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The Jewish Floridian of South County
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Jewish Floridian
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Vol. 1, no. 1 (Dec. 14, 1979)-
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Jewish Floridian
Of South County
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach
|Volume6 Number 33
Boca Raton. Florida Friday, October 12,1964
Price 35 Cent*
South County Dedicates New Campus
A milestone in the history of
I the Jewish Community of 8outh
I Palm Beech County win be
Larked this Sunday with the
dedication of the new James and
Marjorie Beer Jewish Campua in
I Boca Raton.
Hundreds of community lead-
ers and dignitaries, both Jewish
[and non-Jewish, are expected to
take part in the ceremonies,
starting at 2 p.m., at 336 N.W.
Spanish Rvier Blvd. Among the
featured guests will be Congress-
man Dan Mica and County Com-
missioner Dorothy Wilkens. Also
among the notables will be Mr.
and Mrs. Bud Osborne. Mr.
Osborne is regional manager of
NCNB, the bank which helped
finance the project.
Rabbi Merle Singer of Temple
Beth El will preside over the
ceremonies, with Rabbi Mark
Dratch of the Boca Raton
Synagogue and Rabbi Sam Silver
of Temple Sinai taking part;
Cantor Donald N. Roberts of
Congregation B'nai Torah will
lead in singing the anthems.
Children from the Jewish Com-
munity Day School will provide
choral entertainment.
The campus, which houses the
offices of the South County
Jewish Federation as well as the
Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish
Community Center, was named
in tribute to James and Marjorie
Baer for their dedication to the
Jewish community. James Baer,
a noted community leader, was
the first president of the South
County Jewish Federation, which
was established five years ago.
As part of the dedication day
program, the Jewish Community
Center will hold an open house
Fun-Fest Day from 1 to 5 p.m.
The entire community is invited.
Parking will be available at the
FAU campus, with shuttle buses
taking everyone to the Baer
Jewish Campus.
Egyptian Assures Shamir Dr. Charme Returns As Men's Campaign
Cairo Wants Better Ties Chairman; Heads New Committee
J Foreign Minister Abdel
| Meguid of Egypt told De-
ity Premier and Foreign
[Minister Yitzhak Shamir of
|lsrael that Egypt is inter-
ested in improving its rela-
tions with Israel. But he
[made it clear that Israel's
[continued presence in Leb-
[anon is an obstacle in that
The meeting between Shamir
nd Meguid, at the Waldorf
istoria Hotel, was originally
ilanned to last 45 minutes but
nstead lasted 90 minutes. It was
tie first Israeli-Egyptian contact
bn the foreign ministerial level
pee the Egyptians recalled their
nbassador from Tel Aviv in
[September, 1982, during the war
Lebanon. The meeting was re-
quested by Israel. Two years ago,
igypt refused a similar request
by Israel.
THE ISSUE of Egypt's con-
tinued refusal to return its am-
assador to Israel was raised at
the meeting. According to
"ivamir's spokesman, Avi,
}azner, the Israeli minister told
leguid that Lebanon should not
constitute an obstacle to im-
proved relations between their
two countries.
"We want to leave Lebanon,
but we first seek security
measures for our northern
border," Shamir reportedly said,
adding that Israel sees no reason
why the Egyptian ambassador
should not return to Israel.
Shamir claimed that Egypt and
Israel do not have ideological dif-
ferences regarding Lebanon
because Israel is willing to leave
Lebanon. "It is only a technical
matter," Shamir told Meguid.
During the meeting, which
Shamir's spokesman described as
"friendly and honest," two other
major issues were brought up:
the controversy over Taba, a
disputed territory near Eilat pre-
sently held by Israel, and the
Palestinian question.
Shamir said that the Taba
issue concerns a tiny territory of
only 900 square meters. He said
that Israel has returned to Egypt
more than 65,000 square kilome-
ters in the Sinai, and it is hard for
him to understand why Egypt
engages in a major dispute over
the small territory of Taba. He
said the issue could be resolved
through negotiations.
AS FOR the Palestinian
problem, Shamir said that Israel
is ready to resume the autonomy
negotiations with Egypt Jordan
and Palestinian representatives
from the West Bank, in line with
the Camp David accords.
"Israel is not satisfied by the
present relations between Egypt
and Israel. We are not satisfied
with the present cold peace,"
Shamir told Meguid. He said that
one of the goals of the new Israeli
government is to improve rela-
tions with Egypt.
Shamir's spokesman said that
the two foreign ministers did not
set a date for a new meeting. "We
hope, however, that other meet-
ings on the same level will con-
tinue in the future," Pazner said
Larry S. Charme, M.D.. chair-
man of the Men's Division of the
UJA Campaign last year, will
head the division again this year.
Marianne Bobick, president of
the South County Jewish
Federation, announced the
appointment last week.
Mrs. Bobick said she was
proud and pleased to have Dr.
Charme return as chairman.
"Larry Charme has added great
commitment and knowledge to
our community. I am very ex-
cited that he has accepted the
request to retain the chairman-
ship of the Men's Division for
1985." Mrs. Bobick also an-
nounced that Dr. Charme will
head the newly constituted
Executive Campaign Coordin-
ating Committee, details of which
will be published soon.
Dr. Charme moved to Boca
Raton from Dayton, Ohio, three
years ago. He was highly active
in the Jewish community there,
and his activity has increased
here with total support from his
wife Phyllis, who is active in the
Women's Division. Dr. Charme
previously served as a member of
the National Young Leadership
Cabinet, and was Florida Kegion
chairman for Upgrade Training.
Last June he was national
chairman for the UJA Family
Mission to Israel, which he led
along with his wife and grown
son and daughter. It was the
Charmes' third family mission
Remarking on his appoint-
ment, Dr. Chame said, "The 1984
Campaign was a success.
However, we have just begun to
involve more people. The goal for
the Men's Division remains
constant, and is to raise the
consciousness of Jews to become
involved and committed; as we
know, then the money does
follow. A caring and exemplary
Jewish community must con-
tinue to strive forward, limited
only by its dreams. This lifetime
as Jews gives us a unique op-
portunity to control our own
destiny, and binds us together as
'Partners for Life.' "
Hopes Rise
IDF May Soon Leave Lebanon
Portugal's Premier Promises Peres
To Open Embassy in Israel
JERUSALEM (JTA) Premier Shimon Peree
received personal assurances from Premier Mario
JJJ"81of Portual that he will honor the commitment he
Isi 8 80me time a*0 to Pen a re8**6111 embassy in
Israel when Peres becomes prime minister.
I THE MESSAGE was delivered by Jose Luis Nunes,
U\ uarez Political aide, who called on Peres here. The
Wim premier responded with a warm invitation to
uarez to visit Israel. Nunes heads the Socialist faction in
Portuguese parliament.
A flurry of diplomatic
activity over south
Lebanon has suddenly
raised hopes here that
Israel soon may be in a
position to pull its forces
out. Premier Shimon Peres
has publicly predicted that
the Israel Defense Force
will leave Lebanon during
the new Hebrew calendar
year, 5745.
The media is speaking of
partial pullbacka, new deploy-
ments of United Nations troops
and undisclosed deals with Syria.
Such speculation is given sub-
stance by knowledge that the
Labor-Likud unity government
has given top priority along
with the economic crisis to
withdrawal of the IDF from
THE NEW government also
seems to have modified the posi-
tion long held by its predecessor
that any pullback of Israeli
troops must be accompanied by
the simultaneous withdrawal of
Syrian forces from Lebanon.
Israel has suffered heavy
losses since it invaded Lebanon
in June, 1962. Last week alone,
two soldiers were killed and 10
Murphy was sent to the Middle
East to investigate the terrorist
bombing of the U.S. Embassy
annex in east Beirut. According
to the State Department, he is
utilizing his visit to confer with
regional leaders. He met with
President Amin Gemayel of
Lebanon and with Syrian Pres-
ident Hafez Assad before coming
to Israel.
RABIN IS reported to be
Continued on Page 3
wounded in eight incidents. Since
the war began, 597 Israelis were
killed and nearly 4,000 were
Indirect contacts between
Israel and Syria apparently are
underway, through the United
States. Richard Murphy, the
Assistant Secretary of State for
Near Eastern and South Asian
Affairs, flew here from Damascus
and conferred in Tel Aviv with
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin
and acting Foreign Minister
Moahe Arena. He met with Peres

Page 10 The.TpwiQh vi~~ji___m *
Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County / Friday, October 12,1984
News in Brief
Freeing of Germans
Enrages Jews
BONN The Jewish commu-
nity in West Germany w sharply
critical of the decision by s court
in Zweibniecken, Saarland, that
freed a man and a woman accused
of devising and circulating s
macabre parlor game in which
pawns representing Jews were
aent to death camps by s throw of
The woman, Ingeborg Schulte,
30, received s nine-month
suspended sentence for spreading
anti-Semitic propaganda and
inciting racial hatred. Hand-
writing experts had testified
during the trial that it was she
who addressed the envelopes in
which copies of the game were
mailed to Jewish communities in
West Germany and to local
But it was the acquittal of
Schulte's 36-year-old former po-
liceman friend. Hans-Guenther
Froehlich, an avowed Nazi
sympathizer, that aroused the
Jewish community here. Freeh-
lich was regarded as the principal
defendant in the case. The prose-
cution demanded a minimum 22-
month prison term. But the court
found insufficient evidence,
despite Froehlich's admission
during the trial that he admired
Hitler and the principles of
Illinois Upholds Law
For Immediate Burial
NEW YORK The Illinois
Court of Appeals has upheld by a
3-2 ruling in Chicago the validity
of the nation's only state law,
designed to meet the needs of ob-
servant Jews for immediate
burials, which makes illegal any
contract in Illinois between a
grave-diggers union and a ceme-
tery trade group that would
prevent such burials on Sundays.
Dennis Rapps, executive direc-
tor of the National Jewish Com-
mission on Law and Public
Affairs (COLPA), which was the
attorney of record in the liti-
gation, said the next step could
be an appeal to the Illinois
Supreme Court by Local 106 of
the Service Employees Interna-
tional Union. The local had
originally filed a charge of breach
of contract against the Cemetery
Association of Greater Chicago.
Local 106 had strongly fought
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Judge Arthur Donne of the
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Syria Attacks Israel,
U.S. As Obstacles
sharply attacked Israel and the
United States, charging that the
alliance between them was the
main obstacle to a Middle East
Addressing the. General As-
sembly, Syria's Foreign Minister
Farouk Al-Shara said the U.S.
policy of arming Israel and
giving it economic aid only en-
couraged Israeli "aggression."
He said that Israel's settlement
policy aimed at uprooting Arab
inhabitants by Jewish settlers,
was "utilizing both the Torah
and the Nazi doctrine of secu-
Al Share claimed that the
Middle East is the most dan-
gerous place in the world today,
threatening international peace
and security. He said his govern-
ment believes that a just peace in
the Middle East would be
achieved through an interna-
tional Middle East conference.
Syria welcomes the recent Soviet
proposals in that direction, he
said. Soviet Foreign Minister
Andrei Gromyko called for such a
conference in his speech to the
General Assembly last week.
W. Germany Flooded
With Nazi Films
BONN Video cassettes of
propaganda films made during
the Nazi era are flooding the
West German market. But the
authorities say little can be done
about it because the shops retail-
ing the material insist it is only
for the purpose of "scientific re-
The police are trying to trace
the individuals or organizations
responsible for the cassettes, so
far without success. One police
official said the films contain
subtle misinformation about
Jews and, in his opinion, are more
dangerous than direct anti-
Semitic propaganda.
The cassettes are referred to in
the annual report just released by
Heinz Galinsky, chairman of the
Jewish Community of West
Berlin. He said they include the
Nazi film collection of Hitler's
mistress, Eva Braun, who wed
the Fuehrer just before their
double suicide in the Chancellory
bunker in 1946. This collection is
being offered openly for sale, with
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Friday, October i 2,1984 / The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin this week began a
series of intensive discus-
sions and debates with
senior general headquarters
officers, Defense Ministry
officials and others dealing
with military affairs in
Lebanon and the West
Rabin was also to meet UN
Undersecretary General Brian
Urquhart on the future of the
United Nations Interim Force in
Lebanon (UNIFIL), the peace-
keeping force in south Lebanon
whose mandate expires next
from Damascus where he met
with Syrian Vice President Abdel
Halim Khaddam. He had earlier
visited Beirut after a short visit
to Israel to which he is now
scheduled to return.
Hopes Rise
Continued from Page 1
organizing and leading Israel's
polkymaking with respect to
south Lebanon which involves
both Syria and the future role of
the United Nations Interim Force
in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Rabin is
known to favor a broader role for
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according to the original terms of
its mandate laid down in 1978.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County / Friday, October 12,1984
How the Wiesenthal Center Beat Out Another Museum
Copyright Baltimore Jewish Times
Reprint by Special Arrangement
Ironically while there are only
a handful of Holocaust museums
m the United States, there is
another one in Los Angeles, only
a few minutes' ride from the
Weisenthal Center.
The Martyrs Memorial and
Museum of the Holocaust is
housed in and affiliated with the
Jewish Federation of Los
Angeles. The two museums
opened within a few months of
each other and though officials of
each publicly deny it, there is still
resentment between the sup-
porters of each institution. Simon
Wiesenthal had a role to play in
the development of both
museums and that is the core of
the controversy.
Here is what happened: more
than a dozen different Holocaust
survivors groups in the Los
Angeles area had tried to build a
memorial of some kind since
1962. The Federation agreed to
help coordinate the work, to
provide space, staff and advice,
but the fund-raising was to be
done by the survivors groups.
Over the years there was much
talk but little progress.
agreed on to have a museum built
adjacent to the Federation
building. When the Federation
moved to a 12-story building on a
site with no useable land, though,
the new proposal was to allocate
the top floor of the building for
the project.
A fund-raising dinner was held
in June, 1973, and the guest
speaker was Simon Wiesenthal
who told the crowd: "One day
your children will mark this
historical date: namely, the
decision of the Jewish people of
Los Angeles to erect a memorial
to our martyrs."
The proposal moved ahead
slowly over the next several years
and a major fund-raising event
was scheduled with Wiesenthal
again invited to be the guest of
honor. He accepted, but shortly
before the event he cancelled
abruptly and the dinner was
called off.
The survivors groups learned
that, after agreeing to appear,
Wiesenthal had met with Rabbi
Hier in Vienna and pledged to
help establish a center in his
name in Los Angeles, so he with-
drew from the other commitment.
were furious. "We felt like we had
the rug pulled out from under
us," one leader recalled. "This
project had been in the works for
years and years and was finally
coming towards completion. And
then we find out that Wiesenthal
is going to help start another
museum a couple of miles away.
We felt we had been sold out
that he was a carpetbagger."
The Federation set up
meetings between the new Wie-
senthal Center group and the
Federation-affiliated survivors
groups. There was some attempt
at merging the two museum
projects but that was unsuccess-
ful. There was even talk of a
lawsuit. In the end, the Wiesen-
thal group agreed to donate
$25,000 to the local museum
project to compensate for any
monies lost by the cancelled
dinner and to help ease the
tensions between them. But the
bitter feelings remain.
"We shouldn't have taken the
Wiesenthal people's money and
allowed them to buy us off, says
Anna Fischer, a survivor whose
husband designed the Martyrs
Memorial and Museum.
Ethel Lozabnick, chairman of
the Martyrs Museum, stressed
that it represents the entire Jew-
ish community (some feel the
Wiesenthal musuem represents
only the Orthodox) ana is the
official West Coast represen-
tative of Yad Vashem in Jerusa-
lem. She said the museum at-
tracts more than 100,000 people a
year, more than half of them
school children.
The museum has its own
curriculum, its own tours given
by survivors, its own extensive
outreach program, and a visiting
director from Yad Vashem. She
denies any competition between
the two museums. "I wish there
were ten such memorials in this
city," she said, "because the
point is to make people aware.
People ask why does Los Angeles
need two museums devoted to
the Holocaust and we say, 'How
many synagogues does your city
BUT MOMENTS later she
noted that the Wiesenthal Center
museum is "too flashy, too noisy
we have a certain serenity
The Martyrs Museum does
have a quiet dignity. The room
has photos, documents, figures
and maps depicting the
Holocaust, as well as a com-
memorative crypt with a
suspended gravestone. The most
dramatic features of the room are
a small sanctuary area and a
simulated transport boxcar that
serves as an exit. The passage is
dark, except for a yellow light
behind the slats on the walls
which display the names of once-
flourishing Jewish communities
in Europe. Under foot one hears
the metallic clanking of the train
and envisons the horror of Jews
crammed into cattle cars.
After visiting both museums
(one a bit more strident in tone,
one a bit quieter), a visitor is
struck more by their similarities
than their differences. Both
museums leave the visitor with
an understanding of the facts of
the Holocaust and a gnawing
sense of unfathomable loss.
"It's a shame there are two
museums here," says Nathan
Gierowitz, a survivor who is
active in Federation. "Each costs
money, and many survivors feel-
as I do that such a split is
unhealthy." He blames the Fede-
ration for dragging its feet for
years on the community museum
and putting the financial burden
on the survivors themselves. But
he faults the Wiesenthal Center
for its "Hollywood style."
BASED ON interviews with a
number of survivors in Los
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majority of them are less than
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blood over the initial competition
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million. But there is also the
question of approach, which
many feel is demeaning to the
Holocaust. They cite the Center's
use of entertainment industry
stars to promote its cause, its
direct mail letters which em-
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Martyrs Museum says her only
quarrel with the Wiesenthal Cen-
ter is that "they don't work
together with us. If you love a
community, you should be a part
of that community."
That complaint is heard often
about Rabbi Hier and the Wie-
senthal Center which, for
example, has its own Yom
Haahoah service each year on
Holocaust Memorial Day in
addition to the organized Los
Angeles Jewish community
observance. There are many
other instances of alleged
A FORMER staffer in the
public relations department of
the Federation recalled how,
when Avital Shcharansky was
visiting Los Angeles several
years ago on behalf of her
husband, Anatoly, the im-
prisoned Soviet Jewish refuse nik,
the local Jewish community
relations council had planned an
outdoor demonstration to
dramatize his plight. "We had
lined up Mayor Bradley,
Charlton Heston and others and
we wanted Gov. Jerry Brown,"
the former staffer said. "But the
Wiesenthal Center got a hold of
Gov. Brown and scheduled a
press conference of then- own
with him and Avital an hour
before our demonstration. We
would have been glad to
cooperate but they tried to co-opt
our effort."
Similarly, a Federation official
angrily recalled how, during a
Federation mission to Israel and
Vienna a few years ago, Rabbi
Hier "influenced some of our
people and persuaded them to
contribute more to the Wiesen-
thal Center than to Federation.
We were livid."
There is an inherent compe-
tition between the Center and
Federation for major con-
tributors and though many
leaders of the Federation feel that
the Center is more show than
substance, they are loathe to say
so publicly.
"Our biggest contributors are
also major contributors to the
Wiesenthal Center so we would
look like we are trying to
denigrate our competition," one
Federation official said. "But the
truth is that we feel the Center is
very fuzzy in terms of its real
purpose and really not ac-
countable to anyone. They just
don't operate like any other
major Jewish organization."
A BASIC underlying dif-
ference between the Wiesenthal
Center and other major Jewish
groups is in their response to
perceived anti-Semitism. Marty
Mendelsohn, counsel to the
Center, puts it this way: "We see
the glass of anti-Semitism as half
full, and they see it as half empty
and sometimes they don't see
the glass at all-
One particular incident points
out these differences in style,
method and approach. Sometime
during the night of January 7,
1961, the walls of the Wiesenthal
Center were painted with
swastikas and anti-Semitic
slogans in German and English.
Rabbi Hier held a press con-
ference that morning and said he
was certain that "this work was
not done by a rowdy gang trying
to be mischievous." He said it
may be related to two German-
speaking men who visited the
Center a few days earlier wearing
military haircuts, heavy boots
and Nazi insignias.
"What starts with a can of
spray paint never ends there,"
Rabbi Hier told the press con-
ference. "History has taught us
that seemingly minor incidents
such as these eventually lead to
Hier, not Wiesenthal, is
the operative name at
the nation's most influen-
tial Holocaust center,
where Rabbi Marvin
Hier raises a great deal
of money, publicity and
He announced that Simon to a rising number of anti-Semitic
incidents. "The Jewish Federa-
Wiesenthal would fly in from his
home in Vienna for a rally at the
Center at which time the graffiti
would be painted over.
THE RALLY was held about
tion of Los Angeles wanted to
keep it quiet," he said of the
graffiti incident. "This kind of
response on the part of the Los
Angeles Federation reminds me
SLVTS. and drew more of the g^at m Germany in
than 2,000 people, including a the 1920s and 30s when the Nazis
number of prominent political it ^ our face> and the j
leaders Wiesenthal spoke out would say, "What a nice rain.'"
against the Institute for w
Historical Review, a California- Many community leaders and
based extremist organization Jewish professionals around the
that claims the Holocaust never co.untry.are concerned that the
happened. He then watched as
the graffiti was painted over.
The Jewish Federation did not
send a representative to the rally
because "it was viewed by many
as an exploitation," said Murray
Wood, executive director of the
Jewish Community Relations
Council The Center overreacted
to the vandalism, he added,
because "I think some organi-
zations stand to benefit in terms
of their ability to raise funds, in
terms of proving their necessity
to exist.,r He said Rabbi Hier
"played into the hands of our
enemies by giving them a million
dollars worth of free publicity."
The classic Jewish establish-
ment response to anti-Semites is
to quarantine them when they
want attention and spotlight
them when they don't. Com-
munity relations officials say
that most swastika-painting
incidents are done by minors as a
manifestation of imitative
behavior; the more attention
they are given the more times
such incidents will occur. "The
Wiesenthal Center people
probably called the media before
they called the police," said
Wood. He added that while the
Center has an. expertise in
promoting an understanding of
the Holocaust era, "in terms of
contemporary anti-Semitism
they are amateurs."
Another critic of the rally was
Deborah Lipstadt, professor of
Jewish studies at UCLA, who
said that "making a big media
hype" out of the graffiti incident
was "not fighting anti-Semitism
but only self-serving an insti-
that he left the graffiti on the
Center's walls for two weeks to
attract media attention and
ensure a large rally, Rabbi Hier
said that the decision was Wie-
senthal's. "He said for us to leave
it up, to prove to the Jews of
Wiesenthal Center appears to
have evolved from what they
thought it would be, a Holocaust-
related research institution, into
another Jewish defense agency,
competing with and, critics
say, duplicating the work of -
organizations like the Anti-
Defamation League of R'nai
A CASE in point is a widely
circulated mass mailing that has
been sent out to hundreds of
thousands of American Jews over
the last year, soliciting funds for
the Wiesenthal Center to launch
a new Nazi-Watch Program.
The six-page letter, under the
signature of Wiesenthal Center
counsel Martin Mendelsohn,
claims that "a new wave of anti-
Semitism is sweeping Europe"
and it "is being fueled by
Americans who are supplying
both leadership and materials to
rebuild Nazism in Europe."
The letter goes on to cite a
number of specific anti-Semitic
incidents in Europe and in the
U.S., from synagogue bombings
to "scholarly" articles purporting
the Holocaust never happened.
According to the letter, "the new
surge of anti-Semitism here is
connected to the rise of anti-
Semitism abroad. And these are
not just a series of isolated,
random events. We have learned
the rise of anti-Semitism is spear-
headed by networks of neo-Nazis
which reach all over the country.
Later, it states: "That same
intense, U.S.-originated hatred
that feeds these Nazi groups in
Europe also sparks neo-Nazia in
the United States. Hatred and
anti-Semitism are shockingly on
the rise here, being boldly
scrawled across our entire nation,
threatening all that we hold
Critics maintain that the letter
is long on shock value but short
Beverly Hills, who might think on fact, that it links disparate
*?$ ihey. *re teyond hatred, that events occurring over a period of
anti-Semitism is still alive."
Rabbi Hier wondered if those
who criticized the rally weren't
guilty of "sour grapes" over the
Center's highly visible reaction to
Wiesenthal himself later
assailed the leaders of the
organized Jewish community of
Los Angeles for what he saw as
their failure to respond forcefully
The Swastika Incident
Friday. October 12,1984
Volume 6
"We see the glass of anti-Semitism
Martin Mendelsohn
several years and that were
exposed at the time by existing
national Jewish defense agencies
These critics say the letter
deliberately exaggerates anti-
Semitic activity.
Specifically, some observers
contend that the number and
influence of neo-Nazi groups m
the U.S. is quite small and that
they often compete with each
other rather than forming
"networks of neo-Nazis." as the
letter states. Further, these
groups are neither "strong" nor
"well financed" as they v*
described in the letter.

hatred and anti-Semitism are
shockingly on the riae" in the
U.S., "threatening all we hold
dear." is not based on any
meaningful criteria, critics
charge. And the phrase
"scrawled across the nation,"
ponsibly and the results in
terms of frightening people
could be extremely dangerous,"
said an official of a Jewish re-
search project.
But publicly, the ADL and
.uner national Jewish agencies
who are critical of the Wiesenthal
or s methods are silent,
ng that a public rift wold be
mental to the community as
hole. They are well aware of
the fact that the Center is ex-
tremely popular among the vast
majority of American Jews and
that an attack on such an in-
stitution would appear to be
motivated by jealousy and,
perhaps even worse, an attempt
to diminish the impact of an
organziation dealing with the
ASKED TO respond to the
criticism of the direct mail piece,
Mendelsohn acknowledged that
' it was written by a public
relations firm but he defended its
tone and underlying message,
noting that "neo-Nazis may not
be a primary problem but they
are an unmet problem."
Rabbi Hier said that the
Center's direct mailings are
"emotional, but they are as
factual as possible." He added
that "there are enough enemies of
the Jewish people to go around.
No one group should have ex-
clusive rights to defending the
Jewish people." Rabbi Hier
justifies the existence of a
national Jewish institution like
the Wiesenthal Center on the
West Coast, asserting: "We
shouldn't put all of our eggs in
one basket, with everything
coming out of New York. The
demographics show that Jews are
moving away from the East to
the Sun Belt and we feel Jews
should be represented where they
As for the charge that the Wie-
senthal Center is duplicating the
work of other Jewish defense
agencies, Rabbi Hier said that his
Center did not want to be in a
position of asking other agencies
for information. "We dont want
to beg, and besides, the difference
is not in compiling data but in
analyzing it. We have a real
difference in approach. The
Establishment agencies move
slowly and try to keep things
quiet. We don't believe in quiet
diplomacy. We react quickly and
we re not afraid to speak out."
HE ADDED that it is better
for Jews to be protected by three
organizations than one or two.
'We are responding to a need.
That's why we're successful.
Believe me, people know how to
say no' when asked for money.
They say yes' to us because they
like our approach."
That approach to act
quickly and aggressively is
not limited to neo-Nazi causes.
The most recent issue of "Social
Action Update,"the Wiesenthal
tenter's eight-page publication
*hlc*\ claims a circulation of
40,000, contains articles on the
Unters involvement in a whole
variety of issues and causes,
deluding Ethiopian Jewry,
human rights in the USSR and
"Us true that we have evolved
n a strictly research in-
caution into much more," said
associate dean of the Wiesenthal
waiter Abraham Cooper. A hard-
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Do we need another Jewish
defense agency?
even with the Pope in Rome.
After a Wiesenthal Center dele-
gation had a papal audience in
1983, Rabbi Hier, who led the
group, noted that while they were
encouraged by the pope's
message of friendship and trust,
"We all felt something was
missing. The tragedies of the
past were noted and mourned but
there was silence about the anti-
Semitism and prejudice of
If there is an anti-Semitic
incident in Europe or the the
U.S., Rabbi Hier acts swiftly,
often holding a press conference
to speak out in the strongest
possible words against the of-
fense. "We act quickly because
we don't have the encumbering
bureaucracy that other Jewish
organizations have," says Wie-
senthal Center counsel Martin
Mendelsohn. But a leader of a
national Jewish organization
countered that "the Wiesenthal
Center people are not responsible
to anyone, so they can and do
shoot from the hip. We feel it's
more important to do our
homework first."
Sometimes the Center's style is
not appreciated by those they
defend. In December, 1983,
Mexico's Minister of Interior
made an anti-Semitic statement
and the Wiesenthal Center acted
immediately to condemn it.
BUT THE leaders of the
Mexican Jewish community were
upset at "the independent ac-
tion" taken by the Wiesenthal
Center, which they said "can be
detrimental in the long run" to
Jewish life in Mexico. "We
protest against autonomous
initiatives," they wrote in a letter
to the Center, "without tddnf
into consideration the opinions of
the ones involved or without
sufficient background data which
would ensure that the move does
not backfire dramatically."
Rabbi Hier said that when he
spoke by phone to the Mexican
Jewish leaders shortly after the
Minister of Interior's statement,
"in English, they were hesitant,
but they told us in Yiddish, 'do
what you think is best.' And we
reject the notion of keeping
Clearly, many Jews across the
country support the Wiesenthal
Center's methods and actions.
Typically, a middle-aged
businessman from the South
explained that he contributes to
the Wiesenthal Center because it
is action-oriented and bold. "I've
never given to Jewish organi-
zations before but this one is
different. I received their letter
and I like what they stand for. I
feel that they're looking out for
The Center's direct-mail
campaign, with letters of solici-
tation from Orson Welles, Glenn
Ford and others, has been ex-
tremely successful. "We started
the direct mail campaign in 1979,
long before other Jewish organi-
zations," explained Marlene
Hier, Rabbi Hier's wife, who
handles the direct mail campaign
for the Center. "We do this to get
members, not to make money,"
she said, "but we've made money
anyway." More than 200,000
people have contributed to the
Center thus qualifying for
membership with the average
donation $25.
WHILE A ONE percent return
on mass mailings is considered
"break-even," the Wiesenthal
Center's response has been
between 1.5 and 2 percent. "Each
year the professionals tell us it's
a fluke and it can't last, but each
year our success rate has con-
tinued," said Mrs. Hier. Com-
petitors say the Center has the
beet Jewish direct mail lists in
the country.
It is an expensive way to raise
funds buying and renting lists
and mailing Utters to up to four
million families a year. Two years
ago, for example, the Center
spent $1.6 million on direct mail
and renewals, employing the top,
Virginia-based public relations
firm of Craver, Matthews and
In all the Wiesenthal Center
raised $5.8 million that year, but
it also spent $5.1 million. Which
leads observers to ask: what do
they do with all of that money?
"It takes a lot of money to
make a lot of money," said one
Wiesenthal Center official.
Rabbi Hier says that about 16
percent of the overall budget goes
for direct mail fund-raising.
Experts disagree over whether
that figure is a lot to be spending
or quite reasonable.
raised was set aside for savings,
and again experts disagreed over
whether saving about 14 cents
per dollar was overly restrained
for a non-profit institution.
Taxes are filed jointly by the
three divisions of Yeshiva
University of Los Angeles, which
is comprised of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center, Yeshiva
University and Yeshiva High
School. The biggest expense,
according to the 1982 tax returns,
was for the high school and post-
high school yeshiva programs
serving 260 students. More than
$2.3 million went for those
There are those who resent the
Wiesenthal Center because they
feel it is a "front" for the high
school. Prof. Arnold Band of
UCLA, who is Orthodox, feels
the Center is diverting funds and
attentions away from the need for
"a real yeshiva" in Los Angeles
on a par with the local Conserva-
tive and Reform branches. "I'd
like to see a real, viable branch of
Yeshiva University out here, one
that offers smicha (ordination). It
should be structured around the
Talmud, not the Holocaust. One
gets the impression here that the
yeshiva sneaks in the back door
while the Wiesenthal Center is up
CRITICS SAY the yeshiva is
small and that ironically, its
students and faculty are much
further to the right in terms of
Orthodoxy than Yeshiva Univer-
sity's traditional centrist
position. "Rabbi Hier is an avid
Zionist but more than a few of the
rabbis in his yeshiva are not,''
says one insider He likes to say
that he focuses on the Holocaust
to get people back to Judaism
but he never uses that in his
publicity material because it's
not sexy enough."
Officials of Yeshiva University
in New York have sought to
distance themselves and their
institution from the Los Angeles
school, and Dr. Norman Lamm,
president of Yeshiva University,
declined to be interviewed on this
subject. Privately, officials of
Yeshiva University in New York
say they are embarrassed by
some of Rabbi Hier's actions and
methods but that there is little
they can do to control him,
especially since he is so success-
ful at fund raising.
Rabbi Hier emphasized that no
monies sent to the Wiesenthal
Center are used by YULA. "We
keep the funds for the Holocaust
Center and the yeshiva totally
separate," he said. "No money
donated to the Center goes to the
"But I have had success
convincing contributors to the
Holocaust Center to support our
yeshiva, too. I explain to them
the connection between Jewish
survival and Jewish education.
It's like when you get married: at
first you think you are just
marrying your partner, but
gradually you learn to care about
your partner's family. Here, too,"
he continues with a smile, "I tell
people I want them to get to
know our whole miskpaeha
(family)," referring to the
yeshiva as well as the Center.
HIS SUCCESS has been
formidable. The Blezberg family
alone has contributed $1.5 million
to YULA in addition to $3 million
to the Center's new building
complex. Others, on a smaller
scale, have started out giving
only to the Center and later given
to the yeshiva as well.
"These people come to me,"
said Rabbi Hier. "and 3ay 'where
do you need the money most?'
and I tell them the yeshiva. It
allows the yeshiva to survive."
Other major expenses for the
Wiesenthal Center in 1982 in-
cluded $1.6 million in salaries.
Rabbi Hier. at $73,000, was the
highest paid employee but Simon
Wiesenthal received more than
$90,000 in consulting fees. More
than $500,000 went for printing
and publications. $300,000 for
professional fund-raising fees,
$250,000 in consultation fees and
almost $400,000 for the Center
and "Genocide," the film which
cost a total of $3 million to
THIS PAST year the Center
raised more than $2 million
through its national direct mail
campaign, said Rabbi Hier, with
much of that total coming from
$5 and $10 donations from all
over the country.
"For all that money and all the
noise they make, they have little
to show for it," says UCLA
professor Deborah Lipstsdt.
voicing the argument heard
among scholars and Jewish or-
ganizational professionals.
"They have 'Genocide' and
their museum," says another
academic, "and a lot of p.r. But
what have they accomplished in
terms of scholarship or re*
The accusations are most often
muffled by anonymity, in part
becasue critics feel "you can't
win when you take on a sacred
cow," as one put it, and in part
because Rabbi Hier has a
reputation for "playing hard-
ball." One Los Angeles Jewish
community official said Rabbi
Hier sought his removal after he
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Black and Jewish Leaders Join Forces
To Clarify Federal Civil Rights Laws
Leaders of 26 major black and
Jewish organizations have issued
a joint statement urging passage
of federal legislation to insure
that all programs and activities
of institutions receiving federal
funds must obey civil rights laws.
A Supreme Court decision
handed down last February held
that anti-discrimination prohi-
bitions apply only to those
specific units receiving federal
dollars. The statement declared
that the high court decision has
resulted in such a narrow inter-
pretation of civil rights laws that
it is now permissible for schools
and other institutions "to accept
federal funds through one office
or unit while discriminating in
another." The statement
characterized the state of affairs
as "intolerable and inexcusable,"
and said it "makes a mockery of
our laws, particularly those
concerned with civil rights."
Those signing the joint
statement included:
Kenneth J. Bialkin, National
Chairman, Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith; Julius
Chambers, President, Legal
Defense Fund. Inc.;
Congressman Julian Dizon,
Chairman, Congressional Black
Caucus; Howard Friedman,
President, American Jewish
Committee; Samuel Greenberg,
National Commander, Jewish
War Veterans of the U.S.A.;
Richard Hatcher, Mayor of Gary,
Indiana; Dorothy I. Height.
President, National Council of
Negro Women; Norman Hill,
President, A. Phillip Randolph
Institute; M. Carl Holman. Pres-
ident, National Urban Coalition.
Also, Benjamin L. Hooks,
President, NAACP; John Jacob.
President, National Urban
League; Coretta Scott King,
President. Martin Luther King,
Jr., Center for Non-Violent Social
Change; Gerald Kraft, President,
B'nai B'rith; Jacqueline K.
Levine, Chairman, National Jew-
ish Community Relations
Advisory Council; Rev. Joseph
Lowery, President. Southern
Christian Leadership Conference;
Herb Magdison. President, Jew-
ish Labor Committee; Barbara
A. Mandel, President, National
Council of Jewish Women;
Theodore R. Mann, President,
American Jewish Congress.
Also, Ruth Popkin. President,
Hadassah; Rabbi Alexander M.
Schindler, President, Union of
American Hebrew Congre-
gations; Rev. Leon Sullivan,
Chairman of the Board, OlC'sof
America; Donald Tucker, Presi-
dent, National Black Caucus of
Elected Officials; Selma
Weintraub, President. Women's
League for Conservative
Judaism; Gertrude S. White,
President, Women's American
ORT. Inc.; Eddie Williams. Pres-
ident, Joint Center for Political
Studies; Marshall Wolke, Presi-
dent, United Synagogues of
The organizations want the
Senate to approve the Civil
Rights Act of 1984, S. 2668,
introduced by Senators Robert
Packwood (R., Ore.) and Edward
Kennedy (D., Mass.) which
would amend existing civil rights
laws to restore an institution's
responsibility for discrimination
practiced by any of its units.
Under the proposed legislation,
an individual could file a civil
rights complaint against any unit
of an institution even a unit
that does not receive federal
funds if any other unit of the
institution is a recipient of such
funds. However, the Packwood-
Kennedy bill retains a provision
of current crvfi righto laws which
provides for a cut-off of federal
funds only to units when
discrimination is actually found.
Statutes that would be affected
by the Packwood-Kennedv
legislation include Title VI of the
1964 Civil Rights Act, covering
discrimination on the basis of
race and national origin; Title IX
of the Education Amendments of
1972, covering sex discrimi
nation; section 504 of the 1973
Rehabilitation Act, covering
handicap discrimination; and the
Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
The legislation is currently
before the Senate Labor and
Human Resources Committee.
An identical bill has been over-
whelmingly approved by the
House of Representatives.
Jewish Federation to Get $6.5 M
Federal Housing Loan
The South Breward Jewish
Federation will receive
$6,514,100 low-interest direct
federal loan to provide 124 units
of subsidized housing for
Broward County's elderly
The loan will be made under
the Section 202 housing program
from the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment, Senator Paula Hawkins
announced last week.
"Broward County has not
received funds for this kind of
housing in several years and I am
extremely pleased that the
Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development has at last
recognized the tremendous need
for this housing in Ft. Lauder-
dale. This action means that
many of Broward's needy elderly
citizens will have a decent, af-
fordable place to live," Senator
Hawkins said.
Hawkins has worked closely
with Rabbi Herb Tobin in
gaining approval for the project
since early this year. Broward
County will receive a total of 310
units of Section 202 housing from
this action. In addition to the 124
units sponsored by the Jewish
Federation, the Broward County
Area Agency on Aging will
receive a $6,171,900 loan for 124
units and the Florida State B'nai
B'rith wffl receive $3,359,900 for
62 units.
Sunday, October 14 from 1-5:00 p.m.
The Adolph and Rose Levis
Jewish Community Center's
First Annual
Bring Your: Swimsuit,
Tennis Racket Family, Self!
Clowns, Space Pillow,
Music, Israeli Dance,
Art Exhibit Food, Soft Drinks,
Bldg. Tours, Membership Info,
Tennis Exhibition .
And More!
Dedication Ceremony 2-300 p.m
_______________________________in Auditorium_______
Parking available at Fla. Atlantic University off Spanish River
Blvd. Follow signs. Buses will shuttle you to and from the Center.
Fun For The
CNIdren must be accompanied
by an Adult

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The fourth program in the
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and 2 this Monday at 9 p.m.
Entitled "The Crucible of
Europe," it covers the era of the
Middle Ages, from the 9th to the
15th Centuries. It traces the
development of "The Golden Age
of Spain" which began under the
Moslems and continued under
Spain's Christian niters, but
began to deteriorate with the
advent of the Crusades and
culminated with the expulsion of
Jews in 1492.
At the same time, it shows the
evolution of Jewish communities
in Northern and Eastern Europe,
to which the center of attention
will shift m subsequent years
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Pa*e 8 The Jewish Floridian of South County / Friday, October 12,1984
Adolph & Rose Levis
an agency ol the South County
Jewish Fededration
dly announces the only scheduled
South Florida performance ot
Kfar Saba Visit Highlight of
. .. A musical trip of Israel
presented in the exciting
performances of
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Galgalim shows Israel
through a perfect
blend of music
and theatre!
Date: Saturday, December 8,1984
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: FAU, University Theatre
Tickets: $6, $8 Reserved Seats
$25 Patron Seat, to include
Cocktail Party following
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One of the highlights of any
UJA mission to Israel is meeting
and listening to the country's top
leaders. This was certainly true
for the leadership mission last
month, which was addressed by
President Chaim Herzog,
Premier Shimon Peres, Defense
Minister and former premier
Yitzhak Rabin, Jewish Agency
chairman Arye Dulzin and Jeru-
salem Mayor Teddy Kollek.
But an even greater highlight
one with lots of "naches"
was provided for South County's
participants by their visit to Kfar
Saba. Two of the town's neigh-
borhoods, Josephtal and Kaplan,
are the targets of Project
Renewal, in which South County
Jewish Federation is "twinned"
with Kfar Saba.
"It's one thing to read in The
Jewish Floridian about the ac-
complishments there; it's
something altogether different to
see it for yourself," one of the
participants said after returning
from the mission.
The participants from South
County received an escorted tour
of the Community Center and the
housing renovation work being
done, were treated to a perfor-
mance by a children's choir, and
met with Mayor Yitzhak Wald.
Mayor Wald is considered one
of the prime forces behind the
success of Project Renewal in
Kfar Saba, having shown a
consistent and sincere concern for
improvement in the two neigh-
borhoods. Mayor Wald is
scheduled to visit the Boca Raton
area some time in December, The
Jewish Floridian has learned.
After their tour, the mission
members were invited to visit
with individual families in the
neighborhoods, and were deeply
impressed by the hospitality
An elderly resident of one of the
apartments in the building at
right is looking forward to get-
ting his building renovated like
the one in back. (Andrew Polin)
displayed. "People there are
aware of, and appreciate, the
work that has been done in their
behalf. They feel it has literally
given them a new lease on life,"
one mission member said.
The 500-member mission this
year "kicked-off" the UJA
campaign by pledging $9.8
million at their main caucus in
Eilat, phis $1 million "new
money" for Project Renewal. The
entire delegation was also treated
to an extensive tour of a large Air
Force base, with explanations by
the base commander.
Among the delegates from the
South County area were
Marianne Bobick, South County
Jewish Federation's president;
Board member Philip Zinman
and his wife Betty; Mrs. Carol
Lerner-Nosek; Brian Sherr,
Campaign chairman for Fort
Lauderdale's Jewish Federation
who is a resident of Boca Raton;
and Alan Bergman, Campaign
Associate at South County Jew-
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Friday, October 12,1984 / The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 9
A Mission For South County
marching band being formed at KfarSaba's "Project Renewal"
\borhoods. (Andrew Polin)

pse at students in the library of the community center, where
ceive tutoring with financial aid from South County Jewish
kon. (Andrew Polin) ________
fn delegates visiting with children from the Josephtal and
in Kfar Saba. (Left to right: Carole Lerner-Nosek, Marianne
Betty Zinman, Philip Zinman). (Andrew Polin)
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\rma and Sol Fier. (Andrew Polin)

The New
Adolph and Rose Levis
Call for Membership
and Program Information
N.W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton 395-5546
Adolph & Rose Levis
n Agency el the South County Jewish Federation
336 Spanish River Boulevard, N.W.
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
(305) 395-5546
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Oct. 22
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Oct. 22-Dec. 19
Tues/Thurs (Intermediate)
Oct. 23-Dec. 20
* No classes
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numbers. It will be cancelled and all
fees will be refunded.
Because classes are based on a
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Organizations In The News
Hadaeeah Ben Gurion will take
a bus trip to the Norton Gallery
to see the "Gilbert and George"
exhibit and to the Flagler
Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The cost is $10 including admis-
sion. Lunch on your own. For
reservations, please call Bea
Keller, 499-4874 or 499-5972.
formation, please call her at 483-
Hadaasah Boca Maariv of Cen-
tury Village West will hold their
next meeting on Wednesday,
Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Ad-
ministration Building, second
floor. An interesting program is
planned and refreshments will be
Hadassah Shalom Delray
Chapter will hold a movie
matinee party at Delray Square
Cinema on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at
1 p.m. A choice of films will be
yours. For tickets please call
Sylvia Swid, 499-7629, Gizella
Schwartz, 499-6648 or Madeline
Brodsky, 499-6283.
Women's American ORT Boca
Glades Chapter will hold a series
of discussions entitled "Evenings
of Discovery." The first of these
discussions will be held on
Thursday evening, Oct. 18. The
topic will be "Superwomen-Myth
or Reality?" Evelyn Savino will
moderate the discussion at her
home in Boca. For further in-
Favor for Israel
The Senate appropriations com-
mittee has unanimously adopted
an amendment by Sen. Alan
Cranston (D., Calif.) that U.S.
economic aid to Israel never be
less than the total of the interest
and principal Israel pays the U.S.
on its annual debt.
Women's American ORT Del
pointe Chapter will hold their in-
stallation of officers on Tuesday,
Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Installation
will be held at Temple Sinai, 2476
Atlantic Ave., Delray. A
humorist and a musical program
will be presented. Refreshments
will be served. Guests are wel-
come. For further information,
please call 498-7671.
Women's American ORT Boca
Century Village Chapter will
sponsor an evening at the Marco
Polo Club in North Miami Beach
on Sunday, Oct. 14. The cost is
$27 per person which includes,
bus trip, dinner, and show at
Copacabana. For reservations,
please call Dorothy Bearison,
483-0070 or Florence Bates, 487-
Women's American ORT All
Points Chapter will hold their
next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16
at the American Savings Bank,
Kings Point, Delray. Marjorie
Bennett, president of the League
of Women Voters, will speak on
the coming elections, explaining
the issues. Refreshments will be
Temple Beth Shalom will
resume their monthly luncheons
and card parties, Monday, Nov.
5. Donations $4.50. Reservations
must be made in advance. Please
contact Ann Alster, 493-4964 or
Ann Siegelheim, 483-1315 for
further information.
B'nai B'rith Women Naomi
Chapter will hold their next
meeting on Monday, Oct. 15 at
12:30 pm. at Temple Emeth. W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray. An inter-
esting program is planned and
refreshments will be served.
Temple Emeth Sisterhood will
sponsor an evening at Marco
Polo on Sunday, Oct. 21. Dinner,
show and transportation will be
provided. For reservations,
please call Rita Lewitas, 499-
1769, Anne Katz, 499-9828, Gerri
Lucker, 499-3927 or the Temple
office, 498-3536.
Brandeis Women Boca will
open the new season with their
Showcase meeting featuring
special guest Louis Tyrell of the
Caldwell Playhouse who will
bring to Hans Christian Ander-
son life in a one man show. This
program will be held on Mon-
day .Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at Temple
Beth El, 333 SW 4th Ave., Boca.
Coffee will be served.
Temple Sinai Brother hod will
hold their breakfast meeting on
Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Temple,
2475 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray.
The guest speakers will be Con-
gressman Dan Mica and Repre-
sentative Steve Press who will
discuss current legislative activ-
ities of interest to all. Breakfast
is $1.50 per person. Seating is
limited so please call now for
reservations, Sam Chasen, 499-
6820. The Brotherhood will start
their mixed bowling league on
Thursday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 ajn. at
the Fair lane Lanes, Boynton
Beach Blvd., off Congress Ave.,
Boynton Beach. New bowlers,
men and women, are invited to
join. An established average is
not a prerequisite. Please call
Don Price, 736-1981.
Pioneer Women Kinneret
Chapter, Palm Greens, Delray
will welcome speaker Fran
Tannen from the League of
Women Voters to discuss and
clarify the 10 proposed amend-
ments to the charter for Palm
Beach County, such as Home-
stead Amendment, personal
taxes, civil rights, etc. This
meeting will be held on Monday,
Oct. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the club-
house of Palm Greens on Via
Delray, Delray.
Anshei Emuna Sisterhood will
hold a luncheon and card party
on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m.
in the synagogue, 16189 Cart-
Road, Delray. Tickets are a
each. Please call Sally Kahan
chairperson, at 499-0171. ^^a-
Temple Beth El's Solos %
SW 4th Ave. in Boca, will be
having a brunch Sunday Oct 2s
at 10:30 a.m. followed by a moat
entertaining program.
Sarah Filner will be doing .
living biography of Elizabeth
Barrett Browning.
For reservations please pn
482-9704 or 499-8325. Member.
$1, Guests $3. n
Community Calendar
October 13
Women's American ORT Delray Board meeting.
October 14
B'nai B'rith Integrity Council meeting 9:30 a.m. Temple Sinai
Brotherhood meeting 9:30 a.m. B'nai B'rith Noah Lodge
meeting 9:30a.m.
October 15
Women's League for Israel 10 a.m. Anshei Shalom Oriole
Jewish Center Sisterhood meeting 9:30 a.m. Women's
American ORT Sandalfoot meeting 1 p.m. Brandeis Women
Boca meeting 10 a.m. South County Jewish Federation Board
meeting 8 p.m. Hadassah Aviva meeting 9 a.m. B'nai B'rith
Naomi meeting 12 noon.
October 16
Women's American ORT Boca Delray evening Board meeting 8
p.m. Hadassah Ben Gurion Board meeting 9:30 a.m., Regular
meeting 12:30 p.m. B'nai B'rith Delray Lodge 2965 Board
meeting 9:30 a.m. Women's American ORT All Pointe meeting
12:30 p.m. Zionist Organization of America, Boca Century
Village meeting 7:30 p.m.
October 17
Hadassah Shira meeting 12 noon Women's American ORT
Region, Board meeting 10 a.m. Hadassah Boca Maariv
meeting 12:30 p.m. Hadassah AAenachem Begin meeting 12
October II
Women's American ORT Oriole Jewish Center Board meeting
12:30 p.m.
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ow the Wiesenthal Center Beat Out Another Museum ST*
our way or well strike
Continued froPf*
ce criticized the Wieeenthal
jnter in print.
jpstadt wrote an article in
'udaism in which she dted the
program, publicity, and fund-
Jiaing tactics of the Simon
rViesenthal Center" as "partially
referring to anti-Semitism
vandalism, goes against the
jtatistical evidence compiled by
lational Jewish agencies which
ihows a steady decline over the
ast several years of such in-
cidents and only a handful of
rhich have been proven to be the
rork of organized hate groups.
Most galling of all, though, to
irofessionals at Jewish organi-
ations is the "pitch" of the Wie-
lenthal Center letter, which calls
or $250,000 to create a Nazi
Vetch Program. Mendelsohn,
the former head of the U.S.
Department of Justice unit in-
vestigating Nazi war criminals,
\ ivrites that from his experience he
has developed "unique and ef-
ective procedures for keeping
records of worldwide Nazi ac-
In his letter, he writes that the
NJazi Watch Program would
naintain files of all anti-Semitic
iterature published in Ameica;
earn the names and locations of
11 neo-Nazis and anti-Semitic
eaders in every state; keep
areful records of their activities
d expose them to the public.
gue has been engaged in these
divides for more than seven
lecades and their expertise in
onitoring and combatting neo-
azism and anti-Semitism is
cknowledged around the world.
Privately, Anti-Defamation
League officials complain that
the Wiesenthal Center is not only
re-inventing the wheel' at great
coat to well-meaning American
Jews but that its approach is to
over-dramatize the facts about
anti-Semitism in order to raise
funds. "They are acting fares-
responsible for accelerating the
growth of opposition to
Holocaust commemoration." She
said Rabbi Hier called her after
the article appeared and told her
he had just read her "latest joke
in Judaism" and went on, she
said, to verbally attack her for
intellectual dishonesty, writing
malicious lies and being hired by
UCLA to attack the Wiesenthal
Center. "Anyone who criticizes
them is dismissed as ignorant or
institutionally jealous," said
Some of the strongest criticism
of the Wiesenthal Center comes
from those most familiar with its
operation. Interviews with staff
members past and present
and with Holocaust experts
found those who accused Rabbi
Hier of "trivializing the
Holocaust by exploiting the
tragedy to raise funds."
These critics say the Center
portrays itself as a serious,
scholarly institution but it is not.
They maintain that too little
money is set aside for research
and scholarship, the resource
center is "very limited," the
library is inadequate, there are no
archives and no trained
Holocaust scholars on the
THEY ADD that Rabbi Hier is
sensitive to this criticism and in
1983 allowed funds to be used to
publish Genocide: Critical Issues
of the Holocaust, a companion
volume to the film consisting of
Religious Directory
1401 N.W. 4th Ave., Boca Raton, Florida 33432. Conservative.
Phone 392-8566, Rabbi Theodore Feldman, Hazzan Donald
Roberts. Sabbath Services: Friday at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at
9:30 a.m. Family Shabbat Service 2nd Friday of each month.
Evening services Monday through Thursday 5:15 p.m.
Mailing Address: 22130 Belmar No. 1101, Boca Raton, Florida
33433. Orthodox services held at Boca Teeca Country Club
Auditorium, Yamato Road, Boca Raton, every Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. Mincha-Maariv. Rabbi Mark
Dratch. Phone: 368-9047.
16189 Carter Road 1 block south of Linton Blvd., Delray
Beach, Florida 33445. Orthodox. Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks.
Daily Torah Seminar preceding services at 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Sabbath and Festival Services 8:45 a.m. Sabbath Torah class 5
p.m. Phone 499-9229.
Services at Center for Group Counseling, 22445 Boca Rio Road,
Boca Raton, Florida 33433. Reform. Rabbi Richard Agler.
Sabbath Services Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
Mailing address: 950 Glades Road, Suite 1C, Boca Raton, FL
33432. Phone 392-9982.
Conservative Services at Carteret Savings and Loan
Association Office, West Atlantic Ave., corner Carter Road,
Delray Beach. Fridays, 8 p.m. and Oneg Shabbat, Saturdays, 9
am. and Kiddush. Edward Dorfman, President 498-2141.
Office: 146OO Cumberland Drive, Delray Beach, Florida 33446,
Phone 495-0466.
333 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 83432. Reform
Phone: 391-8900. Rabbi Merle E. Singer, Assistant Rabbi
Gregory S. Marx, Cantor Martin Rosen. Shabbat Eve Services
at 8 p.m. Family Shabbat Service at 8 p.m. 2nd Friday of each
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 340015, Boca Raton, FL 33434.
Conservative. Located in Century Village, Boca. Dally Services
I aAm Uld 6 PA Saturday 8:46 a.m. and 6:15 pjn., Sunday
S "d 5j.m. Rabbi Donald David Crain. Phone: 483-
M57. Joseph M. Pollack, Cantor.
5780 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Florida 33446. Con-
servanye. Phone: 498-3536. Naftaly A. Linkovsky, Cantor.
sabbath Services: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8:45 a.m,
u<"iy Minyans at 8:46 a.m. and 5 p.m.
2475 West Atlantic Ave. (Between Congress Ave. and Berwick
fd), Delray Beach, Florida 33445. Reform. Sabbath Eve.
wrvices, Friday at 8:16 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. Rabbi Samuel Silver,
*TMdsj!t Samuel Rothetein, phone 2704161.
50 commissioned essays by 25
scholars writing on historical,
sociological, psychological and
theological perspectives of the
Holocaust. This year, after a long
delay, the Center published the
first volume of a planned mJ
book of scholarly articles on the
Still, even some insiders
suggest that the real thrust of the
Wiesenthal Center is attracting
funds and publicity, that when
national interest in the Holocaust
seemed to wane the Center
"shifted gears" and began
focusing more on current anti-
It comes down to a question of
motives, style and purpose; what
does the Wiesenthal Center really
stand for? Is the money raised
being put to the best possible
use? is the scare-tactic effort used
in the heavy-volume direct mjifl
effort justified?
Perhaps the only person who
knows the answers to those
questions, and others, is Rabbi
nowledges that "the criticism
bothers me sometimes, but you
have to expect criticism in Jewish
life." He attributes most of it to
jealousy and suggests that such
talk against him only inspires
him to re-double his efforts. "If
there's something they don't
want me to do," he says of his
critics, "111 do it even harder. If
someone is told not to give
money to us, my reaction is to
intensify my efforts to solicit that
For the most part, though,
Rabbi Hier masks his anger as he
patiently defends his work and
He asserts that "we don't feel
we have to offer anyone any
apologies for speaking out on
important issues. The Holocaust
is the centerpiece of a Jew's
thinking and we have created an
important Holocaust center.
"We operate on the principle
that 60 percent of the world's
population was born after the
Holocaust and is ignorant of it,
so it is our job to recall the past
and prevent any re-occurrence in
the future."
He says that he felt from the
beginning that the ideal site for a
Holocaust museum would be a
yeshiva because it would offer
living proof that Judaism had
survived Hitler. "What is the
ultimate memorial to the six
million? That Torah lives on, that
the Jewish people live on," says
the rabbi. "Our memorial is
against assimilation, it stands for
the future destiny of the Jewish
people. It's not a cold memorial
of bricks and mortar but a place
where students carry out God's
command to be vigilant against
Amalek (the Biblical personifi-
cation of Israel's enemies). That's
the lesson of the Holocaust."
ment that he conceived of the
Holocaust Center as a means of
attracting wide-scale support for
his yeshiva, he says: "You have
to bring a person to his Jewish
feelings through what he cares
about. The Holocuast is a
tragedy most Jews can relate to,
while keeping kosher or ob-
serving Shabos is alien to so
"We believe in using the
medium of this generation," he
says. "I'm a great believer in
using the media as a tool We
have a weekly radio program of
news and features called 'Page
One' that is broadcast in cities all
around the country. We were
successful in teaching the history
and the lessons of the Holocaust
in a dramatic way through multi-
media with the 'Genocide' film,
and we're now working on a new
film about the creation of the
State of Israel. We're in Los
Angeles and we want to take
advantage of our locale the
many talented people in radio,
television and film.
"But we can't be a serious
institution unless we have a
serious commitment to scholar-
ship and education. We've
published two booka (The
'Genocide' essays and the
Holocaust studies annual) and
we're doing an educational film
on Raoul Wallenberg.
"LOOK, there will always be
criticism that we're not doing
enough. But look what we've
done in seven years! People point
to how much 'Genocide cost to
produce, but that's s cheap price
to pay to bring our message to
people all over America and
across the world.
"The people who say we
shouldn't use show business per-
sonalities are the same ones who
invite politicians as guest
speakers at their dinners. Do
they bring dignity and Elizabeth
Taylor and Orson Welles don't?
Why not communicate our mes-
sage with the most effective
means? A criticism is only valid if
the critics don't do the same
thing themselves. We do what we
think is right. When you look
back, you turn to salt.
"The worst charge against us
is that we are alarmists and over-
react to anti-Semitism. But
which is the worst sin: to over-
react or under-react? To me, it's
like a baseballl game. Did you
ever notice how a batter stands
when he has two strikes on him?
He digs in a little deeper. He
holds his hands higher on the bat.
His whole approach is different
he's got to be more protective
because he knows that one more
strike and he's out.
"I believe that we Jews are at a
point in time where we stand in
with two strikes against us,
having suffered through pogroms
and the Holocaust this century.
We Jews are down to our last
strike, and I say we must take a
very careful look at what's
"WE SAY it can happen again,
anywhere. The worst that we can
be accused of for being ever-
watchful is that we're paranoid.
But if we don't keep up our
watch, the price we may pay
would be much higher.
"We're fulfilling Simon Wise-
enthal's mandate to speak out
and take action and well con-
tinue to do our work, to grow and
expand. We're undertaking a
major expansion, a $30 million
campaign because our achieve-
ments have exceeded our dream.
We see ourselves as an Orthodox
institution not happy with the
image that Orthodox institutions
must be limited to narrow reli-
gious issues. We're not like that.
We operate on every front. We
will speak up whenever and
wherever Jews are put on the
defensive. Our goal is to work for
Am Yisrael (the people of Israel)
and be involved in all issues
affecting Jews. We couldn't be
doing all that we are doing if
people didn't feel our work was
important. The people support
us. That's the proof."
And what does Simon Wiesen-
thal have to say about all of this
the praise, the criticism, the
controversy? Since he lives and
works in Vienna (though he keeps
in touch with Rabbi Hier through
frequent phone calls), he is able
to stay above the fray, taking
credit for, what he is pround of
and shrugging off any criticism
as the work of the Center officials
in Los Angeles.
During an interview with
Wiesenthal, who was in the U.S.
for a speaking tour, he defended
the work of the Center as essen-
tial. "I don't just talk about the
past, I talk about the conse-
quences and look to the future.
And that is how Rabbi Hier
works, also."
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