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of South County
Volume 10 Number 16
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, July 29, 1988
Price: 35 Cents
U.S. to Resume
Issuing Soviet Visas
WASHINGTON (JTA) The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will
resume processing visas for Jews and other refugees leaving the
USSR, but is requiring most of them to obtain private funding if
they wish to leave before Oct. 1.
State Department figures show that 3,400 Soviet citizens had
begun applying for permission to immigrate to the United States
when the embassy stopped issuing visas July 8. The private
funding requirement will be waived for the 400 refugees in the
most difficult circumstances.
The embassy had announced July 8 that it no longer had
sufficient funds to continue the refugee program, mainly
because of a surge of visa requests from Armenians.
Under a budget agreement with Congress, the State Depart-
ment could not seek any new funds until Oct. 1, the start of the
1989 fiscal year.
But last week, members of Congress wrote President Reagan
protesting the embassy's decision to stop issuing visas. They
argued that the move "sends a terrible signal to those seeking
freedom all over the world and could give the Soviets the
opportunity to claim that it is America, and not the Soviet
Union, that is impeding emigration."
Jewish organizations have also protested the embassy's
To defuse the crisis, the State Department agreed late last
week to transfer $500,000 to Moscow from its $119.5 million
worldwide refugee budget for fiscal year 1988.
The embassy plans immediate processing for 400 Soviets who
are in "emergency" situations: those who have received permis-
sion to leave, sold their homes and left their jobs.
The embassy said it would seek the "timely departure" of an
estimated 3,000 others seeking to leave on U.S. visas, but it
would not specify a timetable.
About 150 Jews have left the Soviet Union on U.S. visas so far
this year. Last year, 84 Soviet Jews left the Soviet Union on U.S.
visas, while 28 left in 1986, Phil Saperia, HIAS assistant
executive vice president, said. HL\S assists virtually all Soviet
Jews entering this country.
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TREE PLANTING: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir plants a tree at Kfar
Etzion, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, as a symbol of his country's
steadfastness in the wake of a series of arson attacks alleged to have been the work of
Palestinian militants. AP/Wide World Photo.
In-Depth Look at the Boston-Austin Connection
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Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D.-
Texas), whom Massachusetts
Gov. Michael Dukakis named
as his vice presidential running
mate, is considered to have
been largely sympathetic to
the concerns of the Jewish
community during his 18 years
in the Senate, although he has
supported arms sales for Arab
The 67-year-old Bentsen is
considered a supporter of the
close relationship between the
United States and Israel, as
well as an advocate for Soviet
Jewry. But he has not been in
the forefront of these issues.
His leadership role in the
Senate has not been in foreign
affairs, but in economic
matters, especially taxation.
He is chairman of the Senate
Finance Committee.
Bentsen has a mixed record
on foreign aid, occasionally
voting against such legislation,
although his opposition Is seen
by sources as being more
against aid in general, rather
than the amount going to
He did not co-sponsor the bill
in the Senate to create the
U.S.-Israel free trade agree-
ment, but voted for the bill
when it was approved over-
Meese Cleared in Pipeline Deal
Independent counsel James
McKay has cleared outgoing
Attorney General Edwin
Meese of any possible wrong-
doing stemming from his asso-
ciation with purported plans to
bribe the Israeli Labor Party
not to destroy a proposed pipe-
line from Jordan to Iraq.
The findings were contained
in a report on McKay's far-
reaching inquiry into Meese's
activities as attorney general.
A key section of the report
probes whether any of Meese's
activities in connection with
the proposed pipeline were
"rewarded by unlawful grat-
uities" from E. Robert
Wallach, a longtime Jewish
friend from San Francisco.
McKay found that the
attorney general, upon
learning from Wallach about
"a promised covert payment
to the Israeli Labor party, took
no action to terminate United
States government involve-
ment in the Aqaba pipeline
project or even to notify other
United States government
authorities of the possible
existence of an illegal
But the special prosecutor
concluded that "there is no
direct evidence," apart from
memoranda sent by Wallach,
that "a bribe was or would be
offered to any official of the
Israeli Labor Party."
MacKay noted that a memo
sent by Wallach to Meese
suggested that Israel receive
$65 million to $70 million a
year for 10 years at the conclu-
sion of the pipeline's construc-
tion to guarantee security.
The pipeline scheme origi-
nated in 1983, when Bechtel
Great Britain Ltd. proposed to
Iraq and Jordan that a pipeline
be constructed from Kirkuk,
Iraq, to the Jordanian port of
whelmingly by the Senate.
Bentsen co-sponsored the
legislation to close the Pales-
tine Liberation Organization
offices, supported Senate rati-
fication of the Genocide
Convention and is a co-sponsor
of the current bill, awaiting
Senate action, to implement
the convention by making
genocide a federal crime.
In 1984, Bentsen was co-
sponsor of the Senate resolu-
Health Ministry has given two
Israeli hospitals permission to
open liver-transplant centers
as soon as possible, while
suspending the certification of
Permission was granted to
the Hadassah University
Hospital in Jerusalem and
Beilinson Hospital in Petach
Tikva, which belongs to Kupat
Holim, the Histadrut health
care agency.
Rambam Hospital in Haifa,
Continued on Page 7
tion to move the U.S. Embassy
in Israel from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem. He also supported
the bill to allow persons in the
Continued on Page 8

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, July 29, 1988
Boca Couple's Gift To Tel Aviv U.
Aids Hearing Impaired
Sally and Lester M. Entin of
Boca Raton have added
another link in the long chain
of projects they have endowed
at Tel Aviv University to aid
the hearing impaired.
At a ceremony during this
year's annual Board of Gover-
nors meeting, the couple inau-
gurated the Sally and Lester
Entin Floor at the School of
Communication Disorders at
the university's Sackler
Faculty of Medicine.
The Entin's donation will
support a highly advanced
research laboratory, a library
containing learning materials
and research data found only
at Tel Aviv University, and
several additional classrooms.
The Entins have supported
the university's Program for
the Education of the Hearing
Impaired since it began in
1977. Two years later, they
endowed the Sally and Lester
M. Entin Scholarship Fund to
provide financial aid for the
deaf in outlying areas and, in
1982, they established the
Sally and Lester M. Entin
Fund for the Research,
Advancement and Education
of the Hearing Impaired and of
Disadvantaged Youth.
Speaking at the inaugura-
tion ceremony, Prof. Moshe
Many, the university's presi-
dent, and Prof. Hayim Boichis,
dean of the Faculty of Medi-
cine, stressed the tremendous
importance of finding ways to
enable the hearing impaired
individual to communicate and
take an active role in society.
A recipient of the Tel Aviv
University President's Award,
Lester Entin is special advisor
on American affairs to Presi-
dent Many and a vice presi-
dent of the board of governors.
He holds an honorary degree
from the university.
Hotel Weekend
ORT Chapter's Theatre Parties, Thanksgiving
The Sisterhood of Temple
Emeth of Delray Beach is
sponsoring a five day, four
night Thanksgiving weekend
from Wednesday, November
23 through Sunday, November
27, at the Saxony Hotel,
The Women's American Ort
All Points Chapter in Delray
Beach has planned several
special events to raise funds to
help in the building of tech-
nical and vocational schools for
underprivileged youths.
The group is selling tickets
for the October 8, Saturday
matinee performance of "La
Cage Aux Follies" at the
Royal Palm Dinner Theatre.
The cost for the 12 noon
performance is $29 per person.
Tickets are also available for
the October 30 performance of
the comedy "Talley's Folley"
at the Florida Repertory
Theatre. The matinee
performance starts at 2 p.m.
and tickets are $14 per person.
On Sunday, December 18,
another theatre party to the
Florida Repertory is set for
the 2 p.m. performance of the
musical "Anything Goes."
Tickets are $14 each.
The chapter has also planned
a weekend at the Newport
Beach Resort and Pub on
December 2-4. The $129 per
person cost includes two ^^m^^^^
nights of hotel accommoda-
tions, two breakfasts and two BriflV
dinners; free parking, baggage
handling, entertainment and
For information and reser-
vations, call the Temple office
at 498-3536.
Sisterhood Activities
The Sisterhood of Temple
Beth Shalom of Century West
will meet on Monday, August
22, at 10 a.m. A program will
be announced, special
discounts will be offered on
many boutique items, and
refreshments will be served.
The monthly card-luncheons
will continue on the first
Monday of each month, with
the next one on Monday,
August 1, at 12 noon. Tickets
must be purchased in advance
and are available at the gift
shop. For reservations, call
487-0740 or 483-5557.
RIYADH Saudi Arabia
has warned Shi'ite Moslems
that they face "Koranic
Punishments" if they
disrupt this year's annual
pilgrimage to Mecca. Saudi
punishments, based on the
Koran and Islamic law,
include public beheading,
crucifixion and the cutting
off of hands and feet.
Fascist Manifesto Remembered
ROME (JTA) Fifty years
ago, on July 14, 1938, a group
of fascist scientists published a
racist manifesto that became
the official rationale for anti-
Semitism in Italy.
It marked a major step by
Benito Mussolini to align
fascist Italy with Nazi
Germany. The manifesto was
an Italian version of the
Nuremberg Laws.
It affirmed the existence of
biologically superior and
inferior races. The Italians, so
went this myth, were pure
Aryans. Jews, therefore, were
not part of the Italian race
and, by definition, inferior.
At the time, there were
about 50,000 Jews in Italy,
almost completely assimilated.
Their contributions to the
nation, especially in scientific
fields, were far out of propor-
tion to their numbers.
Within months after the
manifesto was published, the
regime promulgated race laws.
Jews were forbidden to inter-
marry with Italians. They
were forbidden to practice
many professions, to serve in
the armed forces or to hold
public office.
Jews were limited in the
amount of property and other
holdings they could own. They
were forbidden to go to vaca-
tion resorts, employ Aryans,
own radios, publish books or
even to have their names listed
in the telephone directory.
Beginning in December
1938, a long list of scientists
and university professors were
dismissed from their jobs
because they were Jews.
This grim anniversary
occurs at a time when the
Jewish community has warned
of a possible new wave of
anti-Semitism in Italy. This
time, Jews are being made
scapegoats for widespread
displeasure with the way
Israel is dealing with the
Palestinian uprising.
The events in the Middle
East, however, may be no
more than a pretext for those
who harbor anti-Semitic preju-
dices to publicly indulge them.
What caused the explosion
of anti-Semitism in Italy in the
late 1930s?
The highly respected news-
paper La Repubblica explored
the subject in a four-page
supplement, containing arti-
cles and essays on its many
In a brief introduction, La
Repubblica suggested that
"Italians believed that
Mussolini had to bow to pres-
sure brought to bear by the
Nazis, or that he wanted to
claim an Aryan dignity for our
people so that the Germans
would not consider us
Unleashing a violent
campaign against the Jews
may well have been motivated
by a deep inferiority complex.
But there was no single
turning point.
The manifesto of July 14,
1938, "was consistent with all
that had gone on before. The
seeds were already there," the
newspaper said.
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Sally and Lester Entin, standing left and right, receive a
commemorative scroll from Sir Leslie Porter, center, chairman
of the board of governors of Tel Aviv University. The presentation
was made at the inauguration ceremony of the Sally and Lester
Entin Floor in the School of Communication Disorders. The Boca
Raton couple's endowment of the floor was their most recent gift
to help the hearing impaired.
Hammer to Drill
For Israel's Oil
long search for oil in Israel will
continue, and for the first
time, it will involve offshore
drilling as well.
Oil magnate Armand
Hammer announced at a news
conference that he had signed
a $25 million deal with Israel's
Energy Ministry and would
begin building Israel's first
offshore drilling rig on a plat-
form some 10 miles off the Tel
Aviv coastline.
The platform, to be operated
by Hammer's Occidental
Petroleum Co., is expected to
begin operation by the end of
the year.
At a news conference,
Hammer said Occidental's oil
geologists indicate there could
be a billion barrels of oil under
the sea floor in Israeli waters
at a depth of about 17,000 feet.
The offshore well he
proposes to dig will be the
deepest ever in Israel's long
and mostly fruitless search for
Hammer signed a three-year
contract with the government
giving Occidental exploration
rights on 1,850 square miles
undersea and 4,350 square
miles in the Negev.
It will cost $25 million of
which the Israel government
will pay 34 percent, according
to Energy Minister Moshe
Hammer, a Russian-born
American Jew, is a frequent
visitor to Israel. He is here
now to celebrate his 90th
birthday and to dedicate
projects funded through his
Hammer, who says he feels
more like 40 than 90, was to
attend a $10,000 birthday
party here sponsored by the
Tel Aviv Foundation for Arts
and Culture.
He was to lay the conerstone
of a $2 million Jewish-Arab
community center in the run-
down Ajami quarter of Jaffa.
Hammer raised more than
$1.5 million for the project,
which was initiated by the
The oil magnate will also
dedicate a new wing of the
Assaf Harofe Hospital near
Saraf in southern Israel.
Hammer, who was trained
as a medical doctor, built his
fortune on the basis of art
treasures he was allowed by
Lenin to take out of the Soviet
Union immediately after the
Bolshevik revolution in 1917.
Lenin's gesture was in appre-
ciation for medical treatment
Hammer provided the revolu-
Since then, he has been on
friendly terms with every
Soviet leader and has played a
major role in many behind-the-
scenes arrangements on behalf
of Soviet Jews.
Hammer visits Moscow
regularly. Referring to- his
recent meeting with Soviet
leader Mikhail Gorbachev,
Hammer said, "It won't be
long before (Premier Yitzhak)
Shamir or (Foreign Minister
Shimon) Peres is received in
Moscow. I am working toward
that end."
But he indicated this would
not happen until after Israel's
elections in November.
"Maccabi" Yacht Completes Course
NEWPORT, Rhode Island
(JTA) The Maccabi, the first
Israeli yacht to compete in the
28 years of the Singlehanded
Transatlantic Race, success-
fully completed the 3,300-mile
course and landed here.
The yacht, sailed by Clive
Shelter, an officer in the
Israeli Merchant Navy, joined
120 solo yachtsman from 17
countries who set sail from
Plymouth, England.
Two British benefactors
jointly financed the purchase
of the yacht.
The "Maccabi" is a Class V,
32 foot Contessa, fitted out
specifically for long distance,
singlehanded sailing. Clive
Shelter was born in England
and emigrated to Israel in
1971. He joined the Israeli
Merchant Navy and immedi-
ately began training as as
officer. His present position is
chief officer.
Shelter recently completed a
solo 1,800 mile qualifying sail
and also met the criteria set
for the Singlehanded Transat-
lantic Race by its organizers,
the Royal Western Yacht
Club. His acceptance was
considered a major achieve-
ment for Israeli sport.
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Smuggling Explosives
Friday, July 29, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
BONN (JTA) An Arab
accused of air piracy and
murder admitted in a Frank-
furt court that he smuggled
explosives into West Germany
on two occasions.
But Mohammed Hamadei, a
Lebanese national, claimed he
did not know what the explo-
sives were to be used for when
he brought them into the
country as a favor for
Lebanese friends.
He insisted he is innocent of
any other crime.
Hamadei is wanted by the
United States in connection
with the June 1985 hijacking of
a TWA airliner in Beirut and
the murder of one of its
passengers, U.S. Navy diver
Robert Dean Stethem of
Waldorf, Md.
West Germany did not
comply with an American
extradition request, possibly
out of a fear for the life of a
West German national, Alfred
Cordes, who was kidnapped
and held hostage in Beirut last
year. It was decided to try
Hamadei here instead.
The kidnapping in Beirut
was believed to be the work of
Hezbollah, the extremist
Shiite militia in Lebanon.
Hamadei denied any connec-
tion with Hezbollah.
Hamadei is being tried here
as a juvenile for the time
being, because allegedly, he
was under age at the time of
the hijacking.
But the prosecutor has ques-
tioned the authenticity of
Lebanese documents attesting
to his age. His actual age
remains to be determined.
Hamadei complained in
court that West German inves-
tigators pressured a confes-
sion from him by threatening
extradition to the United
States where he might face the
death penalty.
Rebuilding Beita Homes
HOUSTON (JTA) An American-Israeli fund has been set up
to finance the rebuilding of Arab-owned homes in the West Bank
village of Beita, site of an April clash between Arab villagers and
Jewish settlers that left 16-year-old settler Tirza Porat dead.
The Israeli army blew up fourteen of the village's houses,
although an army report found Porat died from a bullet fired by
a fellow settler and not from Arab stoning, as was initially
Organizers of the Rebuild Beita Fund, including Rabbi Allen
Freehling of Los Angeles, Rev. William Van Etten Casey of
Brighton, Mass., Rabbi Balfour Brickner of New York and
coordinator Abbie Lipshultz of Houston, said their hope is that it
"may be a step toward establishing better Israeli-Palestinian
Literature in Yiddish Translation
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 literature.
The items, most of which were translated during the first half
of the twentieth century, represent 14 original languages.
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.
Sixth Fleet in Haifa
TEL AVIV (JTA) A five-vessel battle group 7,000
seamen of the U.S. Sixth Fleet have been stationed in Haifa
Bay to carry out joint training exercises with the Israeli navy.
The American unit consists of the 80,000-ton aircraft carrier
Eisenhower, the cruiser Belknap, which is the flagship of the
Sixth Fleet, and three missile-carrying destroyer escorts.
The battle group is under the command of Vice Adm. Kendall
Moranville, commanding officer of the Sixth Fleet.
Judaism Course ======
A ten-week course, entitled ^AAAA AAAAAA
"Introduction to Judaism," is
being offered to the
community at large as an
outreach program to those
who are interested in
becoming Jews by choice. The
course will be taught by Dr.
Samuel Z. Jaffe of Temple
Beth El and Rabbi Morton
Malavsky of Temple Beth
Shalom, both Hollywood.
The classes will meet regu-
larly on Tuesday evenings,
starting August 23, 7:30-9:30
The first five sessions will be
held at Temple Beth El, 1351
South 14th Avenue and the
last five at Temple Beth
Shalom, 1400 North 46th
For information, call 920-
8225 or 981-6111.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KID! Comedian Milton Berle is kidded by 92-year-old George Burns
as the two prepare to enter Berle's 80th birthday party at a Los Angeles restaurant. Among
the 200 friends joining in the festivities were Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Sammy Davis,
Jr., Warren Beatty, Sid Caesar, Don Rickles and Johnny Carson. APIWide World Photo.
Smith Leads Bloc
Rep. Lawrence Smith (D-Fla.)
introduced a resolution in the
House of Representatives to
block the proposed $1.9 billion
arms sale to Kuwait. The bill
has 113 co-sponsors.
Smith and other members of
the House Foreign Affairs
Committee were to meet with
Kuwaiti Prime Minister and
Crown Prince Sheik Saad
Abdulla as-Sailim as-Sabah.
Saad met earlier with Presi-
dent Reagan, who pledged
that he would fight for the
package, which includes
40 F/A-18 fighter planes, 300
Maverick "G" missiles, 2,000
Sparrow missiles, 120 Side-
winder missiles, 40 Harpoon
missiles, 400 laser-guided
bombs and 200 cluster bombs.
The sale will go through
unless both houses of Congress
vote to block it by the end of
August. The Senate has not
yet introduced a resolution
against the sale, but it voted to
ban the sale of Maverick "G"
or "D" missiles to Kuwait
through Sept. 30, 1989.
At a news conference, Smith
particularly criticized Saudi
Arabia and Kuwait for
"playing one dominant power
off of another." He cited the
Arms Control and Disarma-
ment Agency's 1987 report
that shows that from 1982 to
1986, Kuwait purchased $230
million in U.S. arms while
purchasing $220 million from
the Soviet Union and $420
million from France.
Over the same period, Saudi
Arabia bought $6.1 billion
from the United States, $6.8
billion from France and $1.2
billion from Great Britain,
Smith quoted the report as
Several hundred Russian
Jews, who have emigrated to
Israel recently came together
at Tel Aviv University for The
Reunion of Former Prisoners
of Zion and Refuseniks.
A highlight of the program
was the presentation in person
to former refusenik Dr. Victor
Brailovsky of the honorary
degree of Doctor of Philosophy
in recognition of his role in the
struggle of Soviet Jewry for
the right of cultural expression
and aliya. Brailovsky, who is
now a lecturer at the univer-
sity, orginally received his
honorary degree in 1984, in
absentia, with his brother
Michael, who resides in Israel
accepting the scroll.
The reunion was organized
by the Fabian Kolker Founda-
tion, the Israel Public Council
for Soviet Jewry and the
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I i ijiiri
Questionable Truce
Iran's announcement that it accepted a
United Nations resolution calling for the end
of the eight-year-old Iraq-Iran war does not
signal the immediate end of either fighting or
tension in the Persian Gulf.
Indeed, Iraq's first response was to intensify
its aerial attacks on Iran. And both sides want
the other branded as the aggressor, and each
seeks compensation.
The two adversaries try to outdo one
another in anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist state-
ments and actions. Iran's remaining Jewish
population is in constant danger, and Iraq is
close enough to Israel to be a considerable
danger in the event of future Israeli-Arab
military encounters.
The United States tilted strongly towards
Iran after the Soviet Union offered to provide
protection for Kuwaiti tankers in the Gulf. The
American decision to reflag Kuwaiti tankers
appears to have helped even the odds in the
war between a numerically stronger Iran and
Iraq, equipped with more modern armaments.
It is in Israel's best interests, and probably
also in those of the United States, that neither
side be given additional assistance. Whether
an even-handed stance is possible is yet to be
seen, but should be carefully watched by both
Jerusalem and Washington.
Lehman and Pepper
Veteran Congressmen William Lehman and
Claude Pepper were returned to the House of
Representatives automatically last weekend
when no candidates filed against them.
Under Florida's election laws, neither man
will appear on the ballot in either the primary
and general elections. The voters thus will be
deprived of indicating their pride in the type of
leadership Representatives Lehman and
Pepper have evidenced.
Both men have well established records of
support for items ranging from Soviet Jewry
and the State of Israel to mass transportation
and adequate health care for senior citizens.
Lehman's earlier service on the Dade School
Board and Pepper's many years in the United
States Senate made both men formidable
figures in the House from the first day of their
Each of the two victors also is a representa-
tive of the progressive wing of the Democratic
Party on civil rights issues and other matters
of social justice. On the question of foreign
policy, particularly concerning the American
role in Central America, Lehman and Pepper
differ as do their respective constituencies.
On balance, they are able public servants
who fill the model role of representative most
To each, congratulations are in order.
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Exodus Qhap.M
ji Saluting Romania's Chief Rabbi
the most remarkable Jewish
leaders in the entire Diaspora
is Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen of
Romania. Two weeks ago he
observed the jubilee year of his
ordination as rabbi and his
fortieth year as spiritual
leader of the Jewish
community of Romania.
After many years of profes-
sional and personal contacts
with the chief rabbi, I have
only admiration for his
chochma (knowledge and
wisdom) as the religious
teacher and guide of his
Jewish community
But above all, I join thou-
sands of others in saluting
him for his remarkable
courage and tenacity in his
relations with the Communist
government of President
Nicolae Ceausescu and the
Romanian society.
It is not an easy role to be a
devout Orthodox Jew in an
officially atheist country. Nor
is it simple to maintain reason-
ably good relations with a
society that has been saturated
with centuries of anti-
The Romanians knew that
Chief Rabbi Rosen has excel-
lent contacts with Israel and
world Jewish communities,
especially in the United States.
Since Romania was eager to
realize most-favored-nation
staus with the American
government, they periodically
"used" Rabbi Rosen to try to
build good will with American
Jewry, and through them with
the United States.
That, in turn, gave Rabbi
Rosen leverage to demand,
among other things, an end to
anti-Semitic press and other
attacks on Romanian Jews, as
well as his own person.
That he has not only
survived but prevailed in
keeping together a shrinking
Jewish community is in itself a
tribute to his intelligence and
political skills. We wish him
and his gifted wife many more
years of good health and
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and dedicated to the principal
factors of Jewish survival
throughout the history of the
Temporary exhibits present,
mainly in photographs, the life
and history of the various
Jewish communities around
the world. These pictures
constitute the mainstay of the
museum's computerized photo
The museum's Seminar Unit
organizes study days and
seminars for students and
young people from the Dias-
pora in more than 10
languages. Visitors can also
use the computer which
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origin of Jewish family name-
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Justice Department
Appeal is Likely
Friday, July 29, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
Mail-Bomb Indictments
The Justice Department is
likely to appeal the U.S.
District Court decision
preventing it from shutting
down the Palestine Liberation
Organization's observer
mission at the United Nations,
Capitol Hill sources said.
One congressional source
said she was "reasonably satis-
fied" that the Justice Depart-
ment wouid be following a line
of appeal, after speaking with
John Bolton, head of the
Justice Department's Civil
Division, and members of his
Bolton met with William
Bradford Reynolds, head of
the Justice Department's Civil
Rights Division and counselor
to Attorney General Edwin
Meese, and Charles Fried, the
U.S. solicitor general.
Sources said the officials
displayed a "general willing-
ness' to file an appeal,
although they made no final
decision. Fried was asked
whether he objected to an
appeal and he indicated he did
The department now has
until late August to file an
Amy Brown, a spokeswo-
man for the Justice Depart-
ment, declined to comment on
the status of any decision,
except to say that it is not
unusual for those officials to
meet to discuss the issue.
Sources said that the State
Department, which has main-
tained that the PLO mission
falls under U.S. treaty obliga-
tions, opposes an appeal.
As was the case earlier this
year when the administration
had to decide whether to
enforce closing the office by
the March 21 deadline, the
White House is caught in the
In his decision, District
Court Judge Edmund Palmieri
said that no member of
Congress, in approving a 1987
bill mandating that all PLO
offices in the United States be
closed, "explicitly stated that
the Anti-Terrorism Act was
intended to override any inter-
national obligation of the
United States.,?
Palmieri argued, however,
that when Congress approved
the legislation, there was no
indication it meant to violate
the 1947 UN Headquarters
Agreement, which obligates
the United States "to refrain
from impairing the function"
of the PLO mission.
One source complained that
Palmieri did not discuss the
treaty's reservations clause,
which allows the United States
to control the flow of "aliens"
into this country, which was
invoked in the mid-1980s to
expel about 100 officials from
the Soviet mission at the
United Nations.
A second congressional
source said it was "incredible"
for Palmieri to say that the
intent of Congress was
unclear. He added that it
would be easier to appeal the
decision than to pass a new bill
specifically citing the treaty,
adding that lawmakers consid-
ered that option "insulting."
At the Justice Department's
March 11 news conference,
Charles Cooper, assistant
attorney general in the depart-
ment's Office of Legal
Counsel, said that "Congress
clearly and unambiguously
stated its intent" in the legisla-
tion to close all PLO offices in
the country.
Rabin Issues
Missile Warnings
NEW YORK (JTA) Israeli
Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin warned that the intro-
duction of ground-to-ground
missiles by the Arab armies
gives "a new dimension" to
the Arab-Israeli conflict and
poses a direct and serious
threat against Israel.
Addressing more than 600
Jewish business and communal
leaders at a State of Israel
Bonds luncheon at the Plaza
Hotel here, Rabin said that the
recent purchasing of ground-
to-ground missiles by several
Arab countries, and the use of
these missiles by Iraq to attack
Iranian civilian centers, is only
part of the escalating arms
race in the Middle East.
According to the defense
minister, the Arab countries
have spent between 40 and 60
billion dollars in the last year
for new arms purchases and
the maintenance of their
Syria's tank force alone,
Rabin disclosed, is three times
that of France, and twice more
than Britain's.
Rabin charged that the
Soviet Union continues to be
the main supplier of arms to
Israel's enemies.
The military threat of the
Arab armies excluding
Egypt against Israel is one
of "three levels of threat to
Israel's security," Rabin
The other two, he said, are
the terrorist threat and the
current uprising in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Rabin said the continued
violence in the territories is a
war "against the very exist-
ence of Israel, and it is a
danger to its security and well-
Hammer/Begin Meet
Armand Hammer visited for a half-hour with ex-Prime
Minister Menachem Begin at his Jerusalem home. Hammer
is one of the few outsiders whom Begin entertains at his
apartment, which has become his veritable hermitage since
he quit office in 1983.
Hammer told reporters that he urged the former premier
to begin writing his memoirs soon, and that he had found
Begin in good health.
An American couple living in
Israel have been indicted by a
federal grand jury in a case
linked to the mail-bomb deaths
of an Arab activist and a
suspected Nazi war criminal.
The couple, Robert and
Rochelle Manning, who both
hold dual American and Israeli
citizenship, have been charged
with mailing an explosive
devise with intent to kill.
Rochelle Manning, 48, was
arrested last month as she
arrived with her two children
at Los Angeles International
Airport, while Robert
Manning, 36, remained in the
family home at Kiryat Arba.
The Jewish settlement near
Hebron is known as one of the
most militant in the West
According to federal offi-
cials, the Mannings conspired
in 1980 to mail a bomb,
disguised as a "new inven-
Course In
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a series of classes in Basic
Judaism beginning September
The classes, geared towards
those interested in converting
to Judaism, will explore
Jewish history and practice as
well as holy day and life cycle
The course will meet for 15
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The enrollment fee is $250
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The Rabbinical Assembly is
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For information, contact
either Rabbi Howard A.
Addison, at 742-4040; or Rabbi
Edwin Farber, 382-3668.
Professor Irene Borde of Ben-
Gurion University of the
Negev, who immigrated to
Israel from Riga in 1977, was
one of 11 distinguished women
honored by the Council of
Israeli Women's Organiza-
tions. Arrested by the KGB for
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to Siberia, Borde completed her
studies in engineering at the
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and does research in thermo-
dynamics and heat transfer.
tion," to the head of the
Prowest Computer Corp. in
Los Angeles. When the
"invention" was plugged into
an electric outlet, it exploded,
killing Patricia Wilkerson, a
secretary at the company. No
motive has been given for the
alleged crime.
At the same time, six
present and former members
of the Jewish Defense League
have been subpoenaed by the
grand jury in the case, JDL
officials told reporters.
Several of the subpoenaed
JDL officials charged that the
grand jury was on a "fishing
expedition" to smoke out
evidence linking the Mannings
to three other bomb cases in
the United States, all dating
back to 1985.
Arab Activist
And Suspected Nazis
Victims in the three, so far
unsolved cases were:
Alex Odeh, regional
director of the American-Arab
Committee, who died when a
bomb exploded in his office in
Santa Ana, Calif., on Oct. 11,
1985. The Los Angeles Times
quoted FBI officials as saying
that the Manning couple and
three other persons living in
Israel are suspects in the Odeh
Tscherim Soobzokov, an
alleged wartime member of
the Waffen SS, who was killed
in August 1985 by a bomb
planted in his home in
Paterson, N.J.
Elmars Sprogis, an
alleged wartime police chief in
Latvia, who escaped injury
when a bomb exploded in
September 1985 outside his
house in Brentwood, N.Y.
The Mannings, as well as
other suspects living in Kiryat
Arba, were described by
federal officials as former JDL
members and currently ardent
followers of Rabbi Meir
Kahane, head of the extremist
right-wing Kach Party in
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conference in celebration of Israel's 40th anniversary.
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the chief rabbis of two Communist countries, Hungary and
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Rabbi Presler To Sunrise Pulpit At the UN:
Rabbi Bernhard Presler will
assume the pulpit of Sunrise
Jewish Center/
Temple Sha'aray Tzedek on
August 1. The Sunrise
temple's new spiritual leader
previously served at Temple
Israel of Miramar
(Florida) and, prior to that,
was the rabbi at the Bellmore
(N.Y.) Jewish Center.
Born in Germany, Presler
emigrated to London in 1939
and, folllowing the war, came
to the United States. He
attended Yeshiva Torah
Vadaath, Yeshiva Chaim
Joseph and the Theological
College of Chicago.
Graduating from New York
City Community College, he
went on to Ohio University
where he completed studies in
civil engineering and was
elected president of the Hillel
Rabbi Presler was ordained
in 1959 and, finding his
greatest joy was in working
with people, he accepted the
chaplaincy at Apple Creek
State Hospital and the role of
spiritual leader in Wooster,
Ohio. While at Wooster, Rabbi
Presler continued his studies
in the Department of Religion
and Psychology and Clinical
Pastoral Training at Cleveland
State College. He directed the
third Wooster Marriage
Conference for clergy and
college students at Wooster
College and lectured on Jewish
Philosophy and Religion.
In July of 1961, Rabbi
Presler accepted his second
pulpit: Temple Israel in
Stroudsburg, PA. Attending
the Teachers College in that
community, he completed all
courses needed for state certi-
fication, which enabled the
Hebrew School courses given
at Temple Israel to earn high
school credits.
Presler was also instru-
mental in the completion of a
new temple in Strouds-
burg and, active in the
community, served on the
board of the Monroe County
Ministerial Association
Committee. After raising
funds for a hospital chapel and
supervising its construction,
Rabbi Bernhard Presler
he initiated the hospital chap-
laincy program. His other
activities in Stroudsburg
included membership on the
board of the Monroe County
Mental Health Association, in
Rotary, in the Association of
Mental Hospital Chaplains,
and on the Governor's
Lecturing Committee and the
Mayor's Advisory Committee.
In 1965, Rabbi Presler
assumed the Rabbinate at the
Bellmore Jewish Center on
Long Island. Under his leader-
ship the temple grew from 150
to 450 families and underwent
several building and renova-
tion programs. He instituted a
program to teach congregants
how to conduct services and
led a confirmation program for
high school students.
Rabbi Presler founded the
Bellmore Clergy Council and
served as its president for
many years. He was involved
in a clergy dialogue forum with
eighth and ninth grade public
school students, which
included field trips to houses of
worship in the community.
He also served as a founder
and board member of the
Solomon Schechter Day School
of Nassau County and as
secretary of the Long Island
Board of Rabbis.
For eight consecutive years,
Rabbi Presler led a congre-
tional pilgrimage to Israel,
Waldheim Had No Case
Jewish Congress President
Edgar Bronfman said in a
brief statement that Austrian
President Kurt Waldheim
withdrew his slander suit
against him because of a lack
of evidence.
"It is obvious that Waldheim
dropped the suit because he
has no case,"Bronfman said.
Waldheim had initiated a
lawsuit after Bronfman,
speaking at a WJCongress
meeting in Budapest on May 5,
1987, said that Waldheim was
"part and parcel of the Nazi
killing machine."
Bronfman's statement was
in response to the announce-
ment made by a Waldheim
spokesman that the Austrian
president had written the
Vienna public prosecutor's
office listing three reasons for
dropping the suit against
The reasons included what
Waldheim called the U.S.
Justice Department's refusal
to provide legal assistance to
Austrian courts preparing the
case, and his desire "to contri-
bute to calming down and
The third reason, according
to the letter, was the fact that
an international commission of
historians and private under-
takings including a mock-
trial television special broad-
cast on cable television
"have determined my personal
In New York, World Jewish
Congress executive director
Elan Steinberg said that his
organization's findings
continue to "coincide with the
conclusions of the historical
commission, which found that
Waldheim lied consistently
about his past, was unques-
tionably a member of pre-war
Nazi organizations and person-
ally assisted Nazi war crimes."
Waldehim served as an intel-
ligence officer in a unit of the
German army during World
War II that participated in the
transfer of Greek Jews to
concentration and death
camps, and in the execution of
Allied prisoners, among other
war crimes.
bringing a "Sefer Torah" to
the Israeli Army. In 1984, he
visited the European and
Scandinavian Jewish commu-
nities and spent five months
studying in Jerusalem.
When Rabbi Presler arrived
at Temple Miramar as its spiri-
tual leader, he began a
membership campaign
resulting in over 55 new
members. He started Junior
Congregation Services every
Shabbat morning and the
Rabbi's Rap, a special weekly
dialogue for teens. He has
conducted various adult educa-
tion courses including
"Yiddish Vinkle" through
evening, lunch and learn
sessions and a special one day
Hebrew marathon reading
course, designed to give
students a basis for following
Sabbath services.
Responding to the dream of
the daily daveners, Rabbi
Presler arranged for the
financing, design and imple-
mentation of the renovation of
the Minyan Room at Temple
Rabbi Presler became active
in the Florida community. He
is a member of the South
Broward Board of Rabbis and
the Jewish Federation of
South Broward Rabbis and
Educators Council and serves
as chaplain to the Miramar
Police Department. Working
closely with community and
business leaders, he has been
involved in holiday celebra-
tions, such as public Menorah
lightings, and speaks to
various Jewish organizations
involving them in special
Shabbat services. For the past
two years, he has served on
the Rabbinic Cabinet,
traveling to Israel and meeting
with ranking Israeli officials as
part of the Israel Bond Delega-
Rabbi Presler and his wife,
Honey, have five children.
Israel to be
Arab Target
The Arabs are planning a
major diplomatic offensive
against Israel during the
upcoming 43rd session of the
United Nations General
According to diplomatic
sources here, the Arab coun-
tries and the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization will step up
their anti-Israeli rhetoric
during the three-month
session of the annual conclave,
and will press the world body
to pass harsher resolutions
against Israel in view of the
continued unrest in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip.
Diplomats said that the
number of countries who will
support critical resolutions
against Israel may increase
sharply in the upcoming
assembly, because of the
uprising in the territories that
began Dec. 9.
Israel has been under fire
not only from its arch enemies
but also from traditional
friends such as the European
"It is going to be a very
difficult session for Israel, no
doubt," a member of Israel's
mission to the United Nations
told the Jewish Telegraphic
"We are aware of the fact
that the European countries
are critical of Israel's policies
in the territories, and this is
going to be reflected in their
public speeches and probably
in their pattern of voting on
resolutions criticizing or
deploring Israel," the diplomat
The General Assembly is
scheduled to open here on
Sept. 20. Thousands of diplo-
mats and high-ranking offi.
cials, including scores of
heads-of-state and premiers
from all over the world, will
attend the meetings at the
glass palace on the west bank
of Manhattan's East River.
Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres is expected to head the
Israeli delegation, which will
include in addition to the
five permanent members of
the Israeli mission to the
United Nations eight addi-
tional delegates for the dura-
tion of the assembly.
Ambassador Yohanan Bein
is the acting chief delegate of
Israel, a post he assumed
following the resignation
March 30 of Ambassador
Benjamin Netanyahu, who is
now a candidate on the Likud
list for the next Knesset.
The diplomatic sources
predicted that the distur-
bances in the territories will
intensify with the opening of
the General Assembly session
in New York.
"The PLO knows the impor-
tance of keeping the issue of
the unrest in the territories on
the mind of the international
community, and there is
nothing better to achieve this
goal than increasing the
violence in the territories
while the leaders of the world
are gathered at the UN to
discuss the world's problems,"
one of the sources said.
Although resolutions
adopted by the General
Assembly are not enforceable,
the broader support that anti-
Israeli resolutions may gain
this year can further harm
Israel's standing in the inter-
national community, the
sources asserted.
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Conference For Hospital,
Health-Care Execs
Friday, July 29, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7
Steve Rose, director of
development at the Miami
Jewish Home and Hospital
for the Aged at Douglas
Gardens (MJHHA), has been
appointed chairman of the
1989 Regional Education
Conference of the National
Association for Hospital
Development (NAHD). The
conference is scheduled for
June 25-28, 1989 at the
Sonesta Beach Hotel.
NAHD represents more
than 2,000 hospitals and
health care executives whose
primary emphasis is on the
development of financial
resources for non-profit,
charitable organizations.
The three day conference
will cover fundraising, plan-
ning, communications, tax
benefits, cause-related
marketing, special- events
and management. Continuing
education units will be
awarded to all NAHD
members attending.
Assisting Rose on the
conference committee are
members from all seven
states in the region,
including South Florida
representatives Betty
Brennan of Villa Maria
Nursing Center, Miami; Don
New Director At MJHHA's
Ambulatory Center
Steve Rose
Chester, St. Mary's Hospital,
West Palm Beach; Madelyn
Christopher, John F.
Kennedy Memorial Hospital,
Lake Worth; Harry Freeman
and Hank Lione, University
of Miami School of Medicine;
Ed Holbrook, Holy Cross
Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale;
Susan Holtzman, MJHHA;
Steve Marcus, Mt. Sinai
Medical Center, Miami;
Susan Pinnas, Miami Health
Institute; and Carroll Price
II, Baptist Hospital, Miami.
concerts of cantorial music
and Yiddish song which
took place here recently
appear to have sparked a
smoldering flame in the
heart of the Jewish people
of Hungary. The concerts
were organized by the New
York-based Emanuel Foun-
dation for Hungarian
Culture, which was formed
two years ago to restore
Jewish life in Hungary.
Transplant Centers
Continued from Page 1
which last year became the
first and only hospital in Israel
licensed to perform the deli-
cate surgery, will no longer do
Rambam Hospital shut down
its facility earlier this year
when the head of its liver-
transplant center, American-
trained Dr. Yigal Kam,
returned to the United States.
Kam, regarded as one of the
world's leading liver-
transplant surgeons, will open
a transplant center in Denver,
Colorado. It was on the
strength of his reputation that
Rambam Hospital received its
original certification.
The hospital's license has
been stamped "frozen"
pending the return of Kam,
who has officially taken a
year's leave without pay.
Kam had complained of a
lack of cooperation from other
Israeli hospitals and of the
shortage of organ donors, in
part due to religious beliefs.
Hadassah and Beilinson
hospitals have promised to
cooperate in their liver-
transplant endeavors. A
computer center is being set
up at Beilinson to register
donors and match their tissues
with potential recipients. It
will be linked to the Hadassah
transplant center.
Mindy Tucker, new director
of the Ambulatory Health
Center at the Miami Jewish
Home and Hospital for the
Aged at Douglas Gardens
(MJHHA), will be overseeing
the daily operations of the
outpatient clinic as well as
developing plans for promo-
tion and expansion.
A resident of North Miami
Beach, Tucker has worked for
eight years in an administra-
tive capacity for health care
institutions in South Florida,
including Jackson Memorial
Hospital and Medi-First
Corporation in Hollywood.
Most recently as physicians
relations manager for Golden
Glades Regional Medical
Center, she marketed hospital
services to physicians.
Tucker, who attended
Miami-Dade Community
College, has a bachelor's in
business andministration from
Florida International Univer-
The Ambulatory Health
Center offers advanced,
comprehensive medical care to
Mindy Tucker
elderly patients at MJHHA
and throughout the
community. Recently relo-
cated to a new building on the
Douglas Gardens campus, the
Center has eight private
screening rooms, a complete
opthamology center, a dental
center, and the X-ray and
EKG equipment. Physicians
represent most medical speci-
alties, including the assess-
ment and treatment of
Alzheimer's patients.
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On domestic issues, Bentsen
voted for a constitutional
amendment that would have
permitted prayer in the public
schools. He has supported
women's right to choose to
have abortions, voting against
an amendment that would
have forbidden the District of
Columbia to use district or
federal funds to pay for abor-
"Lloyd Bentsen's long
congressional career indicates
considerable understanding
and sympathy for many issues
of particular interest to the
Post-Holocaust Exhibit
'In Spite of Everything: the Jews of Europe, 1945-50,'
the first U.S. exhibit to concentrate on Jewish life in the
immediate post-Holocaust period, will run through
January, 1989 at the B'nai B'rith Klutznick Museum in
Washington, D.C.
A series of cultural events related to the exhibit is
scheduled for the fall.
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In-Depth Look------------------------
Continued from Page 1
military to wear yarmulkes.
In 1985, Bentsen was one of
a group of senators who unsuc-
cessfully urged President
Reagan not to visit the mili-
tary cemetery in Bitburg,
West Germany, where
members of the Waffen SS are
among those buried.
Perhaps Bentsen's most
controversial vote, as far as
the Jewish community is
concerned, came in June 1986,
when he voted to uphold
Reagan's veto of a joint
congressional resolution
rejecting a weapons sale to the
The Senate failed to override
the veto by one vote, and the
sale went ahead. Bentsen was
the only Democrat to switch
his vote.
In 1984, he opposed the sale
of Stinger missiles to Jordan
and Saudi Arabia, and in 1985,
he co-sponsored the resolution
to deny advanced weapons to
Jordan until it begins peace
negotiations with Israel.
But in 1987, he was not one
of the 68 senators who signed
a letter opposing the sale of
1,600 Maverick missiles to the
Saudis, which eventually
caused Reagan to remove the
missile from the arms
Most recently, he was not
among the 21 senators who
signed a letter, initiated this
month by Sen. Dennis DeCon-
cini (D-Ariz.), urging the
administration not to submit a
proposed $1.9 billion arms sale
Old City 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.
Jewish community the U.S.-
Israel relationship, Soviet
Jewry, the genocide treaty,"
said David Harris, Washington
representative of the Amer-
ican Jewish Committee.
"While there may be some
concern about some of Sen.
Bentsen's votes with respect
to arms sales to Arab countries
that remain technically at war
with Israel, overall we view
him as a friend with whom we
have enjoyed a close working
David Brody, Washington
representation of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith, observed that Bentsen
has been a strong supporter of
Israel and has had good rela-
tions with the Jewish
community in Texas.
He said the senator stressed
in a recent letter to consti-
tuents that by supporting
Israel, the United States
"advances the cause of peace
in the Middle East."
Brody said Bentsen also has
emphasized the need to take
strong measures against
terrorism. And the senator has
pushed for an energy policy to
lessen dependence on Middle
East oil.
In presenting Bentsen,
Dukakis noted the parallel to
1960, when the Democratic
ticket also contained a presi-
dential candidate from Massa-
chusetts, John Kennedy, and a
vice presidential candidate
from Texas, Lyndon Johnson.
Bentsen was first elected to
the Senate in 1970, when he
defeated his Republican oppo-
nent, George Bush, who wul be
the GOP presidential candi-
date this year.
A native of Texas, Bentsen
enlisted in the army as a
private during World War II
and rose to the rank of major.
Dutch Won't Sell Israel Subs
AMSTERDAM (JTA) The Dutch government said it
will not grant export licenses for two submarines Israel
wants to order from the RMD Shipyards in Rotterdam.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the reason is that
Israel is considered a country at war and the Netherlands,
in principle, denies military equipment to countries at war.
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E. German Reparations
BONN (JTA) The chances
are good for a speedy agree-
ment with East Germany to
make available reparations for
Jewish persecutees of the Nazi
era, World Jewish Congress
President Edgar Bronfman
Bronfman spoke in West
Berlin after meeting with
Heinz Galinski, chairman of
the Central Council of Jews in
West Germany. He described
as "historic" what he said was
an East German decision to
pay reparations.
Bronfman is expected to
meet with East German
Communist P irty boss Erich
Honecker later this month to
discuss the issue.
The Communist regime until
now has consistently rejected
reparations payments to Jews
on the grounds that it bears no
responsibility for what
happened to them during the
Nazi era. The East Germans
describe themselves as early
"anti-fascists" who allegedly
resisted the Nazi regime.
Most observers believe the
East Germans' sudden willing-
ness to consider reparations
stems from a desire to win
Jewish good will, especially in
the United States. They seem
to think American Jews exert
enough influence in Wash-
ington to gain for their
country the coveted most-
favored-nation trade status.
Bronfman's discussions with
Galinski also reportedly
touched on the scandal of the
late Werner Nachmann, who,
as chairman of the Central
Council until his death last
January, allegedly embezzled
millions of dollars provided by
the Bonn government for
reparations to former Jewish
Belated Perspective:
Austrians View-
Pope Visit Positively
Peace Group Lauds PLO
Fifteen prominent Jews,
members of the International
Center For Peace in the
Middle East, welcomed a
recent statement by a top
adviser to Palestine Liberation
Organization chief Yasir
The statement, by PLO
spokesman Bassam Abu
Sharif, advocates direct peace
negotiations between Israel
and the PLO.
Their response to the docu-
ment "Prospects for a
Palestinian-Israeli Settle-
ment" which was distri-
buted at the recent Arab
summit meeting in Algiers,
called it "the clearest expres-
sion thus far, by any Pales-
tinian official, of a readiness to
negotiate peace between Israel
and the Palestinians."
Sharif paper, Arafat himself
seemed to endorse it by saying
that in the wake of the
proposal, "the United States
ought now to make a gesture
toward the PLO."
The document envisions the
eventual creation of an inde-
pendent Palestinian state,
coexisting peacefully alongside
The American-Jewish
response was coordinated by
the American section of the
Tel Aviv based International
Center, a worldwide coalition
of scholars, politicians, busi-
ness executives and religious
They proposed that the docu-
ment, "if amplified and
substantiated by further Pales-
tinian declarations, could
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Kenneth Arrow, Rita Hauser.
Kabbi Arthur Hertzberg,
Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, Philip
Klutznick, Professor Seymour
Martin Lipset, Theodore Mann
and Menachem Rosensaft.
Austrian Jewish community
considers the visit here by
Pope John Paul II last month
to have been "positive" and as
good as could have been
That assessment was given
by the president of the Jewish
communities of Austria, Paul
Grosz, in an interview with the
Austrian news agency APA.
The positive evaluation
contrasts sharply with the
reaction of Jews when the
pope visited Austria the last
week of June.
At that time, they expressed
shock and anger over the
pope's failure to mention
Jewish suffering when he
spoke at the site of the
Mauthausen concentration
camp, and his reference to
Austria as a "victim" of
Nazism rather than as the
collaborator it was.
After the pope met with
Jewish community leaders
here on June 24, Grosz and
Austria's chief rabbi, Paul
Eisenberg, described the
encounter as "disappointing."
But Grosz now told the
Austrian news agency that the
papal visit was seen by the
Jewish community as "extra-
ordinarily positive."
The initial reactions were
somewhat limited, he said,
because the pope did not
answer questions of Jewish
concern directly but rather
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Friday, July 29, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
Simaqoqu6 eAfeu/ Enlistees in Israel Volunteer Corps
J J *J By ELLEN ANN STEIN the Jezreel Vallev. in irrouns of hetween 15 i
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
preach a sermon on the theme
"Disturbing the Comfortable"
at the Sabbath morning
service of Saturday, July 30, at
8:30 a.m. Kiddush will follow.
During the Sabbath morning
service of Saturday, August 6,
which will beginning at 8:30
a.m., Rabbi Sacks willpreach a
Sermon on the theme "Hear 0
Israel." Kiddush will follow.
A seminar in the Talmudic
Tome "Perkoe O'Vas" (Ethics
of Fathers) is led by Rabbi
Sacks in the course of the
Sabbath twilight minyon
Daily courses in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Orach) are 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 services.
Congregation Anshei
Emuna is situated at 16189
Carter Road, Delray Beach.
For information, call 499-
Congregation Beth Ami of
Palm Beach County in Boca
Raton holds Shabbat services
during the summer at 8:15
p.m. Friday evenings and 9:30
a.m. Saturday mornings.
For information: 994-8693 or
B'nai Torah Congregation
will hold Shabbat evening
services Friday evening, July
29, at 8:15 p.m. Shabbat
morning services on July 30
will begin at 9:30 a.m. when
Robert Fellman will become a
Bar Mitzvah.
The synagogue is hosting a
membership coffee on
Thursday, August 18, 7:30-
9:30 p.m.
B'nai Torah is located at
1401 N.W. 4 Ave., Boca
Raton. For information: 392-
On the Sabbath of Friday,
August 5, at 8 p.m., and
Saturday, August 6, at 8:45
a.m., the Congregation at
Temple Emeth, will welcome
back Cantor Zvi Adler and his
wife, Sarah, from their vaca-
tion. The Cantor will renew
the chanting of the prayers.
Rabbi Dr. Philip Book will
deliver the sermons on both
Temple Emeth is located at
5780 West Atlantic Avenue,
Delray Beach. For informa-
tion: 498-3536 or498-7422.
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The requirement that married couples in the Federal Republic
use a common family name is not a violation of the Basic Law,
according to a decision by the Federal Constitutional court in
Karlsruhe (Baden-Wurttemberg).
The court found that the adoption of a common surname did
not violate the individual rights of spouses who had to give up
their name at marriage. The requirement is appropriate and
necessary to "make the togetherness of family members visible
outwardly as well," the court declared.
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Joseph, a resident of Tamarac, died in
Maryland on July 12. Born in Warsaw,
Poland in 1901, he is survived by his wife,
Augusta; children Barbara and Dr. Morris
Albert, and Ruth and Dr. Paul RitUrband;
nd grandchildren Lauren, Daniel, Gail and
Oren. Graveside services were held at Lake-
side Memorial Park, under the direction of
Gilda, of Boca Raton, died on July 21. at
the age of 67. Originally from Brooklyn, she
*>"] been a resident of Boca Raton for the
P*t 12 years. She was active in the Mental
Health Association of New York for many
years. She is survived by her husband of 45
years, Sol; her daughters, Suxanne (Mark)
ZienU of Miami and Jane (Joseph Sham of
N.Y.; grandchildren, Michael. Tiffanv and
Ashley; her mother, Rose Krasnor of Miami
Beach, and brother Murray (Minerva)
Krasnor of Delray Beach. Services were
held at Riverside Chap* toUtxA by inter-
ment ia Lakeside Memorial Park.
Irvin died on July 21. He was the husband
of the late Sylvia; the father of Bernhardt
(Phyllis) and Harold (Susan) Steiner; the
grandfather of Helene Copp, Laurie
Branham. David and JeffreySteiner; and
the great-grandfather of Rachel and Sybil
Copp. Stacy Branham Michael Sterner
GnVveside services were held at Menorah
Gardens Memorial Park, Ft. Lauderdale,
with arrangements by Beth Israel-Rubin
Memorial OiapeJ.
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
ESTHER and Len Wolfer
of Coral Springs have a strong
feeling for Israel.
Some people, they say, apply
that feeling to their check-
books. Others visit Israel via
tour guides and luxury hotels.
Some join archeological digs.
Esther and Len Wolfer
joined a growing movement of
Diaspora Jewry which is
lending its collective hand to
Israel, working on kibbutzim,
helping out on army bases,
hospitals or wherever volun-
teer services are needed. The
Wolfers spent their summer
with about 300 other Ameri-
cans in the Volunteers-for-
Israel program. Thirty-three
South Floridians joined the
Still, Esther Wolfer, left
most friends and neighbors in
Coral Springs, where she
assists her husband in his auto-
motive electric air-
conditioning wholesale
"I'm sorry to say that our
contemporaries are not this
Jewishly aware to give up
services of themselves," says
Esther, born and raised on
Miami Beach as Esther Mazor.
"They give checks. But to give
of their own self is something
else, to think of saying,
'Instead of going on vacation
to Italy or the Caribbean, let's
go to Israel.' They should show
support, which Israel desper-
ately needs at this time
because tourism is very low."
THE Wolfers were assigned
to Kibbutz Beit Alfa, located in
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Len "nobody calls me
Farmer John" Wolfer, helped
in the chicken coop, planted
red grapefruit trees and filled
honey jars.
"It wasn't a rest vacation,"
said Len, "but I don't know
when I've had a more enjoy-
able vacation. Esther and I
have gone away skiing and to
the islands to relax. We've
gone away sightseeing, but
what we brought back were
books or pictures of buildings.
We now have friends that we
can communicate with and I
think that's more."
Esther got involved with the
Volunteers-for-Israel program
soon after it was established in
1982. War had broken out in
Lebanon and Israeli emissaries
came to the United States
seeking volunteers to aid with
non-combat duties on army
bases and kibbutzim. "There
were soldiers who were
needed on the front so that's
when people went to the bases
to help out," she recalls.
NEITHER come from a
family of Zionists, Esther says.
But they have been involved in
the Jewish community in
Broward County. Esther is
vice president of education for
Women's Division, Fort Laud-
erdale Federation-UJA. Len is
on the board of Jewish
Community Center of Fort
Lauderdale. They say their
interest in Israel has grown
steadily since their first visit in
Two to three times a month,
the volunteer program sends
U.S. recruits to Israel, usually
in groups of between 15 and
20. But for the June 19 trip,
called Unity II (Unity I was in
March), prices were greatly
reduced and 300 Americans
went on the mission.
"Particularly since
December, the publicity has
been negative on Israel and we
wanted to show there's no
reason to be afraid to go to the
country," says Esther.
THEY worked from Sunday
until Friday afternoon. The
trip included living arrange-
ments and three meals a day.
They ate and worked and soci-
alized with the regular kibbutz-
niks. "Best fruits and vege-
tables I've ever tasted,"
Esther said of the food.
Their daughter, Beverly, a
student at George Washington
University, stayed on in Israel
to take a two-month Ulpan
course at Hebrew University,
where she will intensively
study the Hebrew language.
Stuart, their 17-year-old son,
who will enter his senior year
at J.P. Taravella High School
in Coral Springs, wasn't home
either to talk about his experi-
ence this summer on Kibbutz
Kfar-Blum, located in the
northern part of Israel near
Kiryat-Shmoena. Stuart went
to Laredo, Texas, to join other
youths on the American
Jewish Society project doing
construction work for disad-
vantaged communities.
LEN, a graduate of North
Miami Senior High, also got a
chance to do some scuba diving
in Eilat on their day off.
"Better than anywhere I've
been," he says.
Israel Identifies 'Gifted' Children
TEL AVIV (JTA) One percent of all school children in
Israel have been identified as "gifted" and are enrolled in
special classes to make the most of their talents, the
Education Ministry reported.
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Jewish Agency official
defended Israel's new policy
with respect to Jews leaving
the Soviet Union, but said he
did not believe it would solve
the dropout problem.
Uri Gordon, head of the
agency's immigration and
absorption department, said
Soviet Jews do not know
Soviet Dropouts Could Continue
enough about Israel or
Judaism, and cannot learn as
long as there are no diplomatic
ties between Jerusalem and
According to Jewish Agency
sources, during the first three
months of this year, every Jew
who emigrated from the city of
Kharkov with an Israeli visa
went to the United States.
The dropout rate from Kiev,
Odessa and Minsk was 95
percent, and agency officials
told reporters they doubted
the situation would improve in
the near future.
Gordon said he approved of
the Cabinet's decision which
stated that Israel would issue
Israeli visas only to those Jews
committed to settling in Israel
when they leave the USSR.
To ensure that policy, Soviet
Jews will have to pick up their
visas at the Israeli Embassy in
Bucharest, Romania, from
where they will be flown
directly to Tel Aviv.
The policy is aimed at
reducing the dropout phenom-
enon Jews who leave the
Soviet Union with Israeli visas
but settle in Western coun-
tries, chiefly the United
Gordon urged Israelis to
write letters to Soviet Jews
describing life in Israel, so that
the potential emigres will not
think only in terms of settling
in the United States.
He also said efforts should
be made to take advantage of
the more liberal policies of
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorba-
chev to teach Soviet Jews
more about their heritage.


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