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of South County
Volume 11 Number 7
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, April 7, 1989
Price: 35 Cents
AN ARAB SUMMIT MEETING. A trio of Arab lma>rs. from thr lej) Palestine Lihtratum
Organization Chairman Yasir Arafat. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak- and King
Hussein of Jordan, joins hands in Ismuilya. Egypt, where they met fur talks annul Middle
East peace efforts. King Hussein said later that his country. Iraq and North Yenun would
boycott any future Arab summits unless Egypt regains its Arab League Sum/nil seal.
(APIWide World Photo)
Promise of Peace Proposals
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
Promise of proposals for
Middle East peace have been
forthcoming from the new
administrations in the United
States and Israel, with the
expectation of a key direction
coming from the upcoming
U.S. visit of Israeli Prime Min-
ister Yitzhak Shamir.
A major study commissioned
by the American Jewish Con-
gress and prepared by the Jaf-
fee Center for Strategic Stud-
ies based at Tel Aviv Univer-
sity reviewed six of the most
prominent options for peace
presently on the agenda.
AJCongress associate execu-
tive director Phil Baum was in
Miami last week and spoke
with The Jewish Floridian
about the so-called "Options
"Peace is a good idea
no matter with whom
you make it."
Of the six options for Middle
East peace, ranging from the
status quo to annexing terri-
tories in the West Bank and
Gaza, Baum said none of the
options was feasible; each
posed a dilemma.
"I think it's a matter that
should be looked at judiciously
and intensively, said Baum, an
attorney who has authored
many articles and books on the
Middle East. "Now, (the
study) is before the Jewish
community and before deci-
sion-makers and opinion-
molders around the world."
BUT the basic document
demonstrates "the complexity
and extreme difficulty of arriv-
ing at any satisfactory" solu-
tion, Baum noted. "Quick
fixes, that everybody has in
mind, won't work."
Greater patience is required
on the part of the United
States, Baum said, adding
that, "American Jews are not
a very patient people."
The lack of a solution as
demonstrated in the Jaffee
report is the reason there is
"agony" in the Middle East,
Baum said. But he concedes,
"I represent an organization
that doesn't have an easy solu-
In an independent report,
the Jaffee Center proposed a
solution that in part requires
the Palestinians to prove
themselves to Israel, which in
turn would offer a proposal for
The U.S. State Department
has "leaked a suggestion" that
it feels certain things should be
done in confidence building,
Baum said, agreeing that most
likely "nothing will happen
until there is some certainty on
the part of the Israelis that
what is being done by the
Palestinians is deep-seated
and real."
Then again, there is what
might be considered the dou-
ble-edged sword as Baum
acknowledged: "There is a
concern that the fight with
Palestinians is intercommunal,
and that the other is inter-
state, (so that) when you make
peace with the Palestinians
you still don't make peace with
Jordan, Iraq ..."
But Baum said he doesn't
see peace as that double-edged
sword. "Peace is a good idea
no matter with whom you
make it," he said.
"(Israel) did make peao
with Egypt and they ma;
make peace with the Palestini
ans and they could make peao
with Jordan. But that won'
solve their problem hecaus-
they're still confronted with .
hostile and aggressive Syriai
government and by the hatre<
of a good part of the Moslen
world, including Iran, Iraq an<
Libya. So, their problems an
"American Jews are
not a very patient
ON the other hand, there is.
popular perception that PL(
Chairman Yasir Arafat an<
the PLO have done whatevei
is required to give adequat*
assurance to the American
and Israelis that now it's beei
transformed into a force tha
really wants peace, Baum said
"But if you look carefulh
and seriously at what was sai<
and done in Algiers and Stock
holm, and subsequently wha'
was said by a whole host o-
PLO spokesmen, it's prett\
clear that there are some ambi
guities which have yet to In
"The ambiguities are theii
willingness to accept Israel a>
a permanent sovereign .lewisl
state in the Middle East. And.
their readiness to flesh out
their proclamation with deeds
ami their ability t<> win acqui-
escence to what they are sup-
posedly doing from among
their constituent organiza
tions. Some of the more promi-
nent leaders of the factions of
the I'LO have construed what
Continued on Pagt 2
Mitterand to Meet Arafat
PARIS (JTA) President
Francois Mitterrand has
decided to meet in France with
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion leader Yasir Arafat,
according to an official
announcement made by the
Ely see Palace.
Palace chief spokesman
Hubert Vedrine said the presi-
dent has not yet fixed a date,
but that the meeting "will take
place in France" and not in
Tunisia or Egypt, as previ-
ously reported.
Diplomatic sources said the
meeting will "most probably"
take place in Paris or its imme-
diate vicinity a few days after
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir's April 6 meeting with
President Bush in Washing-
ton. The sources said that
before meeting with Arafat,
Mitterand will want to hear
from Bush on whether Shamir
has made new suggestions to
break the stalemate in the Mid-
dle East peace process.
The French Embassy in
Washington reportedly has
been instructed to report all
available details of any Shamir
peace plan at the earliest possi-
ble date.
The announcement comes as
a blow to Israeli diplomacy
following recent trips to
France by Shamir and Israeli
Foreign Minister Moshe
Arens. Both Shamir and Arens
pleaded against a meeting
with Arafat, saying this would
be counterproductive to the
peace process.
Mitterrand reportedly
decided to make his decision
known before Shamir's visit to
America, in order to clearly
indicate that, in his eyes, Ara-
fat and the PLO are the most
suitable negotiators in any
peace process. That appears to
be the growing sentiment in
the 12-nation European Com-
munity, which Mitterrand will
preside over, beginning July 1.
We Cannot Afford
recent mobilization of Jewish
leaders for expressing solidar-
ity with Israel was met with
ambivalence in some Jewish
Clearly, there are some seri-
ous differences in geopolitical
views both within Israel and in
the Diaspora for how to cope
constructively with the peace
process. But increasingly, I
believe with others that re-
building the Jewish family into
a caring community is an over-
riding issue.
In recent weeks, I have been
reading several biographies of
Theodor Herzl (in preparation
for a book I am writing on
"The Vatican, the Jews and
Israel.") Herzl is a heroic leg-
end today among all Jews, and
for obvious historic reasons.
But it is heartbreaking to
read accounts of how Jewish
disunity, hostility, egocentric
politics impeded the rise of the
Jewish state and virtually
destroyed Herat's health.
Everybody had "good" rea-
sons: the assimilationists
feared that a Jewish state
would create dual loyalties;
they wanted only colonies in
Palestine. The cultural Zion-
ists wanted to concentrate on
Palestine as a "spiritual cen-
ter" and not on its political
The triumph was that Herat
succeeded finally with his dip-
lomatic genius, despite much
opposition from Jewish leader-
ship. To the imperiled masses
of Jews in Eastern Europe,
Herzl was "the king of the
When will Jews learn that
we are the last people on earth
who can afford such internal
hostility and alienation from
one another; that only our
worst enemies profit from
Jewish disunity? Somewhere
in Jewish life today the cen-
tral affirmation must become
again "love of Jews for one
another" and learning to dis-
agree in non-destructive ways.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 7, 1989
friends of 7Jt-y ear-old Dr. Kurt Moshe SchaUinger watch as
he is laid to rest in a Tel Aviv cemetery. Dr. SchaUinger
died of knife wounds received on a Tel Aviv street, the victim
of a Palestinian Gaza man who also injured two other
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"On Wings of Freedom," a
Passover Haggadah conceived
and developed for the celebra-
tion of community seders, has
been published by the B'nai
B'rith Hillel Foundations and
The Haggadah includes
extensive transliteration, as
well as poetic translations and
interpretations of virtually the
complete traditional Passover
This new Haggadah also fea-
tures alternative readings,
enabling the leader to conduct
a shorter or a "third night"
seder; non-sexist language in
all English passages and the
inclusion of the matriarchs in
Hebrew and Aramaic pas-
sages; the addition of contem-
porary songs, protest and
peace ballads; and treatments
of such current issues as the
Holocaust, Soviet Jewry, Ethi-
opian Jewry, the homeless,
Israel-Diaspora concerns and
Jewish morality, activism and
Continued from Page 1
happened in Algiers and
Stockholm in a radically differ-
ent fashion from the interpret-
ation given by Arafat. Even
Arafat has given contradictory
versions of what he purported
to be doing in Algiers and
LOOKING at the study's
text, Baum concluded, "you
see there are some reasons to
remain concerned about what
in fact has been done."
Baum does agree with the
Jaffee Center's conclusion that
there would have to be a "very
long transition period ... 10 to
15 years during which confi-
dence building measures are
But that is problematic.
Baum explained: "No Palestin-
ian is willing to wait ten
The Camp David Accofds
ontemplated waiting a maxi-
mum of five years and the
Arabs were unwilling to accept
that, Baum said. And the Mid-
dle East peace proposal made
by former Secretary of State
George Shultz called for an
even shorter transition period.
On a more optimistic note,
Baum said the AJCongress is
testing the waters of other
Jewish organizations to see if
there is support for a one year
waiver which is allowed by
law of the Jackson-Vanik
amendment which linked the
"most favored nation" trade
status between the Soviet
Union and the U.S. to the
Soviet emigration policies.
AJCongress has been trying
in persuade other organiza-
tions such as the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jews and the
National Jewish Community
Relations Advisory Council
(NJCRAC) to support the
waiver of the amendment.
"It's a radical change from
the prior position of the Jewish
community," Baum conceded.
terming the changes in Soviet
emigration policy "substantial
and real."
THE waiver of the trade
restrictions could be
announced at any time by
President George Bush and
there would be a mandatory
review after one year. The
latter measures which would
serve as leverage in case the
Soviet again shifted its pol-
"It's value is primarily sym-
bolic," Baum said. "It would
give the Soviet Union the same
trade relationship as many
nations have."
Baum said he wants the
effort to remove the trade
restriction to be a particularly
Jewish initiative.
"The Jackson-Vanik amend-
ment is conceived as having a
carrot and a stick. We've used
the stick but never held out a
carrot. The carrot will be
removing the restrictions."
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C 1MB Bo) Conference Endorses
Israeli Efforts
JERUSALEM (JTA) The Prime Minister's Confer-
ence on Jewish Solidarity With Israel closed here with the
adoption of a broad final statement backing the unity
government "in its efforts to achieve peace and security
with its neighbors."
The 144-word document, titled "The Jerusalem Declara-
tion on Jewish Solidarity With Israel," was read by
Mordechai Gur of Labor, a Cabinet minister without
portfolio, at closing ceremonies at the Western Wall.
The declaration had been approved earlier in the day by a
voice vote, after it was read to the morning plenary session
by Shoshana Cardin, chairwoman of the National Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry.
There was little surprise in the document, as most of the
words in the text were articulated by speakers during the
course of the two-and-a-half-day conference.
"I think it is written well enough to satisfy all those who
came here, who have divergent points of view," said
Ernest Michel, executive director of the UJA-Federation of
New York. "I think it speaks for what we came here for.
And I must say it is something that I can come back to the
States and live with, and agree with, and talk about."
Michel said the statement of support for the government
does not give it a carte blanche.

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Bar Mitzvah
Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Purim at Cong. Bnai Israel School
On Saturday, April 15, Seth
Merrill Berger, son of Feme
and William Berger, will be
called to the Torah of Temple
Beth El of Boca Raton as a Bar
Seth is a 7th grade student
at Boca Raton Middle School
and attends the Temple Beth
El Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha are his sister,
Aimee and grandparents; Saul
Cohen of Miami and Pauline
Berger of Hollywood.
Mr. and Mrs. Berger will
host a kiddush in Seth's honor
following Shabbat Morning
On Saturday, April 15, Todd
Devon Smolar, son of Sharon
and Dr. Edward Smolar, will
be called to the Torah of Tem-
ple Beth El of Boca Raton as a
Bar Mitzvah.
Todd is a 7th grade student
at Boca Raton Academy and
attends the Temple Beth El
Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha are his brother,
Gregory; and grandparents,
Frances and Alexander Wech-
sler of Lauderhill and Diane
Smolar of Plantation.
Dr. and Mrs. Smolar will
host a kiddush in Todd's honor
following Mincha Service.
Synagogue uWgu/s
Rabbi Samuel Silver of Tem-
ple Sinai, 2475 W. Atlantic
Ave. Delray Beach will hold his
"Great Jewish Personalities"
program in April, the date is
April 13, instead of April 20.
Singles of Temple Emeth
will meet Mon., April 10
Regular meeting noon
Rabbi Bernard Pressler of
Sunrise Jewish Center will
speak on "Why Bad Things
Happen to Good People."
Refreshments. Ann Brown-
ing, Program chairman.
Bingo every Thursday night
at Temple Anshei Shalom of
Delray Beach at 7099 West
Atlantic Avenue.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Many
large jackpots. Free cash door
prizes, refreshments, 12 game
For further information:
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
preach the sermon on the
theme "Reforging the Tab-
lets" at the Sabbath Morning
Service on Saturday April 22,
at 8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow.
Daily classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Orach) led by Rabbi
Sacks begins at 7:30 a.m. pre-
ceding the Daily Minyon Ser-
vices and at 5: 3
junction with the Daily Twi-
light Minyon Services.
A D'var Torah in Yiddish is
presented by Rabbi Sacks in
conjunction with the Seu'dat
Shli*sheet celebrated each Sab-
bath between the Twilight Ser-
For further information:
As part of Temple Beth El's
Shabbat evening service on
April 7, at 8 p.m. we celebrate
Reform Jewish Music Month.
The Sisterhood is sponsoring
a Y.E.S. Fund and World
Union Card and Game Dessert
Party on April 6, 1 p.m. Bring
your friends and have an
entertaining afternoon. Dona-
tion $5.
Reservations: Esther Stoler
496-4559 or Marge Kremer
IDF Running at Deficit
TEL AVW (JTA) The Israel Defense Force has accumu-
lated a deficit of 580 million shekels (nearly $330 million) as a
result of expenses related to controlling the Palestinian uprising
in the administered territories, according to the Israeli daily
newspaper Ha'aretz.
Quoting senior military sources, the paper reports that a
considerable percentage of the funds earmarked for developing
alternatives to the costly Lavi fighter plane are being used to
cover day-to-day expenses.
The IDF will discuss the budgetary problems in a long-range
plan to be presented to Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin in early
April, the paper said.
Contrary to the IDF's expectations, the Finance Ministry has
not reimbursed the IDF for expenditures related to the uprising.
Some 80 million shekels ($45 million) appropriated for the IDF
this year will not be transferred until next year.
RABBI Prestigious Traditional Conserva-
tive Adult Congregation in South Palm
Beach County, Fla., is seeking a Rabbi to
serve a 2200-individual-member congrega-
tion. Full program of activities. Immediate
opening. Please send resume to: Chairman
Rabbinic Search Committee, Temple Emeth,
5780 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach,
Fla. 33484. No phone calls please.
Members of the Faculty of The School for Living Judaism at
Purum Celebration, left to right: Sandy Goldstein Director of
Education, Karen Coles, Margot Henschel, Lori Garlin, Mary
Beskin, Norma Ascher, Myrna Ginzberg.
Marilyn Racow
applying clown make-up
to "Mordecai"
Knights of
Three non-profit fraternal
chapters of the Knights of
Pythias donated a total of
$1,300 to the Association of
Retarded Citizens of Palm
Beach County.
Two term 11th District
Association president, Abe
Masanoff, presented a $1,000
check to Joyce Lair, executive
director of ARC of Palm Beach
County. Jack Rosenberg, of
DOKK Temple No. 66, of West
Palm Beach, gave Joyce a $250
check and Joe Schnapp, of
Boca Raton Lodge No. 214,
followed with a $50 donation.
The $1,000, a first ever don-
ation by the 11th District
Association, was the result of a
recent successful one-day
Red Magen
For Israel
The Coconut Creek Chapter
of American Red Magen David
for Israel will hold its coming
meeting at the Ted Thomas
Activity Center, located at
1055 N.W. 45th Avenue,
Coconut Creek on Monday,
April 17, at 1 p.m. The guest
speaker will be Sol
Farber, and the topic will be
"Myths and Truths in Israel."
Mr. Farber is a graduate of
the Herzliah Hebrew teachers
Academy, and a volunteer
Hebrew teacher at several
schools. He was a president of
his synagogue in Bayside, New
In addition, an election will
be held for the vacant post of
vice-president. Refreshments
will be served.
If a ride is needed, call Joe at
975-9073; Dan at 973-0110;
Harry at 975-9493; or Mannie
at 974-2327.
SHHH, Self Help For Hard
Of Hearing People, Delray
Chapter, at its 9 a.m., Friday,
April 14th membership meet-
ting, will have as guest
speaker, Joan Gindlesperger,
Executive Director of DSC of
Palm Beach County. In accord-
program, she will provide
demonstrations and informa-
tion for the hearing impaired.
A mini breakfast will be
served prior to the meeting at
the American Savings Bank,
adjacent to the West Delray,
Kings Point Shopping Center,
West Atlantic Avenue and
Carter Road.
The public is invited to the
April 14th meeting.
Lakeside Chapter, meets at
Patch Reef Park, Yamoto Rd.
on the fourth Monday of the
month. The afternoon starts
with refreshments of bagels,
cream cheese, coffee and tea
and a social hour, followed by a
short business meeting. This is
followed by a different pro-
gram each month.
All are welcome.
Oriole Chapter, will hold
their next meeting at: Temple
Anshei Shalom, 7099 West
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach,
on April 13, 1989. All are
Workmen's Circle, Branch
1051, Delray Beach, meets the
second Wednesday of every
month, from October May,
at 1 p.m. in Temple Sinai, 2475
West Atlantic Avenue, Delray
Beach. Next meeting Wednes-
day, April 12. For information,
please call 499-3433 or 499-
Nathanya South Chapter
will hold its regular monthly
meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tues-
day, April 11, 1989 at Patch
Reef Park Community Center,
2000 Yamato Road, Boca
Raton, just west of Military
Mrs. Eleanor Goldman, the
chapter's Education/Israeli
Affairs Chair, will give the
program, a report on and dis-
cussion of Chaim Grade's
book, "My Mother's Sabbath
Day." Refreshments (mini-
breakfast) will be served.
Members, husbands and
friends are invited and wel-
For further information, call
Harriet 499-7181.
The Boca Raton Chapter
will hold their installation of
officers at Deer Creek Country
Club Monday, April 10 at
noon. The cost is $11, reserva-
The Rath Chapter is spon-
soring a card party and lunch-
eon on Thursday, April 13 at
Patch Reef Park. Also planned
is a trip to key West. Cost of
$145 and includes deluxe
motor coach transportation,
hotel, breakfast and two din-
ners, plus a sunset cruise,
sightseeing tour of the lower
keys and Key West, admission
to Hemingway House and Mel
Fisher Museum. For reserva-
tions call Sophie 499-8191 or
Ann 499-6634.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 7, 1989
Camp David
Plus Ten
Almost to the day ten years
after the historic agreement
reached at Camp David be-
tween Egypt and Israel, Fore-
ign Minister Moshe Arens
arrived in the U.S. still
engaged in the pursuit of
peace in the Middle East which
seems to be getting more elu-
sive despite the feverish
attempt by some private enter-
prise Jews and the meddling of
foreign governments who pre-
tend that it is just around the
corner the corner which
Israel must turn in order to
find it.
It was timely therefore for
Arens, during his brief but
highly publicized visit to the
United States to make clear to
President Bush and Secretary
of State Baker, as well as to
the UN Secretary General,
where Israel stood on the issue
of the West Bank and Gaza
and in its relations with the
rioting Palestinians. He reiter-
ated once more his firm oppo-
sition to any dealings with the
Although the meetings wen
what is diplomatically called
"friendly," it may be assumed
that neither the UN Secretary
General whose spokesman
described the 25-minute con-
fab as a "normal discussion"
but not a "cool" one nor
Bush and Baker were too
happy with what they heard.
In all his meetings, Arens
explained the present policy of
the coalition government: to
try and reach an understand-
ing for a settlement with the
Palestinians, but to insist on
no dealings with the PLO. An
international conference
would be counter-productive;
only direct negotiations
between the parties involved,
including the Palestinians who
must end their intifada before
any talks can begin and lead to
an agreement on the territor-
ies. The problems connected
with UNIFIL UN Interim
Force In Lebanon we/e
raised by the UN chief, includ-
ing alleged interference with
the operation of the Norwe-
gian contingent by Israeli sol-
Moshe Arens stood his
ground in his "confrontations"
with the president and his
secretary of state. Having
ordered the U.S. talks with the
PLO to continue, Baker failed
to state his main purpose for
the resumption of the talks
with the world's leading ter-
rorist organization. However,
later when a Senate Appropri-
ations Committee asked him to
clarify his views, he stated:
"You are not going to have
peace without direct negotia-
tions. If that can be accom-
plished through a dialogue
between the Israelis and the
Palestinians in the occupied
territories, that should be, of
course, a preferred approach.
But we ought not to rule out
categorically, absolutely and
unequivocably consideration of
going beyond that if its neces-
sary to move toward peace in
the Middle East" meaning
that the Israel government
will have to talk to the PLO.
Baker's statement, -no doubt
pleased the pro-Arab clique in
the State Department.
oay, Apru i, i* ^^.**w4-a
First Gay-Lesbian Congregation
Bet Haverim, a 75-member
gay-lesbian congregation, has
become the first Reconstruc-
tionist congregation in Atlan-
ta, and the first gay-lesbian
congregation in the Recon-
structionist movement.
Founded four years ago, Bet
Haverim had its membership
application approved at the
January board meeting of the
Reconstructionist Federation.
Rabbi Mordecai Liebling,
executive director of the Fed-
eration of Reconstructionist
Congregations and Havurot,
told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that the Atlanta con-
gregation was one of 64 Re-
constructionist congregations
in North America.
Liebling said that after the
Bet Haverim application was
received, he met with a num-
ber of members in Atlanta to
explore the possible relation-
ship, as he does for all applying
While Bet Haverim applied
only to the Reconstructionist
movement for membership, it
invited a Reform representa-
Bet Haverim members at a
member's home last July that
the Reconstructionist move-
ment "welcomes gays and les-
tive to address the congrega-
The reason for inviting spo-
kesmen for both groups was
based on conflictingtmotives,
Bet Haverim officials said.
Gary Piccola, an Atlanta Liebling told the Bet
psychologist who is immediate |avenm memberb that only
past president and a founder the Reconstruction>t Rabbini-
of Bet Haverim, said that in cal College accepts and trains
regard to affiliation, "we like
to do our own thing." He
the Reform rabbinate remain-
separately with the congrega^ ^ un(Jer discussion within t-
tion. Liebling told a group oi Central Conference of Ameri-
added that affiliation would
"have to be with a group that
encourages autonomy."
Sherry Emory, Bet Haverim
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Sundheim, regional director of
the Union of American He-
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dress the congregation. The
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sentative agency of North
American Reform congrega-
Sundheim said that UAHC
was a "pioneer in pushing for
acceptance of gays and lesbi-
ans in the Jewish community."
He said that "we probably
have a dozen gay and lesbian
congregations already" in the
Sundheim and Leibling met
can Rabbis, the Reform rab-
binical group.
The other reason for consid-
ering affiliation, Piccola said,
was a need to organize the
congregation before it became
too large to manage effec-
He said "it would probably
gavs^ncf lesbians for the rab- have been helpful years ago if
we had somebody to tell us
how to set up a budget. We're
Sundheim was quoted as
saying that the question of
ordaining gays and lesbians for
discovering these things on
our own. It would have been
easier if we had help."
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Specter's Shuttle Diplomacy
As a member of the Foreign
Operations Subcommittee of
the Appropriations Commit-
tee, I spent 15 days in meet-
ings with President Assad of
Syria, President Mubarak of
Egypt, King Hussein of Jor-
dan, and high government offi-
cials in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
I also met with Israeli leaders,
including Prime Minister Sha-
mir and former Prime Minis-
ters Peres and Rabin.
In Israel, the economic situa-
tion is worsening, as are the
difficulties associated with the
uprising known as the inti-
fada. The new foreign minister
and former ambassador to the
U.S., Moshe Arens, told me
that Israelis feel a very great
sense of isolation these days.
While I think that U.S. diplo-
matic assistance may be cru-
cial to turning this situation
around, I have grave doubts
about our recent decision to
open a dialogue with the PLO,
and I have written to Secret-
ary of State James Baker urg-
ing him to move with extreme
caution. Central to my doubts
is my distrust of Yasir Arafat,
whose history of involvement
in terrorist activities includes
the murder of the American
ambassador to the Sudan and
the hijacking of the Achille
Lauro, resulting in Leon
Klinghoffer's murder.
Can we believe that Arafat
has abandoned such tactics?
Recently, when Bethlehem
Mayor Freij offered to help
negotiate a cessation of vio-
lence, Arafat issued a state-
ment warning that any such
negotiators might be mur-
On a brighter note, I think
that there is an emerging will-
ingness among the Arab na-
tions to negotiate with Israel.
The climate in this respect has
changed dramatically in five
years. Although Egypt has not
fully cooperated with Israel to
normalize commercial and cul-
tural relations, my conversa-
tion with President Mubarak
would suggest that this re-
flects less upon Egypt's atti-
tude toward Israel than upon
Egypt's eagerness to get back
in the good graces of the other
Arab nations. But Egypt will, I
believe, continue to press for
My visit to Iraq was not
without surprises. I had a ser-
ies of meetings scheduled
there, including one with Saa-
doun Hammadi, who currently
is speaker of the parliament
and minister of state for fore-
ign affairs. Hammadi voiced
some very strong anti-Israel
sentiments. But rather sur-
prisingly, among younger
Iraqi officials, I noted a keen
interest in seeing the peace
process move forward and in
considering UN Resolutions
242 and 338, recognizing
Israel's right to exist.
In Syria in 1984, I found
great hostility towards Israel.
When I met with President As-
sad last year, he was cordial
although we found little to
agree on over a broad range
oi issues. This year, I met
again with President Assad for
over four hours. President
Assad said that he believes
Israel wishes to control the
Mideast from the Nile to the
Euphrates. I assured him this
was not true.
Later, meeting with Prime
Minister Shamir, I repeated
that conversation. Shamir, of
course, confirmed my denial
and I have communicated this
to President Assad by letter. I
would like to see Prime Minis-
ter Shamir and President
Assad discuss their differ-
ences. Shamir told me that he
was willing to meet, but I think
that we are a fair distance
from this.
It is difficult to analyze
Saudi Arabia's role and inten-
tions in the Middle East. My
meetings there suggest that
the Saudi attitude is becoming
less recalcitrant than it once
was. Although Saudi Arabia
continues to provide substan-
tial financial aid to many Arab
countries hostile to Israel and
to the PLO, they now concede
Israel's right to exist, and
insist that they are trying to
act as a moderating influence
upon the PLO.
Traveling across the Allenby
Bridge from Israel to Jordan, I
met with King Hussein, who
spoke optimistically about
moving ahead with the peace
Erocess. He is working very
ard to bring Egypt back in-
to the Arab League, and of
course he has had, and still has
his own difficulties with the
Other issues figuring promi-
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Mideast Certainty:
Deadlock and Disagreement
If there was ever a
time for American Jews to
stand up in support of Israel, it
is now. Here in Washington,
we are beginning to see a
dangerous drift in policy set in
motion by the opening of U.S.
talks with the PLO, and accel-
erated to some extent by wish-
ful thinking. No matter how it
is obfuscated or explained
away, U.S. policy now appears
to be aimed at getting the
Israeli Government to negoti-
ate with the PLO as if this
were an end in itself. In doing
so, the new Administration
may be making a very basic
This was recently pointed
out by no less than Henry
Kissinger, who has been
around the Middle East track
more than a few times. Kissin-
ger who, when in positions of
power was sometimes at odds
with pro-Israel activists,
seems to have gained a clearer
perspective on the Middle East
as his distance from the actual
action has increased. Kissin-
ger's two propositions for a
"serious diplomatic effort" are
"conditions for a final set-
tlement simply do not now
exist; Israel cannot be asked
simultaneously to give up ter-
ritories and to establish a PLO
There is not enough
land to trade and
insufficient assurance
there will be peace.
If Kissinger is right what
can the outcome of U.S. pres-
sure for a Shamir-Arafat dia-
logue be other than the cer-
tainty of deadlock and dis-
agreement? For Israel to com-
mence negotiations without a
pretty good idea of where they
will end up, and v/ithout U.S.
support along the way, poses
unacceptable risks.
When Sadat traveled to Jer-
usalem, he had strong reason
The depth ofemnity,
intolerance and
hatred toward Israel
that is still so
prevalent in much of
the Arab world and
which is amply
demonstrated by
violence against
Israelis and Jews will
simply not disappear
upon the signing of a
paper agreement.
to believe that in the end he
would get back every inch of
the Sinai and he was right.
But there was also enough in
the Peace Treaty arrange-
ments for Israel that a deal
could be struck. This kind of
trade-off of land for "peace" is
impossible in the Israeli-
Palestinian context. There is
not enough land to trade and
insufficient assurance there
will be peace. As Israeli
spokesmen often point out,
they are living in the Middle
East, not the Middle West. The
depth of emnity, intolerance
and hatred toward Israel that
is still so prevalent in much of
the Arab world and which is
amply demonstrated by vio-
lence against Israelis and Jews
will simply not disappear upon
the signing of a paper agree-
ment. The fragility of such an
agreement is underscored by
the fact that the Palestinian
leader who would sign k can-
not control significant ele-
ments of the PLO and that he
himself may be assassinated at
any time.
The much publicized,
and widely misinterpreted Jaf-
fee Center recommendation in
which Israel "does not negate
the possibility of the eventual
emergence of a Palestinian
state," specifically calls for
"an extended transition stage
(10-15 years)" of confidence
building. While this period is
longer than Camp David's five
year transition period, it is not
longer than the frequent Arab
declarations that they are will-
ing to wait one hundred years
for the ultimate destruction of
What is definitely not
needed at this time are prema-
ture U.S. Middle East policies
emanating from an Adminis-
tration which has yet to digest
the realities of the Middle
East, and which has so many
other issues on its foreign pol-
icy plate. The Israeli-Palestin-
ian conflict after all is not one
involving potential super
power confrontation, so the
powder keg argument is weak-
ened. We are also in a period
when the Arab oil weapon has
been blunted by the continuing
oil glut and depressed prices.
A go-slow approach is the only
one which could have positive
If President Bush and
Secretary of State Baker de-
part from what until now
seemed to be this kind of meas-
ured approach and yield to the
temptation of going for a
quick-fix it will turn out to
be neither quick nor fixed.
By concentrating on
finding a solution to the Pales-
tinian dimension as opposed to
addressing the broader Arab-
Israel conflict, and the even
broader regional problems
Israel's value as an ally can be
too conveniently overlooked.
Appreciation of Israel's strate-
gic role in protecting U.S.
interests in the Middle East
can be discarded only to our
potential peril. While one can
hope less expansionist Soviet
foreign policies may emerge
down the road, the chronic
instability and radicalism
which characterizes the region
remain. With Spain forcing us
to move bases elsewhere, and
with the anti-U.S. Papandreou
government still in power in
Greece, NATO's southern
flank still needs the backstop-
ping of Israel's proven capabil-
These geopolitical realities
must be seen as a backdrop to
the Arab rioting on the West
Bank and to PLO demands.
This is especially so since those
who are instigating the vio-
lence and seeking to weaken
Israel don't exactly represent
the values or ideals of Western
A medieval philosopher
wrote "the height of folly is
not to be able to distinguish
between friends and foes."
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heeded as U.S. Middle East
diplomacy unfolds in the
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Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7
Early Jewish Religious Life in Mississippi
(Taken from "Religious and
Cultural Life, 18171860" by
James J. Pillar in A History of
Mississippi, Vol. 1, edited by
Richard Aubrey McLemore)
Before the 1840s there is no
evidence of organized Jewish life
in Mississippi. Most of the early
Jews in the state were immigrants
from Germany, with a few from
England. Late arrivals in the
antebellum period emigrated from
Russia and Poland. It was as
peddlers and small merchants that
most of them supported them-
selves. Hard-working, enter-
prising men, more often than not
they started with no more than
could be carried on their backs.
The establishment of cemeteries
usually preceded the organization
of Jewish congregations. The
Jews of Natchez bought a
cemetery in 1840, but they did not
fully organize as the Congregation
B'nai Israel until 1843. In 1849,
Jacob Cohen and Jacob Schwarz,
peddlers, bought a small piece of
land rather hastily at Woodville in
order to bury a fellow peddler,
Henry Burgance, who had died
unexpectedly. Likewise, early
Jewish settlers at Grand Gulf
bought a cemetery. Unfortunately
it had to be abandoned when the
inroads of the Mississippi River
brought an end to the life of that
river town. A cemetery was also
purchased at Jackson in 1854, but
it was not until 1861 that the
Congregation Beth Israel was
The first organized Jewish
congregation in Mississippi was
established in Vicksburg in 1841.
Initially known as the Hebrew
Benevolent Congregation of the
Men of Mercy, it assumed the
name, Congregation Anshe
Chesed, when it was formally
incorporated in 1862. At the time
of its organization there were
between twenty-five and thirty
Jewish families living in Vicks-
burg. Religious services were
conducted in various private
homes or in a warehouse on Levee
Street. The latter was owned by
one of the more prosperous
members, Barnard Yoste, who
acted as their president and
conducted the Orthodox services.
It was not until 1868 that ground
was broken for a temple. At the
outbreak of the Civil War about 50
famililes belonged to the congre-
gation. Although occupying a
minority position in the
community, they were apparently
well accepted. M.A. Levy served
as a selectman in 1832 and again
in 1833, while L.M. Lowenberg
held the office of justice of the
peace in Warren County.
As early as 1836 a number of
German and Alsatian Jews settled
in Columbus. In 1845, they organ-
ized the Congregation B nai
Israel. First services there were
held in private homes; later
services were held in the upper
story of the Odd Fellows' building.
In 1859 the Congregation Gemi-
luth Chassed was established at
Port Gibson.
Thus, on the eve of the Civil
War, the few Jews who were in
Mississippi resided for the most
part in the towns and villages.
Organized religious life existed at
five different points: Vicksburg,
Natchez, Columbus, Port Gibson,
and Jackson. However, none of
the congregations owned an offi-
cial house of worship nor did any
enjoy the services of a resident
rabbi. Although no official census
figures are available, one might
safely place the number of Jews in
the state in 1860 at approximately
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Reburying the Dead
The large halls of the museum were dark and cool, a
relief from the bright sun of Jerusalem.
But soon I noticed that an American visitor kept
mopping himself as he walked, looking at the photographs
and reading the captions. He was sweating terribly and his
face grayed. He kept sighing deep and loud but seemed
Nobody paid attention. Others were also sweating in the
cool halls and making sounds of pain.
The American walked out of the museum, leaned against
a tree, and then vomited. After a moment or two he
returned to the museum.
An elderly volunteer attendant said not to worry about
the visitor with the ashen face. She said it happened often,
every day, that nausea drove people out for a while. They
all returned after a few minutes, she said.
It was not until I was making plans to leave Jerusalem
that I realized I had never been to Yad Vashem, on this trip
or ever. The words mean memorial, and something else a
place and a name to recall that which was meant to have
been destroyed forever.
Yad Veshem is a memorial to the dead of the Holocaust.
In neat bound books and in certificates filled out by
survivors and relatives it lists the names of about two
million of the sue million Jews who died in the German's
camps and ovens.
There are certificates for visitors to fill out, if they know
somebody who has died in the camps. If not, take one with
you, please; you might meet somebody who knows a name
not yet in the files.
One day the survivors will all be dead themselves. There
is a sense of urgency: Should not those who died at least be
listed in the memorial built for them?
Sometimes a surivor or relative does not want to fill out
the certificate, which asks the name of the victim and place
in which he was killed. They say to fill it out is like
reburying the dead. Sometimes it is just too difficult to do,
right there and then. The keepers of the files understand
very well and say please come back when you are able to
write the names.
That day, there was a man who had lost four brothers
and sisters in the camps. He put the certificate of the dead
in his pocket and left. His wife said she would ask him to
come back before they left Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem is names, and pictures without names
hundreds of photographs of the murdered and those who
murdered them, arranged carefully on the walls, room
after room.
Some of the pictures are of Germans, taken by Germans.
This is one: passers-by watch in amusement as a German
soldier shears off the beard of an old religious Jew.
That soldier lives forever, on the wall and in the mind,
because of the huge, delighted smile on his face. The old
Jew stares at him and you know he is thinking the thought
that makes your own mind ache, more than 40 years later:
Who is this man that he can do this thing and smile? Is he
human? Or is he a devil? It is known that devils walked the
earth then, to do such things as were done.
Here is a picture of women, Jews being prepared for the
gas chamber. They are all naked. Their clothes have been
taken, to be piled up neatly and sold.
They stare blank-faced at the German who took the
picture. Their faces say it cannot be that we are naked,
about to die. How could this be? One young woman holds
her arms across her breasts, modestly instinctive even as
the murderers approach.
The most lightening thing, walking from room of horror
to room of horror, is that everything is familiar.
Here are the sharp bones and taut skulls of the children
of the Warsaw Ghetto, piled dead in a cart pulled by
children with puzzled, exhausted faces. You have seen
them before. Soon they will be in the carts of the naked
dead themselves, is that not so?
Here the Hungarian Jewish women, hundreds of them,
with shaven skulls, in Auschwitz. They have been lined up,
to look at each other and see themselves, shaven skulls,
before they were killed. Could it have been a human who
did this to them, really?
The skeletons waiting for the graves, before their death;
yes, here on this other wall.
Next room. That little boy in short pants, holding up his
hands in surrender to a German soldier with a rifle. Don't
you know him from someplace, some other picture on some
other wall, or were you there, watching, just there beyond
the camera's range? No, peer at the little boy and his small
peaked face once more. Now you know him, now you
It is just an exhibition in a memorial museum. An old
story; everybody knows it. Why write? Simply to do so.
Reprinted from the New York Times.

Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 7, 1989
No Progress
In PLO Talks
The State Department had no
immediate comment on the
four-hour meeting the U.S.
ambassador to Tunisia had
with Palestine Liberation
Organization representatives.
The meeting in the ancient
Tunisian city of Carthage was
the second formal session
since the United States agreed
to open a dialogue with the
PLO last December and the
first since the Bush adminis-
tration came into office.
There was no indication in
reports from Tunisia that the
Bush administration had made
any headway in its stated goal
for the dialogue, the advance-
ment of the peace process.
"The immediate objective is*
to create a political environ-
ment in which productive
negotiations between Palestin-
ians and Israelis can be sus-
tained," U.S. Ambassador
Robert Pelletreau Jr. was
quoted as saying after the
Secretary of State James
Baker told the House Foreign
Affairs subcommittee on inter-
national operations that one
way the PLO could held bring
this environment about
"would be not to stand in the
way of Palestinians in the
occupied territories engaging
in a dialogue with Israel.
But Yasir Abed Rabbo, a
member of the Palestine
National Council executive
committee who headed the
three-member PLO delegation
at the talks, said the only way
to reach a settlement of the
issues is through an inter-
national conference.
Rabbo, who is an official of
the Marxist Democratic Front
for the Liberation of Palestine,
said the PLO would be willing
to talk to Israel directly on
arrangements for a confer-
ence, but stressed that this
would not be negotiations.
Israel rejects any participa-
tion by the PLO in the peace
process and has criticized the
U.S. dialogue with the organi-
Israeli Premier Yitzhak Sha-
mir is expected to propose,
when he meets President Bush
on April 6, some sort of self-
rule for the Palestinians. The
residents of the West Bank
and Gaza Strip would be able
to elect their own leaders.
But Rabbo said that holding
election while in the territories
are under Israeli "occupation"
are "out of the question."
POLICE INTERVENTION. An Israeli border police
trooper scuffles with one of the Orthodox Jewish worship-
pers who tried to prevent women from leading a prayer
group at the Western Wall, a practice frowned upon by
Orthodox traditvm. (AP/Wide World Photo)
Violence Demonstrates
Need for Pluralism
Premier Shimon Peres denied
a newspaper report that he
intends to present a peace plan
calling for the establishment of
a demilitarized Palestinian
state in the administered terri-
Pressed during a television
interview, however, Peres
hinted that he may have plans
that refer to a "Palestinian
entity," pointing out there was
little difference between such
a body and the autonomy ideas
agreed to by both Likud and
Attache Beit-Or
To Address
Drora Beit-Or, attache for
women's affairs of the Israeli
Embassy in Washington, D.C.,
will be guest speaker at the
South Florida Council
of Na'amat USA's annual
donor luncheon Sunday, April
9, noon, at the Fontainebleu
Hilton Hotel.
Beit-Or, top-ranking official
of the State of Israel assigned
to the U.S. embassy, has
served in her present position
since December. An attorney,
she also trained at the Adler
Institute for Human Relation-
ships in Israel.
From 1985-87, Beit-Or was
legal advisor to the Lavon
Institute for Labor Research
and headed its Golda Meir
Memorial Department. Prior
to that, she directed the Tel
Aviv University Research Pro-
ject on Peace, organizing
activities for joint research on
Egypt and other Arab nations.
She has served for several
years as legal advisor on
women's affairs issues
to Na'amat in Israel and is an
active member of the Kol
Koreh Association, a volun-
tary organization dealing with
the defense of human rights in
Luncheon chairman is Har-
riet Green, president of the
South Florida Council and
national vice president
of Na'amat USA.
Peres to Propose
Palestinian Entity?
He also indicated a new will-
ingness to consider negotia-
tions with members of the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
"Who does the PLO repre-
sent?" Peres asked. "The
majority of the Palestinians
live in Jordan. The PLO cer-
tainly doesn't talk for them.
And if it claims to talk for the
Palestinians on the West Bank
and Gaza, why should we not
talk to them directly?"
The Labor Party leader said
he would discuss his ideas pri-
vately with Yitzhak Shamir
before the prime minister tra-
vels to Washington in early
April. But he said he would not
discuss them openly or even
present them to the Cabinet
until Shamir returns home.
"I want Shamir to go to
Washington under the best
possible circumstances,"
Peres said. "If he can per-
suade the Americans to accept
the plan, well and good. If he
can persuade the Palestinians
to accept it, well and good."
Shamir refused to comment
on the rumored Peres plan,
Continued on Page 10
attack by ultra-Orthodox men
on a women's prayer group at
the Western Wall in Jerusalem
has angered some American
Jewish groups and convinced
them of the need to promote
religious pluralism in Israel.
The incident occurred when
ultra-Orthodox men tried to
prevent some 60 women from
holding a prayer service at the
Western Wall, Judaism's holi-
est site. Police lobbed tear gas
to disperse the protesters, who
had begun to hurl metal chairs
at the women, injuring one of
Although accounts of the
incident vary, the women were
said to have eschewed the car-
rying of a Torah or the don-
ning of prayer shawls, at the
request of Rabbi Meir Yehuda
Getz, the Religious Affairs
Ministry official in charge of
the Wall. The ultra-Orthodox
consider both acts to be defile-
ment when performed by
Among those groups pro-
testing the violence were the
American Jewish Committee,
American Jewish Congress,
Americans for Progressive
Israel and the Orthodox Rab-
binical Council of America.

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Nobel Scientist and His
Big Bang Theory
Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 9
Jewi*h Floridian Staff Writer
" ... In these matters
take no notice of the
words of any man, for it
is the foundation of our
faith that God created the
universe from nothing,
that time did not exist
before, because it depends
on the motion of the
sphere and that too was
The Guide to the Perplexed"
ARNO Penzias knows that
quote by Maimonides (The
Rumbam) as well as he knows
the source of radio waves from
outer space. Penzias is a Jew-
ish Nobel Prize-winning scien-
tist who has climbed the pres-
tigious ladder to become vice
president for research at
AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Penzias discussed his first
book, "Ideas and Information:
Managing in a High Tech
World" (Norton) with The Jew-
ish Floridian, and also shared
some of his religious beliefs.
As a scientist examining the
cosmological picture, Penzias
and another colleague at Bell
discovered radiation from
outer space, a source which
was identified as leftover heat
from the explosive origin of
the universe, the so-called
'Big Bang."
"Did you expect 5,000
years," Penzias says in answer
to biblical scholar views that
the earth was created just over
five milleniums ago.
Penzias talks more in terms
of 18 billion years.
"IF you look at the universe,
and almost everyone agrees,
the big issue is that whenever
you look in space you find all
the galaxies were next to each
other 18 billion years ago, and
in that instant they were given
enough energy to fly apart,
and that's called the 'Big
"That theory was called the
Big Bang as a perjorative
name, because for scientists
who did not want to believe in
a created universe the notion
that it was created in one
instant was abhorrent. So the
universe created out of noth-
ing fits Maimonides very well.
(Maimonides) says matter,
time, space were created out
of nothing."
But Penzias' religious beliefs
aside, the scientist is focusing
on the here and now, and
certainly the future. He sees
beyond telephone communica-
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on screen and be able to trans-
mit messages through the
phone. That is only a few years
Penzias was born in Munich
56 years ago and his family
fled in 1939 at the outset of the
Holocaust. He has been at Bell
Labs for 28 years, working on
the cutting edge of some of the
world's most sophisticated
"Don't worship
machines. Worship
what the human being
can do."
"When I look at the future, I
simply don't see intelligent
machinery," Penzias says, de-
scribing one of the themes of
his book. "I don't see it today
and I don't see it in the future.
I see enormous opportunities
for help from computers but I
don't confuse that with intelli-
HIS book traces technology
from the Babylonian period, to
the future, with an eye on how
the job market will adapt.
"I see jobs that are now
secretarial and clerical being
upgraded, just as the person
who used to dig ditches (now)
operates a backhoe. I see com-
puters doing for our minds
what electric motors did for
reaching power of our mus-
cles. Computers extend reach-
ing powers of our minds. I see
computers very much like
automobiles. They're wonder-
ful to help you with your
speed, but they're no good at
helping you with directions."
The whole idea of the book,
Penzias says, in author-friend-
ly terms, is "Don't worship
LUX. 3 Bed/2 bath house,
deck, skylights. All new
beaut, furn. Presidential
Estates, Swan Lake, sea-
sonal. Option to buy.
machines. Worship what the
human being can do."
He looks to the bright side of
technology and his own com-
pany and notes that people
probably have more copper
pennies in their pockets
because of the development of
fiber optic equipment that
allows phone calls to be
beamed throughout the world
on a thread of glass the diame-
ter of a human hair.
These developments have
further ecological value. "In
the U.S. right now every year,
there are one trillion pieces of
paper in filing cabinets, which
no one will ever take out again.
For every newborn baby, five
empty file cabinets are pro-
"AT&T is aiming at trying
to produce more efficient
movement and management of
information. Look at retired
people. Every year we have
more and more retired people
and fewer workers and work-
ers have to produce more. You
will have to make work more
efficient, and more productive,
so there will be a bigger pie."
friends of7J,-year-old Dr. Kurt Moshe Schaliinger watch as
h# is laid to rest in a Tel Aviv cemetery. Dr. Schaliinger
died of knife wounds received on a Tel Aviv street, the victim
of a Palestinian Gaza man who also injured two other
Israeli Jews. (AP/Wide World Photo)
Rare Haggadah
A rare 18th century Passover Haggadah, handwritten by
Jacob Sofer ben Rabbi Yehuda Leib in 1730 in Berlin and
lamburg, is part of Yeshiva University Museum's private
The Haggadah, which includes 14 drawings, is one of only
khree in the world written by the scribe. The other two are on
lisplay at the British Museum in London and Comunite
sraelitica of Rome.
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Page 10 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 7, 1989
JNF Honors Dantzkers
Honorable Ben and Ruth
Dantzker will receive the Com-
munity Leadership Aware
from the Jewish Nationa
Fund of Broward and Palm
Beach counties at a luncheon
in their honor, on Sunday,
April 9, 10:30 a.m. at the
Inverrary A Club Resort.
Members of the community
are invited to participate in a
"Scroll of Honor" which will
be presented to the Dantzkers
at the luncheon. Levels of par-
ticipation are as follows:
Parkland, $25,000 (5,000
trees); Woodland, $10,000
(2,000 trees); Grove, $5,000
(1,000 trees); Orchard, $1,500
(300 trees); and Garden, $500
(100 trees).
Chairman for the luncheon is
Libo Fineberg, Esq. Honorary
Chairpersons are Samuel and
Helene Soref. The Host Com-
The five-star Ramada
Renaissance Hotel in Jeru-
salem, Israel's largest hotel
complex, is in the final
stages of a major expansion
project, the Grand Ballroom
Center. When completed in
late autumn of this year, the
Center will accommodate
up to 1,000 people in a
single room in five-star ban-
quet comfort, creating the
largest such facility in the
Middle East.
Recently, the Renaissance
Hotel's 250-room addition,
the Royal, opened. The com-
plex now consists of 650
rooms, including luxurious
suites. The temporary con-
nection between the two
towers is soon to be replac-
ed by a lobby expansion.
The spacious lobbies feature
a variety of restaurants and
dining rooms, shopping
facilities and a beauty par-
lor. The hotel also boasts an
outdoor swimming pool and
tennis courts, and an indoor
health club featuring a
heated pool, fully equipped
Nautilus room, gym, sauna,
steam room and jaccuzi.
Area Deaths |
Lenore Toni. a resident of Sunrise, was
the mother of Kim Cheli and the sister of
Martin and Burt Lippman. Services were
held March 22.
Anna, a resident of Sunrise, died at the
age of 93. Services were in New York,
with arrangements handled by Levitt-
Melvin, past president of Ner Talmud
Congregation, died March 24, at the age
of 89. A resident of Fort Lauderdale, he
was also a past president of the Men's
Club of Ner Talmud and a member of the
Covenant Club, Twin Orchards Country
Club, Zionist Organization and the Inter-
State Commerce Groups. He is survived
by his wife, Lillian; daughters. Shirlee
(Harry) Abraham and Barbara (Paul)
Smithson; sister. Florence Hattis; grand-
children, Jacquelyn Stone, Jeffrey Har-
ris, Gary Smithson, Shelley Heavenrich,
Anan Singh Khalsa and David Smithson;
and great-grandchildren of Bradley,
Andrew, Jason, Peggy, Daniel, Karen
and Hargobkind Khalsa. Graveside ser-
vices were in Chicago, Illinois; local
arrangements were by Levitt-Weinstein.
Mack, of Coral Springs, died at the age of
81. Services were held in New York, with
arrangements handled by Levitt-Wein-
Proposed Entity?
Continued from Page 8
which was disclosed by the
respected Hebrew daily
Ha'aretz. But he said that the
national unity government
must not be allowed to col-
According to the Ha'aretz
story, the peace plan was
drawn up by Peres and a
"think tank" led by reserve
Brig. Gen. Ephraim Sneh, for-
mer head of the civil adminis-
tration in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip. The story said it
would be made public next
month, after Shamir returns
from his talks with President
Bush in Washington.
Sneh, speaking from Geneva
in an interview with Israeli
army radio, denied that there
was a detailed alternative plan
to the one Shamir will bring to
the United States. But he
spoke of some new "ideas."
The basis of those ideas, he
said, is the assumption that
Shamir's visit will be a failure.
The story came amid a bar-
rage of advice being leveled at
Shamir by politicians from all
shades of the political spec-
trum, as the premier prepared
for the U.S. trip.
Unemployment at Peak
TEL AVIV (JTA) Israel's unemployment rate rose
sharply over the first two months of this year, reaching a
two-and-a-half year high of around eight percent of the
work force.
The last time unemployment peaked at this level was in
June 1986.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits,
seasonally adjusted, reached 33,000 on average for the first
two months of 1989, up from the 32,400 monthly average
for the last quarter of 1988.
mittee is comprised of many
leaders and political figures in
the community.
Ben, who served as Presi-
dent of the JNF of Broward
and Palm beach Counties from
1985-1987, and Ruth have
shown great support and dedi-
cation to the State of Israel
throughout their lives. Funds
raised at the luncheon in their
honor will be used to create a
forest of 20,000 trees in Israel
to help replant and the devas-
tated areas destroyed by
arsonists again enhancing the
quality of life and contributing
to the security of Eretz Yis-
Information and reserva-
tions, contact the JNF of
Broward and Palm Beach
counties at: Broward, 305/572-
2593; Boca Raton, 407//391-
1806; and Palm Beach 407/
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WJC: Reassess
lime for the United States to
re-evaluate its restrictions on
trade with the Soviet Union, in
light of profound changes
instituted by Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev, the presi-
dent of the World Jewish Con-
gress said.
Speaking in Philadelphia to
the World Affairs Council,
Edgar Bronfman said the U.S.
government should consider
waiving such restrictions
under the Jackson-Vanik
Amendment, which links the
granting of most-favored-
nation trade status to freedom
of emigration for Jews and
other minorities.
His remarks, which were
reported by the WJC office
here, are the latest indication
that thf American Jewish com-
munity will soon drop its oppo-
sition to waiving the 1975
amendment's restrictions.
Sources in the community
believe such a policy change
will occur by June.
Bronfman said his recom-
mendations were based on
analyses undertaken with
members of the East-West
Forum, an international
organization of policy-makers
and scholars he convened
three years ago to arrive at the
best management possible of
K > ; West relations.
The Soviets have gone far
toward answering the prob-
lems that led the U.S. to put
the Jackson-Vanik Amend-
ment into law," said Bronf-
man. "This sea change calls
for an energetic and imagina-
tive Western response."
"Should the Soviets con-
tinue on their current path,"
Bronfman reasoned, "the
I nited Slates administration
should review Jackson-Vanik
restrictions, which prohibit
most-favored-nation status on
tariff issues to any non-market
economy country that restricts
Sources now say they believe
the National Jewish Commun-
ity Relations Advisory Coun-
cil, as well as the WJC, will
probably ask for the waiver in
or around June.
NJCRAC is believed to have
decided on an 18-month waiver
in a closed-door vote at its
annual plenum last month in
NJCRAC officials refused to
verify this at the time, but
there were reports to that
effect in the Long Island Jew-
ish World and Congressional
Dr. Lawrence Rubin, associ-
ate executive vice chairman of
NJCRAC, confirmed that the
umbrella group had held a full
discussion on Jackson-Vanik
during the February conclave.
"A consensus did emerge
which will be articulated
within the process of the
National Conference on Soviet
Jewry at its executive commit-
tee meeting in June," Rubin
The National Conference
released a statement affirming
that the organization is contin-
uing to reassess its policy on
the Jackson-Vanik Amend-
The statement was released
by Shoshana Cardin, confer-
ence chairwoman, who was
attending an executive com-
mittee meeting of the World
Conference on Soviet Jewry in
At the NJCRAC plenum in
February, Cardin had argued
against waiving the amend-
ment, cautioning against
"unjustified euphoria" over
Soviet changes.
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Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
Haig Negative on PLO Talks

Former Secretary of State
Alexander Haig Jr. said that
the U.S. decision to open a
dialogue with the Palestine
Liberation Organizations "was
a mistake" that diverts atten-
tions from the real effort to
achieve peace in the Middle
"It reiterated the PLO's
claim to be the only Palestin-
ian address and suggested to
Israel that the United States
ultimately favors a Palestinian
state," Haig said at a luncheon
of the International Presi-
dent's club of the State of
Israel Bonds Organization.
Some 400 Israel Bonds lead-
ers from the United States,
Canada, Europe, Latin Amer-
ica and Israel were in Wash-
ington for a two-day celebra-
tion of the 10th anniversary of
the signing of the Israeli-
Egyptian peace treaty.
The event included recep-
tions on Capitol Hill and at the
Israeli Embassy, as well as a
closed-door briefing by Secret-
ary of State James Baker.
Haig said that President
Bush has repeatedly asserted
U.S. opposition to a Palestin-
ian state. "Washington should
make sure :hat its pronounce-
ments reflect its policies and
do not build up misconceptions
MERCAZ Council Meeting
MERCAZ, the United States Zionist organization for Conser-
vative/Masorti Judaism, will hold its all-day, annual general
council meeting Sunday, April 9, at the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America (JTS).
Dr. Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of JTS, will highlight the
program with a speech expected to impact the thrust of current
thinking on the issue of "Who is a Jew."
on either side of the dialogue,"
he said.
He said that having PLO
leader Yasir Arafat in the
peace process is like the man
who comes to a dinner dressed
in a tuxedo and carrying a
brown paper bag. "He wants a
seat at the peace table, but
somehow you suspect he is
bringing something that isn't
quite kosher," Haig said.
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Page 12 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, April 7, 1989
Shin Bet Uncovers
Terrorist Ring
Palestinians Deny Shamir Meetings

Security forces scored one of
their most impressive achieve-
ments in recent years when
they uncovered a large terror-
ist ring that has been active for
at least five years in the Jeru-
salem area.
In a meticulous investiga-
tion, police and agents of the
Shin Bet internal security ser-
vice uncovered the ring, which
reportedly was operated by
the Popular Front of the Lib-
eration of Palestine, a Marxist
group led by Dr. George
More than 40 suspects have
been detained, suspected of
throwing Molotov cocktails,
setting cars on fire and attack-
ing Arabs who allegedly collab-
orated with Israeli authorities.
The terrorists, all residents of
East Jerusalem, are believed
to be linked to a number of yet
unresolved terrorist attacks.
Some of the groups' mem-
bers were among those
released from Israeli jails in
the controversial 1985 pris-
oner exchange, in which 1,150
terrorists were released from
Israeli prisons in exchange for
three Israeli soldiers being
held captive by terrorist
groups in Lebanon.
Altogether, the cell is linked
to 50 terrorists attacks in the
past five years, among them
Firebomb attacks on the Brit-
ish and American consulates in
East Jerusalem.
Police described the cell as
"professional, way beyond
other terrorists who operated
in the area in the last few
Many of its members were
trained in Arab countries.
They operated on a near-
perfect system of individual
cells, in which members of one
cell were not aware of the
identities or activities of those
in other cells.
Members of the cells report-
edly received their instruc-
tions in radio broadcasts and
written messages from
Alfred Gottschalk, above,
president of Hebrew Union Col-
lege-Jewish Institute of Reli-
gion, is the author of the
recently updated "To Learn
and to Teach: Your Life as a
rabbi," which has been distri-
buted to synagogues, Hillel
Foundations, libraries, profes-
sors of religious studies and
alumni ofHUC-JJR. The book
provides an in-depth analysis
for young people of the areas of
service open to today's rabbis.
abroad. The cell members
were described as educated
and young between the ages
of 16 and 25.
Their arrest has had an
immediate effect on the level
of violence in the Jerusalem
area, which has since dropped
by two-thirds, according to
Yosef Yehudai, Jerusalem
police commander.
TEL AVIV (JTA) Several
major Palestinian leaders in
the administered territories
have denied reports that they
had met recently with Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, the
daily newspaper Ha'aretz dis-
Aides to the Likud leader
have reported that Shamir has
been meeting recently with
several prominent Palestini-
ans in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. But almost all of the
Palestinians mentioned in
those reports have denied that
any meetings took place.
Bethlehem Mayor Elias
Freij said that he had last met
with Shamir in December
1986. Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, a
philosopher who lives in East
Jerusalem, also vehemently
denied reports that he had
participated in such meetings.
Nusseibeh said he had spo-
ken by phone with Faisal al-
Husseim, who said that neither
he nor colleague Hanna Sin-
iora had met with Shamir.
Husseini heads the Arab Stud-
ies Institute in East Jerusa-
lem, and Siniora is editor of
the East Jerusalem Arabic
newspaper Al-Fajr. Both are
abroad at present.
JNF to Recruit Ex-Soldiers
Israeli soldiers who have just
completed their military ser-
vice will soon have a novel way
of earning money to finance a
trip abroad, while still engag-
ing in active Zionism.
The Jewish National Fund
plans to employ demobilized
Jewish youth in temporary for-
estry work starting this sum-
Natan Sas, head of the
JNF's Central Region Fores-
try Department, told the Jew-
ish Telegraphic Agency re-
cently that the young ex-
soldiers will work mainly in
fire prevention clearing fire
breaks and spraying the edges
of wooded areas to deter the
growth of wild grasses that
help spread fires as well as
pruning trees and planting
According to Sas, "More and
more Jews are showing an
interest in forestry," whereas,
until recently, the JNF work
force was almost solidly Arab.
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