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Of South County
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach
Volume 6 Number 38
Soldier in Custody
Admits He Hit Arab Bus
Boca Raton, Florida Friday, November 16,1984
Price 35 Cents
- A young infantry soldier
was remanded in custody
by a Jerusalem magistrate
Monday on suspicion that
he fired an anti-tank missile
at an Arab bus on the out-
skirts of Jerusalem the
week before, killing one
passenger and wounding 10
The suspect, identified as
David Ben-Shimol, 18, of
Jerusalem, was said to have
freely confessed to the crime.
Three other soldiers were det-
ained for questioning as possible
accomplices before the fact.
According to the Army Radio,
one of them has since been rel-
eased and another, a young
woman soldier, was to be released
later. Their identities were with-
held by order of the court.
Southern District Police Com-
mander, told reporters that the
suspect cooperated with the
police in reconstructing his as-
sault on the bus and another
crime of which he is accused
throwing a grenade into an Arab
coffee shop in the Old City of
Jerusalem which occurred six
weeks ago. The reconstructions
were recorded on video tape.
Ben-Shimol has a police record
and was tracked down, police
said, by fingerprints on the hand-
held missile-launcher which was
found near the scene of the bus
assault. The police determined
that the missile and launcher
were stolen from the crack Golani
infantry brigade, the unit in
which Ben-Shimol served until he
deserted two weeks ago.
The suspect was described as
one of 10 children of a religious
family of Moroccan Jews who live
in Jerusalem's Katamon quarter.
His father is an unemployed
ritual slaughterer. According to
press accounts, the youth aban-
doned religious practice and
became estranged from his
family. But his father told
reporters that the family decided
to stand by him and hire an
attorney. According to the elder
Media Help Make the News When
It Comes to Israel and Mideast
Ben-Shimol, his son's girlfriend
was killed in an Arab terrorist
attack on a Jerusalem bus earlier
this year.
acted out of "nationalist"
motives. They said he told ques-
tioners that he was enraged by
the murder of two Israeli hikers
by an Arab on the West Bank
two weeks ago. The alleged killer,
22 year-old Issa Nimr Jibrin, ar-
rested last week, confessed to the
double murder.
Ben-Shimol left a tone near the
abandoned missile launcher
which he signed "the avenger."
Police said the note, written in
flawed Hebrew, was attributed to
Jewish extremists, possibly oper-
ating as a terrorist cell. Obser-
vers therefore expressed surprise
that the attack on the Arab bus
was not the work of rightwing
zealots but apparently the act of
an impressionable Sephardic
youth from a poor family.
It was such youngsters who
voted in large numbers for the
extremist Kach Party in the July
Continued on Page 10
Jaffe Named Director of Endowments
For South County Jewish Federation
Arthur H. Jaffe of Pittsburgh.
Pa., has been named Director of
Kndowments for the South
County Jewish Federation, presi-
dent Marianne Bobick announced
this week.
Jaffe has been director of the
Pittsburgh United Jewish Fed-
eration Foundation, having
joined them in 1981 as endow-
ments director. During his tenure
there, the endowment fund grew
rty some 50 percent, and the UJF
Foundation was established.
A native of Butler, Pa., Jaffe
*as graduated from Pennsyl-
vania State University in clas-
sical studies, then went to He-
brew University in Jerusalem for
his graduate studies in modern
Hebrew literature. As a former
captain in American Army in-
telligence and recipient of the
Bronze Star, he was recruited by
the Haganah in 1946-47 as an in-
telligence officer, and later was
awarded the Israel Defense deco-
From 1948 to 1978 Jaffe
operated retail stores in Pennsyl-
vania, Ohio and Michigan, and
was an active community leader.
Continued on Page 8
Arthur H. Jaffe
Four Top-Notch Ladies
To Head Lion of Judah
Four prominent women will co-
inTk Prestigious Lion of
to P?ftUgthis according
Phyllis Squires, chair of the
women s Division of the
f ederation-UJA Campaign. The
f^ar* Marjorie Baer^Betty
Stone. MUdred Levine and Ruth
Marjorie Baer, one of the
founders of the South County
Jewish Federation, was instru-
mental in launching the Lions of
Judah group in South County in
1982. when it included eight
women. She is vice president of
the Federation, and served as
Women's Division chair in 1982
and 1983. Mrs. Baer is active in
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton,
and has held various offices in the
Sisterhood there. Before moving
to Florida, she was active in her
Temple in South Bend, Indiana,
where she served as board
member and Sisterhood pres-
Continued on Page 5
When the Israeli forces in-
vaded Lebanon two years ago,
they had set up mobile health
clinics in most of the towns and
villages and invited local resi-
dents to avail themselves of free
services, since hospital services
were not available. Among the
services provided were several
units of the latest dialysis ap-
paratus developed in Israel.
A British BBC television crew
drove past such a mobile unit,
looking for "action" to cover. An
Israeli journalist called the atten-
tion of the crew's director to what
the Israelis were doing, and sug-
gested it might be interesting to
film. The reaction he got: "It's
not bloody newsworthy."
This vignette illustrates the
evaluation by two prominent
journalists of the general media's
treatment of Israel in recent
years. "Until about 10 years ago,
Israel could do no wrong; now,
Israel can do nothing right," was
the way Israel Amitai put it.
Amitai is a television producer
and director who formerly served
as a senior editor on one of
Israel's major dailies. He was
joined by Wolf Blitzer, Washing-
ton correspondent for The Jeru-
salem Post, at UPDATE '85, a
conference co-sponsored by the
Women's Division of South
County Jewish Federation and
the Community Relations
Council at Temple Beth El last
Some 180 community leaders,
from virtually all the syna-
gogues, fraternal and voluntary
Jewish groups in South County,
took part in the conference.
Amitai gave another example
of an occurrence which was "not
newsworthy": At one point,
several journalists, including one
from the New York Times, were
abducted by one of the terrorist
groups which make up the PLO,
and were "sentenced" to death.
They had been given pencil and
paper to write their farewell
messages to loved ones, and the
execution squad made ready to
carry out its task, when an order
from above came to cancel the
death sentence, and let them go.
However, nary a word of this
incident appeared in the press.
When the editors of the New
York Times were asked why, they
replied: "It was not newsworthy
Wolf Blitzer pointed to several
anomalies which contribute to
the kind of treatment Israel gets
in the press. First, as one of the
world's "hot spots," Israel has
one of the largest foreign press
corps anywhere. Israel, as a free
society, permits them freedom,
and more than that provides
them with the most up-to-date
facilities for sending in their re-
ports via satellite. The same cer-
tainly cannot be said of Israel's
neighbors. Thus, while in Israel
the most minor incident is imme-
diately picked up, an occurrence
such as the one in Syria when
more than 20,000 persons were
massacred by Assad's brother
Rifat (then head of Syria's secret
police), merited at most a two-
line mention of something about
"unrest in Syria."
Then, Blitzer asked his
audience to consider, the vast
Continued on Page 8
Wesleyan Student Assembly Moves
To Underwrite Farrakhan Visit
Betty Stone
Marjorie Baer
Wesleyan Student Assembly has
voted to provide a campus
student group at Wesleyan Uni-
versity with the $2,000 it had re-
quested from the student activ-
ities budget for a proposed ap-
pearance at the Middletown,
Conn., campus of militant Black
Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan
of the Chicago-based Nation of
Islam group.
After meeting for two-and-a-
half hours, the WSA approved by
a vote of 14-to-10 the funds for
Ujaama, a black student group.
The vote was on the entire
budget of more than 8250,000 for
some 84 Wesleyan student
groups. It will provide Ujaama
with $1,000 toward a Farrakhan
appearance and another $1,000 as
a loan, which could be repaid
from proceeds from the event.
Ujaama has yet to issue a
formal statement to the press or
react to the WSA vote. They
have still not indicated whether
or not they will issue a formal
invitation to Farrakhan, whose
anti-Semitic utterances during
the Democratic Presidential
primaries caused an uproar
throughout the country.
The WSA vote followed several
weeks of controversy which
peaked with the student body
voting to reject a referendum on
the entire student budget
'proposals because of the Farrak-
han allocations. The budget was
then brought back to committee
where the WSA issued an ad-
visory opinion urging that the
committee retain the funds for
Ujaama, thus overriding the
popular opinion of the student
body as expressed in the referen-
dum's outcome.

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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County / Friday, November 16,1984
! 4

Knesset Moves
To Erase Kahane's Immunity
parliament shared in the grief of
the families of the Arabs killed or
injured in the bus attack andthe
families of the slain Jewish
Meanwhile, senior security
force officers met at Jerusalem
police headquarters to djactm
the deteriorating security
situation in the Jerusalem tret
The session was attended by the
District Commissioner, the Jem.
salem police commander m&
senior officers investigating th
bus attack. mm
The Knesset's House
Committee and the Min-
istry of Justice are moving
on parallel tracks toward
swift action that could de-
prive Rabbi Meir Kahane,
leader of the extremist
Kach Party, of his Knesset
immunity and open the way
to prosecute him for racist
incitement against Arab
citizens of Israel and Arabs
on the West Bank and
The Justice Ministry is putting
final touches to a new law against
"racism" which it plans to
submit to parliament in the next
few days. The draft bill was
reported to have been circulated
to other ministries for amend-
ments before a final version is
presented to the legislators for
THE HOUSE Committee,
meanwhile, continued its
discussions on a motion by MK
Yossi Sarid requesting the
Attorney General to propose to
the Knesset that Kahane's
immunity be waived. That is the
procedure required by law before
the Knesset can vote to strip a
member of immunity. Other MKs
are studying the Criminal Code
for grounds to prosecute Kahane
should he lose his immunity.
At present there is no specific
law against racism in the
Criminal Code. Offenders can be
prosecuted, however, -.for
disturbing the peace or in-
Sarid, who quit the Labor
Party in protest against the
Labor-Likud unity government
agreement and joined the Civil
Rights Movement (CRM). said
he based his motion on Kahane's
most recent utterance in praise of
U.S., Israel In
Joint Study
The United States and Israel
have agreed to cooperative re-
search projects on oil shale ex-
traction and the conversion of
coal for alternative fuels.
The U.S. will provide $620,000
for the projects which call for the
exchange of technical informa-
tion and personnel. The agree-
ments are a result of a pledge in
December, 1983 by Energy
Secretary Donald Hodel and Yit-
zhak Modai, who was then
Israel's Minister for Energy and
Infrastructure and is now
Finance Minister.
The two countries signed an
agreement last June and details
of the agreement were put
together by U.S. and Israeli tech-
nical officials last month. The
Hebrew University and the
Weizmann Institute will conduct
projects in concert with similar
activities underway in the U.S.
"These agreements reflect the
shared commitment to cooperate
in scientific and technical explo-
ration that exists between our
two countries,"Hodel said. He
a noted that the agreements "will
j_ permit the U.S. to share in the
r creative oil shale research already
* underway in Israel and to apply
f the knowledge we learn to both
the oil shales and, potentially, the
high sulfur bituminous coals we
have in abundance in this
unknown Jewish terrorists who
killed one Arab and wounded 10
others in a rocket attack on an
Arab bus in Jerusalem.
searching for the terrorists who
said their attack was "revenge"
for the Arab murder of two Jew-
ish hikers on the West Bank.
Kahane declared, "May the
hands which did this be strength-
ened ... it was a brave and noble
act." Sarid said Kahane's con-
gratulations to the terrorists as
"proud Jews" constituted incite-
ment to violence or possibly
incitement to rebellion.
Minister Haim Bar lev
statement to the
said in
Knesset that "There are those
among us who believe that
counter-terror is not moral but is
nevertheless efficient. But this is
a stupid belief that has been
disproven. Counter-terror does
not prevent terror but rather
feeds it."
Barlev said legislation should
be enacted outlawing racist
statements and pledged that the
police would find "the answer" to
deal with those elements "who
play with fire with a terrible
LABOR MK Edna Solodar,
who joined Sarid in urging
mesaures against Kahane, ac-
cused the Kach leader and his
supporters of ignoring the
distinctions between the equal
rights guaranteed to Arab
citizens of Israel and terrorists.
Likud MK Michael Eitan
suggested that there was no need
for new legislation because
Kahane could be stripped of
immunity under existing law for
incitement to mutiny.
The House Committee, mean-
while, remained divided over
whether its deliberations remain
open to press coverage. Sarid was
joined by MK Geula Cohen of the
rightwing Tehiya Party in ob-
jecting to open sessions on
grounds that as far as Kahane is
concerned, any publicity is good
But a majority of the commit-
tee, including members from
opposite ends of the political
spectrum, maintained that open
debate was "educationally
useful." According to MK Ronnie
Milo of Likud's Liberal Party
wing, young people should see
that Kahane and Kahanism is
isolated and ostracized by the
"entire responsible political
THE KNESSET called on all
Israelis to refrain from racial
incitement and support for
terrorist activities. It adopted a
resolution stating that
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News in Brief
Papandreou Off to Mideast Again
Friday, .November 16,1984 / The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
By JTA Services
ATHENS Prime Minister
Andreas Papandreou's visits to
Jordan and Syria Nov. 8-11 are
nuzzling to observers of Greek
policy in the Middle East. It will
be his second trip to Arab
countries in less than two months
_ he was in Libya Sept. 23-24
and political pundits wonder
what he hopes to gain.
Jordan and Syria are hardly
the best of frienda. Syria sup-
ports Iran in the Iran-Iraq war,
while Jordan backs Iraq. Syria's
Haber joined the JDC staff in
1947 as director for Germany
where he developed programs for
more than 200,000 displaced
persons. They were instrumental
in the rescue, rehabilitation and
eventual emigration of tens of
thousands of Holocaust sur-
Haber was assigned in 1958 to
the European headquarters of the
JDC in Geneva as assistant
director general. He was tran-
sferred to the JDC's New York
headquarters in 1964 and in 1967
was elected executive vice chair-
president, Hafez Assad, is a
bitter foe of Palestine Liberation man rf ^
Organization chief Yasir Arafat ^ 1976 u1, r
and was responsible for his ouster
from Lebanon last spring.
King Hussein of Jordan
met several times with Arafat in
fai attempt, so far fruitless, to
i work out a common position with
respect to the Palestinian
problem. Papandreou himself is
friendly toward Arafat which
could put him in an awkward
position when he goes to
Freeze Text Signed
text of the three-month wage-
price-tax freeze package
agreement was signed in the
Prime Minister's office after a
last-minute delay arising from
i differences between Histadrut
[and the Employers Association.
Premier Shimon Peres, who
played a major role in negotiating
the freeze package, said the final
version did not differ much from
the draft initialed last Friday by
representatives of labor,
management and the govern-
ment. It was signed by Histadrut
Secretary General Yisrael Kesser
and Eli Hurwitz, chairman of the
| Employers Coordinating Com-
A last-minute hitch had
I developed over Histadrut's
demand that the freeze on wages
should not apply to special
payments to compensate wage-
earners for the erosion of their
income during the past six
months owing to inflation.
NJ.Gov. Joins
| Crowd in Cleanup
NJ- Some 1,000 people in-
cluding Gov. Thomas Kean
participated in an interfaith rally
rand demonstration of solidarity
that concluded with cleanup
operations -t a synagogue
defaced last month with anti-
pemitic slogans and damaged
ST u\tfactor waa ^^n
through the budding's side.
Llilf6! /ouths b* *>een
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"tack on Beth Shalom Synago-
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Rabbi Ira Rothstein, was in-
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Katyusha Rocket Hits
Beit Shean Valley
TEL AVIV The remains of a
107 mm. Katyusha rocket found
near Kibbutz Beth Yosef in the
Beit Shean valley south of Lake
Tiberias Sunday indicated the
source of two explosions heard in
the region Saturday night. There
were no casualties or damage.
Israeli soldiers searched for
more rocket debris and Jordanian
soldiers were seen engaged in a
similar search on their side ot the
Jordan River. Israel military
sources said terrorists apparently
infiltrated Arab Legion lines and
crossed the river into Israel, fired
two rockets and fled.
The sources said the Jordan-
ians appear to be continuing their
efforts to prevent terrorist at-
tacks on Israel from Jordanian
Greek Forces on Alert
For Terrorist Attacks
ATHENS Greek security
forces are on alert in order to
protect Israeli and Jewish in-
stallations here after the
government was informed that a
group of terrorists, believed to be
members of the Al Fatah group
of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, had entered the
country with explosives and
other weapons.
According to the Greek daily
Ethnos, the government was
informed by "reliable sources"
that the Palestinians had entered
the country and that terrorist
attacks would be committed
within three days. Ethnos
reported that the government
was provided with this infor-
mation last Saturday.
Minister of Public Order
Yiannia Skoularikis, according to
the newspaper, ordered a general
alert of the police in Athens. The
alert was expressed by re-
inforcing security guards in every
Jewish and Israeli related instal-
lation in Athens, as well as
placing guards at the houses of
the diplomatic staff of the Israeli
representation here.
W. Bank Reps Won't
Be Allowed Abroad
TEL AVIV Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin told the
Knesset that West Bank rep-
resentatives will not be permitted
to go to Amman for a meeting of
the Palestine National Council.
Replying to questions by MKs
Matityahu Peled and Musham-
med Miari of the Progressive List
for Peace, Rabin noted that Israel
regards the Palestine Liberation
Organization as a terrorist or-
ganization and therefore cannot
permit West Bank residents to
attend a meeting designed to
further the interests of the PLO.
Israel-S. Africa Ties
Need No Explanations
TEL AVIV The visiting
Foreign Minister of South Africa,
Pik Botha, and his Israeli
counterpart, Yitzhak Shamir,
stressed that the relations
between their, countries are the
normal relations that exist be-
tween any two friendly states and
should not give rise to different
Statements to that effect were
considered necessary because
Botha's three-day private visit,
on his own initiative, has embar-
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Botha told reporters after the
meeting that there is nothing
unique about South Africa's ties
with Israel. "What happens be-
tween Israel and South AFrica is
happening between South Africa
and African states. We trade. We
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County / Friday, November 16,1984
Magic of Houdini: How
Son Of a Rabbi Made It Big
London Chronicle Syndicate
On May 30, 1900, the
Hungarian-born son of an im-
poverished rabbi arrived in
England from America and
baffled Scotland Yard by
escaping from a pair of manacles
specially designed to restrain
him. The man was Harry
Houdini, then 26 and already
billed as the "Undisputed King of
Handcuffs and Champion Jail-
Break er," whose unique skills as
a magician and escapologist were
soon to make him famous the
world over.
Houdini was born Ehrich
Weiss in Budapest on March 24,
1874, to Mayer Samuels Weiss, a
rabbi and scholar, and his second
wife, Cecilia Steiner. Shortly
afterwards, the family emigrated
to America, stopping for a while
in Appleton, Wise., before set-
tling in Milwaukee, where Cecilia
gave the infant Ehrich a new
birthdate April 6, 1874 so that
the boy would have the
protection of knowing that he
was an American citizen.
THE FAMILY was not to
prosper. Samuel Weiss did not
find it easy to adjust to the
upheaval of moving from his
native Hungary and resettling
with his growing family in the
hustle and bustle of the United
States, and, although he spoke
Hungarian, German and Hebrew,
he had great difficulty in learning
Despite increasing financial
worries, the Weiss household
with its seven children was a
happy one filled with laughter
and love. Cecilia cared for her
family with warmth and total
devotion, cooking and sewing,
and endeavoring to produce a
comfortable atmosphere in
which, even if he was unable to
contribute a great deal to the
family's income, her husband
could at least continue with his
beloved rabbinical studies. Her
influence on young Ehrich was
profound, and for his entire life he
was devoted to her.
By the time Ehrich was 12, the
Weiss family was enduring the
most wretched poverty, with the
rabbi still helplessly incapable of
providing means for his wife and
children. Ehrich decided to take
matters into his own hands: he
left a note for his mother telling
her he would be home in about a
year, and ran away to seek his
THIS MOVE galvanized his
father into action. Rabbi Weiss
decided to go to New York where
there was a large Jewish com-
munity, and where he felt he
might be taken on as a Hebrew
teacher. The rabbi installed
himself in a New York apartment
where his son found him, and
between them they managed to
earn enough to enable the family
to join them. They lived there, in
modest circumstances, until
Rabbi Weiss died in October,
Ehrich s jobs included that of
shoe-shine boy, photographer's
assistant, electric driller and
department store messenger.
From his earnings at a tie factory
he helped to sustain his mother
and the younger children while
his father went back to his
His interest in magic began in
earnest in 1888 when he was 14.
As a small child in Milwaukee, he
and his brother Theo had been
taken by their father to see a
touring magician who "cut up a
man at every performance." This
magician, Dr. Lynn, would place
his victim into a cabinet, then
sharpen a lethal-looking knife
with which he would slash away
at an arm, then a leg and finally,
covered by a black cloth, the
head. Dr. Lynn would casually
toss the limbs back into the
cabinet, to the consternation of
his audience. Then gradually, he
would sweep open the curtains
for the "victim" to reappear
.vhole again.
THE FUTURE Houdini was
riveted by the act, unaware that
one day he would become the
world's greatest magician and
master these arts with a non-
chalance which would become
second nature to him.
Eagerly learning coin and card
tricks, his sleight-of-hand
developed. He read voraciously
books on conjuring and magic,
practicing on anyone who would
stand still for a moment. His
confidence grew with his
proficiency as an illusionist. He
also became an athlete run-
ning, swimming and working
hard to keep himself in peak
physical condition and a
skilled diver, taking many prizes
in junior events.
He imposed a rigorous regime
on himself which he continued for
the rest of his life: he neither
smoked cigarettes nor drank
alcohol, believing they had a
deleterious effect which would
sap his energy.
As a child, Houdini was still
called Ehrich, but known more
familiarly by the inevitable
contraction Ehrie and in due
course, an unequivocal
Americanizing of Ehrie became
Harry. The surname Houdini
came later.
MAGIC AS practiced in the
19th and early 20th Centuries
was simple entertainment,
though it was becoming more
sophisticated and more
theatrical. While still a teen-ager,
Harry discovered a man who was
then considered to be the greatest
exponent of the art, the Fren-
chman Jean Eugene Robert-
Houdin, described as "the father
of the modern magic." Harry
acquired a second-hand copy of
Robert-Houdin's Memoirs,
giving accounts of his perfor-
mances before the French
Emperor and Queen Victoria,
which he read and reread, and
carried with him almost as a
"He became my hero," Harry
was to sav. "and I ask nothing
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more in life than to become a
magician like him." Adding an
"i" to Houdin gave the fledgling
magician the name he was to
carry for the rest of his lifer
Budapest-bom Ehrich Weiss was
now, at the age of 17, Harry
Houdini, and with fierce com-
petitive ambition, he set out to
conquer the world.
As a stage magician he was
spectacular. Other artists
produced live canaries or doves
Houdini conjured up an eagle.
He could fire a pistol and an
elephant would disappear. He
learned how to swallow a dozen
needles and a length of cotton,
and brought up the needle,
of Rabbi Weiss, Houdini fell in
love. Within ten days he eloped
with 18-year-old Beatrice Rah-
mer, known as Bess, the
daughter of German Catholic
immigrants. The marriage was
not well-received by Bess's
mother, though Cecilia made the
girl welcome in her home. But the
young couple were well-suited.
Physically Houdini was a small
man, neat and slim but incredibly
strong; she was a slight girl,
pretty and utterly devoted to her
intense young husband. He was
determined that she would
become part of his act, and in-
structed her relentlessly until she
was able to identify completely
with all his ambitions.
The couple were married three
times. Bess was to say "I am the
most married person I know,
three times to the same man."
They had a civil ceremony first
and then, to please their parents,
Houdini and Bess were married
again by a priest and a rabbi.
ONE OF Houdini's early acts
had been called "Metamor-
phosis," on which he worked with
his brother, Theo. Later, Bess
took Theo's place. Houdini, fully
dressed, with his hands bound
up, would enter an empty beer
barrel; she, slighter than Theo.
wearing a brief costume, would
face the audience.
"When I clap my hands three
times you will see a miracle," she
would say. Then she would jump
into the cabinet and three claps
would be heard. Within seconds
Houdini would appear from the
cabient in his shirtsleeves.
Opening the curtain, Bess could
be seen, hands tied up as
Houdini's had been.
Theo, meanwhile, had also
decided upon a stage career as a
magician and escapologist.
Performing under the name
"Hardeen," he was sometimes
billed as a rival "escape king" to
Houdini, the public not realising
they were brothers.
HOUDINI discovered that
handcuffs and manacles were
easier to open than he had
imagined. He spent hour upon
hour talking to locksmiths and
studying their techniques. At the
same time, he read all he could
about the effects of physical
restraint and perfected his own
skills of concealing lock-picking
pieces of metal about his person
and redirecting the eyes of his
As his act became more and
more sophisticated, people really
began to believe that he
possessed supernatural powers.
He also spent time in a lunatic
asylum studying demented
patients trying to extricate
themselves from bound
restraints. He managed to
acquire an old straight jacket and
struggled for many days
Eventually, the consummate
strength and determination of
others produced canaries;
Houdini conjured up eagle.
the magician enabled him to free
himself from a garment made of
strong canvas, fastened at the
back with leather straps and
metal buckles, designed to
restrain the murderously insane.
DURING THE summer of
1913, Houdini was touring
Europe with the "Chinese Water
Torture Cell" escape, the act
which made him an international
sensation. A heavy, metal-lined
mahogany tank with a plate glass
front was filled with water while
he changed into a bathing
costume. Then an upright metal
cage was put in the tank. Houdini
stretched out on the stage, his
ankles shackled, and while a
massive frame held the stocks in
place, he was hauled aloft, head
down, and lowered into the cell.
The top was then locked.
His audience could see him
through the glass front, upside-
down in the water, confined by
the barred cage. A curtained
cabinet was rolled forward to
cover the device and the curtains
drawn. For two minutes the
audience sat tense. Then Houdini
emerged, water streaming from
his body. His baffled audience
was spellbound.
A two-week engagement in
America gave him the op-
portunity to see his adored
mother, who was then a frail 72-
year-old. It was to be the last
time Houdini would embrace
for an engagement in
Copenhagen. Nine days later he
received a cable giving him news
of her death. Houdini, grief-
stricken, fell to the ground un-
His mother's death brought
about a less enthusiastic attitude
to and interest in his working life
as a magician. But he did become
intensely interested in spiritual-
ism even though, during his
early years, he had taken part in
many fake spirit shows that were
engineered for the edification of
the sensation-seekers.
Houdini was genuinely anxious
to meet kindred souls and when,
m 1920, he met Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle, he recognized a fellow man
convinced of the value of
spiritualism and its importance
in the world.
CONAN DOYLE and Houdini
found their mutual interest in the
spirit world totally absorbing -
Doyle even gave up all his
writing for a while so that he
could involve himself in whit
was, for him, almost a religion -
and the two men discussed en-
dlessly their attitudes towards
spiritualism. Both were eager to
expose fraudulent mediums, but
Houdini was further motivated
by his own desire to receive a
message from his beloved dead
Doyle's wife claimed she was
adept at automatic, or spirit
writing, and offered to try and
contact Cecilia. Doyle himself
was certain that Houdini was
deeply moved by the words
communicated as a result of Lady
Doyle's writing, but Houdini was
never convinced. The message
had been in English, a language
never used by mother and son -
they always spoke in German -
and since the date of the ex-
periment had been his mother's
birthday and she had not
mentioned it in the transmission,
he repudiated totally the real, if
misguided, belief of the Doyle
that the message had been
From that time onwards
Houdini was to sever his
friendship with Conan Doyle.
IN 1923 Houdini became a
member of the Committee for
Psychial Research, determined to
expose the frauds perpetrated
against a gullible public. He
himself had been anxious and all
too willing to believe; bis
desperation to make contact with i
his mother and hear her voice
again had taken him to many
seances with hope, but he'd only
encountered deceits.
He began giving lectures to
crusade against the scoundrels
who capitalized on grief, using
his many years of experience as
an entertainer to demonstrate
how the fakes operated.
His widely-acclaimed book, A
Magician Among the Spirit*.
created ripples in psychic circles
with its credible evidence that the
founders of spiritualism were
deceiving the unsuspecting
public. j
Belief in spiritualiam. he wroU.
could easily lead to WkW
Anyone could talk to the dead, M
declared, but the dead would not
talk back, and Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle, Oliver Lodge and wen
imposing men were dan8B'^
They were to be respected in tneff
professional fields, he thougMj
but thev should not be influenc*
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Four Top-Notch Ladies
To Head Lion of Judah
Friday, November 16,1984 / The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
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ident. She was active in the
Federation's Women's Division
there as well.
Betty Stone represented South
County on the board of the Palm
Beach Jewish Federation from
1972-78, and subsequently helped
to organize the independent
South County Federation. She is
currently a member of the board,
and serves as chair of the board
of trustees of the Levis Jewish
Community Center. Last year
Mrs. Stone was chair of the
Federation's Speakers Bureau,
and this makes the fourth year
for her as co-chair of the Lions of
Judah group. Before coming to
South Florida, Mrs. Stone lived
JEL Aviv EXPERIMENT Rosa, one of the last lappet-
faced vultures of the Negev Desert, with her long-time keeper,
Ya acov Segal of Tel Aviv University. The University's zoo is
planning a breeding experiment through which it hopes to
perpetuate this rapidly-vanishing species.
Four Truckloads of Kosher Cheese
Distributed to 30,000 Families
Four truckloads of kosher
cheese totaling 150,000
pounds were distributed re-
cently to almost 30,000
needy Jewish families
throughout the metro-
politan area in the third
such project sponsored by
the Metropolitan New York
Coordinating Council on
Jewish Poverty, according
J the Coordinating
Council's president,
A total of 31 agencies,
volunteer groups and
congregations picked up alloca-
tions for their needy constituents
and distributed the kosher cheese
aunng the week of Sept. 17,
onayovich said.
Jews in Monaey, New Square,
,""* VaUey and Monroe, in
JPPer New York State, also were
nmL th! federal governments
Ey"" 'wrplus food diatribu-
CoJ: accoi;din8 t<> Rbbi David
aZ- SKnating Council
executive director.
pcund S6686, packed k five"
Pound boxes wa8 produced by
t!Zorld Cheese Co. and in-
a*. a ."^Pment of specially
SK? ud C.,holov YiaraeUhee-S
m"nitie8, Cohen said.
cheiL8*"15? 8hlpment of kosher
K J United States, adding
SrenS;iLPr0D,em "ta *
23?., frtw?m koAr
worbed by the participating
agency." Cohen added that
"private donations helped to
defray some of this expense," and
that Rep. Mario Biaggi (D., N.Y.)
"has worked closely with both
the Department of Agriculture
and the New York State Office of
General Services in having this
additional cost underwritten."
He said other elected officials had
also been "most supportive."
in Great Neck, N.Y., where she
chaired the Women's Division for
the UJA Campaign, and headed
the Speakers' Bureau for the
Mrs. Stone has been a board
member of Temple Beth El in
Boca Raton, and served as asso-
ciate chair of the temple's Distin-
guished Artist Series during the
initial two years of the series. She
has headed the Reach For
Recovery volunteer program at
the Boca Community Hospital,
and in 1980 was recipient of the
Community Service Award from
the Boca Raton News.
Mildred Levine shares res-
idence between Del-Aire in
Delray Beach and Lawrence,
Long Island, where she had spent
many years in Jewish community
activities. She is a past vice pres-
ident of Hewlett Hadassah and a
member of its board, she is a
member of the Five Towns Com-
munity Chest's Special Events
and Special Service Division
board, has served as chair of
the Red Feather Ball dinner-
dance, and has served as fund-
raising vice president of the
Peninsula Hospital Center in Far
Rockaway. She is a life member
of Hadassah, B'nai B'rith and
Brandeis University Women.
Mrs. Levine, who continues as co-
chair of the Lions of Judah for
the second year, is an active
member of B'nai Torah
Congregation in Boca Raton.
Ruth White (whose photo was
not available) also shares her
residence between South Florida
and Great Neck, Long Island.
Together with her husband
Frank, she has been involved in
an international frame styling
business for eyeglasses. She has
been a board member of
Hadassah; has served as pres-
ident of CARIH, an organization
for asthmatic children; has
worked on behalf of a camp for
underprivileged children; and
been active in Temple Israel of
Great Neck and in B'nai Brith's
Anti-Defamation League.
The Lion of Judah group
consists of women who have
contributed a minimum of $5,000
to the Campaign. From the ori-
ginal eight in 1982, the group
grew to 46 at the end of the
Dr. Saul Anton
Ben Karpen
Anton, Karpen Head
Palm Greens Drive
Dr. Saul Anton and Ben
Karpen will co-chair the 1985
Federation-UJA Campaign for
both sections of Palm Greens in
Delray Beach, Family Division
chair Benjamin Buss in an-
nounced last week.
Anton and Karpen have issued
an invitation to all Palm Greens
residents to come to the Palm
Greens Clubhouse next Tuesday
(Nov. 20), at 7:30, to honor last
year's campaign volunteers for
their outstanding work.
Uniting both sections of Palm
Greens under the theme "Par-
tners for Life," the co-chairmen
said they were excited about
joining forces, and promised
greater response and involve-
ment on the part of their neigh-
bors and friends.
They emphasized that the
evening planned for next week
will include no soliciting of funds,
but will be devoted to education
and entertainment the latter
to be provided by Izzy Siegel and
the Kings Point Glee Club, who
have acquired a most respectable
reputation as a talented group.
There will be no admission
charge, and coffee and cake will
be served.
Dr. Anton, formerly of Pot-
tsville, Pa., is an optometrist who
following year, and reached more moved to South Florida in 1978.
than 60 members last year. Mem- Currently active in Temple Sinai,
bers of the group proudly bear he has been a member of ZOA
the gold pin of a lion supporting a d B'nai B'rith, and was active
menorah, which is the Federa- in his synagogue and in the UJA
tion *s symbol. campaign in his home town.
Ben Karpen, retired furniture
manufacturer from Forest Hills,
N.Y., is active in Temple Emeth,
where he is a board member. He
was an active leader in New
York's Jewish Identity Center,
dedicated to fighting anti-
Semitism, and was vice president
of the Men's Club at the United
Nations Synagogue.
Rabin Okays
Arab Bank
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin
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has approved the opening of a
Palestinian bank in the West
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improve the quality of life and
living standards of Arabs in the
Rabin said the bank would
operate under the close super-
vision of the Bank of Israel as
do all banks in Israel and
would pose "no security danger."
He was challenged by MK
Gershon Shafat of the Tehiya
Party who claimed that a Pales-
tinian bank would encourage
trends toward "splitting Judaea
and Samaria away from Israel."
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Seated, front left to right: Terry Kaufman, Mark
Braun, Phyllis Braun, Marianne Bobick, David
Levine, Ethel Levine, Millie Pittman. Seated,
second row: Ben Bussin, Evelyn Bussin, Muriel
White, Daniel White, Anne Pollack, Rabbi
Joseph Pollack. Standing, left to right: Shep
Kaufman, Harvey Grossman, Leonard
Weisenberg, Eleanor Weisenberg, Abraham
Kobrin, Ruth Kobrin, Rose Farbman, Joseph
Farbman, Kelly Freeman, Sema Gordon, Gilbert
Freeman, Howard Pittman, Sybil Mackson, Ed
Bobick. Attending, not in picture, Sylvia and
William Doninger, Dorothy and Melvin Gardner,
Doris and Max Rubin, Elaine and Sam Simon,
Arthur Tzeses.
Record October Mission
Returns Inspired
Pride was the prevalent feeling
among 40 South County resi-
dents who just returned from Is-
rael where they spent 10 days on
the United Jewish Appeal
October Study Mission.
"It makes you proud to be a
Jew," said Benjamin Bussin of
Delray Beach, Family Division
chair, who took part with his wife
A UJA mission is not an
"average tour" of Israel. It is an
in-depth look at the Jewish state.
The South County entourage
traveled throughout Israel,
including Jerusalem, the Golan
Heights and Tel Aviv. They
heard Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin speak, and saw where the
Israeli Merkava (Chariots) tanks
are manufactured. The mission
also included a trip to Ramat
David Air Force Base, which
serves as the front line air defense
for Israel's northern borders, and
to Masada and the Dead Sea.
"The two places that have
stayed with me most were seeing
the tank operations, the tank
manufacturing capabilities of Is-
rael which are fantastic, and now
right here at Ramat David," said
Howard Pittman of Del-Aire,
who participated in the mission
with his wife Millie.
"I never thought I could get
the thrill that I received seeing
the first plane take off in front of
us," Pittman said. "The roar and
the power just went right
through me.
"And I must confess that tears
came to my eyes to think that we
are at a stage where the Jewish
people, who were never
militaristic and whose purpose
has never been militaristic, but
who are forced to be militaristic,
have achieved power not to
destroy other people, not to take
their land but for once in our
history we have the means to
defend ourselves and to defend
this fabulous country," said
Sylvia Doninger, who was with
her husband Bill, said, "I'm very
proud that these young men and
women axe doing what they are
doing against tremendous odds.
They have come up with an en-
force that is something to be very
proud of."
She also saw a "tremendous
difference" between the Israel
she saw 11 years ago and the
country she traveled during this
mission. "The way they have
built on the mountainside in Je-
rusalem is just unbelievable."
That is the same feeling
"Shep" Kaufman of Del-Aire
experienced; it had been 16 years
since he last visited Israel.
"It is just beyond imagination.
You can't describe this in words
and pictures for people. They
have to come over here and see
for themselves," said Kaufman,
who was in Israel with his wife
What most impressed
Kaufman were the children and
the people of Israel. "I think of
the kids first. Wherever we were
we saw the free-spirited children
who are the future of Israel," he
Kaufman also was touched by
the in-gathering of Jews from all
parts of the world.
Thus, the absorption center
where Ethiopian Jews live im-
pressed Kaufman. "I was very
proud of what the Israelis are
doing in bringing them here."
For Bussin, the Golan Heights
and Masada had great effect.
"I was affected emotionally by
the Golan Heights because I was
down at the base just prior to the
'67 War. I could then visualize
and almost see the guns pointing
down. We were on the other side
of the Sea of Galilee and we could
look up at the Syrian forces," he
said. "Of course, Masada has the
religious impact."
Visiting the Project Renewal
neighborhoods of Josephthal and
Kaplan in Kfar Saba, which is
twinned with South County, also
inspired the people on the
"Words and pictures in books
are one thing, but coming to
Project Renewal and seeing with
your eyes and hearing with your
ears the fantastic work that is
being done is unreal," Pittman
said. "It is really zeroing in on an
area and taking it out of the
slums and into living standards
that all people and especially our
people should have," he added.
For others, Kfar Saba had been
just a name, a project.
"The premise is a good one,
but seeing it makes it even
better," Mrs. Doninger said.
With the mission over, the
South County entourage
returned home with a message.
"They are doing a marvelous
job there," said Anne Pollack,
who attended the mission with
Responsive Parenting emphasizes a positive approach"
to family life.
This four-part workshop will focus on a look at parent-i
ing through the ages and stages of childhood, willi
provide a guide to positive discipline, will help parentsl
strengthen their children's self-esteem and confil
dence, as well as offer parents guidance toward build-1
ing independence and cooperation in their children.
Group Facilitator Nancy A. Feldman, L.C.S.W.
Dates: Nov.21-Dec.5;Oec. 12-Dec. 19 (Wednesday)
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Location: Jewish Family & Children's Service
of So. Palm Beach County*
Registration: CONTACT... Nancy A. Feldman
PHONE... 395-3640
Group Limit: 10
* The Jewish Family and Children's Service is an agency
of the South County Jewish Federation.
her husband, Rabbi Joseph
Pollack. She was referring to the
Federation's work in Israel.
"What I saw is something I hope
others can see because I was very
proud of the fact that we were
Jews coming back to the
homeland to see what was ac-
"There can be no ceiling to the
amount of work that is being
done by UJA," Bussin said.
"Nothing can describe the depth
and the breadth of the work of
UJA whether it be in Youth
Aliyah or the school for the
"I'm going to tell the people
the things that I've seen,"
Kaufman said. "The building of
the country. The spirit of th.
country. I'm going to imp**
upon people not only to rive-irk
their pocketbooks^ bS 2
they ve got to give their backinc
whenever Israel needs it."
Pittman said the message is
simple: "We need Israel and they
need us. This is not a one-way
situation. We in the United
States are strong and secure
because of Israel. The support is
not only in dollars and cents
although that is very important
to carry on the social needs of
this country."
The October Mission had the
largest contingent ever to go on a
mission from South County.

Adolph S Ross Lsvis
an Agency of the South County Jewish Federation
336 N.W. Spanish River Boulevard
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
(305) 395-5546
The Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center
wishes to acknowledge their Contributory Members
and welcome all new members who have recently
Mr. and Mrs
Mr. and Mrs
Mr. and Mrs
Mr. and Mrs
Mr. and Mrs
Dr. and Mrs.
Dr. and Mrs.
Dr. and Mrs.
Dr. and Mrs.
Sydney Altman
James Baer
Gerson Bernstein
Edward Bobick
Henry Brenner
Robert Byrnes
Larry Charme
Robert Fish man
Jonathan Greene
Drs. Ury and
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Bern ice
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Temple Beth
Dalia Kalai
Shep Kaufman
Gary Lebbin
Abner Levine
Robert Mufson
David Stein
Norman Stone
Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Himber
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Kretsky
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Robinson
Dr. Ronald Rubin
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitehill
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cappor
Ms. Vicki Cohen
Ms. Sylvia Goldman
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Korn
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kottler
Ms. Shirley Levin
Mr. James Nobil
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Scher
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schugar
Rabbi and Mrs. Merle Singer
Rabbi and Mrs. Bruce Warshal
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Herbst
Mr. and Mrs. Gerold Crane
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Miller
Mr. Steven Rubin
Mr. M. Lipschultz
Ms. Melanie Ziskend
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wigodner
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Shatin
Mr. Stan Hollender
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Poznak
Mr. Edward Gross
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sommers
Mr. Dwayne KaU
Mr. Elmer Leving
Ms. Marcia Needle
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Bregman
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Levine
Ms. Mae Goldman
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Landow
Mr. Kenneth Bender
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Eckelson
Dr. and Mrs. Gary Kaufman
Mr. and Mrs. Len Kreuscher
Ma. Mindy Preuss
Mr. Leonard Grossman
Ms. Bette Karlinsky
Dr. and Mrs. John Schosheim
Ms. Don BarenholU
Mr. and Mrs. Louia Bender
Mr. Barry Silver
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Link*
Ms. Shirley Cohen
Mr. Allen Fields
Ms. Edie Schoenfeid
Mr. Allan Mellman
Ma. Elaine Roberts
Mr. Lew Ruasfield
Ms. Lillian Benson
Ms. Anne Green
Mr. Lawrence Sehrea
Ma. Anne Kerstein
Mr. and Mrs. Danny Gruby
Mr. and Mrs. John Balmonte
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gusman
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Roja
Mr. and Mra. Barry Minkin
Dr. and Mrs. Steven Berliner
Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Ingber
Dr. and Mrs. Lee Katims
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Filhaber
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Schooler
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sponder
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Towsner
Dr. and Mrs. Reuben Posner
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Silverman
Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Tubero
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Zeitlin
Dr. and Mrs. Micharl Albert
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gortz
Mr. and Mrs. William Solomon
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kowalsky
Dr. and Mrs. M. Leinwand
Dr. and Mrs. Marc Freeman
Rabbi and Mrs. Theodore
Dr. and Mrs. Ben Rogof f
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Weisman
Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Sachs
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Sevell
Mr. and Mra. Edward Philips
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Snyder
Mr. Jonathan Santhouse
Mr. Robert Barry
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wasch
Ma. Pauline Levine
Mr. Charles Feinatein
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Spring
Mr. and Mra. Neville Ziff
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rosen
Ms. Marianne Roberta
Ma. Shirley Frazzini
Mr. Frederick Brayer
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Kreuscher
Ms. Patty Vargas
Mr. Lewis Poatilnik
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wolf

Friday, November 16,1984 / The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7
ssa Bush (fourth from right, above), formerly of Boca Raton, with a
Iwck" dance group at Or Akiva. Nessa, along with some 100 other
\olim" (immigrants) from South Florida, attended a party sponsored
L the South Florida Aliyah Council and the Association of Americas
nd Canadians in Israel at Or Akiva last summer. Or Akiva, adjacent
, Caesarea, is the Project Renewal city twinned with Miami. The
1/ent served as a reunion for Florida "olim" from all over Israel. The
iliyah Council, which recently welcomed new "shaliach" (emissary)
i Cohen, has its offices in Miami, at 3950 Biscayne Blvd. (573-2666),
J holds various activities for those interested in "Aliyah," usually
j~Miami. Uri Cohen will gladly answer inquires from all those who
[ould like more information on "Aliyah."
with AB Dick offset 310-XL Experience.
Please call the Adolph and Rose Levis
Jewish Community Center.
Ask for Les

Adolph & Rose Levis
an agency of the South County
Jewish Federation
Men's Basketball
The 24-second clock is ticking dolwn.
Get your shot off by signing up today.
WHEN: Sundays, Nov. 25-Jan. 27
WHERE: Civic Center in Delray Beach
TIME: 9 a.m.-Noon
COST: Members $30.00
Non-Members $45.00
336 Spanish River Blvd. N.W., Boca Raton
For Details &
Membership Info
Please Call:
Prime Timers (55+) Latke Party
Come join the fun and celebrate Chanukah with the
v5P JimerBl A latke diMe' combined with a "Fun with
iiadish" potpourri presented by Ann Fleischman. Bring
your appetite and your Menorah!
DATE: Sunday, December 16
TIME: 5:00 p.m.-.?
COST: $4.00 Members; $6.00 Non-Members.
Levis JCC, 336 N.W. Spanish River BIv Boca Raton 33431

Prime Timers Latke Party
^yUme Phone #__
Amount enclosed.
/Idolph and Rose Lerts
n agency of ins South County
Jewish Federation
(put a little summer in your child's life)
Who: For children pre-school ages 3 through 6th grade
When: Monday, Wed., Thurs., Fri.,
Dec. 24th Dec. 26th Dec. 27th Dec. 28th
Monday Wed., Thurs., Fri.,
Dec. 31st Jan. 2nd Jan. 3rd Jan. 4th
Where: At the Center 336 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton
CAMP IS OPEN FROM 9:30-4:00 p.m. Pre and post camp care will be available from
8:00-9:30 a.m. and from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at $1.50 per hour.
Each day will include a daily routine of activities such as sports, arts and crafts,
tennis instruction, cooking, dance, singing and many other special activities and
Highlighting each day will be a special activity, trip or on campus show:
Monday, December 24th BE A STAR (we'll be making our own video movies)
Wednesday, December 26th MACCABIAD (sporting events in the Chanukah spirit)
CARNIVAL (games to play, prizes to win)
Thursday, December 27th
Friday, December 28th
Monday, December 31st
NEW YEARS PARTY (let's bring in the year right)
Wednesday, January 2nd
Thursday, January 3rd
Friday, January 4th
UP, IP, AND AWAY DAY (make your own kite,
Our staff is mature and sensitive to the particular needs of the children.
2 day package Member $35
3 day package Member 50
4 day package Member 60
8 day package -Member 100
Non-Member $52
Non-Member 75
Non-Member 90
Non-Member 150

(10% discount for 2nd or more children from the same family)
This winter vacation at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center will be
sponsoring Computer Day Camp. Children must be registered for either one full week
(4 days) or two full weeks (8) days. The day will consist of 3 hours of computer time,
and after lunch the children will join in with the remainder of Winter Day Camp for an
afternoon of fun at the Center.
In computer class, children will learn simple programming, as well as learning to
create and program their own games. Space is limited to 15 children, so that each
child has use of his or her own Apple E2 Computer.
DATES: Mon. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
Dec. 24 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28
Mon. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
Dec. 31 Jan. 2 Jan. 3 Jan. 4
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Place: South County Jewish Community Day School
(We will transport from the Center)
Ags: 9-14 years
Cost: Per Week Members: $ 90.00
Non-Members: 140.00
Children bring their own lunch
Center will provide drink and snack
Family Name
i Address-------
Business Telephone--------------------
Child will be attending winter camp.
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Child's Name _------------------------
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_ Home Telephone _______
.BUSINESS Address______
.. Emergency Contact Person.
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. Grade,
DAYS ATTENDING: Please check off the days your child(ren) will be attending
and include payment for appropriate package plan.
.Mon. Dec. 24
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.Wed. Dec. 26
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.Thur. Dec. 27
_Thur. Jan. 3.
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Update '85
Media Help
Continued from Page 1
majority of these journalists nave
no knowledge of the local lan-
guages and little background in
knowledge of the region. "Can
you imagine a foreign journalist
who knows no English and is
unfamiliar with the U.S. walking
around Washington and
'covering' U.S. news?"
Third, Blitzer pointed out,
television crews too often help to
create the stories just by being
there, and in some cases they un-
ethically even "stage" their own
stories. Obviously, if a group of
teenagers at a demonstration see
that they are being filmed, they
would tend to "put on a show for
the cameras," and such a demon-
stration then easily turns to vio-
According to Amitai, the pro-
Israel trend in the press turned
gradually against Israel for a
variety of reasons, all of which
contributed in some measure.
First, anti-Semitism is by no
means extinct, and is even often
prcticed by members of the press
who are themselves Jewish. Then
there is a tendency, especially in
the visual media, to emulate and
follow trends. Another reason, in
Amitai's opinion, is that a large
proportion of the journalists who
have turned anti-Israel are so-
called liberals of the "New Left"
school, who found Israel was no
longer an underdog and the
Palestinians were the new cause
celebre. An additional effect is
the economic pressure applied for
years, including that of the petro-
dollars. Finally, though this
would not be readily admitted,
there is no small measure of
terrorist intimidation at play, as
demonstrated by the abduction
story of the journalists.
Both Blitzer and Amitai indi-
Make the News-When It Comes to Israel and Mideast
Israel Amitai, Rabbi Bruce Warshal and Wolf Blitzer (left to right)
fielding questions from the audience during UPDATE '85.
Audience members line up for question period at UPDATE '85.
cated that the best way to
combat press bias is to write in-
telligent, relevant letters not
merely to the editor, but to the
journalist who reported inaccura-
tely and point out to them
where they were wrong. In some
cases of blatant bias, the reaction
could be a flood of phone calls to
register objections; again, these
should not be abusive. Most im-
portant of all, people should
make efforts to be well informed,
and not merely rely on the
general press for their informa-
tion on Israel and the Middle
Audience reaction to the con-
ference and the two speakers was
positive, as evidenced by a large
line of participants which formed
to address questions. Noni Jon-
tiff of the Community Relations
Council chaired the conference,
and Rabbi Bruce Warshal, the
Federation's executive director,
was moderator.
Jaffe Named Director
W One People IndMsi'fo
fS *
During the brunch break at UPDATE '85 (left to
right) Wolf Blitzer, Israel Amitai, Geri Gellert
(CRC director), Noni Jontiff (UPDATE '85
chair), Rabbi Bruce Warshal (Federation
executive director), Helene Eichler (Federation
assistant director), Barbara Stein (CRC chairl,
Marianne Bobick (Federation president), Ed
of Endowments
Continued from Page 1
He has served as president of
Congregation Bnai Abraham of
Butler, and was on the boards of
the Hebrew Institute and Bnai
B'rith's Anti-Defamation
Jaffe has also held offices in
the Pittsburgh Center for the
Arts; the Pittsburgh Biblio-
philes, Forbes Health System,
the Canter Crusade in Butler, the
Downtown Association, and the
United Way. He is a member of
the American Veterans of Israel,
the National Society of Fund-
raising Executives, the Associa-
tion of American Museums, ZOA
and Bnai B'rith. He is married to
Dr. Mata Jaffe, who is currently
adjunct professor in the graduate
program of Communication Dis-
orders at Nova University.
The Endowment Committee of
SCJF, headed by Gary Bern-
stein, has been looking forward to
having Arthur Jaffe assume this
position, and are joined by the
entire community in wishing him
great success.
The endowment fund is one of
the major bases for the Federa-
tion and its work, providing a
reserve for emergencies and crisis
situations both locally and else-
where, helping to plan for growth
of services and facilities, and
enabling the Federation and its
agencies to continue to function
in times of economic stress.
Adolph & Roto Levis
an agency of the South County
Jewish Federation
336 N.W. Spanish River Boulevard f
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
(305) 395-5546
Cub Scouts of America
DATE: Tuesday, December 4th
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
PLACE: Adolph & Rose Levis
Jewish Community Center
COST: Future Cub Scout FREE
Parents $2.00 each
DATE: Monday, November 26th
REMEMBER each boy must bring a Parent
Adolph and Rose Levis
r^^ Jewish Community Center
m If, /l""
OCCUPATION ____________
BUS. ADDRESS _______
SPOUSE'S NAME _________
OCCUPATION ____________
BUS ADDRESS __________
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Friday, November 16,1984 / The Jewish Floridian of South County Paffe 9
Houdini: How a Rabbi's Son
Made the Big-Time
Continued from Page 4
by fraudulent mediums who
swindled the bereaved.
HOUDINI DIED in Detroit on
October 31, 1926. The events
leading to his death began nine
days earlier in Montreal. A group
of men were sitting with the
magician in his dressing room.
Houdini was resting, having
sustained a fractured bone in his
ankle a few days before. A young
artist was preparing a portrait of
him, chatting casually, while
another of the visitors, a student,
asked if it was true that Houdini
was able, as he claimed, to
withstand punches in his midriff
without feel>ng the pain.
Houdini confirmed that this
was so, and suddenly, the young
man hit him hard in the stomach.
' The magician was not braced for
this assault and made little of it,
while recognizing that he was
hurt. With indomitable spirit, he
carried on and played to an
audience that night.
The show, with its suffering
star, departed from Montreal to
play an engagement in Detroit.
Before the first performance
Houdini was examined by a
doctor who diagnosed acute
apendicits requiring immediate
showman, fired by iron
willpower, played on. It was then
denied by his doctors that
Houdini could have been
assaulted since his performance
on stage gave no indication that
he was in pain. But his wife Bess
realized finally that something
was very seriously wrong.
She. always his total support,
had not known just how ill he
was. Peritonitis had developed
from the ruptured appendix and
an operation was performed.
Bess, accompanied by Houdini's
brother Theo, sat and waited out
the crisis. But, after a second
operation, the doctors were
looking very grave.
Aged 52, the last words uttered
by Houdini were to his brother.
"I am tired of fighting. I guess
this is going to get me." The
dying magician's grieving wife,
also at the bedside, leaned over
and kissed him as his eyes closed.
ON THE tenth anniversary of
Houdini's death a seance was
held. Bess had kept a large
photograph of her husband in her
jiving room. By it burned an
_eternal light," and every year on
October 31 she would sit quietly,
just in case a message should
The medium in the final seance
pleaded for the spirit of the great
magician to manifest itself. The
other participants implored the
shade of the supreme
escapologist to show a sign.
Nothing happened. "Houdini
hasn't come," said Bess. "I don't
believe he ever will." And she
turned off the light by his por-
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ADL Report Says
Membership in KKK Appears Down
Klan membership in the
United States has fallen
approximately a third in
the last two years to some
6,000, its ranks depleted by
Bar Mitzvah
"ST i>
On Saturday, Nov. 10, Jason
Weisbaum, son of Dr. Geoffrey
and Gall Weisbaum, was called to
the Torah at Temple Beth El of
Boca Raton as a Bar Mitzvah. As
an ongoing temple project, he
was "twinned" with Mikhail
Vapnik of the Soviet Union.
Jason is a student at Boca Raton
Academy and attends the Temple
Beth El religious school
Family members sharing in the
simcha were brother Matthew;
grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
A ah man of Miami, and Mr. and
Mrs. George Weisbaum of
-Miami; and Sarah Mazer of
Baltimore, Maryland, great-
grandmother. Also present were
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Mazer, Mr.
and Mrs. Jerry Mazer, Mr. and
Mrs. Stuart Bloc and Mr. and
Mrs. Nelson Cohen of Maryland,
Lee Broder of Maine, Mr. and
Mrs. Martin Alton and Mr. and
Mrs. Mickey Cohen of
Harrisburg, Pa., Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Landwirth of Orlando and
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Weisbaum of
Jason is a member of the Beta
Club and his hobbies include
football and music. Mr. and Mrs.
Weisbaum were hosts at a
kiddush in Jason's honor follow-
ing Shabbat morning services.
leadership crises, organiza-
tional splits and declining
financial contributions, ac-
cording to a "status re-
port" on the Klan and the
American neo-Nazi move-
ment made public here by
the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith.
But the League warned that
some Klan desperadoes, frus-
trated by the KKK's failures, are
considering a campaign of terror
and assassinations against those
they view as their enemies. This
possibility, ADL said, should not
be taken lightly in view of the
KKK'8 long record of violence
and lawlessness.
The League also disclosed a
parallel decline in the fortunes of
the neo-Nazi movement, whose
membership was estimated at no
more than 600 across the nation
a drop of approximately 60
percent since 1978.
THE ADL report was prepared
by the Fact-Finding Department
of the agency's CivU Rights Divi-
sion and made public by Justin J.
Finger, director of the division, at
a session of the agency's National
Executive Committee meeting
here last weekend at the Fair-
mont Hotel. The League has
monitored the Ku Klux Klan and
neo-Nazi groups for decades.
The Klan has lost strength, the
League said, both in hard core
members and in the number of
sympathizers where an even
greater decline has taken place.
At public Klan rallies and
demonstrations the ratio of non-
members to members has
declined over the last few years
from about eight-to-one to three-
Klan rallies, which in the late
1970's and early 1980s attracted
large, enthusiastic gatherings,
now pull in much smaller, "di-
spirited" crowds, the report said.
It cited as an example Klan
rallies in Alabama which as
recently as 1981 could attract
crowds of up to 3,000 sympa-
thizers. "No Klan faction today
can count on more than a few
hundred," the report said.
League's periodic estimates of
Klan strength, active member-
ship in 1973 was 6,000; a mid-
1970's revival brought the figure
up to between 9,000 and 10,600 in
1979; and a 1981 peak was put at
between 9,700 and 11,600. In
1982 the League estimated mem-
bership at between 8,000 and
The League said it has learned
that as a consequence of the
hooded empire's decline, some
Klan members have concluded
that their only recourse is to take
desperate measures and have
held meetings to discuss terror-
istic and other violent courses of
action, including:
Formation of small, under-
ground cells to conduct terrorist
Assassination operations
against government and civil
rights leaders; creating "chaos"
in selected cities by disrupting
water supplies, electricity and
telephone lines to divert law en-
forcement authorities while as-
sassinations are carried out;
Urban guerrilla warfare;
A "war" against the U.S.
government, including compi-
lation of an "enemies" hit list.
information has been shared with
appropriate local and federal law
enforcement agencies, including
the FBI.
Such Klan threats, he declared,
"should be considered more than
rhetorical scare tactics in view of
the Klan's proclivity and
capacity for violence and the
fact that Klansmen are heavily
armed." He cited six separate
incidents of Klan-related vio-
lence, which occurred in the
South in the last two years.
Furthermore, the ADL official
said, history offers examples of
terrorism erupting in the wake of
the failure of radicals to achieve
mass support. Terroristic inci-
dents in Europe in the 1970's are
believed to have stemmed from
the disintegration of right wing
parties, including those in Great
Britain and West Germany.
The ADL report said the
Klan's limited revival of the
1970s and early 1980s "was an
effort to exploit discontent over
such issues as busing, racial
quotas, and immigration in the
hope that America's progress in
race relations would be reversed.
That hope. was a pipedream."
Klan, it was pointed out, was
defeat on the political front.
While a numebr of Klansmen
have run for public office and a
few have made "credible
showings," there is not a single
elected official in the U.S. who is
an acknowledged member of the
The Klan has also been hurt by
vigorous law enforcement
numerous arrests.and convictions
for lawlessness and violence
and by the adoption in a number
of states of ADL model legis-
lation outlawing paramilitary
training aimed at fomenting civU
disorders, the League said.
For example, a national Klan
figure, Don Black, Grand Wizard
of the Knights of the KKK, is
completing a federal prison sen-
tence for his role in an abortive
scheme in 1981 to invade the
Caribbean nation of Dominica. In
Black's absence bitter schisms
have develop in the organization.
Henry Francis Hays, the
Exalted Cyclops of the United
Klans of America's Mobile, Ala-
bama, klavern, has been sen-
tenced to death for the brutal
lynching of a black teenager in
1981. Another local Unjted Klans
leader, Charles Howarth of Colo-
rado Springs, was sentenced to
two years in prison in connection
with a 1982 plot to kill two
federal judges. He was paroled in
February 1984.
KLAN FUNDING has fallen
off so sharply that long-time
leader Robert Shelt n, Imperial
Wizard of the United Klans of
America, took a job as a used car
salesman in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the
League reported. Another KKK
leader, Bill Wilkinson of the Invi-
sible Empire, Knights of the
KKK, has resigned his position.
In the section of the ADL re-
port dealing with neo-Nazi
groups, the League said their de-
cline is based on the American
people's rejection of the neo-
Nazis as a "foreign import"
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7240 North Federal Highway,
Boca Raton, Florida
Sunday, December' 2, 1984 at 4 p.m.
Reception to follow

identified with Nazi Germany i
World War II, and also on Z
splintering process that went on
aftelT '5, *^7 MBMination of
neo-Nazi leader George Lincoln
During the past few yea,,
ADL said, a steady stream of
neo-Nazi activists have shed their
swastika armbands and donned
the robea of the Ku Klux Klan
"or other symbols of a more
native identity."
The neo-Nazis have splintered
into at least 15 organizations
very few of which can claim as'
many as a dozen members. The-'
largest of these groups is the
"New Order" party based in Ar-
lington, Va., the successor to the
original neo-Nazi group founded
by Rockwell in 1968.
UNITS OF the organizations,
ADL said, are in Cincinnati,
Chillicothe (Ohio), Chicago,
Columbus, Detroit, Houston, In-
dianapolis, Los Angeles. Milwau-
kee, New Orleans, Philadelphia
Port Falls (Idaho), Salinas (Cat1
fornia) and San Diego.
Despite their small numbers,
the League said the neo-Nazis re-
main a concern, in part because of
their nationwide distribution of
hate-filled, anti-Semitic literature
and posters. It named as "the
largest of the neo-Nazi publishing
mills" Liberty Bell Publications
in West Virginia.
Continued from Page 1 j
23 elections, giving us leaaer,
Rabbi Meir Kahane, a Knesset
mandate. Yediot Achronot
reported that Ben-Shimol
recently sought to join Kach.
While the attack on the Arab bus
shocked most Israelis, Kahane
publicly praised it as the act of a
"proud Jew." Last week
Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir
instructed the police to invest-
igate Kahane's remarks to see if
they constituted a criminal act of
incitement. There are moves
underway in the Knesset to strip
Kahane of his parliamentary im-
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, Sun-
down. 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 Beech. Fridays, 8 p.m. and Oneg Shabbat, Saturdays, 9
a.m. and Kiddush. Edward Dorfman, President 498-2141.
Office: 14600 Cumberland Drive, Delray Beach, Florida 33446,
Phone 495-0466.
333 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 33432. 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. Daily Services
8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday 8:46 a.m. and 6:15 p.m., Sunday
8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Rabbi Donald David Crain. Phone: 483-
6657. Joseph M. Pollack, Cantor.
6780 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Florida 33446. Conser-
vative. Phone: 486-3636. Rabbi Elliot J. Winograd. Naftafy A.
Linkovaky, Cantor. Sabbath Sarivoas: Friday at 8 ?**
Saturday at 8:46 a.m. Dairy Minyana at 8:46 a.m. and 6 p.m.
2475 Wast Atlantic Ave. (Between Congress Ava. and Berwick
Road), Delray Beach, Florida 33446. Reform. Sabbath Eva.
services, Friday at 8:16 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. Rabbi Samuel Silver,
President Samuel Rothstein, phone 276-6161.

Friday, November 16,1984 / The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
Organizations In The News
B'nai B'rith Women Naomi
Chapter will sponsor a Night at
the Copacabana Supper Club,
Miami, on Sunday, Nov. 26.
Transportation, dinner, dancing
and show will all be included in
the price. Contact Alice Garvin
ISRAEL BONDS "GALA" COMMITTEE Front (left to right):
Marlene Batavia, Dorothy Halpern, Rita Abrams, Ellen Kravetz,
Alma Kleinman; 2nd row: Sylvia Malvin, Doris Friedman, Rochelle
Levy, Gail Asarch.
The 'Gala' A First
For Israel Bonds
A premier Gala at Boca Pointe
[Country Club will be sponsored
Israel Bonds on Dec. 20 to
| honor Marianne and Edward
JBobick for their community
[service and philanthropic en-
Ideavors. Marianne Bobick is
[president of South County Jew-
|ish Federation.
Plans for this major event have
Ibeen underway since last May.
I The dinner will be accompanied
I by music and dancing to Dan
Leslie's orchestra. Black tie is
I optional.
Howard Stone, noted speaker
Ifrom New York, will present his
unusual approach to life, which
Ihe refers to as "an historic ad-
Rochelle Levy, Gala chairman,
said, "Because the event honors
such deserving people, it is likely
to be a sell-out. Therefore, we
suggest that people get their
responses in early.'
A pre-Gala cocktail party will
be held at the Woodfield Hunt
Club home of Dr. and Mrs.
Howard Zipper. Mr. and Mrs.
Jimmy Batavia will be their co-
hosts. A second pre-Gala fete will
highlight a trunk showing of
haute couture from outstanding
Israeli designers at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitehill
on Dec. 9. The circular stairway
of the Whitehills' Estancia home
will be the stage for the lovely
models, coordinated by Gail
Asarch, to display the beautiful
fashions with Kay Moran as
Cultural Sites To Get Funds
50,000 Marks ($17,000) will be
made available next year to mark
ivarious former Jewish cultural
f sites in the Lower Francony
District in the federal state of
Bavaria. A decision to that effect
has been taken by the cultural
committee of the district govern-
Most of the work will involve
putting commemoration markers
on buildings of former syna-
gogues which had either been
destroyed or are being used for
non-religious purposes. The
project, which will be carried out
in cooperation with the district's
Jewish community, was ap-
proved by 130 small towns
Community Calendar
Temple Beth El Solos meeting, 10 a.m. Temple Emeth Singles
Board meeting, 9:30a.m.
Women's League for Israel meeting, 10 a.m. Women's
American ORT North Pines meeting, 12:30 p.m. AnsheiShalom
0"ole Jewish Center Sisterhood meeting, 9:30 a,m. Women's
American ORT Delray meeting, 1 p.m. B'nai B'rith Naomi
Chapter meeting, J2 noon American Jewish Committee
meeting, 7:30 p.m. South County Jewish Community Day
School Open House, 7 p.m.
Women's American ORT Boca Delray Board.meeting, 8 p.m.
onai B'rith Delray Lodge 2965 meeting, 7:30 p.m. Women'*
meican ORT All Polnti meeting, 12:30 p.m. American Friends
J8' Av.v University Cocktail Party Boca Teeca, 5-7 p.m.
emple Smai Adult Education lecture, 1 p.m. Zionist Organi-
B on of America Boca Century Village meeting B'nai B'rith
ca Teeca Lodge Board meeting, 9:30 a.m.
Women's American ORT Region Board meeting, 10 o.m.
oaossah Boca AAaariw meeting, 12:30 p.m. Hadassah
onachem Begin meeting, 12 noon
Vwli,h Wcr Ve,eran* p 266 meeting. 7 p.m. Jewish War
c'ri,K Bniiinyder Tokwn p<>' 459 Board meeting, 10 a.m. B'nai
KawOreen Lodge meeting, 7:30p.m. ""*' *
499-6152. B'nai B'rith Women
Naomi will also hold their next
meeting on Monday, Nov. 19 at
12:30 p.m. at Temple Emeth,
5780 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray.
An informative program on the
Children's Home in Israel is
planned and refreshments will be
Zionist Organization of
America Boca Century Chapter
will hold their next meeting on
Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in
the Administration Bldg.,
Century Village West, Lyons
Road, Boca. Their guest speaker
will be Teddy Blendes on the
topic "Homecoming to Israel."
Refreshments, door prizes and
bookmobile. All are welcome. For
further information, please call
Pioneer Women Kinneret
Chapter will hold their next
meeting on Monday, Nov. 26 at
the Palm Greens Clubhouse, Via
Delray, Delray at 12:30 p.m.
Jerry Stanzler, violinist with the
Florida Atlantic Symphony, will
sing Yiddish songs. Refresh-
ments will be served.
The annual ORT Sabbath will
take place at the temple, 2475 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray, on Friday,
Nov. 16 at 8:15 p.m. At the
service leaders of the group will
join Rabbi Samuel Silver in the
conduct of the service and brief
expositions of the organization's
activities. The rabbi's sermon
will deal with "Sarah's
Women's American ORT All
Points Chapter will have an ORT
Shabbat at Temple Sinai, W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray on Friday,
Nov. 16.
Women's American ORT Boca
Glades Chapter will hold their
paid-up membership luncheon on
Monday, Nov. 19 at 12 noon at
the Cypress Clubhouse at Boca
Lago. A fashion show from
Evelyn Rollender Boutique on E.
Palmetto Park Rd. will be
presented. Please make your
reservations by calling Lida Fox
483-3133. Boca Glades Chapter
will worship with the congrega-
tion of Temple Beth El on Friday,
Nov. 16, 333 S.W. 4th Ave.,
Boca. Arlene Gelber, president,
will address the assembly.
Women's American ORT Boca-
Delray evening chapter will hold
their next meeting on Tuesday,
Nov. 20. Their guest speaker will
be Detective John Barrett of the
Boca Raton Police on the topic of
Child Abuse, the protection and
prevention of it. For further
information, please call Connie
994-3764 or Barbara 392-9827.
Hadassah Boca Maariv
Chapter, Century Village, will
hold their next meeting on
Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 12:30
p.m. in the Administration Bldg.,
2nd floor. An outstanding
program is planned and refresh-
ments will be served.
Temple Beth Shalom
Sisterhood, Century Village will
hold their next meeting on
Monday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. in
the Administration Bldg., 2nd
floor. An interesting program is
planned and outiques and
refreshments as usual.
Brandeis Women Boca will
attend the Champagne Brunch at
the Burt Reynolds Dinner
Theatre to see "The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas" on
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. The
cost is $28.50 per person.
Reservations must be made by
Nov. 20. Please call Gert
Wolinetz, 499-0518 or Mimi
Per lm utter 499-0895.
The Florence Fuller Child
Development Center, 200 N.E.
14th Street, is having its first
luncheon and fashion show on
Monday, Dec. 3 at the Boca
Pointe Country Club. For tickets
and information, please call 391-
7274, Mr. H. Lippert.
A Rabbi
The following is brought to our
readers by the South County
Rabbinical Association. If there
topics you would like our
Rabbis to discuss, please submit
them to The Floridian.
The second of November has come and gone with little or no notice
in the Jewish press, let alone the general news media. And the same
will undoubtedly happen to the 29th of November. I confess that were
it not for my little Jewish pocket calendar-diary, these dates would
have passed me by as well.
But a Jew must look at a Jewish calendar at least once a week; and
when I did, I found that November 2 was marked "Balfour Day," and
November 29 was marked "UN Partition Day."
Balfour Who? Partition what?
Long forgotten milestones in Jewish history, replaced by a date of
which they were significant harbingers the Fifth of Iyar, 1948.
If no longer celebrated, these two dates at least deserve to be rem-
Arthur Lord Balfour was the British Foreign Secretary during the
last years of World War I. Through his friendship with Chaim
Weizmann who, as a chemist, had rendered vital military assistance to
the Allies from his laboratory in Manchester, England; and through
his lifelong concern with the plight of Jews and his interest in Zionism,
Balfour persuaded the British government to take an unprecedented
step. The government authorized him to send Lord Rothschild a letter,
the essential paragraph of which read,
"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in
Palestine of a national home for the Jewish People, and will use their
best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being
clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may preftHnee the
civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in
Palestine, or the rights and political status of Jews in any other
This statement became known as the "Balfour Declaration," and it
was signed on Nov. 2,1917. For the first time in 1900 years the right of
the Jewish people to a "national home" in Palestine was proclaimed
by another nation and no less than one of the world's great powers.
Later, this right was given universal recognition when the League of
Nations approved the Declaration and gave Great Britain a mandate
over Palestine to implement its contents.
This was the motive power that spurred a new wave of Jewish
immigration to Palestine after World War I, and laid the foundation of
what was to become, 30 years later, the modern State of Israel.
The Balfour Declaration also served as the legal basis, among other
factors, for the action taken by the United Nations, at its most historic
meeting to date, on the evening of November 29, 1947, when it voted
with the concurrence of the Soviet Union! to partition Palestine
into a Jewish state, the structure of which was already in existence,
and an Arab state, for which no one was yet prepared. It is to the
eternal glory of President Harry S. Truman that when the State of
Israel was proclaimed, on the following May 14, he was the first head
of state to recognize it.
These two dates, November 2 and 29 in history's quiet limbo
remind us of courageous men with vision, idealism and compassion,
without whom, perhaps, there would not be a Jewish state today. But
why did it require two tragic and disastrous world wars to bring them
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