jewry, includ-
ing housing, jobs, and their
integration as Jews in Israel's
complicated social fabric.
But precisely those kinds of
obstacles and challenges would
have confronted us if we had
been able to rescue and reha-
bilitate the six million Jews
who were slaughtered in the
1930s and 1940s.
In hindsight, what Jew of
conscience would not have
wanted to have such life-
saving challenges to face and
deal with? Today, what Jew of
conscience does not want to
assure that history does not
repeat itself in the redemption
of Soviet Jewry?
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Administration Supports Same Aid To Israel
Senior State Department offi-
cials urged Congress to give
the Bush administration
greater flexibility in providing
economic and military assis-
tance to foreign countries.
But Deputy Secretary of
State Lawrence Eagleburger
said that even if Congress did
so, Israel and Egypt would
continue to receive the same
level of aid the two countries
have enjoyed for the last sev-
eral years.
His comments seemed to lift
the uncertainly about whether
there would be a reduction in
aid to Israel, in light of a
proposal made earlier by Sen-
ate Minority Leader Robert
Dole (R-Kan.).
Dole suggested cutting aid
to the five largest recipients by
5 percent, in order to provide
funds for emerging democra-
cies in Eastern Europe and
Panama. The five countries
are Israel, Egypt, the Philip-
Egypt has been linked
with Israel in the aid
package, ever since the
two countries signed the
1978 Camp David
Accords. Aid to several
other countries is also
earmarked by Congress,
giving the administration
little discretion in
apportioning aid to other
countries. .
pines, Turkey and Pakistan.
While not mentioning Dole's
specific suggestions, Eagle-
burger said the ''Dole proposal
has generated what we would
consider to be a useful debate
on the subject."
The deputy secretary's
remarks were made as he and
other State Department offi-
cials briefed reporters on the
department's budgetary
requests for the 1991 fiscal
Likud Showdown Postponed
They include $1.8 billion in
military aid and $1.2 billion
economic aid for Israel, and
$2.3 billion in military aid and
$965 million in economic aid
for Egypt.
Egypt has been linked with
Israel in the aid package, ever
since the two countries signed
the 1978 Camp David Accords.
Aid to several other countries
is also earmarked by Con-
gress, giving the administra-
tion little discretion in appor-
tioning aid to other countries.
According to Eagleburger,
92 percent of the $4.7 billion in
military aid, and 82 percent of
the $3.2 billion in economic
aid, is earmarked by Congress.
This fiscal year, in addition
to retaining the earmarks,
Congress also cut the total
foreign aid budget, meaning
the administration had to cut
or eliminate aid for countries
throughout the world, the
deputy secretary said.
"We need greater flexibility
to meet the rapid changes tak-
ing place around the world,"
said Eagleburger.
Conditions in such places as
Eastern Europe are changing
so rapidly that flexibility is
needed to meet problems as
they occur, rather than have
the money earmarked for spe-
cific items, he said.
Nevertheless, the adminis-
tration has no plans to reduce
aid to the Middle East, espe-
cially with Secretary of State
James Baker "deeply engaged
in the effort to move the peace
process forward."
He appeared to rule out a
change in the appropriations
for Israel and Egypt, even if
there is no progress in the
peace effort, because the Mid-
dle East "continues to be a
terribly sensitive area and
"The need to maintain sta-
bility in the area at the same
time the secretary is working
hard to bring about movement
in the peace process would
seem to me to argue that, in
fact, that is an area where
assistance should continue at
the level we have suggested,"
Baker said.
He sounded a similar theme
in testimony before the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.
Baker, stressed that the
administration's request for
flexibility is not aimed at any
specific country, but at the
system of earmarking most
In his testimony, Baker men-
tioned that he had requested a
$70 million supplemental
appropriations bill for the
State Department's refugee
budget for the current fiscal
The State Department's
1991 budget includes a little
more than $450 million for
bringing 110,000 refugees to
the United States, including
40,000 government-funded
Soviet refugees.
Politics On Hold
After Bus Attack
angry Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir told the Knesset that
the murderous attack on an
Israeli tour bus in Egypt would
not deter Israel from pursuing
But while thanking Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak for his
condolence telephone call, Sha-
mir held Egypt responsible for
the outrage and demanded
that it find the murderers and
bring them to justice.
At least 10 Israelis and two
Egyptians have died and 17
Israelis were wounded as a
result of the attack, perpe-
trated by two masked men
armed with machine guns and
hand grenades.
The Egyptian fatalities were
a tour guide and a security
officer, who boarded the bus
when it crossed the Egyptian
border at Rafah.
Shamir said the attack was
planned in advance with the
sole purpose of killing as many
Jews as possible.
In Washington, President
Bush telephoned Shamir to
express condolences, while
Secretary of State James
Baker called Israeli Foreign
Minister Moshe Arens and the
foreign minister of Egypt,
Esmat Abdel Meguid.
"This horrible act of terror-
ism should be condemned by
civilized people everywhere,"
said White House spokesman
Marlin Fitzwater.
Meanwhile, the scheduled
meeting Wednesday of the
Likud party's Central Commit-
tee was postponed until next
week. The meeting was fore-
seen as a showdown between
Shamir and Sharon, and Sun-
day's bus attack is now
expected to bolster the hard-
line views of Sharon.
Yitzhak Shamir
The attack was also
denounced by State Depart-
ment spokeswoman Margaret
Tutwiler, as well as in state-
ments released by major
national Jewish organizations
?undavlfrjunc h & I
in the United States and Can-
ada, all of which said that the
outrage must not be allowed to
derail the peace process.
The Palestine Liberation
Organization issued a state-
ment from its Tunis headquar-
ters condemning the bus
attack and disclaiming all
responsibility for it.
Minister of Industry and
Trade Ariel Sharon, the most
outspoken opponent of Sha-
mir s peace initiative,
denounced Egypt.
Shamir demanded in his
speech to the Knesset that in
addition to tracking down the
killers, Egypt must prevent its
territory from being used as a
base for future attacks on
Israelis, and that the Egyptian
media and public should
denounce the bus attack.

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Lincoln And The Jews: Largely Untold Story
ST. PAUL (JTA) Abra-
ham Lincoln's relationship
with the Jews is a little known,
but fascinating part of Ameri-
can Jewish history. It is a story
well worth retelling, particu-
larly as we mark the 181st
anniversary of his birth.
Abraham Jonas was an Eng-
lish Jew who also kept a store
in Williamstown, Ky., near
Lincoln's birthplace. He
became a close political and
personal friend of Lincoln, and
was a staunch political suppor-
ter during Lincoln's heart-
breaking defeat by Stephen
Douglas. Others deserted Lin-
coln, but not Jonas, who was
one of two men to first propose
Lincoln for president of the
United States.
After Lincoln's election,
Jonas learned of a plot by
prominent Southerners to
assassinate the president.
Jonas pleaded with Lincoln to
take precautions for "your
personal safety and the preser-
vation of our national secur-
ity." Lincoln heeded his advice
and arrived in Washington
under secret guard in the mid-
dle of the night. He thereby
averted a planned attack on
his train in Baltimore.
During his presidency, sev-
eral events are recorded of
Lincoln's direct intervention
on behalf of Jews.
The first occurred during the
Civil War, when a Jew was
appointed to the chaplaincy. A
An even more significant anti-Semitic incident
was the infamous Order No. 11 of General Ulysses
Grant, expelling Jews from the area under his
few fundamentalist Protestant
clergy protested vocally, point-
ing out that by statute, mili-
tary chaplains had to be of
"Christian faith."
The Jewish community was
angered, and a struggle began.
The matter was brought to the
attention of Lincoln, who
immediately went to work to
change the unfair law.
Eventually, Congress did
revise the law, and President
Lincoln appointed Rabbi Fer-
dinand Saraer the first Jewish
chaplain. It was largely due to
Lincoln that rabbis have been
recognized as military chap-
An even more significant
anti-Semitic incident was the
infamous Order No. 11 of Gen-
eral Ulysses Grant, expelling
Jews from the area under his
In Paducah, the 30 Jewish
families were terror-stricken.
Respected and established,
some with family in the Union
Army, the Jewish community
was shocked and numbed.
However, one Jew, Cesar
Kaskel, was outraged and
determined to right the wrong.
Through sustained effort he
obtained a meeting with Lin-
coln, who knew nothing about
Order No. 11. When Kaskel
met Lincoln, the following con-
versation took place:
Lincoln: And so the children
of Israel were driven from the
happy land of Canaan?
Kaskel: Yes, and that is why
we have come unto Father
Abraham's bosom, asking pro-
Lincoln: And this protection
they shall have at once.
Lincoln immediately wrote a
personal note and had the
unfortunate law canceled at
During the Civil War, there
was an occasion when Presi-
dent Lincoln spared the life of
a Jewish soldier at two o'clock
in the morning.
Aaron Pareira's father was
dying, and Aaron's mother
asked him to come home to see
his father and recite Kaddish
at the graveside.
Pareira applied for a brief
furlough for a few days, but it
was denied. Nevertheless, the
soldier's love for his parents
led him to go home anyway.
Later he was arrested, tried
and condemned to death.
Simon Wolf, a leader of the
Baltimore Jewish community,
succeeded in arranging a
meeting with Lincoln about
RESTORATIONS UNDERWAY The Sofia Synagogue in Bulgaria, which a UJA Young
Leadership Mission recently visited, is scheduled to be renovated with the help of the Bulgarian
government and international Jewish support.
PARIS (JTA) French
Foreign Minister Roland
Dumas disapproves of eco-
nomic sanctions and a scien-
tific boycott of Israel, such as
the European Parliament in
Strasbourg recommended to
the European Community Jan.
Dumas stated his position at
a meeting with a delegation
from the European Jewish
Congress here.
He said that regardless of
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the matter. Because Lincoln
was so busy, he could only see
Wolf at 2:00 a.m. When Lin-
coln heard the whole story, in a
typical compassionate manner,
he pardoned the soldier. Par-
eira returned to the army and
fought heroically. He was later
killed in the battle of Cold
During the presidential cam-
paign of 1860, Abraham Kohn,
president of Congregation
Kehilat Anshe Maariv in Chi-
cago, met Lincoln and they
became close friends. Kohn
became consumed with the
idea that Lincoln was destined
to be the Moses who would
free the slaves and save the
country. Being a devout Jew
and a great admirer of Lin-
coln, he expressed his feelings
through a personal gift that he
gave Lincoln as the President-
elect was about to leave for
It was a picture of an Ameri-
can flag that Kohn painted in
color. Around the perimeter of
the flag, he painted carefully in
Hebrew a passage taken from
Joshua 1:4-9, the last verse
being "Have I not commanded
you? Be not afraid, neither be
dismayed; for the Lord your
God is with you wherever you
Lincoln placed the flag in the
Executive Mansion, as testi-
fied in a letter by John Hay,
the private secretary to the
Abraham Lincoln has always
attracted the admiration and
interest of Jews. Perhaps it
was because of his constant
use of references from the
Hebrew Bible. His speeches
and writings had a biblical
cadenced beat, a rise and fall
tone like the Psalms. His
impassioned work for freedom
and justice had the ring of the
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Seek Compromise With Men
B'nai B'rith Women Plan For Independence
Jtwiak Floridian Staff Writer
B'nai B'rith Women leader-
ship said the organization does
not want to separate
from B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional, but they are laying the
groundwork for independence
just in case.
Meanwhile, the family feud
between the world's largest
Jewish organization and its
women's affiliate escalated
this week when BBW's execu-
tive board passed a resolution
condeming BBI's actions.
BBI severed its ties with the
women's group last month
after the women failed to give
up its desire to have an inde-
pendent voice within the
BBW national president-
elect Harriet Horwitz, of
North Miami, says she is pre-
paring to take over the reigns
of the 120,000-member
women's division in April
with or without BBI.
"You can't resolve anything
The Executive Board of the
Margate Chapter of Women's
League for Israel will meet on
Monday, February 19, at the
Margate Community Center,
6199 N.W. 10th St., Margate,
at 10 a.m.
The next meeting of the
Margate Chapter of Women's
League for Israel will take
place on Monday, February 26,
at noon, at the Margate Com-
munity Center, 6199 N.W.
10th St., Margate.
Program will be a book
review entitled "Jephte's
Daughter" written by Naomi
Ragen, and presented by Lil-
yan Davidson.
Masada Margate Chapter of
Hadassah will host Susan
Lichtman, anchor woman of
Channel 4 telecast as guest
speaker on Tuesday 27th, at
11:30 a.m. at Temple Beth
Am, 7205 Royal Palm Blvd.,
Margate, Florida. Informa-
tion, 971-4863.
unless you communicate and
the leadership of BBI is unwill-
ing to communicate with the
leadership of BBW," Horwitz
"I guess we stand with going
to our biennial convention (in
April) and continuing to exert
pressure for BBI to come to
the bargaining table."
The BBW leadership last
week adopted a strategic plan
for its continued support of
Jewish women and then- fami-
lies, and formally dedicated its
new national headquarters
office in Washington. D.C.
But it hasn't exactly been
business as usual.
According to Horwitz, BBW
members who serve as dele-
gates on BBI commissions,
have been "disinvited" to
meetings and denied voting
JNF Hosts
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Jewish National Fund of
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Annual Tax Seminar on Thurs-
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6650 North Andrews Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale. The break-
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7:45-10 a.m. For information
call 572-2593.
rights. Only the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith has said it will welcome
BBW delegates at its commis-
sion meetings until the issue is
ultimately decided, Horwitz
BBW's current president
Hyla Lipsky, condemned BBI
tactics, including denying new
BBW members the opportu-
nity to enroll in a popular
health insurance program.
Those who are uninsurable
probably will defect to BBI,
Horwitz conceded. But, she
added, BBW has decided to
look for its own insurance pro-
Meanwhile, Horwitz said
that until the BBI delegates at
Boys H. S.
February 25
Florida Chapter, Boys High
School Alumni Association will
hold its 17th Annual Luncheon
on Sun., Feb. 25, at noon at
David's Plum Holiday Inn,
1711 N. University Dr., Plan-
Morris Moish Brenner will
be honored as Man of the
Year. The Broadway Trans-
fers will entertain. For infor-
mation call 865-0818.
their biennial assembly in
August vote to change their
constitution, the women's divi-
sion will consider itself part of
the family.
Horwitz noted that BBW's
leadership even allocated
funds in its 1990-91 budget for
two BBI programs it helps
support Hillel and B'nai
B'rith Youth Organization
(BBYO). BBW gives close to
$500,000 annually to those two
programs. But that contribu-
tion from the women's division
may be in jeopardy if the sep-
aration becomes a final
Still, she maintained that the
women's organization is ready
to stand on its own.
"I think the women's group
will be strong because we have
been self-sufficient for 30 to 40
years," said Horwitz. "We
have programs that stand on
their own."
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Memorial Reflects
Architect's Expression
Jewk Floridian Staff WriUr
The Miami Beach Holocaust
Memorial Gardens is the most
important and serious work
that 59-year-old architect and
sculptor Kenneth Treister has
ever undertaken in his life.
For five years he poured his
heart and soul, creativity and
passion into the work that
hundreds will come to see at
the official opening Sunday
and hundreds of thousands will
visit in generations to come.
In a sense, the concept is
even too boggling for the
Miami artist to comprehend. It
is one man's expression of the
Holocaust and yet that man
admits the Holocaust is some-
thing that is unexpressable.
"It can't represent one min-
ute of the Holocaust. You can
try to do it, but you can't," he
Each person who visits the
memorial will bring to it an
individual interpretation based
on such factors as age, reli-
gion, background and sensitiv-
And Treister says that's
what he wants visitors to do.
As Treister supervised work
crews and prepared the finish-
ing touches in his khaki shorts,
lavender polo shirt, straw hat,
docksiders and sunglasses
constantly dabbing on Vasel-
ine for protection against the
hot sunhe shared intimate
thoughts about his design in a
poignant, walking interview.
He revealed the deep conflict
that he wrestled with before
the drawings even left his
board: How do you give a
proper memorial that respects
the death of a people, and at
the same time tell the horrors
of the Nazis?
He didn't want to use depic-
tions of barbed wire and other
Nazi death tools. That, he said,
would be like letting the Nazis
tell him how to express the
"I didn't want it to be grot-
esque. This was a beautiful
people, a beautiful civilization
of musicians, of dancers, of
folk lore, of religion and the
whole civilization was dest-
He decided upon mixing
despair with hope, life with
death, beauty with ugliness,
light with darkness and drew
heavily on the use of nature:
the sun, moon, water and sky
and foliage.
"This is a stage. See the
curtain of green,' says Treis-
ter as he points to the newly-
planted forest of palm trees.
"It's all a backdrop."
As a visitor walks through
this living memorial garden he
becomes a part of the art.
If there would be such a
thing as an artist's instruc-
tions about how to approach a
work something Treister
prefers not to do it would
start on the patio by the
reflecting pond where the title
of the work is engraved: "In
Memory of the Six Million
Jewish Victims of the Holo-
You will be standing on Jeru-
salem stone, a special rock that
was quarried in Israel from the
same earth that was there in
biblical times. It is the largest
use of Jerusalem stone any-
where outside of Israel. And
its use in the memorial gives it
a special connection to the
Jewish state, which did not
exist during the Holocaust.
He would suggest sitting on
one of the benches made from
whole slabs of Israeli stone,
under the wrought-iron light
fixtures or on the low-lying
spiral steps that form an ampi-
theater around the reflecting
"The spiral is an important
Jewish form," said Treister.
"The continuation of life never
World-famous Victoria
water lilies with night and day
blooms will be placed on the
pond. A semi-circle with an
abstract of a menorah with
water from the pond running
through it extends in a small
"It's a place to come and
think, and try to understand,"
said Treister.
From the emotional silence
of reflection, Treister would
then begin the intellectual
aspect of the tour. (The memo-
rial would not provide a whole
experience if it were viewed
with only one of the two essen-
tial ingredients: intellect and
emotions, he said.)
There is a sculpture of a
woman and two children and a
quote from Anne Frank talk-
ing about hope and the good-
ness of mankind.(The same fig-
ures are shown dead in a com-
panion sculpture at the exit).
Enter a colonade of solid
Jerusalem stone hewn in one
piece in Jerusalem. It supports
an arbor, wood trelis, which
will have white flowering bou-
gan villas.
The story of the Holocaust is
told in pictures etched into a
granite wall. They are graphic,
poignant and stark. So are the
captions which were written
along with a synopsis of the
Holocaust by survivor, educa-
tor and committee member Dr.
Helen Fagin.
The etchings Fagin pain-
stakingly selected for this
aspect of the memorial are
based on authentic pictures
taken from Holocaust
Fagin included two maps in
the exhibit; one showing how
many centuries and millenium
Jews lived in the various East-
ern European countries, the
other showing how many were
murdered in each country.
Another pause for reflection
by an etched quote from the
23rd Psalm and then one
enters a dome with a yellow
stained-glass Star of David on
the ceiling. Depending on the
time of day, the reflection
from the sunlight above the
glass casts a reflection of the
star on the walls of the dome.
Treister intentionally made
scratch marks on the stucco
walls of the dome to symbolize
how Jews desperately clawed
at the walls of the gas cham-
bers trying to escape the death
of the poisonous air.
Then one enters a tunnel
that was designed to appear
longer than it is. It's confining,
You look up at the 42-foot
bronze patina sculpture
that marks the
centerpiece of the
memorial: an arm with a
hand that is open and
reaching to the sky.
Hundreds of tragic
human figures climb
upwards from the base of
the statue. Each one is
trying to escape, to climb
out of the hell but they all
are in the act of helping
each other.
dark, serious, sad. Only little
slits let in shafts of light to see
the names of the concentration
camps on the wall: Mauthau-
sen-Babi Yar, Treblinka,
Buchenwald, Majdanek-
Theresienstadt, Gurs,
From the tunnel one
emerges into a semi-circle of
black granite walls. You look
up at the 42-foot bronze patina
sculpture that marks the cen-
terpiece of the memorial: an
arm with a hand that is open
and reaching to the sky.
Hundreds of tragic human fig-
ures climb upwards from the
base of the statue. Each one is
trying to escape, to climb out
of the hell but they all are in
the act of helping each other.
Some figures are free-
standing: an old couple saying
goodbye to one another, a fittle
baby, alone, crying, arms
stretched out but no one there.
Yet no figure manages to
climb beyond the wrist. It is as
if only G-d, in His time, will
come and grab the waiting,
outreached hand and never let
There is a wall at the memo-
rial that will be engraved with
the names of the Jews who
perished in the Holocaust. The
victims of that silence.
That is why Treister said it
was so important to make his
memorial educational as well
as symbolic.
"I had to do it so future
generations wouldn't come
here and say, 'What is this?'
"The only important thing is
reaction, not in 1990 but in
years to come. This is a public
memorial hopefully for genera-
tions. One of the most frequent
things people thought in the
Holocaust was: Will people
Bush Disturbed
By Reports Of
President Bush told two dozen
Jewish leaders at the White
House this week that he is
disturbed about the reports he
has been receiving about the
increased threat of anti-
Semitism in the Soviet Union.
Bush understands that the
issue now is not just emigra-
tion, but rescue," said Malcolm
Hoenlein, executive director of
the Conference of Presidents
of Major American Jewish
Miami artist and architect Kenneth Treister, right, discusses the
Holocaust Memorial with two assistants.
U.S. Jewish Liberals
Call Occupation 'Cancer9
That part of the Jewish com-
munity which identifies as "lib-
eral and progressive" made
clear here that it is alive and
well with a broad agenda.
But the subject most pas-
sionately addressed by the
more than 1,300 participants
in the Southern California
Conference of Liberal and Pro-
fressive Intellectuals was
srael's behavior in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip and its
peace policies in general.
Most forceful critique was
offered by Dr. David Biale, a
young professor of Jewish his-
tory affiliated with the Gra-
duate Theological Union in
"There is a cancer destroy-
ing the body politic of the
Jewish people," Biale said, and
"it is the cancer of occupa-
According to him, "The
price of continuing the occupa-
tion will not only be the deter-
ioration of democracy in Israel
but also the progressive disin-
tegration of the American
Jewish community."
A similar warning was
sounded by Dr. Michael Ler-
ner, editor of the left-wing
Jewish monthly Tikkun, which
organized and sponsored the
conference at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
Continued from Page 4
the slow pace of the Middle
East peace process and the
continuing intifada, he is
opposed to penalties against
His views are contrary to
those expressed by Foreign
Minister Jerry Collins of Ire-
land, current chairman of the
E.C. Council of Ministers.
On the day the European
Parliament voted, Collins
warned visiting Knesset mem-
bers of sanctions, "unless
Israel amends its ways."
The French foreign minister
seemed receptive to sugges-
tions to establish a Euro-Israel
dialogue to balance the Euro-
Arab dialogue held in Paris
last December.
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Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
. "And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the hearing
of the peopU; and they said;'AU that the Lord hath spoken will we
do, and obey' "
MISHPATIM The laws that Moses submitted to the children of
Israel after they had heard the Ten Commandments dealt with
the following subjects:
The Hebrew servant; murder, filial aggression and blasphemy;
kidnapping; criminal assault; maiming of a servant; the butting
bull; accidents and damages; theft; property damage; watchmen;
seduction; proselytes, the orphaned and the widowed; lending and
borrowing; the sanctification of God and man; relations with the
enemy; the Sabbatical year; the Sabbath; the three pilgrim
festivals; idolatry.
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God. The children of Israel accepted the covenant with the words:
"All that the Lord hath spoken will we do, and obey" (Exodus
U.7). Moses then ascended Mount Sinai to receive the tablets of
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Synagogue News
Temple Kol Ami
On Friday evening, Febru-
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8:15 under the leadership of
Rabbi Sheldon J. Harr and
Cantor Seymour Schwartz-
On Saturday morning, Feb-
ruary 17, services will begin at
10:30. At this time, Erika
Engelson, daughter of Paula
and Peter Engelson, and
Michelle Lurie, daughter of
Robin and Marc Lurie, will be
called to the Torah in honor of
their B'Not Mitzvah.
Temple Emanu-El
On Friday Evening, Febru-
ary 16, at 8 p.m., at Shabbat
Services there will be a guest
speaker: Isaac Elishakoff.
Isaac Elishakoff is the Chair-
man, Department of Engineer-
ing, Technion, Haifa. The topic
will be: Israel and the Soviet
Jewish Exodus. Services will
be conducted by Rabbi Edward
M. Maline and Cantorial
Soloist, Stephanie Sorcsek.
On Sunday morning, Febru-
ary 18, at 10 a.m. the Men's
Club will sponsor a breakfast.
The breakfast is free to all
members, spouses and all
members of Sisterhood. The
guest speaker will be Paul
Levy, deputy sheriff, who is
also a comedian.
B'nai Mitzvah
Lisa Kirsch, daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. Kenneth P. Liroff
and Dr. and Mrs. Frederic G.
Kirsch of Plantation will be
called to the Torah as Bat
Mitzvah on Sat., Feb. 17, at
Temple Beth Israel of Sunrise.
Lisa attends Nova Middle
School. She enjoys reading and
bicycle riding.
Sharing in the celebration
will be sisters and brother
Erica Lynn Kirsch, Heather
Jill Kirsch, Erica Ruth Liroff,
Johanna Liroff and Shelby
Kirsch. Grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Rubin of Hol-
lywood and Mr. & Mrs. Irving
J. Koslow of Richmond, Va.
Lisa will be twinned with
Svellana Shpilman of the
Soviet Union.
Rachel Lipitz, daughter of
Michael Lipitz of Tamarac and
Rita Freedman-Lipitz of Nut-
ley, N.J. was called to the
Torah as Bat Mitzvah on Sat.,
Jill Shulman, daughter
of Dr. Joel Shulman and the
late Mrs. Lisa Shulman of
Plantation was called to the
Torah as Bat Mitzvah on Sat-
urday, Feb. 10, at Temple
Beth Israel, Sunrise.
Jill is a student at the
Hebrew Day School, Seminole.
Her interest include Hebrews,
tennis and song writing.
Sharing in the celebration
were brother David, grandpar-
ents Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Tyr-
kiel of Deerfield Beach and
Mr. & Mrs. Morris Shulman.
Feb. 10.
Rachel attends Taravella
High School. She enjoys ballet,
modern jazz, track and Latin.
Sharing in the celebration
were grandparents Mrs. Gloria
Haister of Lynnbrook, N.Y.
and Edward Lipitz of Boca
Announcement is made of
the engagement of Celia
Blanche Wilner of Singer
Island, daughter of Abraham
and Zelotta Wilner to Glen
David Schwartz of Tamarac,
son of Alan and Nancy
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'The Invisible Thread9
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
Two Jewish women, one a
writer, the other a photogra-
pher, have created a literary
and pictoral work that vir-
tually every Jewish woman in
America can appreciate.
In their treasure of a book,
"The Invisible Thread: A Por-
trait of Jewish American
Women," (1989, the Jewish
Publication Society) writer
Diana Bletter and photogra-
pher Lori Grinker, have
spared no corner of America in
their journey to discover the
special thread that unites their
They spent endless hours
interviewing and photogra-
phing Jewish women and, per-
haps because each is special
and unique in her own way, the
combined portrait is complete
and powerful.
Some of their subjects were
more prominent, such as film
director Susan Seidelman,
Vermont Governor Madeleine
Kunin and community leader
Shoshana Cardin. Some come
from small towns and farms
"We wanted to uncover
the connection the
invisible thread that
linked women to Judaism
and to one another,"
wrote Bletter.
or, as Judy Nieto calls her
Texas Panhandle area, "miles
and miles of nothing but miles
and miles."
They span the range from
feminists to traditional house-
wives, from deeply observant
to assimilated, from a Hasidic
butcher to women who put on
taUit and tefillin, from Talmud
scholar to artist to nightclub
"We explored how women
balance wnat seems like two
competing forces change
and tradition as they com-
bine feminism with Judaism,"
Bletter wrote.
In traveling from Portland,
Oregon to Bluefield, W. Vir-
ginia and criss-crossing the
country for five years, they
interviewed and photographed
women including the grand-
daughter of a black Jewish
slave in New York and a veter-
inarian in Montgomery, Ala.
"We wanted to uncover the
connection the invisible
thread that linked women to
Judaism and to one another,"
wrote Bletter.
"Almost all stress the impor-
tance of family and education;
many talk about how they are
influenced by the Jewish conc-
ern for the poor and for those
less fortunate, by the need to
work for justice.'
And they also confided about
how stereotypes of the Jewish
mother and the Jewish Ameri-
can Princess have effected
their self-esteem.
The book is divided into
three main sections: Sources,
Connections and Discoveries.
Within each section are the
individual essays and poignant
photos with titles such as
Inheritance, Motherhood,
Risks, Diaspora, Potential,
Search and Emancipation.
"The Invisible Thread" is a
book that every Jewish woman
can identify with in one way or
Senators Ask Moscow For Direct Flights
Secretary of State James
Baker carried to Moscow this
week a letter signed by U.S.
senators that asks Soviet Pres-
ident Mikhail Gorbachev to
permit Jews to leave the
Soviet Union on direct flights
to Israel.
Baker was expected to dis-
cuss the subject of direct
flights during his meetings
with Soviet Foreign Minister^
Eduard Shevardnadze. The
secretary of state is to meet
with Gorbachev on Friday.
White House Chief of Staff
John Sununu, speaking at an
American Israel Public Affairs
Committee luncheon at the
Israeli Embassy, said it would
be appropriate for Baker to
raise the direct flights issue
while in Moscow, according to
an Israeli official present.
The matter is especially
urgent now, because thou-
sands of Soviet Jews who have
received permission to emi-
grate are unable to leave due
to a shortage of flights out of
the country.
According to the Israeli offi-
cial, Soviet authorities issued
about 6,000 exit visas for Jews
in January.
Shabbat Travel Sanctioned
JERUSALEM (JTA) Israel's Sephardic chief rabbi,
Mordechai Eliahu, has given Jews leaving the Soviet Union
for Israel dispensation to travel on the Sabbath. In issuing
his edict, he invoked the principle of "pikuach nefesh," the
saving of lives, which overrides the religious ban on travel
on the Sabbath and other Jewish holy days.
U.S. Attack Helicopters Coming
TEL AVIV (JTA) The first of 19 Apache attack
helicopters that the United States is selling to Israel is
expected to arrive here by the end of the year, the
Jerusalem Post reported.
Reform Temple Eviction Stayed
TEL AVIV (JTA) A 150-member Reform congregation
has won a stay of an eviction notice served it by the Tel
Aviv City Council. A magistrates court will hear the appeal
of Kehilat Ramat Aviv on May 6 against the order to vacate
its leased premises in Ramat Aviv, a northern suburb of Tel
ADL Lauds Bush On Anti-Semitism
NEW YORK (JTA) Leaders of the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith sent a letter to President Bush
saying that they "welcome and commend the stirring
condemnation of racism and anti-Semitism" included in his
State of the Union address.
Eagleburger Meets 8 Leaders
WASHINGTON (JTA) A delegation of eight Jewish
leaders met here with Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence
Eagleburger to express concern over the increase in
anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.
Hungary Studies Reparations
NEW YORK Hungary is actively considering repara-
tions to victims of Nazism and other persecutees but the
amounts will depend on what it can afford, the president of
the Hungarian Parliament, Estvan Fodor, said here.
Geneva-Based Jurists Criticize
GENEVA (JTA) The Geneva-based International
Commission of Jurists issued a severe indictment of
Israel's military justice system in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. The 74-page report referred to allegations of
"mistreatment and torture" to extract confessions.
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