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of South County
Volume 10 Number IB
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, July 16, 1988
Price: 35 Cents
U.S. Cannot
Close Mission
NEW YORK (JTA) A federal judge said here that the
United States cannot close the Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion's observer mission to the United Nations.
The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Palmieri was
a setback to the efforts by the Justice Department to shut down
the PLO mission.
U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese ordered the office closed
by March 21 under the 1987 Anti-Terrorism Act, which was
adopted by Congress late last year and signed by President
Reagan on Dec. 22.
The PLO ignored the order and the Justice Department
promptly sued in U.S. District Court to have the order enforced.
Steven Obus, chief of the civil division of the U.S. District
Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, had no
initial comment on the ruling.
He told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, however, that District
Attorney Rudolph Giuliani was studying it and would consult
with the Justice Department before deciding whether to appeal.
The Justice Department has 60 days to appeal. The process
would take the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals and eventually
to the Supreme Court.
Judge Palmieri found that the 1947 Headquarters Agreement
establishing U.N. headquarters in New York "leaves no doubt"
that the United States is obligated "to refrain from impairing
the function" of the PLO mission.
The judge also said that the legislative history of the
Anti-Terrorism Act does "not manifest Congress' intent to
abrogate this obligation."
He concluded that the Anti-Terrorism Act does not supersede
the Headquarters Agreement, although restrictions on PLO
activity within the United States are appropriate, aside from
application to the U.N. mission.
Under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the United States also closed
down the PLO's information office in Washington last year.
Journalist Indicts
Red Cross
German television journalist
has accused the International
Red Cross of doing little
during World War II to help
Jews in concentration camps,
and of facilitating, as a result
of negligence, the escape of
Nazi war criminals after
World War II.
The charges were leveled by
Heiner Lichtenstein, corre-
spondent for a West German
television network, who is also
author of a book attacking the
Red Cross. His allegations
were published in La Suisse
and La Tribune de Geneve.
Asked to respond, Fritz
Steinman, spokesman for the
Geneva-based International
Committee of the Red Cross,
defended the humanitarian
agency's conduct during and
after the war.
"If three war criminals did
get away, hundreds of thou-
sands of innocent war victims
got documents from the ICRC
which saved their lives,"
Steinman said.
He said Geneva University
historian Jean-Claud Favez
will publish a book this fall
about the ICRC's work on
behalf of war prisoners. He
said the ICRC opened its
secret archives to him, which it
has never done before.
In his book, Lichtenstein
charged that although it has
claimed otherwise, the ICRC
in Geneva was well aware of
Nazi atrocities during the war.
He said rumors were circu-
lating in 1941 of genocide in
Nazi deaths camps, but the
Red Cross "closed their eyes."
Lichtenstein also charged
that in 1945 when it was poss-
ible to help concentration
camp inmates, the ICRC
neglected Jewish prisoners
from Poland or Germany in
favor of those from the Allied
A reception in celebration of the reunion of Boca Raton resident Dr. Galina VUeshina and
her husband, Pyatras Pakenas, was cohosted in Washington D.C. by Florida U.S. Senator
Bob Graham and Rep. E. Clay Shaw, the day after the Soviet refusenik landed at Dulles
International Airport. The couple had been separated for eight years, following Dr.
Vileshina's emigration to the U.S. with her daughter, Laura. Until the eve of the Moscow
summit, Soviet authorities had denied Pakenas' application to leave 18 times. During that
time Dr. VUeshina steadfastly campaigned for permission to have her husband join her here,
supported by Senator Graham and Rep. Smith. Celebrating the reunion with Dr. VUeshina,
second right, and her husband Pyatris Pakenas, second left, were daughter Laura Abovich,
left, Senator Graham, right, and the couples' grandson, Eric Abovich, foreground.
Jerusalem To Get
New City Hall
new $65 million city hall will be
constructed in Jerusalem,
uniting under one roof all the
departments of the munici-
pality, which are now
dispersed around the city.
Part of the project's funding
will be provided by the Reich-
mann family of Toronto,
billionaire financiers who are
the developers of the Battery
Park project in Manhattan.
Two members of the Reich-
mann family, Albert and
Edward, joined President
Chaim Herzog and Mayor
Teddy Kollek in laying the
foundation stone for the new
city hall, the Reichmanns' first
major undertaking in Israel.
The new municipal building,
together with another major
venture being financed by a
Diaspora Jew the recently
announced Mamilla Project, to
be built by Ladbrokes-Hilton
executive Cyril Stein of
Britain will mean a total
reshaping of a substantial part
of the pre-1967 border area of
downtown, facing the Old City
Plans call for the construc-
tion of the city hall complex at
the end of Jaffa Road, opposite
the New Gate of the Old City,
preserving the British-built
main offices of the munici-
pality and the facades of other
architecturally valuable build-
ings in the area.
Ron International Ltd., a
Reichmann-owned subsidiary,
will undertake construction
and will loan the city $30
million for 20 years. The sale
of properties now housing the
city offices will pick up any
slack in funding.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, July 15, 1988
Rabbi Criticizes Poland's "Dejudaizing" Of The Holocaust
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#a66t Michael Menitoff stands at the entrance of Auschwitz,
during his recent pilgrimage to Poland. Upon his return the
rabbi, son of Ralph and Ethel Menitoff of DelRay Beach, wrote
Polish leader General Wojciech Jaruzels commending him for the
the government's recent positive steps improving Polish-Israel
relationships, but also noting the ''dejudaizing'' of the Holocaust
in the various exhibits in the country.
In a recent letter to Polish
leader Gen. Wojciech Jaru-
zelski, Rabbi Michael Menitoff
notes the lack of recognition in
Poland of the uniquely Jewish
dimension of the Holocaust.
Rabbi Menitoff wrote Gen.
Jaruzelski upon his return
from a pilgrimage to Poland
which he took with other
rabbinical leaders from around
the U.S.
The rabbi, spiritual leader of
Congregation B'nai Jacob in
Woodbridge, Connecticut, and
associate fellow of Yale
University's Ezra Stiles
College, is the son of Ralph
and Ethel Menitoff of DelRay
Beach, Florida.
Menitoff somewhat
tempered his criticism with
words of approval for Jaru-
zelski' s support of the recent
opening of interest sections,
the lowest level of diplomatic
recognition, between Poland
and Israel and for permitting
Israeli commercial planes to
fly through Polish airspace. He
also commended Jaruzelski for
statements attributed to him
which called the 1968 anti-
Semitic campaign in Poland
"an embarrassment" to that
country and a "political
However, Rabbi Menitoff
also took note of the use of
anti-Semitism as a state policy
when the Polish government
was "cracking down on the
Solidarity labor movement."
But what moved Menitoff
the most and the subject of the
greater part of his letter, was
the downplaying of the tragic
part the Jews played in the
death camps. The visiting
rabbis toured Auschwitz,
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Birkenau, Treblinka,
Majdanek and Sobibor. At all,
the memorial inscriptions,
print materials, pavilion exhib-
itions and explanation by the
guides negated the fact that
Jews were the prime victims.
At Majdanek, for example,
noted Rabbi Menitoff, the
English-language sound track
of a film on the Holocaust,
describes the Nazis mass
murder of "Poles and others,"
With Jews mentioned some-
where near the end of a list of
non-Polish civilian victims.
"Were one not to know,"
wrote the rabbi to the Polish
leader, "he or she would fail to
comprehend that Jews were
especially singled out as
victims of Nazi barbarism and
brutality While all the
intended victims of the Holo-
caust were not necessarily
Jews and included many Poles,
all Jews, however, were
intended victims."
Menitoff noted the suffering
by many Polish people during
the war: the many Catholic
priests arrested and
murdered, 10,000 members of
the Polish intelligencia
brutally murdered, Gypsies
systematically also annihi-
lated. But the Rabbi expressed
his concern that this error of
omission on the part of the
Polish government was not
simply a theoretical issue, but
one of great consequence. "It
is incumbent upon the Poles,"
Menitoff wrote, "to recall the
tragedy of many of the survi-
vors of the Holocaust who
returned as emaciated skele-
tons to their former homes,
only to find them appropriated
by former neighbors who
assumed that every Jew would
die, and who resented their
return." Said Menitoff, ... "a
people that does not learn
from its history may be
doomed to repeat it."
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at least 61 of the 120 Knesset
members on its second and
third readings in order to
become law. It would institute
the direct election of Knesset
members on a regional basis.
The reform is considered
long overdue by many in
Israel's legal establishment
and the political community.
The fragmented vote arising
from the present system has
prevented any single party
from governing, except in coal-
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recalcitrant splinter parties.
The reform is fiercely
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Friday, July 15, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Brandeis University's
Southeast regional operations
moved to Boca Raton as of
July 1.
In announcing the move
from its previous location in
Bay Harbor Islands, Miami
Beach, Laurence H. Rubin-
stein, the senior vice president
for development and alumni
relations, noted that the dyna-
mics of South Florida's demo-
graphy have created great
opportunities to win friends
for Brandeis in Broward and
Palm Beach Counties. Rubin-
stein points out that 60
percent of South Florida's
Jewish population now lives in
Broward and Palm Beach
The new location is at
Powerline Road and Camino
Real, in the middle of the area
of population growth
extending from Fort Lauder-
dale and up through the Palm
Beaches. '^Ve are very optim-
istic about the prospects for
Brandeis in light of this
move," explains Nicholas
Simmonds, who directs Bran-
deis' development activities in
southeastern U.S.
Simmonds stressed that the
move to Boca should not be
construed as the end of the
Brandeis presence in Miami.
"We will continue to be very
active in Dade County," he
In November 1986, Brandeis
embarked on a $200 million
capital campaign to be
completed in 1991. As of April
1988, the campaign had
reached $104.3 million, a
figure made possible, in part,
by a fund-raising event in
Palm Beach this past
February, which netted $16.6
Podiatrists Honored
Two local podiatrists were
recently honored at the 61st
annual Florida Podiatric
Medical Association Conven-
tion held in Naples.
Dr. Sheldon Willens, a
Hollywood podiatrist, and Dr.
Richard A. Strauss, a Hallan-
dale podiatrist, each received a
Meritorious Service Award.
Dr. Willen's award was for
his service and dedication as
legislative committee
chairman. In presenting this
award, FPMA president Dr.
Briant G. Moyles noted
Willens' untiring efforts in
working with the Florida legis-
lature on behalf of the associa-
Dr. Willens has been in
private practice in Hollywood
since 1959 and is affiliated
with Humana Hospital of
South Broward, Memorial
Hospital of Hollywood, and
Southeastern Medical Center
in North Miami Beach. He is
also a member of the board of
trustees of the American Podi-
atric Medical Association.
Dr. Sheldon Willens
Dr. Strauss, in private prac-
tice in Hallandale since 1965,
received his award for his
service and dedication to the
association and the podiatric
medical profession as a
member of the Convention and
Symposium Committee.
Hillel Activities:
Israel Night
The Hillel Foundation of
Florida will hold an Israel and
Falafel Night on Wednesday,
July 20, 7 p.m., at 1725 North
53rd Ave., Hollywood. The
discussion will center about
the topic of Israel. The cost is
$2. For information: 987-5695.
Hillel of South Florida will
hold a volleyball game for all
college students on Sunday,
July 31, at 6 p.m., at the Boca
Jewish Community Center off
Spanish River Boulevard.
The cost will be $2 and ice
cream sundaes will be served
after the game.
For information: 661-8549.
Klaperman Elected
To Second Term At SCA
NEW YORK Rabbi Gilbert Klaperman was elected to
a second one-year term as president of the Synagogue
Council of America which comprises the rabbinic and
congregational branches of Conservative, Orthodox and
Reform Judaism, serving over four million congregants in
the United States.
Klaperman has served Orthodox Congregation Beth
Shalom in Lawrence, New York since 1950, where he
became rabbi emeritus this June. He is the past president
of the Rabbinical Council of America and of the New York
Board of Rabbis.
Floridians were among some ISO participants
on a recent Hadassah Presidential Mission to
Israel. Over 100 Hadassah presidents, from
chapters between Delaware and California,
accompanied by some SO husbands and chil-
dren, toured Israel to find, in their own
words, "life going on normally." Led by
Hadassah National board members Marilyn
LeVine and Helen Weisberg were Florida
residents, pictured above, Henry and Adeline
Silverman of Sarasota; Lillian Alpert,
Pompano Beach; Elaine Gaines, Hollywood;
Sylvia Gottlieb and Rose Koshes, Fort Myers;
Dr. Morris Levine, Daniel and Pauline
Lunin, St. Petersburg; Jeannette Richman,
Deerfxeld Beach; Mike Strauss; Helen Perl-
mutter, Delray Beach; Mae Berezin; Amalic
Berliner, Lauderdale Lakes; Mildred
Berman; Helen Berman; Sylvia Blin; Ida
Corn; Edith Hadden; Rose Hare; Evelyn
Pawliger and Lily Schwartz.
Hadassah Travels To Israel For 40th
Over 100 Hadassah presi-
dents from chapters, large and
small, and other leading
members of Hadassah,
between Wilmington, Dela-
ware and San Diego, Cali-
fornia, have recently returned
from a tour of Israel as part of
Israel's 40th anniversary cele-
brations. Over 30 husbands
and children accompanied the
leaders on the Hadassah Presi-
dential Mission to Israel.
The Mission was led by
Hadassah's national president,
Ruth Popkin, and was chaired
by Roslyn K. Bracher, national
travel chairman.
"Despite the situation, we
found Israelis justly proud of
the miracles achieved during
the past 40 years," said
The Mission went all over
Israel. "We found life going on
normally," said Roz Brecher,
adding "Israel is a shopper's
paradise now."
The Mission spent a week in
Jerusalem and, Brecher said,
the stores stayed open at night
for them.. With shopkeepers
welcoming them "with open
arms members of the
Mission went zooming back on
shopping sprees again and
But the Mission toured more
out-of-the-way sites, too, from
the stalactite caves of Beit
Shemesh to the wineries on
the top of the Golan Heights.
The Americans shared such
interesting experiences as
reading newspapers sitting up
in the Dead Sea, and they had
a gala dinner on a new boat
that crosses the Sea of Galilee
by moonlight.
At poolside at the new Hyatt
Regency Hotel on Mount
Scopus in Jerusalem, a
congratulatory reception was
given in honor of Popkin.
Several of Israel's top
leaders received the Mission
and thanked them for coming
as a sign of support. Israeli
President Chaim Herzog, said,
"It is very important for Israel
to get tourism flourishing here
again, and we hope that this
Hadassah Mission will be the
precursor of a tourist revival
from the United States."
Jerusalem Mayor Teddy
Kollek noted the importance of
Americans visiting Israel and
seeing for themselves how safe
and peaceful it is.
When the Mission visited the
Knesset, Speaker Shlomo
Hillel spoke to them about the
history of Jewish-Arab rela-
tions. "Neither side can get
100 percent of what they
want," said Hillel. "We have
to have negotiations and
concessions from both sides."
The Mission member saw the
giant anniversary exhibition in
the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds and
commemorated the signing of
the Declaration of Israel's
Independence in Independece
Hall in Tel Aviv. At Sde Boker
in the Negev desert, they laid a
wreath on the grave of David
Ben-Gurion, Israel's first
Prime Minister who first read
the Declaration of Independ-
ence to the world in May, 1948.
Visiting two Hadassah
Medical Centers in Jerusalem
Mission members saw Arabs
and Jews receiving the same
care, irrespective of race, reli-
gion or creed. They also toured
the Hadassah Community
College where they were
shown how Hadassah is
training technologists for
Israel's expanding industries.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, July 15, 1988
Death in the Middle East
Death was the common denominator in the
Middle East and the Persian Gulf as warfare
declared and undeclared erupted anew all
over the region.
A single missile ended the lives of 290
civilians as an American cruiser, fitted with
the most sophisticated electronic equipment of
any warship in the world, made a tragic error.
Iran and Iraq continued to kill thousands of
soldiers and civilians alike in a war which
already has lasted longer than World War II,
and one in which unguided rockets and chem-
ical weapons are the rule, not the exception.
Dozens of Palestinians die as the pro-Arafat
and pro-Syrians clash in the camps near Beirut
and elsewhere in Lebanon. American hostages
are threatened with execution by the pro-
Iranian terrorists and more Hezbollah fanatics
cry, "Death to the United States. Death to
At the same time, Arab protests in the
territories administered by Israel go on, with
.far fewer deaths than elsewhere in the
spreading war zone. Outside of the Anglo-
Jewish press, the fact that Jordan attacked
Israel during the Six-Day War and lost control
of East Jerusalem and the West Bank which it
had seized itself in the 1948-49 war, seems
never to be remembered.
Even the most rabid anti-Zionists in this
country and around the world will be hard
pressed still to say that the Palestinian ques-
tion is at the root of all conflict in the Near
But say it they will. And few will be the
journalists who note the disparity in the
deaths recorded in these past days. Instead,
they rush to judgment on the judicial orders
which permit the PLO to maintain its mission
at the United Nations, minimizing the
terrorist nature of the organization itself.
This is not the time for Israel's supporters to
be apologetic, nor even to "play it cool." Our
voices should and must be heard, loudly and
Electoral Reform Progresses
Electoral reform has been an issue in Israeli
politics ever since 1955, when the late Prime
Minister David Ben Gurion gave his backing to a
proposal for reform. Since that time, many in
Israel have been critical of the existing system of
proportional representation, pointing to the prolif-
eration and disproportionate influence of small
parties in the Knesset. These critics feel that the
large parties' constant need to court coalition
partners has caused much paralysis in Israeli
Recently a bill that would change the system of
Knesset elections over to a mixed system of
proportional and constituency elections passed its
first reading by a comfortable majority. There is no
chance for the bill to become law before the present
Knesset adjourns at the end of July, but the vote
constituted the greatest progress made to date by
the proponents of electoral reform.
Awad: Sleight-of-Hand Artist
NEW YORK Two weeks
ago, I received an unexpected
telephone call from Mubarak
Awad, the self-proclaimed
Palestinian apostle of non-
"I would like you to convert
me to Judaism," he said.
Immediately he added, "I have
no interest in the Jewish reli-
gion. I need to become Jewish
in order to get back to Jeru-
We then had a civil exchange
during which I told Mr. Awad
that Judaism welcomes
authentic converts, but rejects
"instant converts." No respon-
sible rabbi in the world would
preside over such a cynical and
offensive act.
Mr. Awad changed the
subject and talked unambigu-
ously about his so-called non-
violent political agenda.
"We want a Palestinian
state next to a Jewish state,"
he said, and without hesitating
added, "But that's just for the
moment. It is a temporary
transition. What we really
want is secular democratic
Palestinian state in which we
Arabs will be the majority.
There will be no Jewish flag,
no Star of David, and no
Hatikvah national anthem."
"Just the way the Arab-
Muslim majority have treated
the Christians in Lebanon," I
After more conversation, I
concluded that Mubarak Awad
is a political sleight-of-hand
artist who has used non-violent
rhetoric and symbols to cover
his real program of violent
aggression against Israel.
The media celebrates him
uncritically as a disciple of
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin
Luther King. I doubt very
much whether Gandhi and
King would have acknowl-
edged the real Mubarak Awad
as a legitimate disciple of their
non-violent philosophy.
Multi-Issue Plank
By margins of three-to-one, the Democratic
delegates to the party's national platform
committee meeting decided to reject calls by
the Reverend Jesse Jackson and his
supporters for creation of a Palestinian state.
Governor Michael Dukakis made it clear
that he will not tolerate such a plank, and the
Jackson camp appears to have backed off from
a threatened floor fight at the convention in
Dukakis' assertion that the United States
embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem has won expected applause from
supporters of Israel and denunciations from
her detractors although it was not made a
formal part of the platform.
Plainly, a challenge has been given to Vice
President George Bush and the Republican
party, both to be forthcoming vis a vis Israel in
the GOP platform and to evidence action in the
ramaining months of the Reagan-Bush Admin-
At the same time, American Jews must
make it abundantly clear that their votes are
not for sale to the highest bidder on a single
issue. The principles of economic stability,
social justice and a clear foreign policy in all
parts of a world will weigh heavily on our
individual judgments when we go to the polls
in November.
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Slowing Aging
HAIFA Attempts to slow
human aging are likely to
begin within ten years, say
scientists at the Technion -
Israel Institute of Technology,
who have already succeeded in
retarding aging in simple
round worms by introducing
vitamin E.
With their research indi-
cating that vitamin E is most
effective in retarding aging
when introduced during the
early stages of the worm's
growth and development,
scientists at the Technion
believe that any intervention
in the human aging process
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Anniversary of Annexation
JERUSALEM (JTA) A general strike gripped
East Jerusalem on the 21st anniversary of its
annexation by Israel. But expected rioting did not
materialize, due in large meaasure to the massive
police presence.
Police Minister Haim Barlev said this repre-
sented a failure for the underground leadership of
the Palestinian uprising. Their "Communique No.
20," circulated earlier, urged public disorder on the
anniversary date.
But it also gave security forces plenty of time to
prepare for trouble.
"Jerusalem is unified and will remain unified,"
Barley decla/ed. He said that in addition to taking
security precautions, the police and the munici-
pality were trying to make personal contacts with
various Arab leaders to convince the people that in
the long run, violence does not pay.
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Gaza Strip and Islamic Fundamentalism

S. Ali M. Gka'emi, an Iranian-American
doctoral student in politics in Washington,
D.C., wrote this article for "Security Affairs,"
a publication of the Jewish Institute for
National Security Affairs. The article is
reprinted with permission.
The past months of continuous rioting
in the Gaza have shown the world yet
another potent domain of Muslim radi-
calism. Even in the midst of the violence.
Gaza's Islamic college held elections for
its women's student council and they
yielded 75% of the votes and thus full
control of the council to the Islamic
Bloc. Indeed, Gaza's Islamic revolt came
as a surprise only to those who overrated
the Gazans' contentment with Israeli
administration or wishfully thought the
PLO, which admittedly has been trying
to catch up with events, is a bastion of
threatening revolution.
Islamic College boasts an attendance of
nearly 5,000 students and has become an
epicenter of extremist Islamic activities.
The recent women's student council
election results were previously matched
in 1986 when general student council
elections revealed that 75% of the ballots
were cast for Muj'amaists.
The fanatical actions of the funda-
mentalists, starting with assaults on
Palestinians deemed as collaborators,
were initiated by the Muj'ama but are
now chiefly perpetrated by "Jihadists."
The emotional attachment by these dis-
enchanted youths to Islam, as a reaction
to nationalism's impotence, is initially
displayed with the donning of religiously
prescribed clothing. Non-conforming
Gazans are harrassed by the militants,
while merchants who sell liquor or
"In Gaza, where not one Shiite resides, Islamic Jihad
made one of its initial marks just before the rioting
with... a leaflet that surprised the Israeli more by its
source than its message."
There are no Shiites living in Gaza, but Islamic fundamentalism is increasing particularly
among the young. This store specializes in "religiously correct" clothing.
The first blunt indications of Gazan
fundamentalist activism appeared over
four years ago with the emergence of the
Muj'ama or "Community". In many
ways operating like a secret society, the
Muj'ama was for many disenchanted
Ganza youths an alternative to the stag-
nant position of the conservative Muslim
Brotherhood as well as ineffective na-
tionalist groups.
Yet more radical than the Muj'ama
is the Khomeini-inspired "Islamic Jihad
for the Liberation of Palestine."In Gaza.
where not one Shiite resides, "Islamic
Jihad" made one of its initial marks just
before the riots with the mass distribu-
tion of a leaflet that surprised the Israelis
more by its source than by its message.
Four years earlier, in July 1983.
Gazans had received another flyer in the
aftermath of a shooting incident at
Hebron's Islamic college in the West
Bank. The message described the Jews a
"progeny of monkeys and pigs" while it
called for an "Islamic struggle for the
return of rights." Hebron, after all. was
the town where Khomeini T-shirts could
be purchased in the open Arab market-
place as late as 1985. Indeed, in the
summer of 1986. the Orthodox Israeli
monthly "Counterpoint" lamented that,
"Needless to say, Iran's Khomeini also
has significant backing in the area."
"Islamic Jihad" inspired youths such
as the 22-year-old Gazan who is serving
a life sentence for murdering two Jews in
the Strip. The young terrorist's testimony
in court was basically an enunciation of
the tenets of Islamic fundamentalism:
"We attach greater importance to death
than to life, either we liberate our country
.or we die." Indeed, in the Muslim
fanatic's mentality, either outcome
liberation or "martyrdom" is a
When Khomeini's Islamic revolution
was sweeping Iran in 1978, the Israeli
administrators of Gaza were blessing the
establishment of an Islamic college in the
Gaza Strip which is the only post-secon-
dary educational institution in the entire
territory. After a decade, the Al-Azhar
Western musical tapes are physically
attacked. Even Western-style weddings
are broken up by chanting fanatics.
Other acts of intimidation and terror
have included acid attacks, knife slash-
ings, firebombings and even the destruc-
tion of mosques deemed not built along
Islamic guidelines. The fundamentalists'
vengeance led them even to steal weap-
ons from the Israeli army for use against
"collaborators" first, then Jews. For this
crime a Muj'ama leader was convicted
and sentenced to 31 years in prison;
however, he was released, after serving
only two years, as part of a prisoner
exchange in 1985. The Muj 'amaisis were
thus left free to "muscle the Koran",
especially in the refugee camps.
Congregational prayers offered in
mosques on the Islamic sabbath of
Friday have become political rallies. Just
as in Iran, the mosques of Gaza are
practically indoctrination centers where
sermons serve as manifestos and the
clergy as a vanguard.
Indeed, the Gaza Strip, which is one of
the most densely populated areas on
earth with nearly 5,000 persons per
square mile, is a dominion that neither
the Egyptians or Jordanian authorities
want to administer. The only exception
has been the introduction of a five-year
development plan for the West Bank and
Gaza by King Hussein, for which the
monarch began begging Washington,
the EEC and the Gulf Arabs in Novem-
ber 1986 for $ 1.2 billion. But even in this
plan is the goal of keeping the Pales-
tinians out of his kingdom, in fact, the
Hashemite ruler wishes to concentrate
on the seemingly less-politicized rural
areas, in which case it would be a giant
leap from the $28,000 that Jordan allot-
ted for West Bank agriculture in all of
Amman's 19-year-long rule there.
For the Israelis' part, the relatively
impressive attempts to enact certain so-
cial welfare programs in Judea-Samaria
and the Gaza Strip are particularly
boasted about in relation to the status of
the administered Palestinian women. A
1986 report by the United Nations Asso-
ciation of Israel, for example, concluded
that "the increasing participation of
women in the labor force, the rise in their
educational level, and the establishment
of five universities and their accessibility
to women, have led to a change not only
in the perception of women regarding
their role in society, but also to a change
in the attitude of society regarding the
capacity of women to participate in
public life." Hence, while right-wing
Israelis were correctly arguing that the
Arabs could not be pacified through
social welfare, liberal Israelis have been
surprised at the sight of younger Pales-
tinian women donning veils and chant-
ing "Allah is greatest."
While some observers feel that the
Gaza disturbances were part of a general
Israeli plan to drive the Arabs out, some
senior Israeli officials are anticipating
with anxiety the worst yet to have come
from the fundamentalists. Parallel to
these largely privately-expressed fears is
a growing Israeli mood to vacate Gaza
before it is too late. After all, in the words
of prominent Israeli-American journalist
Helen Davis, "Unforgiving, uncom-
promising Islamic Jihad now promises to
make the jaded PLO look like a teddy
bear's picnic."
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HANOVER (JTA) The European Community
resolved to work for a United Nations-sponsored
international peace conference to resolve the
Middle East conflict.
That policy statement was issued by the heads of
state and government of the 12 E.C. member-
states on the second day of their summit meeting
here. It was drafted by the E.C. foreign ministers.
The statement declares that "the status quo in
the occupied territories cannot be sustained,"
apparently a reference to the Palestinian uprising
against Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza
The 12 nations pledged to continue to work "on
the basis of their established positions .. toward
the early convening, under United Nations
auspices, of an international conference, which is
the suitable framework for the necessary negotia-
tions between the parties directly concerned, and is
essential to bring about a comprehensive, just and
lasting peace in the region.
"The 12 will support all initiatives to this end,"
the communique said.
The forum at which the statement was issued
was the periodic gathering of European leaders to
consider collective positions on international prob-
Bias Imprisons'
Rome Rabbi
ROME (JTA) Delivering
new warnings on the resur-
fence of racism and anti-
emitism in Italy, Rome's
chief rabbi told a newspaper
here that he is virtually a
prisoner in his own synagogue,
protected by armed guards
and armed escorts whenever
he travels.
In an interview published by
Corriere della Sera, Rabbi Elio
Toaff spoke of the hate mail
that arrives every day. And he
reiterated the charge he made
earlier that the official catholic
News media is as culpable as
the secular press for distorted,
inflammatory reporting on
events in the Israel-
administered territories. He
believes the coverage has
S'ven rise to anti-Semitic inci-
;nts in Italy.
While Toaff again charged
that parts of the Catholic
media are anti-Semitic, he also
praised a document issued by
the Conference of Catholic
Bishops that expressed deep
concern over the incidents,
condemned anti-Jewish atti-
tudes and warned Italians to
beware of anti-Semitic feel-
The bishops' statement was
in direct response to Toaff s
charges. Toaff said in the
interview that he was espe-
cially appreciative that the
bishops made clear that there
is a distinction between Italian
Jews and policies carried out
by the government or political
parties in Israel.
Nevertheless, the problem
remains serious. "There are
too many signs that racism has
never disappeared, that it has
smoldered under the ashes (of
fascism). Even idn 1938, it
began on the quiet and
exploded a few years later, and
Jews were not the only
victims," he said.

Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, July 15, 1988
Former Ambassador To U. N. Tells A.D.L.
Today, Israelis confront the
two radicalisms of the Middle
East: the Moscow-based,
Moscow-linked P.L.O. and
Hezbollah, whose capital is
Teheran. That neither of these
groups can finally live with
each other does not diminish
the fact that their alliance
today enhances the threat to
Israel or that Israel must deal
with that alliance.
The government of Israel is
also confronted with three
other significant problems:
Problems deriving from
Arab nationalism which have
been very carefully cultivated
and manipulated by the P.L.O.
Syria, Jordan, Egypt, the
Saudis, and all the Arab world
in fact, have been drawn into
that presumed common front
against the State of Israel. We
hear such comments as King
Fahd's reproach to the Ayat-
ollah that Khomeini continued
his war against Iraq instead of
combining the joint Moslem
forces in their holy war against
Arab nationalism is alive and
contributes to a broad alliance
against the State of Israel
even though a good many of its
partners would eat each other
up and do when they get the
The realpolitik of a lot of
our best European and Asian
friends who see any associa-
tion with Israel as a negative
factor in the achievement of
their diplomatic and economic
objectives. They are not neces-
sarily prepared to secure fair
play for Israel or to be
concerned about Israel's situa-
tion even when the life of the
state is at stake.
The American dogma to
which I have already referred,
that all problems can be solved
and all people can be counted
on to seek solutions in good
faith. I share these hopes
but my study of modern
history suggests otherwise.
I do not believe there is a
solution to Israel's problems
today. That is a terrible thing
for an American to say.
Certainly an international
conference is no solution.
People know that Israel's
neighbors will not engage in
direct negotiations for peace.
Instead, they kill anyone who
proposes to make peace with
We Should Stand With Israel
Israel, like Bashir Gemayel or
Anwar Sadat.
I have my own view:
anybody who takes such a
conference seriously should be
sentenced to serve one full
year at the United Nations. I
say quite flatly and I'm a
cautious person about making
predictions there will be no
conference even if Israel
accepts the propositions in
their current form. Unless
Israel is prepared to put the
settlement of her borders
entirely in the hands of a
group of adversaries, there
will be no international confer-
The Soviet Union has made
it clear that it will not accept a
conference in which the inter-
national group that is, the
permanent members of the
Security Council serve only
as an umbrella for direct nego-
tiations between the parties.
This is what we hope. The
Soviets have said from *he
beginning that is not good
enough. I do not believe the
Soviets will attend any inter-
national conference at which
decisions are not made by
majority vote or in which
every permanent member does
not have a veto. They want to
be part of the decision-making
process and their clients, the
P.L.O. and Syria, want them
to be.
If Israel accepts the terms
that are offered today, those
terms will shift. And if Israel
accepts second terms, they will
shift again. And it will finally
prove impossible for any
Israeli government, no matter
how it is constituted, to keep
its footing in that shifting
This diplomacy is reminis-
cent of the revolutionary
1960s. Those tactics rely on
violence to create provocation,
on anti-reason to shock and to
enhance violence. They seek to
dramatize and to provide an
almost entirely mythological
history to justify their claims.
It is a fact that today small
bands of violent men have
discovered by the skillful use
of propaganda and violence
and international media it is
possible to win power against
overwhelming numbers. They
begin with terror and move on
to a revolutionary situation.
Violence is used by all so-
called national liberation
movements today in their
efforts to polarize populations
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"Israel has been progressively deprived
of legitimacy in the eyes of a very large
number of people in the world../'
and destroy governments. The
demands of the revolutionaries
are widely believed to have a
kind of moral superiority and
the efforts of governments to
survive are taken to be a proof
that they are repressive and
incapable of dealing creatively
and humanely with their own
people. Under that logic, the
violence of revolutionaries is
legitimate, while the violence
of government is repression.
In the United Nations we
have seen developed an instru-
ment against Israel. It works
like this: against that which
was called colonialism, armed
struggle was legitimate. This
was extended to include what
was called racism, against
which armed struggle was
legitimate. Finally, against
that which is called Zionism,
armed struggle is legitimate.
Israel has been progres-
sively deprived of legitimacy in
the eyes of a very large
number of people in the world
today, deprived of its rights
even the right to self-defense.
What can Israel do? There
are limits. I do not think Israel
can do very much about the
United Nations.
What can Israel do about
Gaza, about the West Bank? It
can offer as much autonomy to
the people there as possible. It
can offer as generous a policy
as devoid of harassment and
petty irritations as possible. It
can correct right now a few
harassments in the process. It
can disengage Israeli occupa-
tion forces to the maximum
extent consistent with main-
taining order and preventing
the territory from falling to
the hands of P.L.O. terrorists
and Hezbollah murderers. It
can prepare for a long siege.
The violence played out on our
television screens is a very
important part of this attack. I
have thought a good deal about
this. What do you do if you
believe in freedom and you
know that provocateurs and
practitioners of violence are
deliberately creating political
melodramas to delegi-
timize you, night after night?
I have decided, tentatively at
least, that Israel would prob-
ably be justified under current
circumstances in barring tele-
vision coverage of the distur-
bances in Gaza and the West
Bank. Print journalists could
be permitted on the scene and
should be able to satisfy
reasonable standards of free
speech and free press without
providing a global stage to
political melodramatists.
What can Israel's American
friends do? First, we can
understand that the survival of
Israel is at stake and that we,
as well as Israel, are targets. If
you read the literature and
speeches of Yasir Arafat, the
Ayatollah, Qaddafi, one thing
you learn is that the United
States is attacked almost as
often as Israel and not just
for supporting Israel. Israel is
also attacked for supporting
We really are in this
together and we ought to be
clear about this. We can
remember that internecine
violence is a norm in this and
in many other regions so we
can lower our own level of
concern when it tends to
become hysterical. We can
remember, too, that many
millions of Jews died in this
century because neither they
nor almost anyone else
believed Adolf Hitler's clearly
stated intentions. Surely it is
not necessary for the Jews of
Israel to be sacrificed to
western liberals' need to
disbelieve the horrible.
Finally, I think we can stand
with the government of Israel
not just because it is in our
interesc, though it is not just
because Israel is part of our
civilization, though it is but
because Israel has demon-
strated a right to exist and to
exist on the land that is the
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State of Israel by all the stan-
dards that we recognize as
I personally have no doubt
that any Israeli government
and I mean any government
elected in a free and demo-
cratic election, will be ready to
make peace whenever a
neighbor is ready to talk
peace. I think the govern-
ments of Israel have demon-
strated again and again a will
to peace. The most democratic
gesture toward peace was the
return of the Sinai, the largest
single sacrifice for peace that
any government has made in
this century. When a neighbor
is ready, I think there will be
I think we should stand with
Israel because it is in our
interest to do so. We should
stand with Israel because she
is part of our civilization. And
we should stand with Israel
because it is right.
Jeane J. Kirkpatriclc is former
United States Ambassador to the
United Nations. This article is
excerpted from her address to the Anti-
Defamation League's 1988 National
Leadership Conference in Washington,
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The Economic Repercussions of The Intifada French
Cause Alarm
year 1987 was good for the
Israeli economy. Inflation was
confined to a 15-year low of
16.5 percent, compared to the
more than 500 percent at its
frightening peak in 1984.
Currency reserves had accu-
mulated at a reasonable pace.
Unemployment was reduced.
Consumers no longer were
under pressure to get rid of
shrinking shekels quickly
There were clouds on the
horizon, and many problems
would have to be solved, but
the outlook wasn't so bad.
Then in December came the
riots in the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank. They have lasted
now more than half a year, and
have brought on a whole set of
hitherto unknown problems
and expenses.
The costs to the government
and the public have accrued so
much that the Israeli economy
has conceivably been thrown-
back for years to come. The
intifada, Arab word for the
uprising, has so far cost a
staggering $780 million, and
it's not over.
In general, the unrest in
Gaza and the West Bank has
not reached the goals set by an
elusive underground leader-
ship, except that the Pales-
tinian problem has become
part of the international
agenda and Israel's image has
been severely damaged.
The leaders of the revolt
could not prevent all workers
from going to Israel, just as
there were limits to their
command that ordered Arabs
to boycott Israeli goods, refuse
to pay taxes, stop dealing with
the military government and
to tear up the identity cards
that Arabs needed in order to
move around and receive
certain services.
Nevertheless, whenever
these demands were met by
the rank and file, it amounted
to a great annoyance, and the
repercussions were there for
all to see.
Even if laborers from the
territories came to work inside
Israel, they come at irregular,
wholly unpredictable intervals,
upsetting work schedules and
hampering production.
abroad might create other
social problems.
Whenever countries try to
curtail severe labor shortages
by importing workers on a
large scale, they have to deal
with problems of integration
and meeting alien customs.
Arab laborers working
inside Israel go home at night.
The imported foreign workers
will become part of the Israeli
scene, and Israeli authorities
will have to be aware of this
difference. Until now, the
economic link to the occupied
...the uprising has so far cost (Israel)
a staggering $780,000,000...and is not over
About 40 percent of the
territories' work force, or
more than 100,000 workers,
are employed in Israel, inside
the green line.
Of those, 50,000 work in
construction, 20,000 in
industry, 21,000 in the service
sector and more than 13,000 in
They cannot easily be
replaced, although attempts
are being made to secure a
more reliable labor supply by
importing workers from
Europe and Southern
In the end, the link that until
now bound the territories to
Israel and provided income for
thousands of Arab families will
be broken, and the Israelis will
have to cope with a sizeable
unemployment in the occupied
lands which, before the nots,
was rather negligible.
On the other hand, the
importing of workers from
territories was quite profitable
for Israel. Exports to the terri-
tories from Israel exceeded
imports for a number of years.
The exchange of goods gave
work to many Israelis and
Arabs. It created ties which
now seem in danger of being
broken. Israeli banks have
closed their branch offices in
the territories after thousands
of Gaza residents withdrew
their accounts.
Threats to property and to
the lives of employees have
changed the relationship with
local Arab customers or
contractors. A sizeable reduc-
tion in the economic activities
between Israel and the terri-
tories will be unavoidable.
Arabs will try to replace
Israeli sources of goods and
services with the help of other
Arab states which, so far, have
been supplying words of assis-
tance instead of the required
That situation might change,
however, as sizeable support
begins arriving from sources
like the "Popular Committee
for the Steadfastness of the
Uprising," which collected
more than 500,000 dinars
($1.38 million).
King Hussein of Jordan
decreed that one day's pay be
deducted from all government
workers and placed in a fund
for the support of the families
of the dead and wounded, and
those in detention.
Saudi Arabia, the paymaster
of the PLO, will continue to
open its purse and supplement
its contributions to the "Pales-
tinian case." For the last 10
years, Saudi Arabia paid an
average of $85.5 million to the
PLO. King Fahd wants "to
liberate Jerusalem" at all
Until now, this "liberation"
has been a slogan. But the
intifada has hardened Arab
positions, and has made them
conscious of the political and
economic fallout from the
stones and Molotov cocktails
that are thrown or the fire-
bombs that are planted.
They have become bolder,
not just asking for an end to
the occupation and the crea-
tion of an independent Pales-
tinian state, but including in
their demands Haifa and Tel
Aviv, a code for the destruc-
tion of the State of Israel.
It is the old story of Arab
negativism and nihilism. In the
end, everybody will be poorer
not only the Palestinians but
Israel, too, will have to pay a
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PARIS (JTA) The Confer-
ence of French Rabbis urged
the authorities to take all
necessary measures to halt the
wave or attacks on Jewish
institutions in France.
They also urged Jewish
community leaders to be more
vigilant in protecting Jewish
Jews in this French capital
are alarmed by two incidents
that occurred within a 24-hour
period recently.
A synagogue in the Marseille
suburb of Allauch was burgled.
Torah scrolls and prayer books
were burned. According to
local reports, about $80,000
worth of ornaments were
Then, two shrapnel grenades
were thrown at the Jewish
community center at Epinay-
Sur-Seine, north of Paris. No
one was hurt and there was no
damage. But police said the
grenades had the potential to
cause serious injuries.
It was also learned, mean-
while, that the grave of Alfred
Dreyfus was desecrated
earlier this month. According
to his grandson, Charles
Dreyfus, the tombstone in the
old cemetery in Montparnasse
was covered with swastikas
and anti-Semitic graffiti.
Alfred Dreyfus was a
captain in the French army in
the 1890s. He was falsely
accused and convicted of
treason in what was the worst
anti-Semitic scandal in French
history. He was eventually
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Netanya An Unusual Tourist's Treat
promise of relaxation and
comfort at a moderate price
lures tens of thousands of
Israelis and Europeans each
summer to Netanya, a holiday
resort on the Mediterranean.
But Americans, for some
reason, persist in missing the
golden beaches and shady,
cliff-top promenades that lend
Netanya its character.
Lying on the Mediterranean
just a naif-hour north of Tel
Aviv, Netanya is one of
Israel's larger cities, with a
population just under 100,000.
Yet the resort neither
bustles like Tel Aviv, nor
resembles the quiet dormitory
towns of nearby Kfar Sava and
Petach Tikva.
Netanya instead offers
wholesome, unpretentious
enjoyment and facilities for all
For older visitors, or those
'Hate Crime'
President Reagan has signed
into law a bill that imposes
federal criminal penalties for
damage to religious property.
The bill, originally proposed
by Rep. Dan Glickman (D-
Kan.), imposes fines up to
$250,000 and/or 10-years'
imprisonment for anyone
convicted of causing more than
$10,000 in damage to a reli-
gious institution or cemetery,
or causing serious bodily
injury to anyone trying to
exercise his or her religious
"We've sent a clear message
to organizations of hate that
racist and racial religious
violence will not be tolerated,"
Glickman said after both
houses of Congress approved
the bill.
Still pending in the Senate
Judiciary Committee is
another "hate crimes" bill,
which would require the
Justice Department to gather
statistics and report annually
on crimes against persons or
property because of race, reli-
gion, ethnic origin or sexual
That bill, sponsored by Rep.
John Conyers (D-Mich), was
adopted by the House in May
by a 383-29 vote.
Testifying in support of the
legislation last week at a
hearing of the Senate Judic-
iary Subcommitte on the
Constitution, Alan Schwartz,
director of research and evalu-
ation for the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith, said
that keeping such statistics
"would be a major step
forward in accurately gauging
the dimensions of hate crime
He added that it would also
"promote public awareness of,
and professional sensitivity
toward, hate crimes and
encourage victims and commu-
nities to feel that they can
respond effectively to counter
such activity."
The ADL's most recent
study revealed that hate
crimes increased by 17 percent
in 1967 over 1906.
Clean, wide, uncluttered streets welcome visitors.
iPKJn ftv Nonm. OronlU
preferring a more sedate vaca-
tion, Netanya presents a
promenade on the cliff above
the beach, with exotic flow-
ering bushes, comfortable
benches and balmy breezes
even on the hottest aays.
The town boasts a large
population of British and
American pensioners and
some of the country's most
active immigrant associations.
Sun and sea enthusiasts
prosper in Netanya, as break-
waters keep the rougher
waves away from the shore,
allowing swimmers to enjoy
large areas of calm sea and
clean, white-gold sands.
Surfers, meanwhile, can still
mount the waves beyond the
stone barriers.
The town's main square, full
of Mediterranean-style
evening strollers, is studded
with restaurants, ethnic
eateries, fish and seafood,
Eastern European cooking
and fast food ranging from
hamburgers and pizzas, to
felafel and humus.
Netanya offers several
kosher restaurants, and all the
hotel dining rooms serve
kosher food.
The variety of these hotels
can satify everyone from the
luxurious, though small, Four
Seasons overlooking the
northern part of the beach, to
numerous four- and three-star
hotels further south.
For the ultra-Orthodox, the
Kiryat Sanz hotel, a 15-minute
walk from the Four Seasons, is
part of the Hasidic community
of Klausenberg.
Netanya, founded in 1928 on
the ruins of a Roman City,
began as an agricultural settle-
ment. But as orange prices
(Photo by Norms OtovtU)
From the cliffs down to the sea,
everything is inviting and
dropped, the city fathers
branched into industry,
notably diamonds.
Visitors are welcome at the
modern diamond center where
they can view the cleaving and
polishing process trans-
forming rough stones into
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Synagogue cAfetvs
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sachs
will preach the sermon on the
theme "Majority In Minors" at
the Sabbath morning service
on Saturday, July 16, at 8:30
a.m. Kiddush will follow.
At the Sabbath morning
service of Saturday, July 23, at
8:30 a.m., Rabbi Sacks will
preach the sermon on the
theme "Words." Kiddush will
A seminar in the Talmudic
Tome "Perke O'Vas (Ethics of
Fathers) is led by Rabbi Sacks
in the course of the Sabbath
Twilight Minyon Services.
Daily Classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Oruch), also led by
Rabbi Sacks, begin at 7:30
a.m. preceeding the Daily
Minyon Services, and at 6:30
p.m. in conjunction with the
Daily Twilight Minyon
Anshei Emuna is located at
16189 Carter Road, Delray
For information: 499-9229.
Shabbat evening services
will begin at 8:15 p.m. on
Fridays, July 15 and July 22.
Shabbat morning Services on
July 16 and July 23 begin at
9:30 a.m.
B'nai Torah has a summer
Bowling League currently in
session on Thursdays at Don
Carter Lanes, Boca. This is a
mixed league. For informa-
tion, call 392-8566.
The Synagogue is hosting
Membership Coffees on
Friday, July 17, 10 a.m.-12
noon, and Saturday, Aug. 9,
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
B'nai Torah Congregation is
located at 1401NW 4 Avenue,
Boca Raton.
For information and reser-
vations, call the Synagogue
office at 392-8566.
Shabbat services at Congre-
gation Beth Ami of Palm
Beach County are held
Fridays, at 8:15 p.m., and
Saturdays, at 9:30 a.m.
For information, call (407)
276-8804 or 994-8693.
Translations Into Yiddish
AMHERST, Mass. (JTA) -
A 24-page catalog, which is
being distributed to major
university and research
libraries by the National
Yiddish Book Center, features
over 300 out-of-print Yiddish
translations of world litera-
The items, most of which
were translated during the
first half of the twentieth
century, represent 14 original
Some major Yiddish writers
translated many of the titles,
including Isaac Bashevis
Singer, who supported himself
in Warsaw in the early 1930's
by translating into Yiddish
novels like Thomas Mann's
"The Magic Mountain" and
Erich Maria Remarque's "All
Quiet on the Western Front."
The Center, which published
the catalog with help from a
grant from the Albert A. List
Foundation of New York City
and from the Center's 13,000
members, has collected some
750,000 Yiddish books since
1980, when the non-profit
organization was founded by
young students and scholars.
Appeal For Jews Of Yemen
Israeli living in Canada
charged that Israel has not
done enough to help the Jews
of Yemen, and he called it
Moshe Nahum, interviewed
by the army radio, spoke on
behalf of the World Committee
for the Rescue of Yemen's
Jews, which he heads.
He said there are presently
some 6,000 Jews in Yemen
dispersed over more than 35
Philip, died Saturday, June 25, at Delray
Community Hoapital, at the age of 87. He
wag the founder of Conqueror Lodge,
Knight* of Pythias, the Night of Knights
Benefit and Pythias Boys Camp, a
supporter of Camphill Village, and a worker
for the underprivileged. He is survived by
his wife of 69 years, Ethelyn Dorfman; his
sons, Herbert and Don; daughter-in-laws,
Mary and Linda; brother, Ernest and sister,
Hattie Blumenfield; sister-in-law, Lisa;
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces
and nephews. Funeral services were held at
Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial Chapel, Delray
Samuel David, of Delray Beach, died at
the age of 79. He was the husband of
Roealyn; the father of Nancy Connarroc;
and a grandfather. Services were held in
New Jersey, with arrangements handled
by Gutterman-Warheit Memorial Chapel,
Boca Raton.
Benjamin, of Boca Raton, died on June 90,
at the age of 80. He was a member of
Temple Beth Shalom of Boca Raton. He
was the husband of Anne; the father of
Hank of North Miami Beach. Marion
Abelson of California and Barbara
Goodman of New York. He is also
survived by six grandchildren. Arrange-
ments were handled by Levitt-Weinstein.
Barry, a resident of Boca Raton, died in
Seattle, WA. on Jury 1, at the age of 48.
He was the president of Carolina Enter-
Erises, s division of Empire of Carolina.
[e was the husband of Carol; the father of
Rebecca, Joshua and the late Erinn; the
son of John and Minette Minkin of
Boston; and the son-in-law of Dorothy and
Maurice Halperin of Boca Raton. He is
also survived by a brother, Mark, and
sister-in-law Cotton Minkin of Boston;
and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law
Barry and Shelley Halperin of Boca
Raton. Funeral services were held at
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, with
interment in Eternal Light Memorial
Gardens. ArrangeanenU were handled by
Beth Israel-Rubin Memorial Chapel.
Roealyn, a resident of Delray Beach, has
died attheageof79. Shewasthe mother
of Nancy Connarroe and Howard Morse,
and is also survived by grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by
&rtterman-Warheit Memorial Chapel.
For Study
in Israel
Temple Emeth of Delray
Beach has begun a scholarship
program to help young people
who want to promote and
expand Judaism and Zionism.
The Temple Emeth Scholar-
ship Fund is the temple's
answer to the question: Will
your grandchildren remain
Any person between 15 and
25 years of age, who is already
a junior in high school or is
working towards a doctorate,
is eligible. Applicants must
have a serious desire to study
in Israel and be related to a
Temple Emeth member in
good standing.
Letters to the Scholarship
Committee should include age
and educational background of
the applicant, time of proposed
study in Israel and the reasons
for pursuing studies there, the
group or sponsorship under
which the travel will take
place, and the benefits the
applicant expects to achieve
and hopes to accomplish.
Applicants must also indicate
their relationship to a Temple
Emeth member.
The Scholarship Committee
is chaired by Dr. Robert
Schleider. Other committee
members are Max Goodleman,
Chaim Packer, Morris W.
Morris, and Blanche Herzlich.
For information, call Temple
Emeth, 498-3536.
Sisterhood Plans
Special Weekends
Temple Emeth Sisterhood of
Delray Beach is sponsoring
two special holiday weekends.
A five day Labor Day
Weekend at the Sans Souci
Hotel in Miami Beach will run
from September 2 to
September 6.
Four days and three nights
at the Eden Roc Hotel, Miami
Beach, are planned for
September 11-14, during Rosh
For reservations and infor-
mation, call the Temple office,
Sisterhood Meeting
The Sisterhood of Temple
Beth Shalom of Century West
will meet on Monday, July 25,
10 a.m. A program is planned
and there will be a boutique
and refreshments.
The card-luncheons will
continue during the summer
on the first Monday of each
month, at the Temple. Tickets
must be purchased in advance
or at the gift shop. For reser-
vations, call 483-0669 or 483-
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The 20-vear reunion of the
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August 19-21 at the Radisson
Hotel at the Miami Airport.
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of these events, call 742-
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Rep. Smith's "Adopted" Refusenik On His Way
Yakov Rabinovich, a Jewish
refusenik who had been
"adopted" by Florida
Congressman Larry Smith,
has ben granted permission to
emigrate from the USSR after
10 years of refusal by the
Soviet government. Rabin-
ovich is now in Vienna
awaiting immigration papers
to allow him to join his family
in the U.S.
Congressman Smith, who
had continually pressured
Soviet authorities to allow
Rabinovich to leave, called his
release "a victory for the
cause of human rights in the
Soviet Union."
Rabinovich first applied for
permission to emigrate in
1978. His wife and two chil-
dren were allowed to leave in
1980, but he was denied
permission to join them on the
basis of his alleged "access to
state secrets." At the time, he
was employed as a ship-
building engineer but subse-
quently was fired and, until he
emigrated, worked in a factory
which manufactures shoe-
making equipment.
Since Rabinovich's separa-
tion from his family, his
daughter married and had a
child and his son graduated
from Brandeis University.
Cong. Smith called on the
community to "continue to
build an impenetrable front
line in the battle for human
rights in the Soviet Union. We
must be vigilant," he said, "in
pressuring the Soviet govern-
ment to extend the most
fundamental human rights to
our brothers and sisters who
continue to be held hostage."
Seminar In Israel
Stephen Cohen of Holly-
wood has been awarded a
fellowship for a sue week field-
work seminar in Israel spon-
sored by Aiah Ha Torah, which
has recently opened a perma-
nent branch in South Florida
to combat assimilation.
Cohen will join 42 other
student leaders who will be
trained to return to their
campuses with the tools to
promote Jewish identity. He is
a graduate of the University of
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Friday, July 15, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
The Search For The Unaffiliated Jews Five Named To Tourist Council
Captain Kirk and the crew
went searching for Dr. Spock
in a recent Star Trek reprise.
Porgy went searching for
Bess. Sidney Greenstreet and
a slippery Peter Loire went on
one more troubled expedition
to find the Maltese Falcon.
Meanwhile, Jewish organiza-
tions and institutions continue
to seek the ever elusive "unaf-
filiated Jew."
The search for the unaffili-
ated Jew is a misguided effort.
The biggest problem we face is
not in rates of affiliation,
either with synagogues or
temples or other Jewish organ-
izations. It is levels of involve-
ment that should concern us
Study after study in the
1980s, whether in St. Louis,
San Francisco, Baltimore,
New Orleans, or other cities,
show that most Jews are affili-
ated. Some may belong to a
synagogue or temple. Others
belong to one Jewish organiza-
tion or another. Most Jews
make some nominal gift to
some Jewish philanthropy.
Most Jewish children receive
some Jewish education. The
majority attend High Holiday
services, even if they do not
belong to a synagogue or
temple. When all of these are
added together, the total
encompasses the great
majority of Jews. Those who
do none of these things are
likely to be over the age of 65,
and used to belong to some
organization or institution, or
under the age of 30, and plan
to join in the future. Propor-
tionately, few Jews are totally
disconnected, totally unaffili-
ated. Rates of true non-
affiliation are found to be
highest among intermarried
The real problem can be
found in the level of commit-
ment, involvement, and
activity for connected Jews
who are inactive within the
organizational and institu-
tional structure. The reason
Jewish organizations search so
hard for unaffiliated Jews is
because most affiliated Jews
are invisible within the Jewish
communal structure. They are
members, but in name only.
While Jews give something
to Jewish causes, the vast
majority give onlv a few
dollars. Most Jews who belong
to Jewish organizations volun-
teer no time lor them. Jews go
to a synagogue or temple, but
only once or twice a year, or to
drop off their children at
Hebrew school.
The search for the unaffili-
ated is a cop-out. It allows
Jewish organizations to focus
outward instead of looking
critically inward. Jews are
already connected in
some way, or will be, or used
to be. Certainly we should
make every attempt to reach
out to those who are totally
outside the organizational and
institutional structure. But
that search should not serve as
a smoke screen to the obvious
problems of involving those
who will be marginally drawn
to Jewish communal life at
some point. Marriages, birth of
children, children becoming
school age, illness and death
are all life cycle events that
bring Jews into contact with
Jewish organizations and insti-
4 'Proportionately,
few Jews are totally
disconnected, totally
tutions. What do we do to
expand that contact?
The most pressing and
vital challenge we have is
increasing levels of involve-
ment and participation. That
requires creating new volun-
teer jobs, undertaking new
and broader agendas in our
institutions and organizations,
opening up leadership circles,
Kroviding different and more
uman services. It means
more creative religious
services and educational
programs. It means social
events that are vibrant and
exciting. It means diversity in
what we do and the ways we
do it.
Jewish organizations and
agencies must be willing to
change and experiment. Jews'
lack of involvement is partly
due to the competition of a
secular society and the weak-
ening bonds of religious
Judaism. But the problem also
rests partly with Jewish
organizations and institutions
themselves. How creative,
energetic, and open have they
been to new ideas, new
programs, and new faces?
Federations, temples, syna-
gogues, and all other organiza-
tions must stop asking "how
do we bring more people
within our walls?" and seri-
ously consider "how can we
expand our walls to the places
where people live and think
and believe?" Hundreds of
thousands of Jews with name-
less faces are walking through
our institutional and organiza-
tional doors. It is our
communal task to ensure that
they do not walk right back out
Gary A. Tobin, dxreptor of Jewish
studies at Brandeis University, is the
co-author of "Jewish Perceptions of
Five new appointments to
the Palm Beach County
Tourist Development Council
have been made by the Board
of County Commissioners.
Mark Foley, a realtor and
civic activist with business
interests in West Palm Beach,
will serve until March, 1992.
Foley, who served on the
council in 1983-4, is a former
Lake Worth City commis-
sioner and vice mayor, and
president of the Chamber of
Robert E. Levinson, a resi-
dent of Boca Raton, will serve
until 1991. Owner and oper-
ator of several South Florida
hotels, he is a director of the
United Way of South Palm
Beach County, the Florida
Atlantic University Founda-
tion and Boca Raton Museum.
Public relations/promotional
consultant Mary McCarty,
whose term on the council will
expire in 1980, is a member of
the Delray Beach City
Commission, and co-chairs the
Delray Beach Chamber of
Commerce's Economic Devel-
opment Committee.
West Palm Beach City
Mayor Pat Pepper Schwab will
also serve on the council to
1990. Co-founder of Executive
Women of the Palm Beaches,
she is a director of the
Chamber of Commerce and
serves on the Minority Busi-
ness Enterprise Board and the
State University System
Committee for Equal Opportu-
nity. She is a partner in a
marketing and management
consulting firm.
William Meyer of Atlantis,
will serve until 1989. He is
president and CEO of a public
corporation which owns and
operates 58 hotels. Active in
many professional and
community organizations, he
is also a founder and trustee of
Temple Judea.
The Tourist Development
Council oversees the use of the
two percent bed tax revenues
from hotels and motels, for
tourism marketing and promo-
tional activity in Palm Beach
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