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*-* The Jewish m ?
of South County
Volume 9 Numbers
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, January 30,1987
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JTA/WZN News Photo
Avi Ohayon, U, receives first aid treatment shortly after being stabbed last week r>r^. ....
in the Old City of Jerusalem. Also stabbed was Avi's brother, Shalom, 17. Both brothers were walking in the Arab bazaar. The FLO has claimed responsibility.
Rabbi in Georgia March
Blacks and whites, Chris-
tians and Jews,
15,000-strong, joined the
largest civil rights march
Saturday in Cumming, Ga.,
since Martin Luther King,
Jr. led the 1965 march in
Selma, Ala.
The march marked a reaffirma-
tion of the black-Jewish coalition
for civil rights which blossomed in
the 1%0's, according to Rabbi A.
James Rudin, American Jewish
Committee director of inter-
religious affairs, who was a
featured speaker at the march.
It's 50 Years
For the IPO
... Page 5-A
Autopsy Ban
Wrecking Ball
For Golda's House?
...Pag14-A _____
RUDIN CALLED the march an
awesome display by Americans
asserting their right to march and
demonstrate peacefully anywhere
in this country.
Saturday's march came exactly
one week after the little town of
Cumming, population 2,000, was
the scene of a smaller but more
violent march, brought to an
abrupt and premature halt when
Ku Klux Klansmen hurled bottles
and rocks at an interracial
brotherhood march.
Within a week, civil rights
leaders, Jewish community
leaders and Christian clergy
organized a massive response to
the violence. But the outpouring
of support overwhelmed the
organizers who did not expect the
huge turnout, Rudin told the JTA
Sunday after returning to New
A convoy of some 200 buses car-
ried tile marchers from their
meeting point in Atlanta to the
outskirts of Cumming in Forsyth
County, north of Atlanta. But
they were not the only ones
demonstrating Saturday. Several
hundred counter-demonstrators, a
handful of them Klansmen donn-
ing white sheets, awaited the
demonstrators in Cumming
Continued on Page 7
Want a 'Get'?
Pressure Recalcitrant Ex-Husband
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein,
president of the New York
Board of Rabbis, has urged
his colleagues in all three
trends of Judaism to
"undertake a major in-
itiative" aimed at solving
one of the most vexing ana
divisive problems in Jewish
community and family life
the get, or religious
Lookstein, who is rabbi of Con-
gregation Kehilat Jeshurun in
Manhattan, defined the central
problems and offered solutions at
the Board of Rabbis annual
meeting here last Wednesday
(Jan. 21) at which he was
reelected to another one-year
term as president.
"The first problem concerns en-
couraging Jews to obtain a get
prior to remarriage," he said. The
second "results from a
recalcitrant partner to a previous
marriage who refuses to give or
accept a get after a civil divorce
has been granted."
THE get is not a universal re-
quirement. Many Reform rabbis
will perform a second marriage
where one or both of the previous-
ly married partners has not ob-
tained a religious divorce. Or-
Continued on Page 10
Rabbi Rudin

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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, January 30, 1987
Israel Will Back Int'l.
Confab If Mideast
Peace Process Hastened

Premier and Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres
asserted here Saturday that
Israel would back an inter-
national conference for
peace in the Middle East but
warned that speed is essen-
tial in advancing the peace
process because the Iran-
Iraq war, continued unrest
be by independent Palestinians
prepared to accept Israel's ex-
istence and to seek a peaceful
solution to their conflict not
Palestine Liberation Organization
Peres reportedly told the
French leaders, who themselves
recently met with King Hussein of
Jordan, that "Hussein is the key
to peace" in the region and that
Western Europe should use its in-
fluence to bring him to the
Absolutely Not, Says Shamir
Premier Yitzhak Shamir strongly
rejected an international peace
conference on the Middle East
over the weekend because, he
maintained, at least three of the
major participants France, the
People's Republic of China and
the Soviet Union would demand
that Israel withdraw to its 1967
borders. He thought that even the
U.S. would insist on such a
retreat, though it would probably
agree to minor border changes.
Such a conference would "leave
us isolated, confronting the whole
world," Shamir said, addressing a
seminar of Russian immigrants in
Ramat Gan. It "will not bring
peace or blessings to Israel. The
only way to achieve peace is by
direct negotiations without prior
conditions," Shamir declared. His
remarks underlined a fundamen-
tal division between Likud and the
Labor Party, its partner in the
unity coalition government.
in Lebanon and Arab
economic difficulties
threaten to destabilize the
entire region.
But while Peres, at separate
meetings with President Francois
Mitterrand and Premier Jacques
Chirac, was elucidating in some
detail the conditions Israel would
attach to such a conference and
how it might be organized,
Premier Yitzhak Shamir flatly re-
jected the idea. An international
conference "will not bring peace
or blessings to Israel." he said.
PERES, who arrived here from
London Saturday, met with Mit-
terrand at the Ely see Palace for
lunch and later conferred with
Chirac. He met Sunday morning
with Foreign Minister Jean-
Bernard Raimond.
At those meetings he stressed
Israel's desire to see the peace
process resumed at the earliest
possible time and maintained that
the recent visit to the Middle East
by U.S. Assistant Secretary of
State Richard Murphy succeeded
in paving the way for an interna-
tional peace forum.
However, Peres told his hosts,
three points must be settled:
Israel considers the participation
of the Soviet Union in a peace con-
ference possible only after
Moscow renews diplomatic ties
with Israel and restores normal
relations with the Jewish State.
Secondly, the duration of the
conference should be settled in ad-
vance. The conference itself
should be a strictly formal affair
which would launch negotiations
between the parties. Actual
negotiations should be conducted
by various subcommittees, for ex-
ample, a Lebanese-Israeli subcom-
mittee, another composed of Syria
and Israel and a third of Israel,
Jordan and a Palestinian delega-
tion, Peres said.
THIRDLY, he made clear that
Palestinian representation must
Puder Appointed
Puder, former director of the
American Institute for the Study
of Racial and Religious Coopera-
Philadelphia, has succeeded
r < ioldman as executive direc-
; Americans for a Safe Israel.
negotiating table. Mitterrand and
Chirac reportedly told Peres that
Hussein was prepared to attend
an international conference but
also felt some preliminary points
had to be settled.
Peres said that Israel's policy in
the administered territories has
not changed since the rotation of
power last October when Likud
leader Shamir took over as Prime
Minister. Israel still wants to im-
prove the quality of life in the ter-
ritories and ensure their economic
development, with Jordan's par-
ticipation, Peres said.
HE SAID Israel would welcome
European investments in the
West Bank. Its only condition is
that the investments be funneled
through Israeli or Jordanian
government-controlled bodies and
not go to independent organiza-
tions which might serve as a cover
for the PLO.
^eres met with French Jewish
leaders Saturday. He said he was
optimistic about Israel's future
relations with the Peoples
Republic of China but thought
that much would depend on
Moscow's attitude toward Israel.
He said China would probably for-
malize its ties to Israel if the
Soviets moved in that direction.
High-Tech Firm
Helps Calif.
does a high-tech plant on the out-
skirts of Jerusalem help the
California Edison Co. supply elec-
tric power at maximum efficiency
to some 50,000 homes in the
Golden State 9,000 miles away?
The answer is remote control.
Luz Industries, manufacturers of
electronic equipment in
Jerusalem, recently built huge
reflectors in California's Mojave
Desert to capture solar energy for
conversion to electric power. They
also installed1 computers to
monitor sunshine and other
climatic conditions, minute-by-
Left to right are Finance Minister Moshe
Nissim; Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres; Israel Kessar, head of
the Labor Federation; and Dov Lautman,
president of the Industrialists Union, at the
close of inconclusive discussions between the
Treasury and the Histadrut over government
aid for the Histadrut's Kupat Holim (Sick
Peres Declares
Jews More Important Than Ties
Premier and Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres in-
dicated here Thursday (Jan.
22) that Israel considers
Soviet action to ease the
plight of Jews in the USSR
more important than the
restoration of diplomatic
ties between Israel and the
Soviet Union.
He hinted that such action could
ease Israel's objections to Soviet
participation in an international
conference on Middle East peace.
Israel is not averse to Soviet par-
ticipation, he said, but Moscow
must "pay the price" by making
its own peace with Israel, and
Israel's top priority are the rights
and well-being of Soviet Jews.
ADDRESSING an audience of
Anglo-Jewish leaders, Peres
recalled that Israel raised that
issue at the brief meeting between
Israeli and Soviet representatives
in Helsinki last August, and the
Russians were furious that a small
country dared to lay down condi-
tions to a superpower.
The Russians wanted to discuss
the status of Russian Orthodox
Church properties in the Holy
Land, Peres said. "Aren't people
more important than property?"
he asked.
"We hope they (the Soviet
leaders) will change their attitude
toward Russian Jews. Then we
won't place so much importance
on having Russian diplomats in
Ramat Gan." Ramat Gan is a
suburb of Tel Aviv where many
embassies are located.
PERES ALSO stressed the
need to maintain the impetus of
the peace process with Jordan. He
claimed that Israel has "paved the
way" by modifying its policies in
the West Bank.
The Israeli Foreign Minister
called for British and European
economic aid to Jordan and other
Arab countries of the Middle East
suffering economically from the
drop in oil prices. "At the gates of
hunger you'll always have an
assembly of bitterness and
revolt," he warned. He referred
also to the Iraq-Iran war which he
called a no-win situation.
"Victory for Iran will pose a
religious menace for the Arabs. If
Iraq wins, it will be a religious
menace to the (Arab-Israeli) peace
process," Peres said.
HE DELIVERED his address
before going to meetings with
Prime Minister Margaret That-
cher and with leaders of other
political parties. Thatcher is
preparing to visit Moscow in
about six weeks and Peres is ap-
parently seeking her good offices
to probe Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev's attitude toward
But his main purpose of meeting
with Thatcher is apparently to
build on the good relations he
established with her when he was
Prime Minister of Israel during
the first two years of the unity
coalition government.
Kenneth Deckinger
Kobyn Snyder
On Saturday, Jan. 31, Kenneth
Evan Deckinger. son of Diane
Deckinger and Eric W. Deck-
inger, will be called to the Torah
of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
as a Bar Mitzvah. Kenneth is a
seventh grade student at Boca
Raton Middle School and attends
the Temple Beth El Religious
School. As an ongoing Temple
project Kenneth will be "Twinn-
ing" with Vladimir Bialik of the
Soviet Union. Family members
snaring m the Simcha are his
brother, David, and grandparents
Fillmore and Eleanor Evans of
Delray Beach, Harold and Norma
Deckinger of Pompano Beach and
Estelle Georky of Deerfield
Beach. Kenneth's parents will
host a Kiddush in his honor follow-
ing Shabbat mornig services
On Saturday, Feb. 7, Robyn
Beth Snyder, daughter of Linda
and Dr. Gerald Snyder, will be
called to the Torah of Temple
Beth El of Boca Raton as a Bat
Mitzvah. As an ongoing Temple
project she will be "Twinning"
with Zhanna Dragobetsky of the
Soviet Union.
Robyn is a seventh grade stu-
dent at Boca Raton Middle School
and attends the Temple Beth El
Religious School.
Family members sharing in the
Simcha are her brother, Scott and
sister, Dawn; grandparents,
Charles and Sylvia Cohen of Pom-
pano Beach, Harold Snyder of
Deerfield Beach; and great-
grandfather, Jacob Richman of
Miami Beach.
Dr. and Mrs. Snyder will host a
Kiddush in Robyn's honor follow
ing Shabbat Morning Services.

Iraqi Air Force
May Soon Pose Threat to Israel
Friday, January 30, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Israel is increasingly con-
cerned that the battle-
hardened Iraqi air force will
pose a serious threat once
Iraq's war with Iran is end-
ed. Israel Air Force Com-
mander Gen. Amos Lapidot
has told a group of foreign
military attaches that Iraqi
pilots are currently flying
"hundreds of sorties per
He said Israeli and outside
observers have discerned a signifi-
cant improvement in the quality of
Iraqi air power.
Their planes attack at much
lower levels than before, and their
bombing and ground support is
more accurate, he said. Though
some outside observers maintain
that foreign, mainly Pakistani,
pilots are flying for Iraq, there is
no confirmation of such reports.
LAPIDOT SAID the improved
capabilities of the Iraqi air force
would enable it to fly sorties
against Israel in a future war from
Iraqi territory without the need
for bases in Jordan or Syria.
The Iran-Iraq war is now in its
seventh year. While Iran, with
much greater manpower, appears
at the moment to have the edge on
the ground, Iraqi air power is con-
sidered superior to Iran's by most
experts here and abroad.
According to foreign sources,
however, the advanced anti-
aircraft and anti-tank weapons
sold to Iran covertly by the U.S.
and Israel, has been able to blunt
Iraq's superior air force and
Meanwhile, Vice Premier and
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
strongly defended Israel's role in
the U.S.-Iran arms deal, at a press
conference in Jerusalem. He
maintained that it was less of an
arms deal than mutual probing for
"pragmatist" elements in Iran
who might one day succeed the
aging Ayatollah Ruhollah Kho-
meini, an avowed enemy of Israel
and the West.
IT WAS "a window of oppor-
tunity," Peres said, adding that
there was nothing wrong with ex-
ploring the possibility of a more
friendly Iran in the future.
Peres also insisted that the
value of arms shipped to Iran in
1985 did not exceed $5 million to
$6 million, a drop in the bucket
compared to the $400 billion Iran
has spent in its war with Iraq over
the last six years.
Peres reiterated that Israel
agreed to facilitate the American
arms shipments to help secure the
release of American hostages held
by pro-Iranian elements in
Peres leaves for Europe
Wednesday for meetings with
British Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher. President Francois Mit-
terrand of France and with the
Foreign Ministers of the Euro-
pean Economic Community
(EEC) in Brussels.
AT HIS briefing for foreign
military attaches, Lapidot also
spoke of the potential menace of
the Syrian air force which is ex-
pected soon to absorb Soviet
MIG-29 comabt aircraft. He said
Israel is studying the capabilities
of the MIG-29s in order to develop
counter-measures. He said Syria's
anti-aircraft defenses have not
limited Israel's freedom of move-
ment in the skies over Lebanon,
but the Israel Air Force now has
to be "more careful than in the
PLO's Military Strength Seen
Back to June, 1982 Level
JERUSALEM (JTA) Almost five years after the
Lebanon war, the military strength of the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization in Lebanon has been restored to almost
the same level as it was when the Israel Defense Force in-
vaded that country in June, 1982, a senior military officer
told an audience in Tel Aviv Monday.
THE OFFICER, who holds the rank of Lt. Colonel but
was not identified by name, said PLO terrorists were retur-
ning to their old bases in Sidon and Tyre and their presence
can be felt by the increased incidence of attempted attacks
on Israel.
The officer noted that Sidon and Tyre, on the Lebanese
coast, provide the terrorists with bases for night attacks on
Israel by sea.
Vandalism in U.S.
Said To Drop 7 Percent Over '85
Acts of anti-Semitic van-
dalism, including bombings
and arson, directed against
Jews, Jewish institutions
and property totaled 594
across the United States in
1986 a drop of 7 percent
from the 638 incidents
reported in 1985.
Assaults, harassment and
threats against Jewish individuals
and institutions showed virtually
no change in 1986 a total of 312
such incidents as against 306
reported in 1985.
THESE WERE the principal
findings of the annual audit con-
ducted by the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith and made
public Thursday (Jan. 22). The
survey described as "troubling" a
rise in serious anti-Semitic in-
cidents on college campuses, up
from 12 in 1985 to 19 in 1986.
According to Burton Levinson,
ADL's national chairman, the
overall 1986 figures reflect a
general downward trend in anti-
Semitic incidents over the past
five years which "in all likelihood
is due to passage of anti-bias
crime laws, more vigorous law en-
forcement and counteraction pro-
grams." In the past few years, 29
states have adopted stricter laws
aimed at curbing ethnic van-
dalism, many of them based on
ADL model legislation.
The ADL audit revealed that
New York, with 186 vandalism in-
cidents (down from 199 in 1985)
led the nation, followed by Florida
with 79 (up from 47 in 1985),
California, 62 (down from 85) and
New Jersey, 48 (down from 74).
FIFTY-SEVEN arrests were
reported in connection with 33
vandalism incidents across the
country compared to 78 arrested
in 48 vandalism incidents the year
before. As in past years, the over-
whelming number of those ar-
rested were in their teens.
Particularly noted was the fact
that despite efforts by anti-
Semitic extremists to scapegoat
Jews for the economic hardships
of farmers, the number of van-
dalism incidents in the Midwest's
major farm states remained low
and showed no significant change.
The 19 anti-Semitic incidents
reported on college campuses in-
cluded the vandalizing of succahs
at four colleges, the defacement of
Jewish student property, the pain-
ting of anti-Semitic graffiti on
campus buildings, and harassment
of Jewish students stemming
from friction with supporters of
the Palestine Liberation
Organization and other anti-Israel
NOTING THAT the anti-
Semitic incidents took place
against a background of recent in-
creases in racial incidents on cam-
puses, the audit said that "any ex-
pression of prejudice or at-
mosphere of intolerance toward
any minority at any education in-
stitution merits urgent action."
The ADL's survey, the eighth
since 1979. was based on data
reported in 33 states and the
District of Columbia as gathered
through the monitoring activities
of the agency's 31 regional
The audit report was prepared
by the Research Department of
the ADL's Civil Rights Division
headed by Justin Finger.
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celebrate the glorious
Holiday of Liberation:
Monday, April 13 -
Tuesday, April 21
We proudly offer
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for services and sedarim.
Dr. Chaim Israel Etrog
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and conduct seminars during the holiday.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, January 30, 1987
How Would Begin
Respond to PLO Now?
What would former Prime Minister
Menachem Begin say, were he to make any
public statements at all these days, about an
Israel Defense Forces announcement
According to a senior IDF military officer,
the military strength of the Palestine
Liberation Organization in Lebanon has
been restored to almost the same level as it
was when the IDF invaded that country in
June, 1982.
It is more than idle speculation to wonder
about Mr. Begin's reaction. He might say
that Israel had to bow to the wishes of a one-
sided international press that had long since
given up on Israel as a favorite, and now
shifted its support to the "Palestinians" in
the form of a new underdog.
Mr. Begin might say that Israel was never
given a genuine opportunity to wage Opera-
tion Peace for Galilee as it saw fit. He and
other members of the government and the
IDF had to take the often blackmailing
wishes of other "friendly" nations into ac-
count: the United States, Great Britain,
France, even the Soviet Union, which not
only threatened but in fact interceded as an
antagonist if not in numbers, certainly in
intimidating presence.
Friendly Blackmail
The French, for example, when PLO
chairman Yasir Arafat lost in Beirut and
shifted his operation to Tripoli, only to lose
there, as well, demanded that Israel give up
on trying finally to bring Arafat to heel, sent
a ship to Tripoli and ordered Israel to permit
Arafat to board the ship and leave Lebanon
not in defeat, but in pride.
The United States, for its part, insisted
that the defeated and in-tatters Syrian
forces be permitted to exit Lebanon back
toward Damascus, also unmolested and also
in pride. Syria began its march home, but
suddenly moved south into the Bekaa valley,
where its troops still are today, fully equip-
ped anew by the Soviet Union, and its air
force, also revitalized by the Soviets, is now
a major worry to its Israeli counterpart in
the event of war.
Throughout this time, the United States
suffered agonizingly humiliating attacks
upon its presence in Lebanon as a peace
emissary notably in Beirut, where some
260 Marines perished in one act of terrorism
at first claimed by a diversity of Arab-
inspired terrorists and terror groups, but to-
day dominantly assumed to have been
masterminded by Iran.
Media 'Impartiality'
Nor did Israel's war in Lebanon, once end-
ed, bring peace to that country which, at the
hands of the international television brigade
and the print media, raked Israel daily for
its "barbarism," but which they suddenly ig-
nored as sidebar news when the IDF went
home. Not a single TV war spectacular from
Beirut since then, except on the rarest of oc-
casions, to show the daily carnage wrought
by the ongoing war there. Not a single
newspaper column since then, except on the
same rarest of occasions, to wonder whether
Israel had really started the war in the first
place or responded to yet another civil war
long in progress which it saw as a threat to
its security.
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Meanwhile, the terrorists improved their
"sights," modifying them to mere kidnapp-
ings or occasional murders of Americans,
Frenchmen, Germans, even a Saudi Arabian
businessman this week, doing business in
If the United States gave the agonizing
nations a moment of respite with the attack
upon Libya, it was a brief experience ex-
cept, of course, for our French friends, who
refused to cooperate in an overflight of their
territory. For the fact is that it is Syria and
Iran who are the greatest sources of
strength to terrorism in the Middle East to-
day, not Libya. And the United States is
clearly disinclined to involve itself in a
military operation mounted against either.
Libya, afterall, and madman Khadafy were
easy pickings. Not so either Syria or Iran.
Reagan's Silence
And speaking of Iran, about which Presi-
dent Reagan in his State of the Union
Message to Congress Tuesday night did
precious little, look what that nation has
brought upon us since it took our embassy in
Teheran hostage during the Carter Ad-
ministration in 1979 if one can forget
about the incredible arms-for-hostages
operation Mr. Reagan authorized, and which
he now wishes all of us frankly would forget.
And forget, too, about his demand during
Prime Minister Begin's operation in
Lebanon to permit the Syrians to go back
home in pride. Or his support for France's
demand in behalf of Arafat.
It is hardly likely that Mr. Begin will be
saying anything anymore in public on this or
any other subject. So we thought we would
say these things for him because they must
surely be on his tortured mind.
Putting Tiff to Rest
If we can accept as true the assertions by
Jewish leaders who have met with New
York's Cardinal O'Connor that he was
himself a victim of embarrassment brought
on by the sudden Vatican interdiction of his
Rabbi Says
trip to Israel and that the irritation between
O'Connor and American Jewry is now at an
end, then an interview that the Cardinal
gave to the Voice of Israel Radio from New
York is clear.
Said the Cardinal: the Vatican is moving in
the right direction with respect to recogniz-
ing Israel, but changes in Vatican policy are
historically slow.
According to the Jewish leaders, members
all of the Conference of Presidents of Major
Jewish Organizations, O'Connor saw no
reason why he should not visit Israel's top
political leaders in Jerusalem but had, with
embarrassment, to bow to the wishes of his
superiors in the Vatican who had informed
him of their wishes .only after his arrival
This certainly gives credence to Cardinal
O'Connor's radio interview, which essential-
ly restated what he said well before he left
on his trip to the Middle East. This also sug-
gests that the Jewish leaders are correct in
their assumption. May it be so. Cardinal
O'Connor should be a valued friend, not a
distant antagonist.
Reform Converswns Are Long, Arduous
Friday, January 30,1987
Volume 9
Number 5
On the last day of
December, Israel's Minister
of the Interior, Rabbi Yit-
zhak Peretz, resigned
rather than obey a Supreme
Court ruling ordering him to
register as a Jew Shoshana
Miller, an American-born
immigrant to Israel con-
verted to Judaism by a
Reform rabbi.
The Supreme Court ruling and
the controversy over the right of
persons converted by non-
Orthodox rabbis to enter Israel
under the Law of Return has
focusaed new attention on Reform
conversion, which is responsible
for the great majority of all new
adherents to Judaism, currently
numbering several thousand per
IN REFORM as in other
branches of Judaism conversion
is not a step to be taken hastily or
impulsively, and Reform rabbis
spend a great deal of time with
prepective converts helping them
examine and clearly understand
their reasons for making such a
They also discuss with them the
implications of a commitment of
this magnitude in terms of family,
friends and colleagues at work or
at school. Caution is urged lest
this step be taken hastily or
But counseling is only one step
in (he lengthy and deliberate pro-
Rabbi Seltzer is director of
the Task Force on the Jewish
Family of the Union of
American Hebrew
cess of Reform conversion. Per-
sons wishing to become Jews are
expected to undergo a period of
formal instruction covering the
history, theology, rituals,
philosophy and customs of
Judaism, along with the dif-
ferences and similarities between
Judaism and Christianity, as well
as other religions.
THE LENGTH of the course
will vary, depending on the rabbi,
but the average study period
ranges from three to six months.
In addition to formal instruc-
tion, prospective converts are ex-
pected to participate in the
celebration of Jewish festivals at
home, in the community and in the
synagogue. In not a few instances,
prospective converts have chang-
ed their minds during the course
of study and their exposure to
Jewish customs and practices.
Many people initially consider
becoming Jewish because of a
romantic involvement with a born
Jew. (One in three Jews marries a
non-Jew, according to current
Reform rabbis customarily
stress that becoming Jewish only
to please a future spoaae and/or
the spouse's family is an insuffi-
cient reason and can lead to
regrettable consequences.
Love alone is not enough;
rather, conversion should be bas-
Continued on Page 8-
Our Readers Write: There's No
Conflict Between Light, Sunlight
EDITOR, The Jewish Floridian. that I can see.
An article in the Jan. 23 edition
of The Jewish Floridian entitled
"Can Modern Science and Its
Practitioners Be Reconciled To-
day?", by Arthur J. Magida
quotes Dr. Jacobovitz of
Baltimore as stating that the ac-
count of light being created on the
first day of creation is inconsis-
tent with the account of the sun
being created on the fourth day.
There :" no inconsistency in this
The midrash, Braishit Rabo, ch.
3, provides the answer. The light
of the first day emanated from the
creator. See Psalms 104, verse 2.
The light of the first day has
been replaced by sunlight, and it is
not scheduled to shine again until
the messianic age. In this context,
see the commentary of Rashi,
Genesis, ch. 1, verse 4.

Friday, January 30, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
50 Years Ago That The Israel Philharmonic Was Born
On December 26, 1936,
Arturo Toscanini, perhaps
the greatest conductor of
his day, stood before 72 men
most of them refugees
from Europe lifted his
baton, and ushered in a new
era in the musical life of
The concert took place in the
rather uncongenial setting of an
auditorium at the Levant Fair
Grounds in Tel Aviv. The pro-
gram, a long one, featured the
music of Brahms, Schubert,
Mendelssohn, Rossini and Weber.
The house was full; the mood
jubilant. The Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra was born.
Polish-born violin virtuoso of in-
ternational reputation, had found-
ed the orchestra in order to "unite
the desire of the country for an or-
chestra with the desire of the
Jewish musicians for a country,"
Huberman had grasped the mean-
ing of the darkening clouds over
Europe early on. The orchestra's
birth was an answer to the Nazi
threat in the terms he understood
best. Jewish musicians, deemed
"racially" unsuitable to perform
in the orchestras of their native
lands, were welcomed to
Palestine, haven and home.
A dedicated anti-fascist as well
as a musical giant. Toscanini's
presence at the birth of what was
then called the Palestine Or-
chestra was as much a political
statement as a musical one. The
opening page of the program for
the first concert quoted his words
to Huberman: "It's everybody du-
ty to fight and help in this cause
according to his means."
Like Huberman, he put his
musical genius at the service of
the anti-fascist cause. His boycott
of the Bayreuth Festival was seen
by the world as a slap in the face
to the Nazis just as he had in-
tended it to be. (In Nazi propagan-
da, Toscanini was referred to as
"Tosenstein," which, it is said,
gave the Maestro considerable
EVEN IN the pinched im-
poverishment and tense climate of
pre-war Palestine, the new or-
chestra dominated conversation.
The least expensive seat for a con-
cert in Toscanini's inaugural
series was 60 piasters, a large sum
in those days. But "Toscanini
Fever" had gripped the land
the clamor for tickets was
tumultuous. On one occasion, the
orchestra staff required police
protection from unruly ticket-
The weather that December was
unusually cold, but hundreds of
music lovers who had not been
among the lucky 3,000 to obtain
seats in the auditorium bundled up
Today's IPO music director, Zubin Mehta. on the podium. Both the orchestra and Mehta have just turned 50.
and braved the frigid wind to
stand outside and hear what they
could of the concert.
The orchestra anticipated
Toscanini's arrival with fear and
trembling. They had but little ex-
perience in playing together and
were perfectly aware that they
were not yet the kind of orchestra
the Maestro who had a well-
deserved reputation as a merciless
martinet on the podium was ac-
customed to leading.
WITH NO common language
between them, conducter William
Steinberg did his best to prepare
the nascent orchestra for the
great day. But Toscanini was sur-
prisingly gentle. Music historian
Ruth Jordan related the following
story in her delightful memoir of
pre-war Palestine, "Daughter of
the Waves:" "Toscanini arrived at
the Tel Aviv rehearsal hall, made
straight for the podium and
without a word of preamble began
conducting Brahms' Second Sym-
phony. At the end of the rehearsal
he declared himself satisfied. The
musicians were incredulous. At
the end of the second rehearsal he
said nothing. The musicians were
despondent. During the third
rehearsal, he lost his temper and
thundered in every language he
knew. The musicians were ex-
huberant. At last they were being
incorrect note issuing from the
viola section), he was also known
for his generosity. Sensing that
the Yishuv's boundless hunger for
treated like a professional
As tyrannical as Toscanini could
be (and the story is told that he bit
his baton in two in anger over an
music had not been sated by the
scheduled concerts, he prepared
an additional, all-Beethoven pro-
gram, which he performed in Tel
Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem.
Toscanini waived reimburse-
ment of his travel expenses and
never accepted a fee for conduc-
ting the orchestra.
Huberman's vision was that the
orchestra carry a message of
peace and friendship to
Palestine's Middle East
neighbors. "The mission of
Continued on Page 12-
Toscanini Said
Someday, They'll Amount to Something
If the 1936 debut of the
Palestine Orchestra was an
event of great political
significance, the orchestra's
first concert was less
notable from a musical
standpoint. When later ask-
ed by his friend, the cellist
Zelinsky, how the new or-
chestra played, conductor
Arturo Toscanini was said
to have replied, "They're
good boys. Someday, they'll
be a wonderful orchestra."
In the early days, there were
many impediments. The war
prevented many fine musicians
from traveling to Israel to aid in
the orchestra's development. In
some instances, the orchestra per-
formed without a conductor. The
musicians played well enough
under good guest conductors with
strong personalities, but less well
under lesser lights who were
unable to transform them from a
collection of soloists into a
cohesive musical body.
It wasn't until 1969 that a per-
manent conductor, Zubin Mehta,
was appointed. And not until 1967
did the IPO have a permanent
home. Before the completion of
the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv,
the Philharmonic played in a
series of unsatisfactory halls
erected for other purposes.
IT HAS BEEN many years now
since the players of the Philhar-
monic have anticipated the immi-
nent arrival of a conductor of in-
ternational reputation with
trepidation. While there are few
conductors today, if any, who can
strike terror into the heart of an
instrumentalist as Toscanini
could, the Israel Philharmonic no
longer fears the wrath of a George
Solti or an Erich Leinsdorf. To-
day's Philharmonic is securely
ranked among the select or-
chestras categorized as "world
class." It has toured extensively
over the last 30 years, playing to
packed houses and excellent
reviews all over the world.
The history of the IPO has
always been linked inextricably to
the history of the Jewish state. As
such, the Philharmonic is perhaps
unique in the world of music, serv-
ing a national function normally
outside the province of a musical
When David Ben-Gurion
declared the establishment of the
independent State of Israel on
May 14, 1948, the Philharmonic
was there to play the new nation's
national anthem. And during a
brief ceasefire in the War of In-
dependence, the Philharmonic,
along with its young conductor,
Leonard Bernstein, traveled the
treacherous "Burma Road" to
Continued on Page 13-
Bronislaw Huberman (right), founding father
of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with
conductor Arturo Toscanini (heft,) at a rehear-
sal for the orchestra's first concert in 19S6.
IPO has played to packed i
houses, excellent reviews.

Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, January 30, 1987
WELCOME TO THE U.S.: Inna Meiman. wife of Soviet dissi-
dent Naum Meiman, is escorted by Andrea Hart, daughter of
former Sen. Gary Hart (D., Colo.), through Dulles International
Airport last week in Chantilly, Va. Meiman left her husband
behind in Moscow so she could begin cancer treatment at
Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.
Pravda's Editor-in-Chief Declares
Soviet Bureaucrats Slow Process
Of Getting Exit Visas to Emigres
public remark by an editor of an
official Soviet newspaper, chastis-
ing bureaucratic foul-ups in the
emigration process, casts a ray of
hope for Soviet Jews awaiting exit
According to press reports from
Moscow, Pravda editor-in-chief
Viktor Afanasyev has criticized
Soviet emigration policy by saying
that delays in the processing of
exit visas were creating negative
publicity for the Soviet Union in
the West.
Afanasyev's remarks in the of-
ficial Communist Party
newspaper are seen as another in-
stance of glasnost, the campaign
of public openness put into effect
by Soviet leader Mikhail Gor-
bachev in an alleged attempt to
make a change in social and
economic problems facing the
Soviet Union and causing
negative publicity in the West.
AFANASYEV'S comments
were made in a report on his re-
cent visit to Canada, where he
said the issue of Soviet Jewish
emigration was raised in a
"sharp" discussion of human
rights with about 20 Canadian
Parliament members.
"It seems to us that all is not
right here," wrote Afanasyev in
Pravda. Afanasyev, who is a
member of the Communist Party
Central Committee and holds
other official positions in addition
to his editorial position, remarked
that "Bureaucratic behavior has
penetrated here as well. Questions
are not always resolved smoothly
and quickly."
Afanasyev said, "We are dragg-
ing out, dragging out decisions
about the departure of a dissi-
dent." Although refraining from
specific mention of any dissident,
he nevertheless said that people
wishing to leave the Soviet Union
acquired "her status" in the West
as their requests for emigration
visas were prolonged. "Having
thoughts about it for a long time,
sometimes too long," Afanasyev
said, "we release this 'great per-
son' and provide an occasion for
the next round of anti-Soviet
Cancer Refusenik
Undergoing Treatment in Washington
Soviets have made disparate deci-
sions on two critically ill refusenik
cancer patients who have been
struggling for many years to leave
the Soviet Union for treatment
and reunification with family in
the West.
Inna Meiman, 54, of Moscow ar-
rived Sunday (Jan. 18) in
Washington, D.C., to undergo
evaluation and treatment of a
recurrent neck tumor. Meiman ar-
rived at Dulles Airport accom-
panied only by a nurse provided
by the American Embassy in
Moscow. The Soviets would not
allow her husband, Naum, 75, and
ailing, to accompany her, and
would only grant Inna a tem-
porary visa for one year's stay.
Naum is an 11-year refusenik and
human rights activist.
HOWEVER, Leah Maryasin, a
16-year refusenik from Riga who
suffers from multiple myeloma,
received an exit visa Monday,
along with her husband, Alex-
ander, and daugher, Faina. The
61-year-old woman is expected to
join her sister and brother-in-law,
Mara and Eugene Katz, in Toron-
to in two weeks, according to
B'nai B'rith Canada.
Meiman, describing her own
prognosis as "very grim," told the
crowned press conference conven-
ed by the National Conference on
Soviet Jewry, "I haven't come to
America to die; I have come to
recover and to help others to get
out of the Soviet Union."
Admitting that she had left the
USSR, and her husband, with
mixed emotions, Meiman said she
was "delighted" to help others to
leave and to prove "We are not
slaves but people with rights," yet
dismayed that her husband, her
son and his family were not per-
mitted to join her. "My arriving
alone shows how bad things are in
the Soviet Union. People are just
desperate. If I had been allowed to
come three years ago. my chances
would be better."
THE ARRIVAL of Meiman,
and the expected release of
Maryasin, brings to four of a
group of five the number of cancer
patient refuseniks who have
received visas since October.
The other two are Tanya
Bogomolny, who now lives in San
Francisco with her husband, Ben-
jamin, who as a 20-year refusenik
made the Guiness Book of World
Records as the longest refusenik
on record; and Rimma Brawe,
who arrived in Rochester, N.Y., in
December with her husband
Vladimir after waiting nearly
eight years to emigrate.
The remaining member of the
International Cancer Patients
Solidarity Committee is Benjamin
Chamy of Moscow. Charny suf-
fers from severe cardiac problems
as well as several forms of cancer,
and has been unable to receive
cancer surgery because of his car-
diac condition.
LEON CHARNY, Benjamin's
brother, said he was heartened by
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given a visa and saw a good omen
in it for his brother's chance to
join him in the Boston suburb
where he lives.
Leon Charny told JTA that
"any positive development should
be positively acknowledged. I am
very happy for the Maryasins and
happy for Inna that she has a new
chance for treatment. But of
course, I am especially anxious to
see the same happening for my
brother's family. And frankly, I
am hopeful that Inna's family will
be able to join her too."
17-Year-Old Dead
As Legal Abortions
Increase by 15 Percent
JERUSALEM (JTA) Legal abortions increased by
15 percent in Israel since a law limiting the right to abor-
tion was passed by the Knesset nine years ago.
ACCORDING TO figures released Monday, the Health
Ministry approved 9,300 abortions in the first six months of
1986. Health authorities estimate that 10,000 abortions are
performed illegally every year by private physicians.
The main grounds for approved abortions are pregnan-
cies which endanger the lives of the mothers, physically
deformed fetuses and pregnancies resulting from extra-
marital relations by married women.
The latest figures on abortions were released after a
17-year-old girl from Safed died of complications during an
illegal abortion.
THE INCIDENT prompted a delegation from Naamat,
the Labor Zionist women's organization, to call on Educa-
tion Minister Yitzhak Navon and the Knesset Education
Committee Monday to urge sex education in school.
According to a Naamat survey, a third of Israeli
parents refuse to educate their children about sex because
they fear it would lead them to have sexual relations.
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Rabbi in Georgia Feared
For His 'Physical Survival'
Continued from Page 1-A
behind a human wall of security
the buses neared
REMEMBERING JUDY: Sarah Belfer looks
at a sculpted bas relief of her daughter,
astronaut Judy Resnik, in the library of
Akron, Ohio's Firestone High School follow-
IDF Kills
3 Terrorists
Israel Defense Force patrol killed
three terrorists last week near
Markabe village in the central sec-
tor of the south Lebanon security
zone. According to a military
spokesman, the terrorists were
encountered about a mile from
Kibbutz Manara in Upper Galilee
where they apparently intended
to infiltrate across the border into
The incident brought to seven
the number of terrorists killed in
the previous 24 hours. Four were
killed Sunday (Jan. 18) night in a
clash with the IDF just north of
the security zone.
IDF sources told Israel Radio
Tuesday that the latest intercep-
tion probably averted a "major in-
cident," as the terrorists were
heavily armed. Kalachnikov rifles,
revolvers, hand grenades, rockets
and a quantity of explosives were
discovered near their bodies.
During the past 10 weeks, the
IDF killed 12 terrorists in the
security zone or just north of it.
All apparently were attempting to
infiltrate into Israel.
Hospital Workers
Still on Strike
10,000 government hospital
employees on strike since Monday
(Jan. 19) were ordered by a
Jerusalem labor court Wednesday
to return to their jobs immediate-
ly. But a spokesperson for the
strikers indicated tha the court
order would not be observed.
The strike by administrative,
service and maintenance person-
nel hit 29 government hospitals all
over the country. *
ing ceremonies dedicating a learning resource
center in her honor. Judy Resnik died last
January in the explosion of the Space Shuttle
Challenger. AP/Wide World Photo
scene as
"It was one of the only times in
my life I feared for my physical
survival. We saw the security
forces on the roof with automatic
weapons," Rudin said. "Then I
saw about 15 men in white sheets,
some of them extending their
right arms in a Nazi salute. The
but got very quiet, very tense. I
had seen pictures of them. But it
was the first time in my life I had
ever seen the KKK in their white
sheets, in broad daylight, with
Confederate flags and the Nazi
Rudin rode in a leadership bus,
the second in the convoy, which
also carried slain civil rights
leader Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
widow, Coretta Scott King. "We
had been warned about snipers
who might want to hit the leaders,
especially Mrs. King," Rudin said.
After reaching the starting
point of the march, Rudin and
other leaders addressed the march
in front of the county courthouse.
"ONCE AGAIN, our nation has
seen the ugly face of racism and
bigotry, this time in Forsyth
County, Ga., but fear and in-
timidation will never stop
Americans of good will from
asserting their right to assemble
peaceably," Rudin told the
"I am proud to represent the
American Jewish Committee in
this historic march. Bigots and
racists everywhere must learn
that Americans who stand for
justice and equality will do
whatever it takes, for as long as it
takes, to eradicate racist hatred
from our midst."
As the marchers moved through
the streets of dimming, the
counter-demonstrators on the
other side of the human security
wall called out "Nigger lovers .
go home Niggers Commie fag-
gots." Rudin said he was shocked
to see one of them holding up a
sign saying "James Earl Ray,
American Hero." James Earl Ray
assassinated King. Another ban-
ner proclaimed, "Trade with
South Africa Our blacks for
their whites." Some of the
counter-demonstrators tried to
spit on the marchers.
SOME OF the marchers flashed
the V sign for love and peace.
Some sang, ''We Shall
Rabbi Alvin Sugarman of The
Temple in Atlanta also addressed
the march, and about 40 members
of a black-Jewish coalition from
Atlanta participated.
Rudin contrasted the dimming
march with Hattiesburg, Miss., in
1964, where he marched for
voting rights. The civil rights
movement has come a long way
since then but is still fighting the
battle. "We will do it again and
again and again," Rudin said.
The most dramatic difference
between 1964 and 1987, according
to Rudin, was the support and
solidarity of the security forces.
He noted that the combined forces
of the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation, National Guard-
smen, and local police were clearly
supportive of the peaceful
"In Hattiesburg, I looked on the
local police and the sheriff as am-
bivalent. Whose side were they
on? Saturday there was no ques-
tion that the whole state ap-
paratus was on our side."
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Jewish organizations on his trip
before he even returned to New
York. The ADL was not a
signatory on that statement.
Monday's meeting were Morris
Abram, chairman of the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations;
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, presi-
dent of the New York Board of
Rabbis; Theodore Mann, presi-
dent of the American Jewish Con-
gress; Rabbi Henry Michelman,
executive vice president,
Synagogue Council of America;
Lester Pollack, president. New
York Jewish Community Rela-
tions Council; Rabbi James Rudin,
director of interreligious affairs,
American Jewish Committee;
Rabbi Ronald B. Sobel, Temple
Cardinal John J. 0 'Connor (right) speaks to
reporters during his meeting with Jewish
leaders at his residence in New York as Mor-
ris Abram, president of the Conference of
Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations,
listens. O'Connor met with eight top Jewish
Conference leaders in an attempt to clear up
misunderstandings that resulted from his con-
troversial trip to Israel. AP/Wide World Photo.
Burying the Hatchet
O'Connor, Jewish Leaders End Tiff
Jewish leaders and Catholic
Archbishop of New York
John Cardinal O'Connor
have closed another stormy
chapter in the book of
Vatican relations with Israel
in a lengthy exchange on
controversial issues.
The controversy that began
before O'Connor even set foot in
Israel for the first time earlier this
month was not the first eruption
between O'Connor and the Jews
over Middle East politics. Last
summer, he disturbed Jewish
leadership by calling for a Palesti-
nian homeland afer visiting
The Vatican's continued refusal
to recognize Israel diplomatically
and to accept Jerusalem as
Israel's capital will most likely
prevent the events of the past
months from being the final
chapter in that book.
ALTHOUGH a cautiously
worded joint statement issued
Monday (Jan. 19) by O'Connor
and eight leaders of major Jewish
organizations, following a three-
hour meeting at the Cardinal's
home, dealt little with the issues,
Nathan Perlmutter, director of
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith, said "not an issue was
Nevertheless, the joint state-
ment highlighted agreements, not
"The meeting underscored the
fundamental agreement of both
the Cardinal and Jewish represen-
tatives on Israel's right to secure
and recognized boundaries, on the
importance of addressing the
Palestinian problem and the plight
of the refugees as well as the need
to move toward peace in the
region,"the statement said.
The statement also noted that
the Jewish leaders recognized the
restraints placed upon O'Connor
by Vatican policy and expressed
appreciation for his apology over
cancelled meetings with some
Israeli leaders. O'Connor did,
however, meet with President
Histadrut Joins Body To Aid
Families of 30,000 'Disappeareds'
Israeli branch of an international
body set up to aid the families of
the 30,000 people who disap-
peared during the rule of the
military junta in Argentina during
the 1970's will be headed by
Histadrut, Israel's labor
Histadrut Secretary General
Yisrael Kesaar, who made the an-
nouncement over the weekend,
urged other Israeli organizations
to join. Addressing leaders of the
Organization of Argentine
Mothers of Missing People,
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world to the fate of the missing in
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"Both parties wanted to put the
differences behind," Perlmutter
said. "The Cardinal is not the
Vatican and American Jews are
not the Israeli Cabinet. The im-
portance of what took place
yesterday (Monday) was to put
Catholic-Jewish relations back on
the track," he said.
There was a danger that the
concern exclusively with the
Vatican's recognition of Israel
would overshadow other impor-
tant issues of Catholic-Jewish
relations, Perlmutter said. He
said he would like to see the focus
return to issues of curriculum in
schools, teaching non-Jews about
Jews, and cleaning up hundreds of
years of anti-Semitic literature
and teachings.
Rabbi Notes Reform Conversion
Is Lengthy, Arduous Process
Continued from Page 4-A
Chaim Herzog and Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres in their
"THE JEWISH leaders regard
the Cardinal's visit as a helpful
contribution toward greater
understanding between the two
communities," the statement
The Jewish leaders explained
that they were concerned over
O'Connor's calls for Palestinian
self-determination and over a
statement about the Holocaust
which struck a raw nerve among
many Jews.
O'Connor elaborated on the con-
text of some of his statements in
trying to explain clearly his in-
tended meaning, Perlmutter said.
For example, O'Connor told the
leaders that there was a widely-
reported statement by him con-
cerning Palestinian self-
determination delivered in a
church in Jordan. What was not
widely reported, O'Connor said,
was that he followed up this call
by stressing the importance of any
kind of solution not endangering
Israel's security in any way,
Perlmutter said.
O'CONNOR ALSO elaborated
on his intended meaning in his
statement upon visiting Yad
Vashem in Jerusalem that the
Holocaust was "an enormous gift
that Judaism has given the
world." O'Connor had explained
earlier that suffering in Catholic
theology brings people closer to
the Almighty.
Perlmutter also said O'Connor
told the Jewish leaders that he
would have preferred for them to
draw their conclusions about his
trip after first discussing it with
him instead of from newspaper
reports. He was referring to a
critical statement issued by 53
ed on the conviction that member-
ship in the Jewish people will br-
ing spiritual, religious and
cultural fulfillment. Many doubts
may arise, and Reform rabbis do
not hesitate to warn that if am-
bivalent feelings persist, conver-
sion should be delayed until these
feelings have been analyzed and
BECAUSE THE process of
becoming Jewish is one of growth
and development, the Reform
Jewish community conducts ongo-
ing study groups and sponsors
week-end retreats and social
gatherings for those who have
completed the course of study and
become converts. In this way,
Jews-by-choice (as they are called)
become part of a congenial en-
vironment that helps them adjust
to a new way of life and a unique
religious frame of reference.
Reform Judaism also places
special emphasis on helping born
Jews to be understanding and sup-
portive of those who have volun-
tarily become Jews. Jews-by-birth
are reminded that Judaism has
always considered converts to be
full-fledged members of the
Jewish community.
More than 800 years ago, the
great Jewish physician and
teacher Maimonides was asked by
the convert Obadiah whether, in
his prayers, he had the right to ut-
ter the words "Our God and God
of our fathers." Maimonides'
answer is as fitting today as it was
then. He said in part:
"WHOEVER adopts Judaism
and confesses the unity of the
Divine Name, as it is prescribed in
the Torah, is counted among the
disciples of Abraham our Father
... since you have come under the
wings of the Divine Presence and
confessed the Lord, no difference
exists between you and us, and all
miracles done to us have been
done as it were to us and to
"Do not consider your origin as
inferior," Maimonides wrote to
Obadiah. "While we are the
descendants of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob, you derive from Him
through whose word the world
was created."
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First Conservative Woman Rabbi
She Combines Feminism With Love of Torah
Combine feminism with a love
of Torah, and you have Rabbi
Amy Eilberg, the first woman or-
dained as a Conservative rabbi by
the Jewish Theological Seminary
of America.
The title came in 1985, follow-
ing a 10-year fight to gain admit-
tance to the seminary. Even to-
day, there are still debates about
whether a woman can officiate as
rabbi according to Jewish law.
address the Temple Beth Torah
Congregation Feb. 13 and 14, told
the Jewish Floridian in a phone in-
terview from her home in In-
dianapolis that she will give her
talks on those two issues: her
"journey" and the challenges she
still faces today.
"There are many people in the
Conservative movement who
celebrated and continue to
celebrate with me the fact that the
Conservative movement has
taken this important step into the
20th Century by embracing the
full equality of women.
"There are others, including in
the Conservative movement itself,
who are still afraid that, in some
way, women's equality represents
a danger for Conservative
Judaism," Rabbi Eilberg says.
born and raised in Philadelphia,
now serves as the Jewish Chaplain
at Methodist Hospital of Indiana
and the Community Rabbi for the
Jewish Welfare Federation of
Greater Indianapolis. She lives
there with her husband, Prof.
Howard Eilberg-Schwartz, of In-
diana University with their five-
month-old daughter, Penina.
Her mother is a social worker,
her father an attorney, and her
brother is also an attorney. She
said she was raised in a conser-
vative home that was committed
but "not terribly observant."
A first cousin, Efraim
Greenberg, is an Orthodox rabbi
who lives in Israel, but Rabbi
Eilberg traces her rabbinical
move to a more subtle influence
generated by her grandparents,
Abraham and Gittel Greenberg.
"THEY WERE old Eastern
European elders. They were old
world Jews embodied, I think, in
some of the best of traditional
Jewish culture. When they came
to America, my grandmother,
whose Yiddish was much better
than her English, was very com-
mitted to making sure her
children made a successful ac-
culturation in American life."
That meant an inclusion of "old
world values," such as family
loyalty, respect for Jewish tradi-
tion and commitment to education
above all.
There are some 130 women rab-
bis today, and all but four, in-
cluding Rabbi Eilberg, belong to
the more liberal Reform and
Reconstructionist movements.
The Conservative movement was
the latest to permit the ordination
of women as rabbis, but Rabbi
Eilberg says she doesn't expect
the Orthodox academic circles to
admit women for rabbinical
"I'VE HEARD from renowned
Orthodox feminist Blu Greenberg
that she believes she will live to
see the ordination of women in the
Orthodox movement. I hope she
lives a long life," Rabbi Eilberg
says cynically. A Conservative
Jew, Rabbi Eilberg believes, "can
have it both ways.
"It seems that Conservative
Judaism represents to me what is
the best synthesis between a com-
mitment to traditional Judaism
and a strong identity as a modem
'Contemporary feminism believes that western
society as a whole has tended to view males as
the predominant examples of humanness, while it
relegates women, in many cases, to a secondary
"As a Conservative Jew, I live
my life very much in accordance
with Jewish law. At the same
time, I can maintain my commit-
ment to intellectual autonomy and
openness and ability to ask any
question about my religion and its
development," she says.
her first lecture at Beth Torah on
Friday evening, Feb. 13, will
detail her personal journey of a
traditional young woman, how she
encountered the secular feminist
movement and found a way to
forge a synthesis between the two
"Although I was raised in a
Conservative Jewish home, it was
not a home of observance of
Jewish law. As a teenager, I
became involved with activities of
the Conservative youth
movements, I took on a traditional
Jewish lifestyle.
"Then, as a high school student,
around 1970, I also developed an
affinity for the feminist move-
ment so that by the time I reached
college age and the course of my
studies at Brandeis, I needed to
find a way to synthesize myself as
a traditional Jew with my growing
recognition that women were in
many ways excluded from the cen-
tral roles of Jewish life."
hopes to convince the congrega-
tion that the synthesis she made
was "a plausible" one. "It certain-
ly has given a sense of satisfaction
to me," she says.
When Eilberg graduated from
college, a number of her male
friends were applying to rab-
binical school, and she said, I
wanted to join them.
"At that point, in 1976, that was
impossible. A woman was barred
from making an application."
What followed was a 10-year
period during which Rabbi
Eilberg now says, "I wasn't sure I
would realize that long-standing
So what did convince the
seminary to accept women?
"A number of things," she says.
"Although the issue of women's
ordination has threatened to split
the Conservative movement in a
way in which few issues have, I
think in the 10-year period of
debate there has been an unusual-
ly high level of dialogue among
the arms of the movement in ex-
ploring this issue and its
"ALTHOUGH the faculty of
the Jewish Theological Seminary
of America, in whose hands the
decision lay, were hesitant, after a
period of years they began to
listen to what the Conservative
congregations and what the Con-
servative rabbis had."
There still are some issues in-
volving Jewish law that are not
resolved, and they are so key that
Rabbi Eilberg said she will devote
her second lecture at the North
Miami Beach congregation on
Saturday to that issue.
"The most problematic issue of
Jewish law has to do with a
women's capability of serving as a
witness in the eyes of Jewish
law," she says. "In order to of-
ficiate at a divorce, or marriage or
conversion ceremony, a rabbi is
required to serve as witness. So
for those people who believe that
Jewish law could not be
understood to permit the accep-
tance of women's testimony,
women could not then justifiably
serve as rabbis."
Other legal issues involve
liturgical life, whether a women
can read from the Torah or lead a
congregation in prayer.
WHILE THE issue of law is im-
portant, Rabbi Eilberg says there
"are very deep emotional issues"
which have contributed powerful-
ly to the resistance of treating
women as equals in the Jewish
"Contemporary feminism has
uncovered the insight that
western society as a whole has
tended to view males as the
predominant examples of human-
ness, while it relegates women, in
many cases, to a secondary
"I think that has certainly been
the case in many ways in tradi-
tional Judaism. Even people who
are ideologically committed to
granting women equal rights in
Jewish life often feel threatened
at the prospect that women's
equality may overturn Jewish life
as we know it or threaten to take
power away from them."
THERE HAVE been some
feminists, Rabbi Eilberg says,
who have chosen to leave their
Judaism behind in the pursuit of
feminist beliefs. "But in my opi-
nion," she says, "the vast majori-
ty of Jewish feminists have chosen
to pursue the very rocky road" of
that synthesis only because their
Judaism is so precious to them.
"These issues would not be as
much central to my life as they are
if I were not very much devoted to
Torah and a love of mitzvot."
Rabbi Eilberg was a summa
cum laude graduate of Brandeis
University before beginning
graduate studies in Talmud at the
Seminary. She completed all her
academic training in Talmud until
all but the dissertation re-
quirements for a doctoral degree
were completed.
She then earned a Master's
degree in Social Work from Smith
College before returning to the
first class of women entering the
Seminary's Rabbinical School.
SHE HELD a faculty post at
the Seminary's College of Jewish
Studies in New York and its
yeshiva-like program for Conser-
vative collegians in Jerusalem.
She has worked with various
Ramah camps, United Synagogue
Youth and a curriculum-writing
project at the Israeli Ministry of
Finally, Rabbi Eilberg feels that
women have a special contribution
to make in Judaism.
"I think that since women have
been raised very differently in our
society than men are, women tend
to have a more relational ap-
proach to life than most men do.
As women come into their own in
Jewish communities, I believe
that one will begin to see the
evolution of a more cooperative,
interdependent, intimate form of
community sharing and leader-
ship because those are areas of
strength to women."
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Want a 'Get'?
Pressure a Recalcitrant Ex-Husband
Continued from Page 1
thodox and Conservative rabbis
generally will not.
Lookstein pointed out that a se-
cond marriage where there has
been no get is considered
adulterous under Jewish religious
law, and the offspring of such
marriages are mamzerim il-
legitimate. "I appeal to all of my
colleagues to compromise on this
and to require a get before remar-
riage," said Lookstein, whose
stated goal is to "avoid all future
mamzerut in America."
He pointed out that illegitimate
persons may never marry
religiously into the Jewish com-
munity and have no recourse, such
as conversion, to alter their
LOOKSTEIN called on the
Board of Rabbis to resolve that
none of its members should of-
ficiate at a second marriage unless
and until every possible effort has
been made to obtain a get for the
partner who needs it.
With respect to the second pro-
blem, the Board of Rabbis presi-
dent noted that "there are at pre-
sent thousands of men and women
mostly women who have
received a civil divorce but who
are prevented from entering a se-
cond marriage because of a vindic-
tive or avaricious former spouse
who refuses to cooperate in the
get process."
He proposed the strongest
possible sanctions against such a
spouse, including denial of all
honors or privileges of member-
ship in a synagogue or temple.
"This kind of social pressure will
have a great impact on
recalcitrant spouses and may go a
long way toward eliminating the
problem," Lookstein said, adding
that "the publicity alone which
will attend the acceptance of such
a proposal may greatly enhance
the get process."
IN URGING that the get re-
quirement be made universal in all
trends of Judaism, Lookstein
acknowledged "problems with the
non-egalitarian structure of a get.
Under Jewish law only the male
partner to the marriage can give a
get. But "the problem of
mamzerut is sufficiently grave to
warrant a compromise on the
issue of egalitarianism," Looks-
tein maintained.
Ironically, the issue of non-
egalitarianism has arisen in con-
nection with New York State
legislation enacted several years
ago, known as the Get Law. which
is intended to protect women
seeking a get from a spouse who
refuses to give one.
The law requires that in order to
obtain a civil divorce decree in
New York State, the complainant
must remove all barriers to future
Defense Ministry's Travel Ban
Dismays 3 Jewish Leaders
Three prominent American
Jews have expressed
dismay over the Israeli
Defense Ministry's decision
last week not to issue travel
passes to two leading
Palestinians from the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip to
attend an international sym-
posium on the Middle East
at the San Diego State
Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, vice
president of the World Jewish
Congress, Dr. Rita Hauser,
former U.S. delegate to the
United Nations, and Stephen
Shalom, said in a joint statement
that the decision not to allow
former Hebron Mayor Mustapha
abd A-Nabi Natshe and Gaza
lawyer Fayez Abu-Rahme to join
them in high level meetings to ex-
plore ways to move the Mideast
peace process forward harms the
cause of peace and damages
Israeli's image as a serious seeker
of peace.
THEY NOTED that, ironically,
Abu-Rahme is one of two Palesti-
nians who was appointed by the
Israeli government as a potential
Palestinian representative in
peace talks between Israel and a
Jordanian-Palestinian delegation.
"If he was acceptable then, why is
he a security risk now?" the three
Israeli security sources said the
two Palestinians were denied
travel permits because there was
a concern they would use the occa-
sion to meet with hostile
elements, but did not elaborate.
"Denying travel permits to
these Palestinians because of
'hostile elements' with whom they
might meet does not seem to con-
stitute sufficient ground for such
action," the joint statement said.
"Barring Palestinians known for
their moderate voice from par-
ticipating in a constructive
dialogue appears to be a political
and not a security act."
The San Diego conference,
which had been scheduled to take
place Jan. 19-23, has been
postponed, as all participants, in-
cluding the Israelis, felt that
Palestinian participation from the
West Bank and Gaza Strip was
essential to such discussions,
Hertzberg, Shalom and Hauser
noted. They expressed the hope
that the Defense Ministry's deci-
sion "would to reversed and that
it would not constitute a prece-
dent for future actions."
NATSHE and Abu-Rahme were
to have been part of a large Israeli
delegation. The invitees included
Knesset members Abba Eban,
David Libai and Shulamit Aloni;
Prof. Shimon Shamir, a leading
expert on Mideast affairs; Hanna
Seniora, editor of the East
Jerusalem Arabic daily El-Fajer;
Hatem Abu-Ghazale, a Palestinian
educator from Gaza; and Dr. Sare
Nusseibeh of Bir Zeit University
in the West Bank. The latter three
Palestinians were apparently not
subject to the Defense Ministry's
travel ban.
remarriage of the other party.
Julie Frank, of New York City
Council President Andrew Stein's
office who is knowledgeable on
the Get Law, said that it works
only when the male partner is the
complainant. A woman complai-
nant may agree to remove all bar-
riers to future remarriage of her
spouse but it is meaningless
because a woman cannot give a
get, Frank said.
LOOKSTEIN offered as
another solution to the problem of
a recalcitrant spouse that
members of the Board of Rabbis
urge all prospective brides and
grooms to sign a prenuptial, civil
agreement pledging to cooperate
in giving and receiving a get
should their marriage end in
He said he has been using such
an agreement at his congregation
for the past five years which pro-
vides a model and which conforms
with New York State law and is
halachically acceptable.
Lookstein's presentation was
generally supported by members
of the Board of rabbis. There were
two responses at the meeting,
Rabbi Marc Gelman of Temple
Beth Torah in Dix Hills, Long
Island, asserted that the entire
subject of egalitarianism and sex-
ism in the get process requires
much more study. He said many
Reform rabbis find the process in
conflict with the principle that
men and women should have equal
control over their lives, which in-
cludes marriage and divorce.
HE ALSO expressed qualms
about the idea of sanctions against
a recalcitrant husband. Since
Reform rabbis do not at present
require the get as a prerequisite
for remarriage, it is unfair to app-
ly sanctions to a husband in a tem-
ple where the rabbi does not con-
sider the get necessary, he said.
Rabbi Gilbert Rosenthal of Tem-
ple Beth El in Cedarhurst, N.Y.,
said he agreed with Lookstein's
proposals but was concerned by
the fact that there are many
agunot (abandoned wives) who
cannot obtain a get.
He said a prenuptial agreement
would solve the problem for the
future but leaves unresolved the
problem of abandoned spouses
now. Similarly, it may reduce or
eliminate mamzerut in the future,
"but it will not solve the tragic
dilemma for tens of thousands of
mamzerim who already exist,"
Rosenthal said.
The Board of Rabbis voted
unanimously to appoint a commit-
tee of Orthodox, Conservative and
Reform rabbis to study the pro-
posals further and to report back
to a plenary meeting with specific
suggestions for action.

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at 5 p.m. Sabbath and Festival Services 8:30 a.m.
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Friday, January 30, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
Kohl Back in Office In Razor-Thin
Victory; Neo-Nazis Given Tiny Vote
Germany's oldest establish-
ed neo-Nazi political group,
the National Democratic
Party (NPD), won 0.6 per-
cent of the popular vote in
Sunday's general elections,
enough to qualify for State
financial aid but far below
the five percent needed for
representation in
Nevertheless, the NPD, which
garnered about 250,000 votes,
performed better than in the last
Bundestag elections in 1983 when
it drew only 0.2 percent.
THE COMBINED vote for the
NPD and all other extreme
rightwing factions Sunday
Chancellor Kohl
amounted to one percent of the
total votes cast.
"The Patriots," the European
branch of the Lyndon LaRouche
group in the U.S., the
"Courageous Citizens" and
similar groupings on the radical
right drew 0.4 percent between
Although the NPD achieved one
percent in the elections to the
Strasbourg-based Parliament of
Europe two years ago mainly
because of a poor turn-out
neither it nor any other faction on
the far right has emerged as a
political force of any consequence
in West Germany.
One reason is that they are
ideologically divided and split the
extremist vote between them.
Another is that the conservative
Christian Democratic Union
(CDU) headed by Chancellor
Helmut Kohl and its Bavarian
sister party, the Christian Social
Union (CSU), made a strong bid
for rightwing votes during the
election campaign.
leader of the CSU, campaigned on
the premise that it is time for Ger-
mans to "step out of Hitler's
shadow" and develop "normal"
national feelings. He also publicly
supported the thesis of those
historians who maintain that the
Holocasut, as bad as it was, was
no worse than other catastrophic
events in recent history.
The CDU, and its junior coali-
tion partner, the Free Democratic
Party (FDP) won Sunday's elec-
tions with 53.4 percent of the
popular vote which translates into
266 of the 496 seats in the
But Kohl's party, which achiev-
ed 44.3 percent Sunday compared
to 48.8 percent in the 1983 elec-
tions, registered its poorest per-
formance since the Federal
Republic was founded in 1949.
The centrist FDP and the anti-
NATO, environmentalist Green
Party chalked up the largest
gains. The former increased its
share of the vote to 9.1 percent,
from seven percent in 1983. The
Greens won 8.3 percent, up from
5.6 percent four years ago.
THE SOCIAL Democratic Par-
ty (SPD) remains the largest op-
position faction in parliament. It
drew 37 percent of the popular
vote, down form 38.2 percent in
1983, but better than predicted by
the pre-election opinion polls.
It is not possible to determine
how Jews cast their votes. There
are 30,000 Jews in West Ger-
many's more than 20,000 are eligi-
ble to vote. Observers here
assume they supported the CDU
or the FDP. But the Jewish vote is
too marginal to play any role in
national politics.
The Jewish community is scat-
tered, most living in West Berlin
and Frankfurt. But West
Berliners do not participate in the
national elections because of the
special status of the city which is
governed by the three Allied
Chancellor Kohl Calls on Germans
Not To Forget Nazi Crimes
BONN (JTA) Chancellor Helmut Kohl, on the 45th
anniversary of the "Final Solution," has called on Germans
never to forget the crimes of the Nazi era.
"We Germans must never forget, repress or trivialize
the crimes of Nazism because only by remembering them
will we be capable of reconciliation," Kohl said. "The
memory of those who were deported in Germany's name,
enslaved, humiliated and murdered in the extermination
camps of Auschwitz, Treblinka, Birkenau, Maidanek and
Sobibor obliges us never again to stir feelings of hatred.
ON JAN. 20,1942, leaders of the Third Reich, meeting
in the Wannsee suburb of Berlin, drafted the "Final Solu-
tion" to the Jewish problem the mass extermination of
Europe's Jewish population. On Tuesday (Jan. 20), a
memorial service was held at the villa where the meeting
took place. One of the speakers, Heinz Galinski, chairman
of West Germany's Jewish community, warned that many
German politicians and historians were attempting to bury
the past.
Kohl's statement was seen in part as a response to
similar charges by the position Social Democratic Party
(SPD) which faced an onday lost to the Chancellor s rul-
ing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in a general
Sephardic leaders David Levy (right), Deputy
Prime Minister of Israel, and Nissim Goon,
president of the World Sephardi Federation,
were key speakers at the annual conference of
the American Sephardi Federation in
Philadelphia last month. In a major address,
Goon warned that 'Sephardi Jewry will
become a historic memory' unless 'adequate
and modern educational, cultural and
religious facilities' are provided to the
younger generation of Sephardim both in
Israel and the Diaspora. Among IS million
Jews living outside Israel, he said, Sephardim
number 1.2 million, or 10 percent.
Ohio Joins
Ban Against Nonessential Autopsy
(JTA) Ohio has joined
California, New Jersey and
New York in providing pro-
tection against nonessential
autopsies, according to
Agudath Israel of America.
Gov. Richard Celeste signed in-
to law last month a procedure to
allow either friends or relatives of
a deceased person or the
deceased's signed statement to in-
form the coroner and the courts
that an autopsy would violate the
deceased's religious beliefs.
Yet, autopsies on Orthodox
Jews may still be performed under
the new law, initiated by Aguda
and co-sponsored by State Sen.
Stanley Aronoff and State Rep.
Judy Sheerer.
IN CRIMINAL investigations
or if the coroner determines for
another reason that an autopsy is
a "compelling public necessity,"
notification of religious opposition
of the autopsy shall halt any pro-
cedure for 48 hours.
The coroner may seek a waiver
of the period altogether. If so, the
objecting relatives or friends must
be informed, and may file suit to
stop the autopsy. The county
court may then decide.
A similar procedure will take
place if the coroner concludes the
autopsy is not a compelling public
necessity but nevertheless
necessary to determine cause of
death. The coroner may file a peti-
tion seeking court authorization of
the autopsy, and a hearing will
take place within 48 hours.
FRIENDS and relatives of the
deceased will be summoned, and
will file an affidavit backing up
their claim against the autopsy.
The court will decide.
In either instance, a court-
permitted autopsy "shall be per-
formed using the least intrusive
procedure," the law states.
Schickman Elected
Mark Schickman of San Francisco
has been elected chairman of the
Jewish Public Affairs Committee
of California, succeeding Lucille
Brotman of San Diego. The
organization represents the 10
Jewish federations in the state to
the state government.
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Synagogue cAfeu/s
JTAAVZN News Photo
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in green, pajama-like hospital
clothing and surgical mask enters an operating theater to watch
an open-heart operation, while visiting Jerusalem's Hadassah
University Hospital last week.
Allegations of Firearms Misuse
Lead! To Investigation of Settlers
Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin has ordered an im-
mediate investigation into
the alleged misuse of
firearms by Jewish settlers
in the West Bank. His order
followed a briefing he was
S'ven about an incident
onday evening in the
Balata refuge camp near
According to reports, Jewish
settlers driving to prayers at
Joseph's Tomb on the outskirts of
the city were stoned by Arabs.
The settlers gave chase, entered
the refugee camp and fired three
shots into the air. Security forces
rushed to the scene and demanded
that the settlers leave. Rabin said
50 Years
Continued from Page 5-
music," he said, "is an instrument
of international goodwill."
Towards that end, two weeks
after its premiere performances,
the orchestra embarked on its
first tour. It was to Egypt "a
symbol of the new spirit in the
Orient, and of the fraternity
among races and nations," pro-
claimed the program.
Toscanini conducted the con-
certs for enthusiastic audiences in
Cairo and Alexandria.
These were only the first of the
Philharmonic's many perfor-
mances in Egypt and Lebanon, in-
cluding a number of benefit con-
certs. The orchestra also perform-
ed before Allied troops stationed
in the region during the Second
World War. With the end of the
war, the concerts in Egypt and
Lebanon ceased, the political
realities of the Middle East having
sullied that aspect of Huberman's
bright vision for now.
Israel Scene
he wants a thorough investigation
to determine whether the settlers
used firearms according to
THE DEFENSE Minister also
spent Tuesday morning (Jan. 20)
in Nablus meeting with heads of
Arab universities in the West
Bank to discuss the increasing in-
cidence of student violence. While
he was touring Nablus, a stone
was thrown at Rabin's convoy.
The assailant was caught and held
for questioning.
During his meeting with Hafez
Toukan, the Israel-appointed
Mayor of Nablus, and the head-
masters of five universities, Rabin
stressed that Israel does not want
to interfere in academic affaire
but that he would not permit the
campuses to become centers of
unrest for the entire area. Accor-
ding to Rabin, the universities
have replaced the refugee camps
as the main source of disorder in
the West Bank during the past
five months.
Two students were fatally shot
by Israeli soldiers during a riot at
Bir Zeit University near Ramallah
on Dec. 4. A-Najah University in
Nablus has been shut down
periodically because of student
violence. It was ordered closed
again Monday for four days in an-
ticipation of violent demonstra-
tions said to be planned by
Hikmat al-Masri, chairman of
the university's board, complain-
ed that A-Najah was the target ol'
discrimination because Bir Zeit
has been allowed to remain open.
Rabin explained that the latest
closure order was a preventive
HE SAID at a press conference
later that it was not necessary to
wait until violence breaks out
before taking measures to avoid
it. Rabin also maintained that
there was no political significance
in the fact that a ranking Cabinet
Minister held meetings with
Palestinians in the West Bank.
He said there is no independent
political leadership in the ter-
ritories at present willing to enter
into negotiations because they
fear terrorist reprisals
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
preach the Sermon on the theme
"Va'era ... the Weekly Torah
Biblical Portion" at the Sabbath
Morning Service on Saturday,
Jan. 31, commencing at 8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow the Service.
The Se'udat Shl'isht with the
Rabbi's D'var Torah will be
celebrated in conjunction with the
Sabbath Twilight Services, com-
mencing at Sunset.
Daily classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law" (Shulchan
Oruch) led by Rabbi Sacks begin
at 7:30 a.m. preceeding the Daily
Morning Minyon Services and at 5
p.m. in conjunction with the Daily
Twilight Minyon Services.
Rabbi Yonason Sacks will be the
"Scholar-in-Residence on Satur-
day, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1.
Mr. Harry Cope, Mrs. Lucille
Cohen, Dr. Nathan Jacobs and
Mrs. Nora Kalish are the
chairmen of the Membership
For further information call
Sisterhood Annual Luncheon
The Sisterhood of the Anshei
Emuna congregation will be
holding their annual Paid-Up Lun-
cheon on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the
Temple (16189 Carter Road,
Delray Beach) at noon.
Please note that dues must be
paid prior to Tuesday, as there
will be no collection of dues at the
Entertainment for the after-
noon has been supplied by the
Savings Bank of America.
Sisterhood Lunch And Play
The Sisterhood of the Anshei
Emuna congregation is having a
theater party on Wednesday, Feb.
4. There will be lunch at the East
Side Deli, and then a viewing of
"Your Yiddishe Hit Parade" in
Hallandale. Bus fare from the
Temple (16189 Carter Road,
Delray Beach) will be included in
the $22.50 price.
Call Harriet Herkowitz at
498-7661 for tickets.
Rabbi Pincus Aloof of Temple
Anshei Shalom in West Delray
has organized an educational pro-
gram of classes in Beginners
Hebrew, Intermediate Hebrew,
Conversational Yiddish, and the
Life Cycle of Judaism.
The Hebrew classes, which
begin on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and will
meet every Tuesday for nine
weeks, will be held as follows;
Beginners Hebrew: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Hebrew; 4-5 p.m.
Evelyn Barnet and Irving Salem
will be the instructors.
Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 5,
and meeting every Thursday for
eight weeks, Rabbi Aloof will
teach Conversational Yiddish
from 1 to 2 p.m., and will conduct
a class on the Life Cycle of
Judaism from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Depending upon response during
registration, the Yiddish course
may be divided into Beginners and
Intermediate Conversational
The course are free to Temple
members, but there will be a $5
donation per courses from non-
membere, or $15 for all four.
Registration is by phone, mail,
or visit to the Temple office, open
Monday through Thursday, from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Temple is situated on West
Atlantic Avenue, one mile east of
the Florida turnpike, Delray
Beach, exit 32.
Telephone: 495-1300.
The congregation of Temple
Beth Ami will meet Friday even-
ing at 8:15, and Saturday morning
at 9:30 at the Mae Volen Center,
1515 West Palmetto Drive in Boca
Raton, and not at the Jewish
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
announces the following pro-
grams: "Sunday at Three" The
Young Artists Series of Temple
Beth El presents Mischa
Lefkowitz, violinist, On Sunday
afternoon, Feb. 1. The concert
will be held at Temple Beth El
(333 SW 4th Ave., Boca Raton.)
Series subscriptions are still
available at $25 for the four con-
certs, or individually at $7.50
each. For further information, call
The Brotherhood of Temple
Beth El is sponsoring an exciting
fun-filled three-night/four-day
cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas
on the Carnivale cruise ship, from
May 1-4. Free bus transportation
will be provided from the temple
parking lot to and from the Port
of Miami. The cost for an inside
cabin is $318 per person; an out-
side cabin is $388. A $100 deposit
per person is required, with the
balance due before March 5. For
more information, call Irv Kolman
at 781-7527.
The Brotherhood of Temple
Beth El will hold its Second An-
nual Dinner Dance at the
Sheraton of Boca Raton, this year
in honor of Alvin Cohen. The cost
is $30 per person and includes din-
ner, dancing and entertainment.
For more information and reser-
vations, call Herman Kramer at
Carl J. Burkons, newly elected
president of the National Federa-
tion of Temple Brotherhoods-
Jewish ChauUuqua Society, will
be honoring Temple Beth El dur-
ing the Brotherhood Chautauqua
weekend, Feb. 6, 7, and 8. Mr.
Burkons will be guest speaker at
Friday evening services and will
attend services and Kiddush Lun-
cheon on Saturday morning. He
will also be in attendance at the
gala dinner/dance on Sunday
evening, Feb. 8, accompanied by
Mrs. Burkons.
Temple Emeth, 5780 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, will
hold services on Friday evening,
Jan. 30, at 8 p.m., when Rabbi
Elliot J. Winograd will conduct
"Ask The Rabbi Night." His ser-
mon Saturday morning, Jan. 31,
at 8:45 a.m., will be "The Plaques,
G-d or Magic." All are welcome.
The Adult Class of Rabbi Elliot
J. Winograd will discuss "The
Dissenting Movements of
Judaism: Their origins,
philosophies and future," Tues-
day, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m at Temple
Emeth in Delray Beach.
Temple Sinai, 2475 W. Atlantic
Ave., Delray Beach, will hold its
Friday services on Jan. 30 at 8:15
p.m. Rabbi Samuel Silver's ser-
mon will be "That Commitment,"
and Cantor Elaine Shapiro will be
in attendance.
Saturday, Jan. 31, Pirke Avot
study group meets at 9 a.m.
followed by Saturday services at
10 a.m.
Tempel Sinai of Delray Beach is
running a complete Adult Educa-
tion program. Interested parties
call Temple office, 276-6161.
Theodore Bikel, star per-
former/social activist will lecture
at Temple Sinai on: Note Date
Change Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8
p.m. His lecture will be "Jewish
Music; A Borrowed Garment
Made Our Own." Ticket donations
are $7.50 and $25 patron, which
includes post champagne recep-
tion with Bikel. All seats are
reserved. Call Temple for infor-
mation at 276-6161. All Feb. 1
tickets will be honored on Feb. 14.
The installation of Officers was
held Jan. 7, and the new officers
are: Leona Kaye, president, Helyn
Berger, Norton Gilman, Lenore
Isaacson, Morris Jackler, Philip
Kaye, vice presidents, Ruth Hart,
secretary, and Frieda Markowitz,
Temple Sinai of Delray Beach
will run an Art Auction on Satur-
day, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. There will be
a preview at 7 p.m. Donation is
$2.50 per person, and
refreshments will be served, also
door prizes.
On Thursday evenings at 7:30
p.m. there will be ACBL Sanction-
ed Duplicate Bridge at Temple
Sinai. Donation is $2.50 per per-
son. Coffee and cake will be
Temple Sinai will salute the
State of Israel at the Sabbath eve
service Friday, Jan. 30, at 8:15
p.m., in the sanctuary at 2475 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. The
annual event will spotlight the
Zionist Organization in support of
the State of Israel. At the service
a pulpit dialogue will take place
between Sinai's Rabbi Samuel
Silver, president of the Southeast
Region of the ZOA, and Rabbi
Samuel Berman, rabbi emeritus of
Temple Beth El, Jersey City, N.J.
A resident of Boca Raton, Dr.
Berman was ordained by the late
Rabbi Stephen Wise, the founder
of the Zionist Organization of
Eleanor Goldblum Scholor-In-
Residence Weekend Jan. 31
Ernest Goldblum, a
magnanimous philanthropist and
devoted member of the Anshei
Emuna Orthodox Congregation
has established the "Eleanor
Goldblum Scholar-in-Residence
Week-end" at Anshei Emuna as a
tribute to his late wife.
Each year an outstanding
scholar will deliver a series of lec-
tures to which the community-at-
large will be invited without any
charge. This series will be in-
itiated on Saturday and Sunday,
Jan. 31 commencing at 8:30 a.m.
and Sunday morning, Feb. 1,
following the breakfast beginning
at 9:15 a.m. Rabbi Yonason Sacks,
Talmudic Scholar, will inaugurate
this program.
_ Besides his leadership at Anshei
fcmuna, Goldblum has been in the
forefront in the conference on
Soviet Jewry in whose behalf he
has traveled frequently to Europe
and Israel, meeting with the
foremost public officials concern-
ed with the plight of Soviet Jewry,
and earning for him numerous
awards and international recogni-
tion. His innovative projects in
behalf of Holocaust and genocide
education have elicited praise
from many academic and political
As a man of benevolence,
Goldblum accompanied by his
friend, Mrs. Anita Penzer, take a
weekly walk of compassion
throughout the Delray Beach
Comn. unity Hospital distributing
flowers and cheer to all the

Friday, January 30, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 13
Two Institutions
IPO, Conductor Mehta Both Turn 50 At Same Time
Almost everyone in Israel
knows who Zubin Mehta is.
Even people who haven't
the least interest in the
music that emanates from
concert halls and who never
hear a symphony unless it's
absolutely unavoidable can
identify the music director
of the Israel Philharmonic
Part of the reason for this is
that the Philharmonic itself is a
deeply Israeli institution and
therefore, anyone so essentially
connected with it is bound to gain
some national renown beyond that
which the average orchestra con-
ductor might expect. But the
greater part of Zubin Mehta's
local fame stems from the fact
that people here feel comfortable
with him.
He doesn't, somehow, seem as
olympian a figure as conductors
usually are. If he seems friendly,
affable, accessible and most of all
haimish (down-to-earth), it's only
because he's all of those things.
There is cheerful irony in the fact
that the IPO's music director is
not one of the many Jewish con-
ductors who reign in the world of
music, but rather a Zoroastrian
born in Bombay. But our Indian
speaks Yiddish and that single
fact explains a lot.
IN THE COURSE of this inter-
view, Mehta often found it
necessary to stop and translate a
Yiddish expression into English
for the benefit of this writer.
"How is it you don't speak Yid-
dish?" he queried, clerly appalled.
In the 25 years of his association
with the IPO, Zubin Mehta has
become as comfortable a presence
in the Jewish state as he is a
familiar face to its people. His
ready identification with Israel in
times of trouble and in times of joy
has endeared him to all here. He is
not a Jew, and yet he's one of us;
he belongs to us and he is loved for
it. Two incidents will suffice to il-
lustrate; in June, 1967, with the
outbreak of a war that seemed to
threaten Israel's very existence,
most people who didn't have to be
here were clamoring to leave.
Mehta, however, canceled all
other professional commitments
and rushed to Israel for a series of
concerts. "It was a demonstration
of courage and solidarity that peo-
ple here have not forgotten,"
recalls Moshe Aumann, who at-
tended the concert Mehta gave at
Jerusalem's Binyanei Ha'uma
that year.
"The country was in a somber
mood; people were in bomb
shelters. In that atmosphere, in
that dark hour, the only word that
can describe that concert was
'electrifying.' "
ANOTHER such demonstration
took place a few years later when
Mehta was music director of the
Los Angeles Philharmonic. A
representative of the Soviet Peo-
ple's Concert Bureau was in Los
Angeles to formalize the ar-
rangements for the orchestra's
planned tour of the Soviet Union.
As the contract signing session
was about to get underway,
Mehta extended his hand to the
Russian and said: "On behalf of
the State of Israel, I want to
thank you for all the wonderful
violinists you've sent us."
The Russian gathered his
papers and left in a huff. The
following day, the management of
the L.A. Philharmonic was in-
formed that the orchestra was
welcome to make the arranged
tour, provided it found itself
another conductor. The tour was
promptly canceled.
ZUBIN MEHTA was born in
Bombay in 1936, the same year
Arturo Toscanini conducted the
Philharmonic's inaugural concert.
Music was in the genes. His
father, Mehli Mehta, a violinist
and conductor, led the Bombay
Symphony. Currently, he con-
ducts the American Youth Sym-
phony. The young Mehta received
violin and piano training from his
father before leaving for Vienna,
where he studied piano, string
baas, composition and conducting
with Hans Swarowsky at the
Musikacademie, graduating in
Two professional milestones
were reached the following year;
first, a debut with the Vienna
Philharmonic, following a stint as
guest conductor of the L.A.
Philharmonic, he became its music
director, the youngest man ever
to fill that position. Already direc-
tor of the Montreal Symphony, he
was also the only man to hold two
orchestra directorships
simultaneously in North America.
Nineteen-sixty-one also marked
the beginning of his association
with the IPO. He was named
music adviser to the orchestra in
1969 and music director in 1979,
the same year he became music
director for the New York
Philharmonic as well. He con-
tinues to hold both positions
HOW HAS the IPO changed
since he first conducted it?
"It was really a lopsided or-
chestra," he says, "as far as stan-
dards are concerned. Only the
violins were good, the other (str-
ings) were adequate, celli and
basses were at really quite a low
level. The brass section had a few
good players, percussion was non-
existent." His impact on the or-
chestra has been significant.
"One day I'll go through the or-
chestra and really count how
many (of the current players) I
engaged and I think you'll have 90
Do orchestras have national
"I can tell as soon as I hear a
non-Viennese orchestra playing
Johann Strauss. It's like an ac-
cent. An American orchestra play-
ing Gershwin will just have that
certain rhythm that you can't
really write out, that certain lilt,
certain swing. The same thing
with the swing in Vienese music.
One can sense the same thing with
a French orchestra in a piece by
Debussy; it's a sort of feathery
way with sound which they do
quite naturally."
EVEN THOUGH the individual
and national character of an or-
chestra's sound should be valued
and preserved, the music must be
the first consideration, he says.
"We, the conductors, insists that
the brass in a Wagner piece, or in
Mahler, sound Germanic. So,
therefore the French, American
and Israeli orchestras doing that
particular work are starting to
sound the same way."
The mention of Mahler prompts
the observation that the Israel
Philharmonic sounds, somehow,
especially at home in the music of
Mahler. Does he agree?
"As I said, they have a certain
accent. It comes from a basic
knowledge of the folk element of
Mahler's music. It's central Euro-
pean, and this is very close to
Ashkenazic Israel; they unders-
tand that language very, very
easily. And," he adds, "the
Jewishness in Mahler comes out
with the Israel Philharmonic quite
THIS LEADS to a discussion of
programming. Is there music he
would just as soon never have to
perform or hear again? He smiles.
"Oh yes, some modern works. We
do one because it looks interesting
and when we finally play it, it
deserves to be on the shelf. It will
disappear like a lot of the music of
the nineteenth century had disap-
peared. Every age has its Salieris,
"I think I make a pretty balanc-
ed season. Newspapers never
think there are enough modem
works and the public thinks
there's too much. So, I have to
take the middle road.
"In New York, this season, I
have four world premieres. And
what is the headline in the Village
Voice? So, What's New at the
Philharmonic?' "
Talk about programming brings
us to a subject which is always cer-
tain to raise hackles in Israel.
"Let's talk abut Wagner and
HE CHUCKLES, Its nice to
talk about; we don't play them."
In 1981, Mehta breached the
unofficial ban on the playing of
music by Richard Wagner in
Israel with the prelude to
"Tristan und Isolde." The piece
was played at the end of the
scheduled program. Mehta an-
nounced what would be played so
that anyone who might be offend-
ed could leave. Some people did
leave, but others who stayed caus-
ed a minor fracas.
Mehta completed the perfor-
mance of the piece through a
Continued on Page 15
Toscanini Said
IPO Would Amount to Something
Continued from Page 5-A
reach besieged Jerusalem for a
morale-building concert.
IMMEDIATELY after the Six
Day War, the Philharmonic, again
under Bernstein's baton, perform-
ed a Victory Concert on Mount
Scopus, in newly-united
Jerusalem. The deck of a naval
vessel served as a stage when, in
1973, the IPO performed for
troops at Sharm-el-Sheikh in the
Zubin Mehta conducted in 1977
when the orchestra performed at
the "Good Fence" on the
Lebanese border to demonstrate
solidarity with the Lebanese peo-
ple at a time of civil war.
Fifty years ago, most of the or-
chestra's 72 members were Euro-
pean refugees. Since then, the
Philharmonic has grown in size
and diversity. There are now 112
permanent members of the D?0:
51 were born and trained in
Israel, with others coming from
the United States, Canada,
Argentina, Belgium, Germany,
Austria, Romania, Poland and
Bulgaria. The Soviet Union, with
inadvertent generosity, has con-
Continued on Page 15
How has
the IPO
baton? 'It
was real-
ly a lop-
sided or-
he says.

P>ge 14 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, January 30, 1987
Finally Doomed?
Wrecking Ball Destined To Demolish Golda's House
former home of Golda Meir
has lost the latest and
perhaps last round in its
six-year battle for-survival.
The City's Building Depart-
ment Board of Appeals
voted unanimously Jan. 15
to demolish the house unless
a savior appears within 30
The Board concluded that the
house presents a public health
hazard and that funds to fix it are
not readily available. The
dilapidated duplex, home of the
late Israeli Premier from 1913-14,
is resting on girders in a local
park. The city is paying for liabili-
ty insurance.
THE BOARD also decided, for
purposes of the ruling, that the Ci-
ty and County of Denver own the
house. This means that the fledgl-
ing Golda Meir Memorial Associa-
tion is no longer the designated
custodian of the house, which is
widely believed to be the last U.S.
structure still standing in which
Meir resided.
The Board would consider a re-
quest for a rehearing if
$150,000-$250,0O0 were commit-
ted within 30 days for restoration
and a plan were approved by the
City's Community Development
Agency (CDA), according to
Board chairman Ralph
The demolition also could be
delayed through court action.
"We're going to have to talk with
counsel before we decide what to
do," said Association member Mel
The Board had earlier set condi-
tions for restoration and use of
the building, including a
guarantee of available funds, pro-
vision of security and a schedule
of renovation. The Association
replied in writing, but Cohen con-
tended that the Board didn't
regard it seriously.
NORDHAUSER responded
IDF Repulsed
Several Attacks
TEL AVIV (JTA) Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin disclosed
Wednesday (Jan. 21) that an
Israel Defense Force unit
operating irregularly in south
Lebanon repulsed several attacks
in recent days by the Shiite ex-
tremist Hezbullah on units and
positions of the Israel-backed
South Lebanon Army (SLA).
Replying to questions in the
Knesset, Rabin said the attacks
were repelled with no casualties to
either the IDF or SLA. He
estimated that at least five at-
tackers were killed and 10
Rabin noted that the attacks
were launched some distance from
the Israel border which only con-
firmed the importance of the
south Lebanon security zone as a
buffer against attacks on Israel.
Christian Studies
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
has established a specialty leading
to a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Christian studies through the
Department of Comparative
Religion. Special emphasis will be
placed on Christianity's basis in
Judaism, its development as an in-
dependent religion and its central
role in Western Culture.
that the Board considered the
response unsatisfactory in terms
of safety of the building and
availability of funds for restora-
tion. The 15-member Association
has drained its funds in moving
the home to the park and pro-
viding security.
Nordhauser said that he has in-
spected the house. He added, coin-
cidentally, that he lived in the
home as a child and is Jewish.
Cohen charged that the city has
violated its own commitment to
work with the Association in
restoration of the home. Since the
election of Mayor Federico Pena
in 1983, Cohen said, the city has
relentlessly pressured the
Association with "unreasonable"
The home has faced the wreck-
ing ball before. In 1981, just hours
away from being demolished by its
then owners, the Boys Club of
America, its historical nature was
discovered. A grassroots effort
prevented that demolition and
gained the support of the city to
help finance moving the house
from its original West Side
SEVERAL restoration efforts
at the new site failed, and the
building survived vandalism, in-
cluding the painting of swastikas,
and a fire. It was moved to the
park last summer in an agreement
with the City that set a time limit
for the Association on restoration.
In November, after several
deadlines passed, CDA began
pressing to either restore or
demolish the house.
The Allied Jewish Federation of
Denver has not endorsed the
restoration project or assisted the
effort financially, citing budget
restraints and the need for com-
munity resources in more press-
ing areas.
Meir attended high school dur-
ing the time she resided in the
house with her sister and brother-
in-law, Shana and Sam Komgold,
who owned the building.
Jewish Theological Seminary
Luncheon In Palm Beach
The Jewish Theological
Seminary of America will present
businessman/philanthropist Ar-
nold Newberger of Palm Beach
and Chicago with the Centennial
Medal For Achievement on Sun-
day, Feb. 1, at 12:30 p.m. The
event will be held at The
breakers, in the Mediterranean
Room, Palm Beach.
Dr. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick,
former Ambassador to the United
Nations, and Dr. Ismar Schorsch,
Chancellor of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America,
will be the speakers.
The Beersheva Chapter will
hold a "White Elephant Sale"
12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at
the American Savings Bank in
Kings Point in Delray Beach.
The B'nai B'rith Women
"Ruth Chapter" will have its
regular meeting on Monday, Feb.
2, 12 p.m., at Temple Sinai, 2475
West Atlantic Ave., Delray
Beach. Jack Salz, currently chair-
man of adult Jewish education for
the South Broward council of
B'nai B'rith Lodges and director
of the Public Relations Staff of
Menorah Chapels, will be Guest
Salz will address the chapter on
"Raping The First Amendment."
Guests are invited to attend, and
refreshments will be served.
There will also be a lunch and
fashion show at Streb's III Boyn-
ton, on Feb. 4, with a $13
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Someday, IPO Would Amount
To Something, Toscanini Said
Continued from Page 13
tributed 22 players. Seventeen
members of the orchestra's cur-
rent roster are women.
Israel, the players of the IPO have
military duties to fulfil. In some
cases, IPO reservists perform at
army bases, and the entire or-
chestra makes appearances at
large military installations. Dur-
ing war, the orchestra performs at
the battlefronts.
Today's Philharmonic is a self-
governing co-operative which
meets most of its own expenses
through ticket sales. The govern-
ment of Israel, the America-Israel
Cultural Foundation and private
donors take up the financial slack.
It is by far the most renowned of
Israel's six orchestras, which in-
clude the Jerusalem Symphony
Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Or-
chestra, the Haifa Symphony, the
Beersheba Sinfonietta and the
Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra.
Performances by the IPO have
never been confined to the concert
halls of large cities. The orchestra
travels the country to kibbutzim,
development towns, border
villages and settlements, perform-
ing on every sort of improvised
stage. It is not always possible, in
some remote areas, to find a
venue which can accommodate the
full orchestra. In such cases
chamber ensembles stand in for
the Philharmonic. Open air con-
certs in city squares and parks are
another feature of the orchestra's
concert season, enabling
thousands, most of whom are not
regular concertgoers, to enjoy the
music of the IPO, free of charge.
MOST OF THE greatest musi-
cians of the age among them
such conductors as Koussevitzky,
Mitropoulos, Monteux, Ormandy,
Barbirolli, Barenboim and Giulini;
and soloists, Heifetz, Rubinstein,
Piatigorsky, Stern, Rostropovich,
Sills, and Pavarotti have ap-
peared with the Philharmonic dur-
ing its 50-year history.
The remarkable roster of guest
artists appearing with the or-
chestra in this, the Jubilee season,
includes most of the great names
in music today. This embarrass-
ment of musical riches is both
testimony and tribute to the
Philharmonic's standing as one of
the world's most highly-regarded
orchestras. It is, perhaps, also a
tribute to an exceptional au-
dience. With 37,000 subscribers,
the IPO has a larger subscription
population than any other or-
chestra in the world.
The New York Philharmonic,
serving a population of 9 million,
has, by comparison, 12,000
subscribers. Artists enjoy perfor-
ming before appreciative au-
diences; in Israel they've found
Israel Scene
Mehta and IPO Both Turned
Age 50 At Same Time
Continued from Page 13
chorus of shouts and some
fisticuffs. It should be noted that
the music of Wagner has been
played in Israel under no less
distinguished a baton than
Toscanini's. "Wagner," said
Toscanini, "belongs to the world,
and the world must not let the
Nazis take exclusive possession of
his music."
After news of Kriatallnacht
reached Palestine in November,
1938, a work by Wagner which
had been scheduled for a Philhar-
monic concert a few days later
was canceled. Since then,
Wagner's music had not been
heard in Israeli concert halls
until Mehta's 1981 experiment.
No one here is in any disagree-
ment over the loathsome
character of Wagner's
racial/political beliefs; he was
Hitler's spiritual mentor. The case
against Richard Strauss is not
quite so clear-cut.
says, "indecently, pathetically
11 Percent Drop
In Emigration Noted
migration to Israel totaled 9,500
in 1986, an 11 percent drop from
the previous year, according to
figures released last week by the
Central Bureau of Statistics. The
decline was mainly in olim from
the Soviet Union and Africa.
Of the 914 Jews reported to
have left the USSR last year, only
202 came to Israel. Although 565
Jews arrived from South Africa,
more than double the number in
1985, immigration from Africa as
a whole fell by 58 percent.
About 2,000 American Jews im-
migrated to Israel in 1986, only
100 more than in the previous
year. About 1,000 immigrants ar-
rived from France, 800 from
Argentina, 600 from the United
Kingdom and the rest from other
European and Latin American
anti-Semitic Strauss, in my opi-
nion, was not a Nazi. He made the
mistake of accepting a very high
position in the first two years of
the Reich, which everyone knows,
and he's been vilified, I feel, for
that reason."
The major portion of the debate
stems not from the orchestra or
the concert-going audience, he
says. "It's the non-musical au-
dience. When we did Wagner a
couple of years ago, it was the out-
side people (not regular concert-
goers) who screamed. When we
finished Wagner, there were
shouts of victory. People loved
Mehta loves this music and per-
forms it with distinction
elsewhere, but he wants the Israel
Philharmonic to perform it for
Israeli audiences, and he con-
tinues to hope that in time, it will.
APART FROM his hopes for
the Philharmonic future, what of
Zubin Mehta's aspirations? In
1987, he begins sabbatical year off
from his duties with the New York
PHilharmonic. His calender,
however, is filled with other pro-
fessional commitments. There are
new opera projects in the works,
including a "Tristan" in Los
Angeles with Jonathan Miller and
David Hockney to which he looks
forward with evident relish, and
some touring with both his or-
chestras which he says he enjoys
But the coming year will pro-
vide him with some unaccustomed
breathing space. What are his
plans for that free time? After
some silent musing, he says, "I'll
study. I'll read. I'll do nothing. I
don't know what it is to do
nothing. I'll see how long I can do
nothing. I have a feeling I can do
it now. I wasn't capable
before ."
What are his ambitions?
"I have no ambitions. I used to.
I was overwrought with ambition
as a young man. I don't have any
ambition now. My life is sailing; I
float with it."
Examiner of Banks Galia Moor (left) and
Bank of Israel Governor Michael Bruno at a
press conference at the Bank of Israel in which
they explain how they intend to act in the
which has arisen around ex-Bank
JTA/WZN News PhoU.
Leumi Chairman Ernst Japhet upon publica-
tion of the details of Japhet's $l*.5 million
severance pay and pension terms.
Banker's Ex- Wife
Aims To Seize Half His Assets
troubles of Ernst Japhet, former
Board chairman of Bank Leumi,
were compounded last week when
a Tel Aviv district court seized all
his assets in Israel.
The court acted on the petition
of his former wife, Ella Japhet, to
whom he was married for 35 years
and who is the mother of his five
children. But the assets, put at
some $2 million, are much less
than the former wife expected.
She is trying to find out if Japhet
has additional assets overseas.
She also asked the income tax
authorities to investigate whether
he concealed assets from her at
the time of their divorce settle-
ment. As the complainant, she
originally petitioned the court to
award her half of the $4.5 million
severance payment awarded
Japhet by the Bank Leumi direc-
tors when he stepped down last
spring. She also asked for half of
his $30,000-a-month pension.
Two weeks ago the bank's
Board resigned after expressing
"horror" over the excessive com-
pensation to Japhet who was forc-
ed to resign as a consequence of
the 1983 bank shares scandal.
Israel, Hungary Will Exchange Representatives
and Hungary will soon exchange
resident trade representatives,
Israel Radio reported Sunday,
citing authoritative sources here.
The report followed a statement
over the weekend by Joszeg
Gyorke, head of the Communist
Party's Foreign Affairs Depart-
ment in Budapest, that Hungary
is interested in ties with Israel,
though it was "not timely" to
speak of full diplomatic relations.
Israel Radio also disclosed a
meeting two months ago between
Minister of Commerce and In-
dustry Ariel Sharon and
Hungary's Minister for Foreign
Trade, Peter Verecz. Trade bet-
ween Hungary and Israel is
estimated at about $20 million a
HUNGARY BROKE diplomatic
relations with Israel, as did all
Communist bloc states except
Rumania, after the 1967 Six-Day
War. Recently there have been
signs of a thaw. Israel and Poland
established interest sections in
Warsaw and Tel Aviv, respective-
ly, late last year. But full
diplomatic ties seem elusive at
Israeli observers have noted a
marked easing of travel access to
Hungary by holders of Israeli
passports in recent years. Many
Israelis of Hungarian origin have
visited their former homeland as
individuals or in organized
There are an estimated
80,000-90,000 Jews in Hungary
today, the largest Soviet bloc
Jewish community outside the
USSR. Although they enjoy
relative religious freedom and
have a lively cultural life, the
Hungarian Jewish community is
eroding due to a high level of in-
termarriage and assimilation.
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Dissidents Warn U.S.
Soviet Benefits Hinge on Emigration
Natan Sharansky and
Yuri Orlov, the two leading
human rights activists who
were recently allowed to
emigrate from the Soviet
Union, warned Friday
against granting the USSR
trade benefits before there
is a marked increase in
"First improvement of emigra-
tion, then improvement of trade,"
said Orlov, who was the founder
of the Moscow Helsinki Monitor-
ing Group. "But not in reverse
ORLOV AND Sharansky, who
were released from Soviet labor
camps in apparent gestures to the
Reagan Administration, testified
before a Commission of Inquiry
sponsored by the Union of Coun-
cils for Soviet Jews on Capitol Hill
to demonstrate the Soviet Union's
violation of the Helsinki Accords.
They were questioned by Sens.
William Armstrong (R., Colo.) and
Charles Grassley (R., Iowa),
former Sen. Richard Stone (D.,
Fla.) and Stuart Eizenstat, the
UCSJ's legal counsel and a former
special assistant to President
Both Orlov and Sharansky said
the West should not be taken in by
gestures such as their release.
Sharansky said there is a "desire
in the West to be deceived" by
such gestures because of the fear
of nuclear war.
prisoners said that Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev seems to
placate the West with gestures
such as the release of some Soviet
prisoners and allowing emigration
for the reunification of families,
but he balances this with harsher
restrictions at home.
Sharansky noted that the new
emigration law which went into
effect Jan. 1 starts by claiming a
free emigration policy. But then,
he noted, it makes emigration prc>
cedurea more restrictive allowing
emigration only for those who
would be reunited with close
relatives, defined as parents,
children and brothers and sisters.
He said that as far as Soviet
Jews are concerned, even if all
30,000 who fit the above category
were allowed to leave, it would be
only 10 percent of the 380,000
who have earlier received invita-
tions from Israel and have been
denied visas.
SHARANSKY urged Congress
not to continue with vague calls
for increased emigration, which
totalled only 914 in 1986, but to
set fixed guidelines. He said if
20,000 Jews were allowed to
emigrate, one concession could be
made: if 50,000 left, another; and
if all who asked to leave were
allowed to go, the Jackson-Vanik
Amendment could be lifted.
Eizenstat said that in 1979,
after 50,000 Jews were allowed to
emigrate, he brought Carter a
proposal from then Rep. Charles
Vanik (D., Ohio), the co-sponsor of
the amendment that links trade
benefits for the Soviet Union to
increased emigration, to tem-
porarily lift the restrictions. But
nothing was done because Sen.
Henry Jackson (D., Wash.) and
most Jewish groups were oppos-
ed, he said.
He noted that the next year
emigration dropped to 21,471 and
has fallen yearly ever since. He
wondered whether the Carter Ad-
ministration had made a mistake.
But Sharansky said he believes
the large emigration in 1979, at a
time when he was in prison, was
an effort by the Soviet Union to
clean house. He said that at the
same time Moscow was restric-
ting new invitations for those who
wanted to leave.
SHARANSKY rejected the
charge that the large number of
Soviet emigrants who go to the
United States, instead of Israel, is
POC Zunshain To Be Released
From Siberian Labor Camp
Prisoner of Conscience Zachar
Zunshain is scheduled to be releas-
ed form a Siberian labor camp six
weeks before his three-year term
for "anti-Soviet slander" is com-
pleted and allowed to leave for
Israel three days later, according
to the Union of Councils of Soviet
Jews and the Student Struggle for
Soviet Jewry (SSSJ).
Zunshain's wife, Tatyana, said
last week that Soviet authorities
told her she should submit an exit
applications for herself and her
husband. The couple has been
denied visas since 1980.
ZUNSHAIN'S sentence to a
m JNF Dog Dies
MELBOURNE, Australia -
(JTA) Lumpi, the canine ward
of the Jewish National Fund here
and a local Jewish media celebrity,
has died at age 14 of a snake bite.
. Lumpi's owner, the late Berta
Irom, had left her estate to JNF
four years ago except for $10,000
to take care of Lumpi. The dog
moved into a canine old age home,
where he became a staff favorite,
according to the Australian
Jewish News.
Lumpi frequently received JNF
officials, occasionally for photo op-
portunities for the Jewish press.
The remainder of Lumpi's trust
fund will be turned over to JNF.
labor camp followed his arrest
March 6, 1984, for "circulation of
fabrications known to be false
which defame the Soviet state and
social system." The charges were
based on letters he himself wrote
to Soviet authorities asking them
to revoke his Soviet citizenship
and allow him to leave for Israel
with his wife.
According to the SSSJ, he was
also arrested following a five-
minute demonstration in front of
the Boshoi Theater in Moscow
asking for emigration visas.
Zunshain is a 35-year-old
physicist from Riga who has been
imprisoned in the Irkutsk labor
camp in Siberia.
IN A RELATED development,
the SSSJ reported that two
refuseniks who are also involved
in the unofficial peace movement
in the Soviet Union are also said
to be about to be released: Yuri
Chekanovsky, 42, a five-year
refusenik, married and the father
of three children; and Yuri
Rozen8weig, 40, refused seven
years, also father of three. In
May, 1986, both families
demonstrated in Red Square in
Moscow for exit visas.
Another member of the unof-
ficial peace movement, Vladimir
Brodsky, was released in
September 1986 after serving on-
ly one year of a three-year
sentence for "hooliganism" and
allowed to leave for Israel with his
wife, Dina.
the reason for the drop in emigra-
tion. He said that while as an
Israeli citizen he would like to see
more Jews, from the U.S. as well
as the USSR, go to Israel, the
large number of dropouts is only
an excuse used by Moscow.
Meanwhile, Lynn Singer, ex-
ecutive director of the Long
Island Committee for Soviet
Jewry and a former president of
the UCSJ, told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that she
learned Friday that Lev Blitsh-
tein, a 56-year-old Moscow
refusenik who had been denied an
emigration visa since 1975, was
told he could leave. Blitshtein's
longtime refusal was based on his
supposed knowledge of "secrets"
regarding meat storage.
Blitshtein was forced to divorce
his wife, Buma, so that she and
their children, Boris and Galina,
could emigrate. They have lived in
the United States since 1976.
Singer noted that Blitshtein has
over the years been especially
helpful to the families of Jewish
Prisoners of Conscience.
Is Terry Waite Kidnapped?,
He Blames Terrorism on Israel
NEW YORK (JTA) Terry Waite, personal assis-
tant to the Archbishop of Canterbury, this week himself
reported kidnapped by the very terrorists with whom he
had been negotiating pj an effort to release hostages, ap-
peared to lay blame for the hostage situation squarely on
Israel's doorstep.
Speaking in an interview from Beirut with NBC-TV's
'Today Show" last week (Jan. 20), Anglican Church envoy
Waite alleged that the Middle East policies of the United
States and Israel either caused, exacerbated or prolonged
the situation of Palestinian refugees that were the root
cause of the hostage-taking dilemma.
THEN, zooming in more specifically on Israel, Waite
said that "this Jewish nation" was often "excessively
hypersensitive" to criticism of the Palestinian situation
and that Israel failed to be adequately sensitive to the
needs of the Palestinians.
Waite expressed surprise that a nation of people who
had themselves suffered oppression and persecution should
be inured to the suffering of the Palestinian refugees in
camps in the occupied territories.
NBC interviewed Waite, speaking from
another location, who said that until the problem of the
Palestinians was solved, the world could expect further in-
stances of hostage-taking and terrorism.
A memorial honoring Astronaut
Judith Resnik and her fellow
Challenger crew members will be
established at Beit Halochem
in Jerusalem
The memorial will consist of a
rehabilitation gymnasium with
physiotherapeutic facilities.
Beit Halochem centers provide
comprehensive recreation and
rehabilitation services to the 37,000
disabled Israeli War Veterans.
Dr. Erila Freeman-Padan
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