The Jewish Floridian of Tampa

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The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
Portion of title:
Jewish Floridian
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[Miami, Fla
Fred K. Shochet]
Creation Date:
May 2, 1980
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v. : ill. ;


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Jewish newspapers -- Florida ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Tampa (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Hillsborough County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vo1. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 6, 1979)-
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issues for: v.2, no. 21; v.3, no. 14; v.4, no. 32, and; v.8, no. 3, omitted in numbering sequence and were not published.
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issue for Feb. 27, 1981 called also v.3, no. 8, repeating numbering of previous issue.
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issue for Nov. 12, 1982 called v.55, no. 46 in masthead, but constitutes v.4, no. 39, as stated in publisher's statement.
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issues for Jan. 9 & 23, 1987 called v.9, no. 2 & 3, but constitute v.9, no. 1 & 2 respectively.

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Jewi5lh IFIoiridli&in
Off Tampa
Tampa, Florida Friday, May 2,1980
8 Frv) SAoc/ft
Price 35 Cento
est Speaker Tonight at Schaarai Zedek
\ be the forefront of those working for the
>ngre- Reform rabbinate in Israel. This
/ices movement suffered a serious
blow in March of this year when
the Knesset passed a law giving
the the chief rabbinate the sole
authority over which rabbis were
permitted to validate marriages.
Printed here are two state-
ments on the Knesset's actions.
One is signed by Rabbi
ish Student Center
o be Built at USF
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will be
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Jack Roth
Mary Walker (O.B.M.) and Bruce
and Judy Goldin.
The building will feature a
kosher dining hall and meal plan
for students as well as a chapel,
library, class and activity rooms,
and office facilities for the
Chabad staff.
The community is invited to
the groundbreaking ceremonies
to be held on Sunday, May 4, Lag
B'Omer, at noon. Included in the
program will be special at-
tractions for children, including
puppet, magic and clown shows,
pony rides, games of chance and
prizes, jugglers, three-legged
races, plus many other activities
and refreshments.
Among the initial members of
the Building Committee in
formation are: Barbara and
Charles Adler, Marvin
Aronowitz, Link Elozory, Eugene
Eisen, Harry Fink, Jeff Fox,
Jake Gottfried, Morton Gould,
Robert Jaffer, Irwin Karpay, Jim
Linick, Dr. Gilbert Kushner,
Eugene Linsky, Marshall Linsky,
Bruce LeVine, Judy Levitt,
Judge Ralph Steinberg, Jack
Roth, Gregory Waksman, and all
the members of the Chabad
House Executive Committee of
Tampa, St. Petersburg Clear-
water, and Sarasota, cities where
Chabad has programs at USF's
branch campuses.
Alexander Schindler, president of
the Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, and Rabbi
Roland Gittelsohn, president of
the Association of Reform
Zionists of America. The other is
from Rabbi Richard Hirsch,
executive director of the World
Union for Progressive Judaism.
Rabbi Zemer will be discussing
this and other current situations
which liberal Judaism faces in
Israel today.
Rabbi Zemer was born and
raised in the Midwest United
States. After receiving his
Bachelor of Arts degree from the
University of California at Los
Angeles, he went on to study at
the Hebrew Union College-
Jewish Institute of Religion in
Cincinnati for rabbinic or-
dination. In 1963, Rabbi Zemer
and his wife made their home in
ter Knows Mideast Score
in the
of an
[a half-
from the
on the
and an
his em-
Palestinians within the meaning
of what one reporter called "dic-
tionary" terms.
"I think the President is
sincerely interested in peace in
the Middle East," Peres
responded. "I think this is his
major consideration rather than
any particular solution. His main
interest is to maintain the mo-
mentum of peace in the Middle
East an area that is today
loaded with pressing and
dangerous issues. I am referring
to the Russian thrust, the future
of the Persian Gulf, the very
extreme religious streaks that
have emerged recently in some of
the countries."
Asked about Carter's views on
settlements and "full auton-
omy," Peres said, "The Begin
government all of us agree
with the Camp David language
on full autonomy. Autonomy is
less than independence and more
than the present situation. But
where exactly is the middle? It is
about this point that we are now
PERES WAS asked if Carter
is closer to Sadat than to Prune
Minister Menachem Begin on
autonomy. He replied,
understood correctly what he
(Carter) told me, he is looking for
middle way between the two
positions." Peres said Carter
stated four "basic points. He
said these were a united
Jerusalem; no Palestinian state;
no negotiations with the Pales-
As a Reform rabbi in the State
of Israel for the past 17 years,
Rabbi Zemer has worked in
behalf of the World Union for
Progressive Judaism, the inter-
national arm of the Reform
Movement. He is a leader of the
Reform Movement in Israel, and
a founder of two Reform (Pro-
gressive! congregations there
one in Ramat Gan (1963), and one
in Tel Aviv (1966). Rabbi Zemer
is a member and former chairman
of MARAM, the Israel Council of
Progressive Rabbis.
Moshe Zemer still serves the
Tel Aviv congregation he helped
establish 14 years ago, Kedem
Synagogue, and under his leader-
ship, the members of Kedem will
scon erect their first pemanent
home. The new Kedem
Synagogue will be the first
structure to be erected in Israel
for the sole purpose of housing a
Reform congregation.
Reaction to Knesset Move
March 20,1980
The World Union for Pro-
gressive Judaism expresses its
strong opposition to the law on
the chief rabbinate adopted
March 19, 1980, in the Knesset,
especially to Paragraph 2 (6).
This paragraph impedes the
struggle for religious freedom
and equal rights for all religious
movements in the State of Israel.
The legislation goes beyond the
present religion-state accom-
modation, bad enough as it is.
For the first time, the prerogative
of recognizing a rabbi as a
Continued on Page 2
Chairman, Israel Labor Party
On behalf of the 3,000
delegates to the UAHC Biennial
in "Toronto who applauded
Labor's promises to work for
Jewish pluralism in Israel, and on
behalf of the more than one
million American and Canadian
Reform Jews they represent, we
voice profound outrage over your
Party's unanimous support for
the Knesset legislation enacted
yesterday, which enlarges the
Orthodox monopoly over the
religious affairs of Israel's Jewish
community. Labor's votes
provided the majority, severely
Continued on Page 2
tine Liberation Organization;
and keeping the "spirit" of the
Camp David agreements.
Asked by the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency if he had any
indication of the views of Carter
or others on sovereignty over all
of Jerusalem, he answered, "no."
The Israeli Labor Party leader
explained that "the majority" of
his party has "some differences"
with the Begin government about
the West Bank, "namely, that we
would like to see the Jordanians
coming in and partaking in the
negotiations on the Palestinian
issue and the West Bank so to
build a Jordanian-Palestinian
framework in which the Pales-
tinian issue can find its fair
solution in the future."
response to this, Peres said, "He
was very interested in it. He
added, laughing. "I don't think
he became a member of the Labor
Party or Likud. I gathered from
him he is not taking part in
Israeli politics or vice versa.
Peres was questioned about
the view that "the Bible deeds
the occupied territories to the
Jews," an apparent reference by
the reporter to the views ex-
pressed to Begin here last week
by a group of Evangelical
Christian ministers supporting
Israel. Peres said. "The Bible is a
document that deals with wider
issues than just territories. I
Continued oa Page
Shira Meirovich
Andrew Cohen
Israel Independence Day
Essay Contest Winners
Winners of the Israel
Independence Day Essay
Contest, sponsored by the Tampa
Jewish Federation, were an-
nounced during the Saturday
night opening ceremonies.
First place winner in grades 6-
8, is Andrew Jay Cohen, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cohen.
Andrew is in the sixth grade at
Maddux Private School.
First place winner is grades 3-5
is Shira Meirovich, Clearwater,
daughter of Cantor and Mrs.
Moshe Meirovich. Shira attends
Hillel School and is in the fourth
grade. They each received a prize
of $60.
Second place winners were
Amy Solomon in grades 6-8 and
Caryn Zielonka in grade 3-5. Amy
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Solomon and is a seventh
grader at Hillel School. Caryn,
the daugher of Dr. and Mrs. Carl
Zielonka, is in the third grade at
Hillel School They each received
a S25 prize.
The prizes, provided by Hope
and Les Barnett in memory of
Hope's father, Irving P. Cohen,
were presented by Ben Green-
baum, president of Tampa
Jewish Federation. There were
over 60 entries in the contest.
See two winning

/ne Jewisn tlondtSn oj iampa_
Begin Background
Jerusalem is 'David's Capital'
(JTA) Israeli Prime
Minister Menachem Begin'
ended his four-day stay in
Washington with the vow
that the Jewish people will
never allow Jerusalem to
leave Israel's sovereignty
and a warning to the
nations of the free world
not to sacrifice Israel's
security because of oil
shortages or other dif-
ficulties they may face at
present. '
In an emotional address to
more than 1,000 people jammed
into the 600-seat auditorium at
the Shoreham Hotel, Begin
repeated his positions on
Jerusalem, Jewish settlements on
the West Bank and Israel's
unqualified opposition to "self-
determination" for the Pales-
tinian Arabs which, he said, "is a
contradiction of the Camp David
agreement." He likened actions
in support of self-determination
to the appeasement of Nazi
demands on Czechoslovakia in
BEGIN SPOKE at a combined
meeting sponsored by the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations,
the Israel Bond Organization and
the United Jewish Appeal. He
was greeted with deafening
applause and applause punc-
tuated his hour-long speech many
times. The meeting was described
by some observers as the greatest
1 pro-Israel demonstration in
Washington, probably since
David Ben Gurion's first visit
here 32 years ago as Prime
Minister of Israel.
Begin decisively ruled out par-
ticipation by the inhabitants of
East Jerusalem in the vote for
the autonomous authority on the
West Bank. "Israel is east,
west, north and south under
one sovereignty, the sovereignty
of Israel," he declared.
"Jerusalem is the heart of our
people, our history, our culture,
our dreams and prayers. So it will
be for all generations to come, so
help us God," he said. He added
that "without any qualification,
the world should know, all
nations should know that this
issue Jerusalem is D.C.
David'8 Capital."
Begin said that "we promised autonomy but not
a Palestinian state in all but
name." He recalled that in 1938,
Germany demanded "self-deter-
mination" for Germans in
Czechoslovakia, and "we know
what took place." He said current
calls for "self-determination" for
Palestinian Arabs and the 1938
episode are "a dreaful analogy.
We cannot play around with
HE SAID that at Camp David
he was asked to give "but we
refused to give our signature to
He implied criticism of the
Western nations for not standing
together in the face of Soviet
aggression. He said that because
of events in Afghanistan and in
Iran, some nations perceive their
need for oil and for the support ol
Hirsch: Shocked at Vote
Continued from Page 1
registering authority for mar-
riages is transferred from* the
Minister of Religious Affairs,
who is a civil servant, to the
Council of the Orthodox Chief
Rabbinate, a religious body
which represents only one move-
ment in Judaism.
The movement for progressive
Judaism was shocked at the vote
of those parties which have re-
peatedly dec hired their op-
position to a theocratic state and
to the inequities to which non-
Orthodox groups are subject in
the State of Israel. Not only did
these parties and their individual
members fail to oppose
paragraph 2 (6) but, motivated by
short-term political gain, they
openly supported the legislation.
The movement is especially
disturbed at the deal made with
the National Religious Party by
the Labor Party, whose leader
Shimon Peres, had in December,
1979. before 4,000 delegates of.
the American movement and in
February, 1980, before the 1,000
delegates to the international
conference, declared that it would
initiate legislation to assure equal
rights for all Jewish religious
movements in Israel. The legis-
lation supported by the Labor
Party now makes a mockery of
its declarations and runs counter
to its own declared principles.
The Reform and Conservative
movements together represent
the majority of the religiously
affiliated Jews in the world. This
legislation therefore will severely
strain the relations between the
Jewish State and the Jewish
people abroad. Moreover, by per-
petuating the policy of religious
discrimination, it violates the
spirit and letter of Israel's dec-
laration of independence.
Rabbi Richard G. Hirsch,
Executive Director,
World Union for
Progressive Judaism
Hillel School of Tampa
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the Moslem world and make
demands on Israel to "give m.
He said whatever their dif-
ficulties they must not make
demands "at the expense of
Israel." He did not name any
Begin said the Soviet Union
supports the Palestine Liberation
Organization and the PLO's
"genocidal methods." He said
The PLO charter is the second
edition of Mein Kampf" He
observed that "when liberty is
endangered all free men must
unite." He also said that he will
recommend to the Israel Olympic
Committee that Israel boycott
the Olympic .Games in Moscow
this summer.' To go to Moscow,
he said, would be "business as
SHORTLY before the meeting
opened, the White House issued a
statement on Begin s talks with
President Carter on autonomy. It
announced that Egypt, Israel
and the U.S. have agreed to meet
"for accelerated negotiations in
both Israel and Egypt, beginning
before the end of April in Herz-
liya." The proposal had been
made by Begin for meetings
during the next 40 days, alter-
nating between Herzliya and
Alexandria, in an attempt to
reach an agreement on autonomy
by the May 26 target ilate.
Delegates Voice
Outrage At

Continued from Page 1
handicapping efforts our
Movement has recently initiated
through Israel's democratic-
processes to gain for non-
Orthodox rabbis the right to
perform marriages in the State of
We deplore this not only for its
betrayal of publicly-stated
pledges, which you reiterated
only three weeks ago at the
International Conference of the
World Union for Progressive
Judaism meeting in Jerusalem
We deplore it also for its cynical
political calculation which mocks
lofty commitments to the unity
of the Jewish people, and to the
rights of Jews everywhere to live
according to the dictates of their
own conscience. Indeed, this
right was not even extended to
members of your own Knesset
faction, who were compelled
through the imposition of party
discipline to support legislation
repugnant to them.
But, Mr. Peres, Labor is not
accountable to us alone. By
betraying the very principles
upon which Labor Zionism was
founded to make Israel a more
open society in which the in-
dividual Jewish soul may realize
its full potential you have
broken faith with those who
voted for Labor's Knesset slate in
hopes that these principles could
be reflected in Israel's laws.
Above all, you must answer to
the chaverim of Kibbutz Yahel,
who have chosen to build their
settlement within the
framework of your own kibbutz
movement. You must explain to
them, Mr. Peres, why Labor
Party votes have tipped the
balance in favor of legislation
which frustrates hopes these
young halutzim have of being
married by the rabbi of their
Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler,
President, Union of American
Hebrew Congregations
Rabbi Roland B. Gittelaoha,
President, ARZA-Aasociatioa of
Reform Zionists of America
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iCall me about your social news
| at 872-4470)
Three cheers for 8'/i-year-old Lara i
| Michael and Janet Kaes. Recently, Lara was informedSff M
I and fellow pianist Andrea Foster, daughter of Mr i>u!iN
1 Andy Foster, were the winners of the "Piano Dun F '
:j: Primary III" at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs SI
V Convention, held at the Orlando Marriott Hotel on Ail
:j: Lara went to this competition by earning a superior nt 1
: solo and in duo at a music festival held last February inT*'l
>: This, she was eligible to compete in that state competitio^Si]
x in Orlando. We applaud your performance Lara, and know
x must be very proud of that trophy. Lara is a third grader > n5 I
* Mabry Elementary School and studies piano with
:': Dworshak. Again, our congratulations!
After much waiting, Susan Kelley Argintar baa foil
|ij: arrived! Susan is the baby daughter of Karol and *i
:|: Argintar. She was born at Women's Hospital on April lgi
I 11:37 a.m., and her vital statistics were 8 lbs. 4 ozs. and 2iu i
:: inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. StJ
S Argintar, of Tampa and Mr. and Mrs. LA. winiaBsdl
v Meridian, Miss. Susan also has two great-grandmothers Vj.
Annie Argintar of Tampa and Mrs. Emma KeUey'-of Cental
:: S.C. A warm welcome to you Susan!
Heartiest congratulations to our good friend and dedicate!
| community worker, Nat Shorstein. At a reception and dm
S held April 18 at the Egypt Shrine Temple, Nat was awarded J
plaque by the Hillsborough County Police Benevoieat
:j:: Association. The inscription on this plaque reads: "
:j: recognition of his efforts in crime prevention instruction,aimed]
: at preventing our citizens and merchants from becoming victim
S of crime."
We join with the Police Benevolent Association-^sfaJ
:; 83 year old Nat a sincere round of applause on just anotherone
x <>\ his priceless contributions towards making Tampa a better I
ij: city to live in.
On May I. Rita Cohen, Miami (originally of I'biladelphal
:': who is the mother of Tampan, Sydney Schwartz, and Willie
v Francisco, of San Francisco, father of Tampan. Barbtn
:: (ioldman. will be married by Rabbi Frank Sundheim in hit
j; stud) al Congregation Schaarai Zedek. Sydney's husband, Dr.
: Daniel Schwartz, and Barbara's husband. Dr. Allan (ioldmia,
S work together in the Pulmonary Department at the University
x ol South Florida. So, the four of them being friends, they
: decided to fix their parents up and love did the rest! Makingtbe
:|: marriage ceremony even more special is the fact that the five
grandchildren will participate, Jennifer and Erics Srhwartziid
v Lisa, Carrie, and Jennifer Goldman. The mother of the bride,
:' Esther Sicca, Philadelphia, will fly down for the wedding, too.
:: We think that this marriage is indeed something specialand
| very romantk-. Our wishes of much happiness to all of you.
We certainly were well represented in Gainesville at the
:: 25th anniversary celebration of Delta Kappa Chapter of Deki
;.: Phi Kpsilon. Dr. Robin and Susan Schwartz were there, as were
:|: Moil and Elaine Stupp. (Their daughter, Shari, is a newij
| initiated sister in the chapter). Elaine's sister, Linda Flesch.wis
j:| also there from Clearwater. Stan and Judy Rosenkranz went up
:j: for the occasion, and the Herbert Friedman family made it i
x family reunion. Herb and Nellye went (Herb was president of the
j:j Praent's Club for three years) as did daughter and son-in-law,
| from Seminole, Mary and Ted Kramer; daughter Frances flew
: down from Columbia, S.C. and son, Frank, in dental, school at
* the University of Florida joined them all. The only one missing
:|: was son. Bill, and he had served as waiter for the sorority for
x three years! We'll be hearing more news about Delta Phi Epiam
x" at the University of Florida as Mort and Elaine Stupparethe
:: president and treasurer of the Parent's Club.
April 18 20 the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, North
x Florida Council Spring Convention was held at the Jew*
:j: Community Center in Orlando, and a number of our Tamp"
S youths were there. Among almost 100 who attended from the
x' areas of Tampa. Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando. Clearwata-,
x and Daytona Beach were:
From BB: Susan Steinberg, Shari Kaplan, Bev Karpaj
x Julia Lexer, Wendy Stillman, Connie Otstein, Sheta HaUntt
1 Terry Aronovitz, and Stella Wasserberger.
From AZA: Michael Bobo, Ralph Bobo. Craig Rodettkj,
x Lawrence Linick, Todd Mezrah. Roger Jacobien, Man
>: Greenwald, Brad Haas, Steven Cohen, Kevin Cohen, J*J
| Weinman, Jonathan Anton, Bill Asher, Jeff Shear and \
g Luck.
S Serving as advisors were Lida and Roy Kaplan. frWJl
| Tampa group, four were elected to office in the Nortr,i rwr
| Council including, Stella Wasserberger as membership va
I president, Joey Weisman as program vice president, Men
| Greenwald as secretary, and Brad Haas as president. wn
x Kaplan reports that everyone thoroughly enjoyed this weenew
:::: of "rap sessions, socializing, election of officers, Shabbat a*-
x: vices, and bonfire and life ceremonies.
The Hille! Schools BUCS Dinner is coming up May M:*J
you won't want to miss the fun. football fans. The event win*
| held at the Jewish Community Center at 5 p.m. and you m
:::: feast on "shrljajiri.type" food while shaking hands and getws
8 autographs from several of the BUCS players. In addition, m
I "NFL Highlight film of the 1979 season" will be shown ana us
| winner of the school's benefit for a TV set will be announced
Working on this big event are ro-chainnen Lynn "y.Sa
| Brownstefa, Marsha and Vernon Sherman, Virginia awj"
g Gordimer, Rose and Sidney Schuster, Marilyn and l^u_"j
::: Susan and Art Forman, Mel and Lynn McDonald, Bern*""
X Elaine Markowiu. Glorida and Bud Raff. Laura and *
8 Kreitzer and Susan Kanengizer.
g So don t miss this evening of fun and football raneffl
^: May 18.
Continued on Page 9 ......^

May 2, 1980
_____ The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
ish Community Center Slate Proposed
Jewish Community Center
Lating Committee has
Kd the following slate of
jg. The elections and instal-
ls planned for June 12 at a
annual meeting of the
lh Community Center,
L Jewish Social Service and
Cmpa Jewish Federation,
leers nominated are Presi-
Howard Greenberg; Vice
lents: Leslie Balis, house
jinteannce; Leslie Oster-
membership; Dr. Bob
fctein, program; Alice
thai, ways and means, and
ha Levine, ways and means;
urer, Barry Berg; Sec-
t Glenn Tobin; Members at
_ Sara Richter, Roger Mock,
|haron Mock.
.ninated to serve one-year
I on the board: Sara Cohen,
Lt. Col. Allan Fox, Joe Kerstein,
Laura Kreitzer, Allen Junes,
Jack Roth, David Vogel and
Carol Weinstein.
Nominated to serve two-year
terms on the board: Leslie Balis,
Sid Bleendes, David Boggs,
Harriet Cyment, Leah Davidson,
Jerilyn Goldsmith, Dr. Bob
Goldstein, Elliott Greenbaum,
Leslie Osterweil, Mitch Silver-
man, Karen Solomon, Marlene
Steinberg, Glenn Tobin and Dr.
Gary Zamore.
Members of the board whose
terms do not expire at this time
are: Les Barnett, Hope Barnett,
Barry Berg, Sue Borod, Howard
Greenberg, Marsha Levine, Don
Mellman, Sharon Mock, Roger
Mock, Sara Richter and Alice
Rosen thai.
UJA Young Leadership
Retreat Set This Weekend
Howard Greenberg
ziooal Retreat Chairman
third annual retreat of the
da Region of the UJA
kg Leadership Cabinet will
(eld this weekend for par-
ants in leadership develop-
programs throughout
iu and Puerto Rico.
is year the event will be held
he Dodgertown Conference
er in Vero Beach, the Los
leli's Dodgers Spring
ling Center, especially
ned for retreats.
featured as scholar-in-
residence is Dennis Prager,
scholar, author and director of
the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in
California. This Institute special-
izes in Jewish experiential
programs and has as its purpose
the raising of Jewish conscious-
ness. The theme for the retreat
will be "Jewish Futures It's
Time for Self-Investment."
Keynote speakers will be
Morris J. Amitay, executive
director of the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee (Al-
PAC), Washington, D.C., an
expert on American-Israeli
government relationships, who
will give a comprehensive update
Hadassah Conference
npa Chapter of Hadassah
Bend five delegates to the
da Central Region Con-
ce in Plantation.
ana Anton. Tampa chapter
dent; Barbara Karpay,
bt group president: Frieda
ller, chapter treasurer and
awards chairman; Betty
ble, chapter fund raising vice
Ident and Marilyn
sman, regional speakers
tig chairman will attend the
Jrence May 4 through 6.
attired speakers are Moses
nfeld, international jour-
for the Mutual Broad-
fng System, currently
lizing in the Middle East;
I Blanche Shukow, national
kssah American Affairs
Irtment chairman. The
far in Residence will be
i Sheldon Harr of
regation Kol Ami, Plan-
The region, with ap-
proximately 9,000 members,
includes all of Central Florida,
the West coast (to the panhandle)
and all the East coast from South
Palm Beach county line to
Flagler County.
The opening luncheon, Sunday
will include chapter and group
awards. The Founder's Dinner, a
new event at this year's con-
ference, will honor contributors of
$10,000 or more. Following the
Founder's Dinner will be a
plenary session, open to all,
featuring the National Advisor,
Blanche Shukow and Moses
Monday's banquet will feature
installation of executive officers,
with Terry Rapaport of North
Palm Beach as president for a
second term. The closing lun-
cheon, Tuesday will highlight a
Tribute to Presidents.
iadassah Dove of Peace Lunch
"Pa Chapter of Hadassah
idI its "angala" and donors
Dove of Peace Luncheon
[week at the Host Inter-
nal Hotel. The luncheon and
Pn show was attended by
[women who gave Diana
fc and Barbara Karpay their
?ttention for their reports as
Bents of Tampa Chapter and
H group, respectively.
fign Language
p Jewish Community
*. in cooperation with the
orough County School
and the Deaf Services
will offer a beginning
n sign language for
and others interested in
ng as soon as 15 people
W* an interest.
I Pre-register for the class
f will be offered either free or
fery small fee, call the JCC.
*y and time have been set
* class yet.
Al Mizrahi was honored for
outstanding service to Hadassah
and Israel through his many
unsolicited volunteer efforts.
Betty Tribble received a plaque
from the Ameet group for her
tireless and unselfish dedication
to Hadassah and her ecumenical
spirit. Peggy Feiles announced
two new Hadassah associates,
Marvin Aronovitz and Al
Betty Tribble was donor
chairwoman and mistress of
ceremonies was Betty Tribble,
Elizabeth Shalett was angel
chairwoman. Margie Stern waa
ad book chairwoman.
Elected officers for the coming
year were Diana Anton,
president; Shirley Baiter, ad-
ministrative vice president;
Brenda Hamburg, membership
vice president; Eleanor Fiahman,
fund raising vice president; Anne
Spec tor, program vice president.
Laura Kreitzer, education vice
president; Eleanor Broyaxsky.
secretary; Harriet Glazier,
financial secretary and Freida
Schneidler, treasurer.
on the Middle East and the
American political scene; and
Bobi Klotz. national chairwoman
of the UJA Young Women's
Leadership Cabinet.
Special workshops will high-
light missions to Israel, leader-
ship development planning and
programming, and the Case for
Caring the reasons for cam-
A "Chavura" Shabbat Exper-
ience is planned to help move
those attending toward new and
higher levels of involvement as a
generation of American Jews
committed to the creative sur-
vival of Jews, Judaism and
Letters to
The Ed/tor
EDITOR: The Jewish Floridian:
The Russian Resettlement
Program and the Senior Citizen's
Project of the Jewish Community
Center would like to thank the
following for their contributions
to S.E.T. (Service for Exchange
of Tickets) since the program
begin in February: Rainey,
Kushner, Joyce and Herb
Swarzman, Judy Tawil,
Elizabeth Shalett, Joel Karpay,
Marlene Steinberg and the
Children's Home.
Donations of tickets to various
events thus far total 52. These
contributions have made it
possible for people who would not
normally be able to attend an
event to be able to attend and
enjoy a wonderful eveing.
If anyone else has tickets they
would like to donate, please
contact Marjorie Arnold! or
Christy Reddish at the JCC.
EDITOR, The Jewish Floridian:
The Tampa sunshine only
enhanced a day filled with fun
and excitement for the JCC
"Open House" Family Fun Day.
Our special tanks go to Bernie
Stein, Corey Zimmerman,
Marjorie Arnaldi and Luverne
A very special "Thank You" to
all of the board of directors of the
center, center staff and numerous
other volunteers who worked so
diligently towards the success of
this momentous day truly a
I Swimming Lesson.
J Private or Group (Your Pool)
AgM 6 months asd np
! Call Regina Dresner 935-6537
Campaign Reaches High
The 1980 Tampa Jewish Federation-United Jewish Appeal
Campaign has reached the $680,000 mark, which is the largest
amount ever raised by the Tampa community, Michael L.
Levine, campaign chairman, has reported.
Levine also reported that there is approximately 15 to 20
percent of the campaign to be completed, and Telethon sessions
will continue until all cards are completed.
The Tampa Jewish Federation Women's Division has
surpassed the $120,000 level, a record amount for'the Women's
Slate Named for
Jewish Social Service
The nominating committee of
Tampa Jewish Social Service
presented the following slate to
the board at its April meeting.
The election and installation will
take place June 12 when a joint
annual meeting is planned be-
tween the Social Service, Jewish
Community Center and the
Tampa Jewish Federation.
Nominated for a two-year term
(1980-1982) are President, Paula
Zielonka; Vice President, Steve
Segall; Secretary, Nance Linsky;
Treasurer, Don Mellman, and
Parliamentarian, Joyce Swar-
Nominated for three-year
terms on the TJSS board are
Terry Aidman, Leonard Gotler,
Don Mellman, John Osterweil,
Ruth Polur, Irene Rubenstein,
: Jafc
Paula Zielonka
Tanya Schwartz, Goldie Shear,
Abe Silber and Joyce Swarzman.
Tampa Members Sweep Elections
At the North Florida Council
convention held in Orlando,
Tampa AZA and BBG swept the
elections. Brad Haas is North
Florida Council Aleph Gadol;
Joey Weissman is first vive
president, programming; Stella
Wasserberger, second vice
president, membership and Mark
Greenwald is secretary.
The convention was attended
by over 100 teenagers with
Tampa sending 25. One of the
features of the meeting was the
establishment of the AZA and
BBG chapters in Clear-water.
They sent four delegates to the
convention to receive their
honors as the newest North
Florida Council chapters.
Mitzvah Luncheon
The Sisterhood of Congrega-
tion Rodeph Sholom will hold its
Sixth Annual Mitzvah luncheon
Wednesday, May 7, in the Social
Hall of Congregation Rodeph
Sholom. The Miriam and Sarah
Circles will host the luncheon
scheduled for 11 a.m.
Special features of the day will
be gourmet hors d'oeurves,
Oriental cuisine, wine and a
Spring / Summer fashion show
by Robinson's. Reservations may
be made with Evelyn Jenkins or
Sylvia Richman.
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Volume 2
1 IYAR 5740
Number 1
Perhaps for the first i
World War II. we had the Soviets
ideological barrel fa the
of thair favaafan of
More than any-
thing efae. oar Orympac Games
boycott placed great strains upon
the Soviets
Cyrus Vance Resigns
The tragic misfiring of the U5. effort to free our
x hostages in Teheran now results in the resignation of
I Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. It is no secret that
;! this is a victory for hardliner Zbigniew Brzezinski,
who b President Carter's National Security Adviser.
Whatever effort the Jewish community may
: have made in the past to cozy up to Brzezinski. the
S fact is that he is not a cozying-up type. What we can
now expect is not only a tougher stand against the
Soviet Union, with all the risks attendant to someone
jg in power sporting a short fuse.
We can also expect a harder line on the ad-
$: ministration's demand for more and more con-
^cessions from Israel on the settlements and the
Palestinian autonomy question.
By the time our own speculations are in print, a
Snew Secretary of State will have already been
chosen: we do not intend here to be a prohpet as to
S who President Carter's choice will be.

IVictory for Hardliners
One interesting thought in this regard was the I
rumor of possibility pointing at former Secretary of S
: State Henry Kissinger, despite the fact that choice
: would mean jumping the Democratic Party fence.
We say interesting because of Kissinger s state-
ment as late as last week criticizing President 1
Carter's Middle East policies as aimed at
ore and more concessions out of Israel for
until peace is achieved at the cost of the very :
destruction of the State itself.
Would Dr. Kissinger pursue an opposite course 5
if he had the opportunity? He certainly did not when S
he was Secretary of State in the administrations of
Presidents Nixon and Ford. Nor would he be able to ::'-:
faced with the monolithic Zbigniew Brzezinski.
In the end. the point is that it will hardly matter fi
who is President Carter's choice. In the end. the S
point is that it will be Brzezinski who sets the course. :j:
This may be more pessimistic a conclusion for 8
events in the Middle East, if possible, than the tragic
failure of our hostage operation itself.
100 Years for ORT

In Russia the year was 1880. and a smell group
I of Jewish men met with the Czar to petition htm to*:
I allow them to open a school to teach Jewish boys a x
:: skill so they might find jobs.
Now we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of S
I this Organization these men founded named ORT. In:?
I the United States, over 140.000 women work tog
I support 100.000 students in schools aQ over the?
I world. Working alongside Women's American ORT x
j there is a group of men organized throughout the :*
| United States, including South Florida, who support ::
" the worldwide ORT vocational and fjrhniral &
education program.
The year 1980 marks one century of ORTa
service as the vocational and technical education $
program of the Jewish people.
/ Because of ORT. more than two million Jews 3
were given the modernl skills that helped them ]
attain livelihood and often life itself Because of g
OUT. two million Jews were able to lift themseivea "j
up from squalor and hopelessness to productive lives
in the societies in which they lived.
Because of ORT. the State of Israel gained a top-
level, dynamic, innovative vocational and t*r+mica|
education system that became the major force in
1 turning out desperately needed skilled workers for
'i Israel's burgeoning economy. Because of ORT. the
I Jewish world and indeed the world of all mankind
J was made a somewhat better and more human
to five.
For the first tune, viable
cracks began to show fa the
Kremlin power struggle between
the moderate crvufan old men
who rale the Muscovite Empire
fa the Kremlin and the young
Turk ccenmandars of their
military machine.
into Pahs last week with hfa tail
between his fags far a scheduled
tongue-lashing on Afghanistan
by Presadent Gfacard d'Estamg
a faaaoB fa chastening so im-
probable in the general design of
simplistic French self-interest
these days that one could only
marvel that it would be taking
place at all
Gromyko came to "explain
the So vets leadership dilemma
the young Turk "ait"* who
are taking over control of his
country even before the old men
have dfad- "Hum was the
Afghanistan decision, be would
bleat, it was not the decision of
the old men. who still stand for
SALT II and detente.
AD this, of course, was before
the U S landing in the deserts of
Iran. By the time Gromyko was
scheduled to meet with
d'Estamg, he was already lec-
turfag us before the world on our
'reckless adventurism. His
back stiffened, he could not only
push Afghanistan into forgotten
rustory but give every signal that
a French tongue-Lashing would be
an unwelcome political
wwQessCuTO QJB1S
The 0 S. servicemen who died
deserve that we honor them But
we lost an even more priceless
prize than they .
THE CUBAN community of
South Florida shows a rhanhfaw
riaiagaid for the welfare of the
total community fa its relentless
drive to uanepmt aQ of Cuba
preoaety here to these shore* sad
They are not to be blamed.
Absurd federal laws governing
enmigration. education aad
welfare have encum agul m them
the strange view that" for Cabana
the process of becoming s cstfaen
pubhc mast bear fa"
and the sadnndual
pri ii ilaairf to enjoy
raaua of personal discomfort
have not been any more
They have created a
monster, largely
public school system that
none too much quality to
with, and bifurcated the
twean opposing Latin
Anglo" fores* a
rages are finally baginnfag
THE REACTION of the en-
trenched Cuban community to
the Castro decision to allow more
emigration shows not a whit of
concern for any of this. Its
flagrant disregard of government
pleas to engage fa no illegal alien
activity may be understandable
because, after au. the govern-
ment never discouraged them fa
this before.
But it is not understandable
reckoned in terms that the Cuban
community, after all these years.
remains Cuban first an out-
come predicted by many who
have been long documenting fas
high-handed cultural swash-
buckling and long been warning
against the recreation of a
Quebec-Canada struggle into a
Cuba-America struggle trans-
planted onto the now mythic
sands of South Florida
For me personally, there is an
added wrinkle in all this
Cuba's refusal to accept a boat-
load of Jewish refugees fleeing
from Nazi oppression during the
Hitler era. The United State*, of
course, refused to accept them
But the Cubans, who these
days are so full of the ideological
platitudes about political op-
pression, must now begin to
reckon with a stiffening
.American pokey that in the
future wul force their countrymen
to seek refuge on other shores, as
Where were their platitude* 40
years ago? .
GENERALLY speaking. I am
an admirer of the Los Angtits
Tunes asssssssssst. Joseph Sobran
But the other day. he wrote an
absofataty scurrilous obituary on
the paafaag of Jean-Paul Sartre
that shows either prejudice or
lgxiorante of the chstmguathed
French philosophers teachings
or both.
Sobran says of Sartre that hfa
mordant view of human as*
always struck me a* unnatural
artifkml there m .
thiag as false
was an
phuoeupby existaau^fr-**'
, Prud. sssfa
aae. Why that .. ij*
"*T *r* common *.
114Hobs, common {n^1
Or Baaybe I do know a
a Sarueii
the Catholic Churd,*-
Is cynicism n
* Sartn
rapafojve pedant.
And than, of course, i_
the Muscovites themstbrni
famed the Catholics in 1 j
wadding of malevolence toi
Sartre because his
cuts the authority of 1
Marxism in practice.
IN PACT. Sartre 1
supreme optimist To begat
he waa an atheist, and it
huge quantities of optinfaf
survive a lifetime in an 1
universe without a belief inC
Second. Sartre placed
himself fa the role of
reaching that each of ut i
own God fa the sense that si j
saddled with the burdn 1
creating oursekes. This a\
freedom means the right j
make of ourselves what wm
a process of self-confroa
curing which we analy* 1
essence and finally create 1
selves in our own image.
Third, this creative process;
not go on without the
awareness in us of 1
sibihty to others, as well *{
ourselves. We can not create!
hazardly. but only in unison 1
our duty to what Sartn 1
Other a strange "I an I
brother's keeper attitude hi
atheist to adopt as
principle of action
Above al. Sartre wanttdl
know that men must
succumb in their perceptual
themselves to the views of 0"
who have preconceived
ceptioas of them that theyl
to impose upon mink
HENCE, and this is
ha is at his most 1
venial from a ritualistic point*
view, it fa mtctstan, for thei
uijy of mankind that God 1
exist, since God makes 1
of men who readJy submill
doctrine* issued from on higkl
whereas free men. if they
truly free, must make their <*|
doctrines by which to live.
This holds true for any Gil
religious or economy, such*"
gods that the Marxists aawef
This fa paasimnr~'' On tat'
trary. fc fa optimism
_ m the)
free S*
1 no wonder 1
he (V^*- Church
.,_ he would havef*'
owt*fhwafaess 0rth*l
reviled him J|
- Sartre obb"I
of a* teek out our W|
act upon it. a I
Marxism can
a regimented
" ** Jh=^3
Wh. knows m
. 1- 1 iW w
ass woros !." j
the mills of puPP**-
aB would be"
acvssh doct
the faa-l-atfapw-^
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Lay. May 2, 1980
The Jewish Floridian of Tampa
Page 5
Holocaust Course Offered None Too Soon'
Mitor's Note: This paper ws. community w01 also be able to
Bad bv Dorothy Garrell at roll the course as special
EtfbS Tampa. It was so students.
IN ADDITION to encouraging
schools to offer Holocaust
11 received that we reprint It by
ial request.
i recommended the building of a
I was indeed pleased to learn Hoiocaust mUseum in
ently that the University of WashingtoIli DC-. creating an
uth Florida will join 250 other ^^^^ foundation to impart
iversities and nearly 60 major tRe meaning of the Jewish
blic school systems in the
ed SUtes in offering a social g dtizen8. committee that wouid
ce course on st, wam the nation of
developments similar to the
Holocaust; and organizing active
programs of commemoration.
The above course is being
offered none too soon. If we are to
believe certain morally deranged
and spiritually perverted pseudo-
\ slaughter to teachers; setting up
lited SUtes In offering a social 3_______ .._ .u_ _._..
s on the Holocaust,
remind students of the
lighter of 6 million Jews
king World War II. It will be
ught during the spring quarter
bich started April 8 and will
ntinue through June.
| This course is being organized
response to recommendations j^rtonanT the "Holocaust never
, President Carter s Lorn- tQok place The kmenJ did not
ission on the, Holocaust. We km the victima did not pe^h
1 Auschwitz? A fraud. Treblinka?
A lie. Bergen-Belsen? A name.
That is what they have stated for
some time, and their pamphlets
in a variety of languages, can be
obtained in Norway and South
Africa, France and the United
States and elsewhere in the
Western World.
To quote some of these bigots.
"Did six million really die? The
truth at last." "The six million
swindle: Blackmailing the
German people for hard marks
with fabricated corpses." This by
Austin App, former associate
professor of English at LaSalle
College, Philadelphia. French
author Paul Rassinier speaks of
the "Lie of Auschwitz." North-
western Prof. Arthur Butz calls
it "The hoax of the century." If
that is not enough, 1 heard a Nazi
spokesman in California, declare
on national television that "All
those stories about death camps
Btershed event in human
story," said Michael Beren-
lum, whom Carter hired to
kplement the Commission's
^commendations. That event
jints out the ultimate potential
evil in all of us. The failure to
its lesson makes its
^petition that much more likely.
jbbi Mark Kram, director of the
I'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at
|SF, is coordinator of the
I The course will include
ofessors and guests on the
^story, literature and theology
; man's inhumanity to man. The
holocaust film will be shown in
fegments throughout the course.
flso, Prof. Charles Arnade, the
ther coordinator, said he hopes
find survivors of Nazi con-
entration camps, who will
ddress the class. Survivors who
re interested in helping should
all 974-2163. Members of the
Kosher lunch menu of the Senior Citizen a Nutrition and
Activity Program hi sponsored by the Hillsborough County
Commission and held at the Jewish Community Center. Manfya
Blakley, site manaeer, 872-4451. Menu subject to change.
Kosher Lunch Menu
Monday: May 5, Hot Turkey Salad, Mixed Vegetables
Pineapple and Apricot Salad, Whole Wheat Bread, Peanut
Butter Cookie, Coffee or Tea.
Tuesday:, May 6, Picadillo. White Rice. Green Peas, Tossed
Salad.with carrots (Thousand Island Dressing), Parve Rye
Bread,|Canned Peaches. Coffee or Tea.
Wednesdays May 7, Baked Fish with Tartar Sauce, Grits
Southern,Style Mixed Greens, Raspberry Gelatin with
Fears, Parve Dinner Roll, Cookie, Coffee or Tea.
Thursday: May 8, Baked Chicken with 8vy,. Whipped
Potatoes. Sweet & Sour Green Beans, Orange Juice, Whole
Wheat Bread, Yellow Cake with Powdered Sugar Topping.
Coffee or Tea.
Friday: May 9. Lasagna. Zucchini Squash. Cole Slaw. Italian
Bread/Fresh Fruit in Season, Coffee or Tea.
and mass murder, aren't true, but
I wish they were."
All this is being said and done
while some of the survivors, and
many of the executioners are still
in our midst.
When Philadelphia's school
system decided to include the
teaching of the Holocaust in its
curriculum, local German-
Americans objected. Similar
protests were heard in New York
City, when its Board of
Education announced a decision
to make the subject mandatory in
all its schools.
ANN FRANK'S The Diary of
a Young Girl was termed a
forgery by an ambassador at the
United Nations. "There were no
Jews gassed anywhere." claims
Sorbonne Prof. Robert
Faurisson. "No Jew was ever
burned in Auschwitz," says a
former S.S. judge in a recently
published book in Germany. The
chimneys? Bakeries he explains,
they were the chimneys of
An expert on Nazi death
machinery, Prof. Wolfgang
Scheffler of the Free University
of West Berlin, told a Cologne
court, that no final solution for
French Jewry would have been
possible without the
collaboration of French in-
stitutions and public
As an example, he noted that
in one wave of arrests 2,500
French policemen took part.
There is plenty of guilt to be
shared for the Holocaust, from
that of commission to that of
omission by many world leaders
of that era. However, the com-
plicity of others cannot be used
by war criminals as a defense of
their own crimes. They com-
mitted these crimes against
humanity, and they must pay for
them. They cannot now say they
should be freed because others
helped them or ordered them to
commit them.
The World gathering of Jewish
Holocaust survivors planned for
June 1981 in Jerusalem should be
amomentous event. The
organizers, survivors living in
Israel, the United States, France
and elsewhere, have pointed out
that a gathering of all survivors
was something many inmates
dreamed about during the dark
days in the death camps.
Survivors feel that such a
gathering is something they owe
the six million who died, as well
las themselves. Incidentally, more
'than six million non-Jews were
|also victims of the Holocaust.
Perhaps, even more important,
they feel it is an obligation to
future generations, so that what
happened to them, will never
happen again to Jews or non-
Jews. This gathering comes 36
years after the liberation of the
concentration camps, which is
twice Chai (18) the Jewish
symbol for life.
Senior Health Referral
A blood pressure clinic will be
conducted every Thursday, from
2 3:30 p.m. for the Senior
Citizens Project at the JCC.
Anyone over age 60 in
HUlsborough County is invited to
come and learn how to identify
and prevent health problems. The
service is volunteered by two
sisters, Anne and Becky
Margolin, both RN's, and is free
of charge.
Beginners' Painting Class
A beginners' painting class will
be offered for people 60 and older
in Hillsborough County, every
Thursday morning from 9 a.m. -
noon. Sarah Obeme instructs this
Sharpe Oboe Recital
Patricia Sharpe, oboist and
assistant professor of music at
the University of South Florida,
will be the featured performer in a
recital May 5 at 8 p.m. in the Fine
Arts auditorium.
There is no charge for the class,
and basic materials are provided
for participants. Call the JCC for
Needlepoint Class
A needlepoint class for senior
I citizens will begin May 7, at 10
a.m. in the arts and crafts room
of the Jewish Community Center.
The class, taught by Dorothy
Grossman, needlepoint artist,
will run for four weeks and is free
of charge.
Warm thanks to the Tampa community for an out-
standingly successful JCC open house Family Fun Day. Hats
off to the community for attending this annual community-wide
day and for making it a memorable one! We secured many new
members and friends.
Many thanks again to the community, JCC board of
directors and staff.

Rhoda L. Karpay
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Weizman Bid Rocks Begin Coalition
Defense Minister Ezer Weizman
shook the political establishment
by announcing on television that
he favored holding early elec-
tions. He told a panel of inter-
viewers that early elections
would help the national morale.
He aknowledged that he himself
would like to be Prime Minister
one day "I would like to be
able to implement the things I
believe in" but said that in
view of the Israeli political party
constellation his chances were
not very realistic.
Weizman said he favored
advancing the elections so that
Daf Yomi
"the nation of Israel may decide
now which way it wants its
government to go." In view of
the dissatisfaction and low
morale in the country, the
elections should be held in about
six months, he said. The
minimum period under law be-
tween the dissolution of the
Knesset and the holding of elec-
tions is 100 days.
continued, would help bring
about a "public and ideological
shake-up, and help pull the
nation out of the slough of
despondency in which, to an
extent, it finds itself today, and
to put the nation on the high
Liberated Women
Beruria stands out as a classic figure among the women of the
Talmudic period. The respect accorded her by the rabbis can be
illustrated with this.
Rabbi Simlai came before Rabbi Jobanan and requested of
him: Let the master teach me the Book of Genealogies," (This
was a commentary on Chronicles that contained a large
genealogical list) 'Where are you from?" he asked. "I am
from Lod." "And where do you live?" "In Nehardea" (town on
the Euphrates in Babylonia). Said he to him, "We do not teach it
to the Lodians (Lydda in southern Palestine) or to the Nehar-
dea ns."
He continued to urge him until he consented. "Let us learn it
in three months," he proposed. Rabbi Johnana threw a clod of
grass at him, saying if Beruria wife of Rabbi Meir and daughter
of Rabbi Chanina Ben Teradion. who studied 300 laws from 300
teachers in one day could not study this adequately in three
years, yet you propose to do it in three months! (Pesahim 62b)
"Studied 300 laws from 300 teachers in one day" is no doubt
an exaggeration, but is interesting to note that Beruria, a
woman, is cited as an illustration of great scholarship, thus
showing that the rabbis of the Second Century were by no
means averse to women studying as has been commonly sup-
She was a great advocate of the rule that, "One must read
aloud when studying."
Beruria once discovered a student who was learning in an
undertone. Rebuking him, she exclaimed, "Is it not written,
ordered in all things, and sure; If it is ordered (the Torah
learning) in your 248 limbs it will be sure, if however, some of the
limbs, the organs of speech, are not used, it will not be sure. You
will not remember your studies." (Eruvin 54a)
She believed in reading the lessons (Torah) outloud. "May
your eyes see, mouth recite aloud, ears hear and your brain
LIKE HER husband, Rabbi Meir, Beruria felt confident of
her will power and scorned the sages who said that women were
"light minded." Her husband warned her against this attitude
saying that some day she herself may prove this adage to be
true. Beruria insisted that if a woman held fast to her opinions
he could not be led astray.
Many of the rabbinical sayings concerning women made her
angyr. For example;
Rabbi Meir was a pupil of Rabbi Ishmael and later studied
with Rabbi Akiba. However, he was also a pupil of Elisha Ben
Avuyah (Acher) (a great scholar who turned from his faith and
sought to destroy Judiasm by killing the teachers and
dispersing the students). He also maintained a close friendship
with a gentile philosopher Abnimos Gagardi (a great student of
the Torah and a friend of the Jews).
Through these two teachers. Rabbi Meir became acquainted
with Greek literature and often showed a love for the philosophy
of Socrates. Thus we find Rabbi Meir instituting three dail>
benefictions which probably were influenced by Socrates. One o
these was:
Praised are you, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, for
not being born a woman.'
Another: Engage not in much talk with women.'
IN THIS Talmudic story, Beruria pokes fun with tongue in
cheek at Rabbi Jose for not adhering to the maxims quoted by
the Rabbis:
"Rabbi Jose the Galilean was once on a journey when he met
Beruria. 'By what road,' he asked her, 'Do we go to Lydda?"'
"Foolish Galilean," she replied, "Did not the sages say this:
Engage not in much talk with women? You should have asked:
By whiph to Lidda?" (Eruvin 53b)
One'day Rabbi Meir decided to teach his wife a lesson. He
would prove to her that women are light-minded and can be lead
astray. He then persuaded one of his pupils to attempt to seduce
her. It is told that the learned rabbi was certain that it would not
go too far, just an attempt. The plan backfired. Beruria and the
student fell in love, the disciple betrayed his rabbi. When the
love affair became common knowledge, Beruria,the liberated
woman of the 2nd cnetury, hanged herself. Rabbi Meir, out of
great shame, fled Jerusalem to Babylonia to live out the rest of
his life. It was a great price to pay in order to prove his point
that even an educated woman can be led astray.
"Zul eer Zi Choos Unz
By-Shtein, Amen!
Shabbat Sholom
His answer to a question as to
whether he would be prepared to
serve as Defense Minister under a
Labor government headed by
Shimon Peres was that if he could
serve the nation in the future "in
one way or another," he would do
"I will consider first and
foremost what is good for the
nation, and I will also consider
what is good for me." Weizman
acknowledged that he had indeed
considered resigning in the past,
but he would decide on such a
watershed in his career if and
when he feels he has come to a
ANSWERING another ques-
tion, he said he had not co-
ordinated in advance his state-
ment favoring early elections
either with Prime Minister Begin
or with Deputy Prime Minister
Simcha Ehrlich, the Liberal
Party leader who is considered
Weizman's strongest political
ally. Ehrlich, nevertheless, said
he had not been surprised by
Weizman's statements. "He
simply spelled out the opinions
we knew he held. I admire his
courage," Ehrlich commented.
He added that he "understood"
Weizman's desire to be Prime
Minister one day.
However, another Liberal
Party leader, Leon Dulzin, who
was in Paris for a two-day
meeting of the presidium of the
Brussels Conference on Soviet
Jewry, told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that he "de-
pored" Weizman's announce
He said, "It is wrong to
criticize the government while
the Prime Minister is engaged in
difficult negotiations." He said
"new elections should not be held
now." Dulzin added that he
thought Weizman, would make
"an excellent" Prime Minister
and "I hope he will lead us (the
Likud) one day to victory. But
now is not the time for such a
change in the country's
ASKED IF he feared early
elections. Weizman replied:
"That is not the important thing.
What is important is what is
good for the people." Asked if he
would go to early elections on the
Likud ticket, he said that would
"depend on how things will work
out and what path the Likud
chooses for itself."
Would he join a centrist bloc?
Weizman answered that at
present he was a member of
Herut, and if the Likud followed
a different path, he would remain
within it. If not his member-
ship was conditional.
The question regarding his
possible membership in a centrist
bloc was perhaps the most
significant in terms of Israel's
political future. Some pundits
here have long predicted the
evolution of such a bloc, which
would include Weizman and a
number of Liberals and other
Likud moderates, together with
segments of what are now the
Democratic Movement, Shai, the
Independent Liberals, and
perhaps others such as loner
Moshe Dayan. once Weizman's
brother-in-law and still his good
Weizman's announcement on
early elections came as a stun-
ning shock to the Likud, par-
ticularly to the Herut wing of
which the Defense Minister is a
member. The Herut Knesset
faction as a whole was to be
called into special session im-
mediately after Independence
Day to consider Weizman's
remarks. the executive's
statement said.
into special session immediately
after Independence Day to
consider Weizman's remarks, the
executive's statement said.
Faction chairman Haim Kauf-
man hinted that the statement
was deliberately "restrained"
because the members wanted to
give Weizman a chance for
"dialogue." If such a dialogue
proved impossible, though, the
Defense Minister ought to "draw
the conclusions and resign,"
Kaufman said. Weizman's
support of early elections and his
criticism of the government's
functioning was especially
inappropriate, the statement
noted, at this time when the
Prime Minister was abroad on a
vital national mission.
BUT PERES dubbed Weiz-
man's announcement "brave and
patriotic," immediately fueling
the rampant speculation that he
and Weizman have evolved some
sort of quiet political under-
standing regarding future co-
operation in a new government.
Labor faction deputy chairman
Dannv Rosolio said Weizman in
effect had expresseTiS^ I
confidence in the kovpt^L?*
which he served*5 tTA
faction would submit tT]
confidence motion as soon* ,^1
Knesset reconvened, C
said. Peres, for his part 2T
required Knesset rnaj^H
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Emor -j
EMOR Because the Israelites promised to obety God's laws
He vowed to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.
Among the things which set them apart were their festivals.
God repeated the laws of festivals to Moses and through him to
all the people of Israel.
The Lord said: "The seventh day of each week shall be a
Shabbat, a day of holy rest, and no work shall bedone in your
"At sunset of the fourteenth day of the first month, let the
Passover begin. For seven days shall you eat matzah.
"And when you gather in the harvest, you shall bring the
first fruits to the priest. And you shall count seven full weeks
after that and proclaim a holy gathering which shall be known as
the Feast of Weeks Shavuot.
"The first day of the seventh month shall be Rosh
Hashanah the New Year on which you shall blow the
shofar. The tenth day of the seventh month shall be Yom Kippur
the Day of Atonement.
"On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, let the Feast of
Tabernacles. Sukkot. begin. You shall live in booths for seven
days so that you and your children may remember" that you lived
in booths when I brought you out of the land of Egypt. I am
your God." (Leviticus 21:1 24:23)
(The recounting of the Weekly Portion ot the Law is extracted and tow*
upon "The Graphic History ol the Jewish Heritage," edited by P Wolim
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Lane. New York, N.Y. I003S Joseph Schlang is president of the society
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pnday, May 2.1980
The Je with Fbridianp[Tampa
TV Warnings
Sadat Says He's Flexible on Date
Sen Henry Jackson (D., Wash.)
and former Serjretary of State
Henry Kissinger strongly warned
here against moves that would
establish a Paleatinian state.
Kissinger suggested quick
negotiations for an agreement
between Israel and Jordan that
would forestall a Palestinian
state that he and Jackson saw as
disastrous for Israel.
Sen. Frank Church (D., Idaho)
specifically warned against
attempts to pressure Israel into
surrendering positions essential
to her nationhood, "including
TV proftrarnTFoce the Nation,
Church was asked whether the
Arab nations would "sell us
enough oil" if, when Begin is in
Washington, "we don't put some
kind of pressure for a solution in
the Middle East." The Senate
Foreign Relations Committee
chairman replied:
"You know, that is another
notion that just makes me
wonder about the state of reality
in this capital. When it comes to
protecting their vital interests,
the Israelis will not bend to
pressure. Now, if we can
demonstrate to Israel that the
U.S. will stand with them in the
future, as we have in the past,
and there is no real basis for
concern that they will be left
isolated and alone, that is the
way we can influence them the
Friday, Njiy 2
(Candlelighting time 7:45)
University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation Basic
Judaism' -2 p.m. and Wine and Cheese 3 p.m. University of
South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation Shabbat Service and
Dinner 6:30 p.m. UJA Young Leadership Florida Regional
Conference, Vero Beach
Saturday, May 3
University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation Coffee
House Village Square Rec Room 3 p.m. Congregation Beth
Israel Men's Club evening UJA-Young Leadership Florida
Regional Conference, Vero Beach Tampa Community Players -
"The Children's Hour" at the JCC 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 4
University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation Bagel
Brunch 11:30 a.m. Chabad House Jewish Student Center
groundbreaking noon Fletcher Ave. between 42nd and 46th
St. University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation -
Film Festival "Sallah," starring Topol of "Fiddler on the Roof"
fome ULH at 7 p.m. UJA-Young Leadership Florida Regional
Conference, Vero Beach Hadassah-Central Region Conference
m Plantation Tampa Community Players "The Children's
Hour" JCC -8 p.m.
Monday, May 5
B'nai B'rith Women (Simcha Chapter) Open Board Meeting -
Florida Federal Savings on Bearss Av> 8 p.m. Hadassah-
Central Region Conference in Plantation University of South
Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation Area Board Meeting -
730 p.m. University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foun-
dation Israeli Dance 8 p.m. Congregation Schaarai Zedek
Board Meeting 10:30 a.m. Congregation Schaarai Zedek
Sisterhood Luncheon and Meeting noon Chabad House
Hebrew I class USF UC Room 204 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6
Hodassah Bowling Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood Board
Meeting 12:30 p.m. ORT (evening chapter) Board Meeting
Chabad House Jewish Meditation Class 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7
University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation Flea
Market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. AZA/BBG Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom Sisterhood Mitzvah Luncheon and
Fashion Show 11 a.m. Congregation Beth Israel Men's Club-
6:30 p.m. Congregation Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood Board
Meeting 7:30 p.m. Congregation Rodeph Sholom Board
Meeting 8 p.m. Congregation Kol Ami Sisterhood Board
Meeting Levy's House 7:45 p.m.
best, and in the past they have
gone quite far to get peace."
Asked, "Is your answer no?"
Church responded: "My answer
is that you cannot pressure the
Israelis into giving up items that
they regard as essential to their
survival as a free and in-
dependent nation. And therefore,
our influence is best exercised
when we are sensitive to their
JACKSON, appearing on
NBC-TV's Meet the Press, was
asked whether he would use his
influence with Begin to "per-
suade him to change his set-
tlement policy" which,
"President Carter and Sadat and
a substantial section of Israeli
opinion agree" is "an obstacle to
Jackson replied: "I think the
Israelis made a serious mistake in
overemphasizing the issue of
settlements," but he said "clearly
anyone has a right to settle in the
West Bank area. That goes back
to the Treaty of Versailles and
the British Mandate."
Jackson added that "the key
issue here is not the set-
tlements," but "defensible
borders." He continued: "If you
have a completely sovereign and
independent Palestinian state on
the West Bank, obviously you
run a dagger into the heart of the
State of Israel. No way it can
survive. And soon they (the
Palestinians) could enter into a
sovereign state, invite the
Russians in. That's the end of
"SO THE issue should be how
do you provide for local par-
ticipation in government in the
West Bank, and at the same time
give to the State of Israel the
security responsibility, to have
defensible borders. Now that is
the heart of it. And I regret that
it has become a key issue on the
part of some of the Israelis. And
it's a mistake."
Addressing some 350
American, Canadian and British
Jews behind closed doors last
Saturday night, Kissinger said
that a Palestinian state would be
a disaster for Israel and the
Middle East, for it would be
another radical state tied to Iran.
The Middle East, he said, is near
collapse today and the only hope
is rapid negotiations between
Israel and Jordan, which would
result in the transfer of Arab
population and permit Israel to
retain its security.
He advised that the U.S.
provide the credibility to give
backup to Jordan, noting that in
the last few years Jordan had no
reason to trust U.S. words and
support. He did not elaborate on
the meanine of transfer.
Thursday, May I
|g JCC Food Co-op- 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ORT (evening and day-
:: time chapters) Bowling Tampa Jewish Federation Women's ^. "
l Division Board Meeting noon University of South Florida B'nai >: u
B'rith/Hillel Foundation Rabbi's Study 3 p.m. Hillel School
$ Coffee with Principal 2 p.m. Tampa Community Players "The
:j Children's Hour" JCC B p.m.
| Friday, May f
5 (Candlelighting time 7:51)
6 University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation -
; Basic Judaism 2 p.m. and Wine and Cheese 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation -
Service and Deli 10:30 a.m. at BCM JCC Couples Club Pool
Parly and Barbecue Tampa Community Players "The
Children's Hour" JCC 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 11
Congregation Schaarai Zedek Temple Picnic at JCC noon
| Tampa Community Players "The Children's Hour" JCC 8 p.m.
|g University of South Florida B'nai B'rith/Hillel Foundation -
Bagel Brunch- 11:30 a.m. Chobod Hoose USF Met Dog Cook- $
out and Dinner neat to Mu Hall at USF Campus 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Winning Essays
Peres Assured
Continued front Page 1
believe that Judaism is basically
a moral commitment based on a
homeland and that the Bible calls
for peace, no just for territory."
"There is no doubt," he added,
that we have the right on the
land. But we cannot deal just on
historical assumptions. We have
to look to the future and see how
to guarantee the Jewish charac-
ter of the State of Israel which is
not just a numerical commitment
but moral as well, and how to
make peace with our neighbors.
There is nothing in the Bible that
forbids it"
ASKED IF the settlements
issue is making the peace process
more difficult, Peres said, "I
don't think the settlements as
such are the issue. It is the future
of the West Bank from which the
settlement policy results. We
have to decide the basic frame-
work over the West Bank and
then the settlement issue will
become a matter of secondary
Israel is important to me because it was fir* given to
Abraham by God and it was then later passed down from
generation to generation. Israel shares the same language with
us. It was the first language in the Torah. Israel is a place to go
if the government turns against the Jews just like Hitler did in
the Holocaust.
When a Jewish person visits Israel moat everyone
celebrates the same religious holidays. It makes me feel special
that I'm different from the rest of the world because I 'm Jewish.
Israel will let any Jew come into their state and become a citizen.
Because they (the Jewish people) know what it's like to be in
need of a home. That's why the Jewish people voted on having a
state of Israel because they needed a homeland.
As an American Jew I feel dedicated, dignified, and proud
as I am still a Jew; and I still love the joyous and prosperou
people of God's Holy land, and the land itself its natural beaut)
its sites, the Wailing Wall, the ancient ruins of Jerico, the Golan
Heights, the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and even a simple, joyous
kabutz. Thar is a certain something in the air. For those and
other reasons I love Israel. Gilat Israel Nashir Biyad- The joy ol
Israel the sheer joy, lets us sing together unified as one loud
and strong.
They made the desert bloom, and let Israel blossom. They
made an almost barren wasteland produce rich milk and honey
Even oil.
As any other Jew I have a dream a dream of my Bar
Mitzvah at the Wailing Wall The remains of the great Temple
of David.
Israel is a distant abode, where live my Torah brothers and
sisters. Her happiness is shared by everyone. Israel gives me a
sense of security and sanctity. I can rely on her in times of need
and crisis.
My feelings cry out and deeply move me. They are reflected
in the moistened eyes of the people of Israel. Their and my love
for owe free according to constitution abodes is equal but great.
I love Israel as much as the United States, but America is mine,
Nevertheless the Jews danced in the streets and wept tears
of joy, when Israel stood up and became unified again. She
united all her people into one great strength.
. and that is what Israel means to me.
Lawrence Dean Kessler, whose engagement to
Deborah Siskind was announced in last week's
issue of The Jewish Floridian of Tampa, is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kessler and the grandson
of Israel Z. Kessler. The announcement was
printed incorrectly.
The Whirl about Town I
Continued from Page 2
Chris David, USCG, son of Rhoda and Richard Davis, is
home following the completion of his boot camp training in the
Coast Guard at Government Island, Calif. Chris has been
assigned to Hawaii for the next year. Happy sailing, Chris.
Diana Anton, president of the Tampa Chapter of Hadassah,
invited her 1979-80 board members to be her guests at a board
meeting and brunch at her home. Diana's mother, Mrs. Tillie
Feliz, assister her as hostess. On behalf of the chapter, Diana
extended warm and heartfelt appreciation to the board members
for all their hard work and dedication.
Honored at this lovely occasion were Doris Rosenblatt, Frieda
Sheidler, Rhoda Givers, Elbe Fiahman, Dorothy Skop, Margery
Stern, Sylvia Zwern, and Laura Kreitzer.
Also honored were Martha Kravetz, Sylvia Gertzman,
Shirley Baiter, Brenda Hamberg, Sharon Cross, Mhni Aaron,
and Patty Kalian.
Additional board members honored were Ann Margolin,
Becky Margolin, Bert Green, Minnie Poaner, Diana Luloff,
Elizabeth Shalett and Nancy MJxrahl.
Also enjoying the honors were Lillian Wolfowitz, Dorothy
Garrell, Harriett Glaaer, Peggy Feilea, Ann Zack, Helen
Greenbaum and Nina Bernstein.
Once again, Congregation Kol Ami held on of its fantastic
and fun-packed annual auctions, which serves as their major
fundraiser. Over 150 gifts were expertly auctioned off by Mike
Eiaeaatadt, Larry SchaHs and Alan Aaron. Due to the hard
working efforts of auction chairmen. Rich and Mary Kanter, a
great deal of money was raised to go towards the synagogue's
building fund. So while the audience enjoyed delicious hot
snacks at the Carrollwood Country Club, and at the same time
purchased great gifts at fantastic prices, Congregation Kol Ami
got a Uttle bit closer to their building. Interspersed throughout
the auction were several mini and maxi benefits for which people
has various opportunities to purchase tickets. For a couple of
dollars, these ticket holders came away with such items as a
television and a weekend in Lake Buena Vista. So folks, if you
missed it this year, be sure to put Congregation Kol Ami's
annual auction on your calendar for next year!
Meet Dottle and Max Diamond, who moved to the
Carrollwood area about 16 months ago from North Miami
Beach. They moved to Tampa to be near their daughter, son-in-
law, and two granddaughters, Eileen and Skip Hirsch and
Randy and Jamie. Dottie is a member of Hadassah and loves to
play cards. Max spends his free time swimming while he is not
attending electronics school in St. Petersburg. We are so glad
you are here to stay, Dottie and Max!
Until next week .

The Jewish Floridian of TamjM_
Poland Stop on UJA Mission Enlightening
The following is the second of
two-part series oa United Jewish
Appeal staff member Judith
Manelis' visit to Poland as part
of a UJA-sponsored American
Jewish Press Association mission
to Eastern Europe and Israel.
The article appears by per-
missioa of "The Jewish News of
Metropolitan New Jersey."
Part Two
The visit to Auschwitz was
over. It was time now to travel
the few miles to Birkenau. the
camp down the road where most
of the death and destruction took
The snow had not let up .
the bus labored on. We passed
the railroad depot where Jews
were selected by the infamous Dr.
Mengele. You, Jew, to the ngh*
and labor. You" Jew, to the lef
and death.' Neat words. Nc
emotion necessary. You. mother
and child, to the left. You, Jew.
sickly and weak, to the left. You,
Jew. look healthy enough to last
a few more weeks, to the right
and a small chance to live. "Work
makes men free.
Snow, snow everywhere. It
whirled around the bus and beat
against the windows making
visibility difficult. The bus came
to a stop. We had arrived at
Birkenau. Here there was no
parking lot to be seen. Either it
was beneath the snow or perhaps
few came to the real scene of
death. The gate was locked. A
lone guard sat in an office in the
camp's main entrance building.
Our guide told us it was impos-
sible to walk the half mile to the
memorial to lay the wreath and
say our prayers. The snow, he
said, was too high. Perhaps we
would be satisfied simply
climbing to* the top of the watch-
tower and viewing the camp from
above not attempting the
long walk to the memorial
We said no. NO! We would not
be satisfied. We had come too far.
NO! We would not return to the
bus. We would not accept the
verdict. We would not turn our
heads. We would not let the bliz-
zard deter us. We would walk if
necessary ... in the snow which
was now up to our knees.
Our guide finally agreed to ask
the guard for permission to drive
into the grounds of the camp so
we might take the circuitious
path that led around the camp to
the memorial. The road, he said,
was open.
But first we climbed the steps
to the tower. Stretching before
us, barely visible in swirling
snowflakes, were the barracks
that housed the inmates. Some
were intact. But many had been
destroyed and only their chim-
neys remained standing in eerie
silence, each alone in a mount of
snow like disembodied
buildings like monuments to
the dead like a child's first
attempts at building brick
piled on brick, with no distinctive
shape. Only these chimneys were
not made by children. And they
had been surrounded by real
buildings made of wood, too
fragile to keep out the winter
winds, the freezing temperatures,
the harsh realities of death next
We walked to a nearby
barracks to look inside. Again the
horrible feeling of deja vu. There
stood row upon row of three-tier
wooden bunk beds, primitive by
any standards. And suddenly a
picture of emaciated inmates
hanging over the sides of these
beds came into focus. Was I
really here? I sensed a distance
between myself and what I was
seeing ... a distance caused by a
terrible fear spreading through
my body like a fever. The beds
were empty, but in my mind's eye
I filled them up with emaciated
Jewish bodies filled them up
with the hopeless and the
doomed- for-death.
We examined the chimney and
heating system. A crude Nazi
joke. The heat would rise quickly
through the chimney and leave
the barracks, providing little if
any heat. Even sitting on the
long cement platform encasing
the pipes or huddling next to it
would not warm the body in the
ferociousness of a Polish winter.
A Nazi mockery. Gas cham-
bers that looked like showers.
Chimneys that provided no heat.
We left the barracks and got on
the bus. The driver drove inside
the gate. The bus moved slowly
through the heavy snow along
the roadway toward the memorial
which could not be seen. The
snow seemed to be getting higher
and higher forming a natural
barrier, keeping us from seeing
the railroad tracks, the memorial,
the camp itself. Finally, the bus
stopped, unable to move further.
We would indeed have to walk
the rest of the way to the
monument. Ironically, the bus
had stopped next to one of the
crematoria ... its walls broken,
its machinery stilled forever, no
longer able to do its hideous
A dream? A nightmare?
Eighteen Jews, symbol of Chai
life sitting in that desolate
place, our bus stuck next to one
of four crematoria which burned
the bodies of over one and a half
million Jews.
We took our flowers and began
walking slowly through the snow
in mostly single file trying to
walk in the footsteps of those
who walked in front of us, like
children at play. Only we were
not at play. We were adults
walking the snow covered, blood
soaked soil of Birkenau to lay
flowers on two of the 19 plaques
which describe the horrors of that
place. Two plaques in Hebrew
and Yiddish
As we walked toward the
memorial, a young woman about
the age of 18 or 20 passed us. She
was on her way home and took a
short cut through the concen-
tration camp, walking by empty
barracks, across the railroad
tracks and close to the
crematorium. What thoughts, if
any, ever came to her mind as she
took that solitary walk? Who
would choose to pass through the
desolation and nightmare of
Birkenau on any errand save
The 19 plaques were covered
with snow. Only Sam Abramson.
our Polish expert from UJA who
had been to Birkenau before,
knew where to find the Yiddish
and Hebrew plaques. We wiped
away the snow, placed our
flowers on the ground and
proceeded with the brief service 1
had prepared.
I had chosen the simple words
of Gerda Klein, Holocaust
survivor and author, to begin,
i "You are going to Auschwitz.
The thought chills my being
My mother was only 42 years old
. My father was kind, wise and
strong My friends were gay,
chattering, bubbly girls That
was my world ... It perished
The wind howled. The snow
continued unabatedly. The cold
bit and chaffed our faces and
froze our tears.
"I want to remember them as I
knew them. They would have
been glad that you came, that
you cared, that you wept for what
we all lost there .
After Gerda's words, a poem
and then kaddish. We had come.
We had seen. And we wept.
We turned to walk back to the
bus. our arms entwined seeking
comfort together. We tried to
follow that same path of lonely
footsteps in the midst of virgin
snow covering everything at
Birkenau even the crime of
We climbed on the bus. It
would not move stubbornly
holding fast, resisting departure.
The hour was 3:30 in the after-
noon. Darkness was not too far
off: it would come by 4:30. The
18 Jews sat uncomfortably in
side. Stuck in Birkenau. next to
A conversation in the Remo Synagogue. Samuel Abum*.
lest, UJA Polish expert, speaks with Matje Jaknbowia
President of the Jewish Community of Cracow, in the k^m
Remo Synagogue, house of worship of Rabbi Moses 1%*^
19th century philosopher and scholar. Mr. JakubowiciZ
several months after this picture was taken.
the broken remains of the cre-
matorium. Eighteen Jews alone
and tormented by what had hap-
pened in this place on this very
Though we wanted to leave
this camp of death, leave the
snow and the desolation, the
barracks and the chimneys, the
watchtower and the railroad
tracks, we knew we would never
be able to tear it out of ourselves.
A part of it would remain with us
all our lives.
But it was growing late. And
no one wanted to spend the night
in Birkenau. We would have to
push the bus. Of the 18, five men
were not allowed to help. One was
retired, three had recent histories
of illness, strokes, heart problems
and one with a high fever. That
left 13 including seven women
and six men. And our guide.
We left the bus then and
gathered at its sides. My beige
gloves would soon be black. I
grasped the arch of metal above
the left front wheel with several
members of the group. Others
took their place on the right side
of the bus. We pushed and
pushed until finally the bus
began to move.
We were proud of oursehJ
and climbed on to the bus
for departure. But the but I
stopped several yards awiyi
stubbornly refused to budgm
second time. Once again, t*
time at the rear of the bus,I
took our places and began* I
push. The bus rolled forward td|
backward, forward and bad- [
ward, forward and back**)]
We looked to our right ind ml
the crematorium. We looked to I
the sky and saw darkness falling. I
We pushed harder. I thought oil
the Nazis and their Jnrak]
victims, the horror of that pita I
and the six million who never had]
a chance to escape their del
tination of death, and I yelled, I
"Jew power. Let's show thotcl
Nazis Jew power." We pustoij
again and again. The bus moved f
It was free. So were we.
Totally relieved, the group ef |
18, of chai, piled on to the)
And this time, the bus moved, I
away from the cremitohun,
away from the desolation, awij
from the horror into the ftllinj |
shadows of the night.
Concentration Camp. A view of the death camp of
Birkenau surrounded by barbed wire. Many of the buildings
were destroyed and the chimneys | stand in eerie silence, like
monuments to the four mimon who died in the camp.
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ay. May 2, 1980
The Jewish
iuxn of lampa
Women s Confab
Elusive Search For Sexual Equality
lotion calling itself the
American Coalition for
Den in Israel has been estab-
to deal with what it terms
igrim reality of the lives of
en in Israel. The founding
hnal conference took place
Mast week and for two and a
[days explored the personal,
Bssional and religious status
Braeli women, according to
Bob, editor of The Journal,
publication of the North
Jewish community in
Mass., who will emigrate
he declaration of principles
bted by the 200 women at-
jing the conference stated
I "we support the struggle for
ility of Mraeli women
ugh our actfvism. We recog-
[that the prefiminary basis of
activism is aliya, thereby
ng the responsibility of
oving Israeli society."
khe Knesset and government
[israel "to allow secular
Itions for secular people and
demand full expression and
recognition to all branches
Judaism. We call on the
hodox rabbinate to increase
sensitivity to women's
L's and to direct steps towards
essing sexual equality."
i--1 >- Haadton. author of
ill W'limcri. The Ilt'dlity Be-
the My tit. told the con-
:e that despite Israel's
unit ion of independence's
[antee of equality irrespective
eligion, race or sex, Israeli
Den face many legal and social
acles to achieving equal
is. Bob reported.
rimary among these, Hazel-
[said, is the 'dbdolute power
in the Orthe!ox rabbinate
khe Knesset in all matters of
onal law. If feminism is to be
eved, she said,' "there must
| separation of synagogue and
The real issue is the
Lical establishment of Ortho-
hts Party Knesset member,
[led that the power of the rab-
|te in areas of marriage and
Vce mitigate against
jcracy. "What makes (Ash-
i Chief Rabbi Shlomo)
n's interpretations any
better than mineV she asked the
audience. "The only place for
imposed unity in a democracy is
in the army."
Tamar Avidar, Attache for
Women's Affairs of the Iraeli
Embassy, said that women's
issues were not among the top
priorities of the government of
Prime Minister Menachem
Begin. The 92-member Com-
mission on the Status of Women
appointed during the government
of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
examined all aspects of Israeli
life. It presented 241 recom-
mendations to the Knesset last
year, Avidar noted. The Begin
government, however, has yet to
take action on a single one of
them, she said.
This is but one indication of
the widespread belief that
women's issues are secondary to
"the better of the nation," ac-
cording to Yoella Harshefi,
author of the recently published
Behind the Gunsights. Women
activists are often told that their
criticism is ill-timed and could
only hurt Israel's public image,
she stated.
HARSHEFI, who declines to
call herself a feminist along with
many of the other Israeli par-
ticipants, disagrees. "To say
there is a wrong time to criticize
is a vote of non-confidence in
Israel," she said. "Israel must
not put up with anything that
opposes our rights as human
Europe Raps Israel
Settlement Policy Gets the Brunt
Council of Europe, an assembly
representing 21 West European
national parliaments, has con-
demned Israel for its settlement
policy, recognized Palestinian
"right to self-determination" and
called on West European
governments to take joint action
in order to "complete or replace"
United Nations Security Council
Resolution 242.
The Council of Europe's
resolution, which had been
drafted by the Council's political
commission, was approved by
170 votes with no opposition and
only 10 abstentions.
traditionally considered the most
pro-Israeli of all international
organizations, a bastion of
Israel's friend among West
European parliaments. Israeli
sources said they were surprised
both by the resolution itself and
by the overwhelming majority
which approved it. Israeli ob-
server, Micha Harish, said the
resolution "will hurt peace in the
Middle East and Western Europe
The Council resolution says
that "Israel's refusal to recognize
the Palestinian people's right to
self-determination and
dependence is an obstacle to
peaceful settlement."
It adds that the Palestine
Liberation Organization refusal
to recognize Israel's right to exist
is also a stumbling block putting
both sides, Israel and the PLO,
on the same level.
demns the Israel government's
settlement policy, calling it
illegal, and calls on Israel to
withdraw from the occupied
territories. It also calls for a
"special status" for Jerusalem
without specifying what it should
The Council's political com-
mission drafted the resolution
after a study mission visited
Israel. Jordan, Syria and Egypt.
The Foreign Ministers of the four
countries were also invited to
address the Council's plenary
assembly. The resolution itself
was presented by French Gaullist
Deputy Jacques Baumel and was
reportedly approved by all of the
commission's members, in-
cluding its Swiss president.
Apparently, in order to obtain
a large consensus, the com-
mission included at the last
moment an additional paragraph
stressing that the PLO's
recognition "will be contested for
as long as this organization fails
! to recognize Israel and give up
I the use of violent methods."
demns "all acts of terrorism from
wherever they come," thus
implicitly condemning Israel's
military activities in south
Lebanon and comparing them to
Palestinian terrorist attacks.
Israeli sources in Strasbourg
stressed that the resolution's
main concrete point could be the
call for joint West European
action to change Resolution 242
"We Are One
|//ayim Hefer is one of Israel's best-known
tpoets. He has given vivid poetic expression to
Tdaily events in Israeli life. This poem appeared
tin his weekly column for the daily newspaper,
\Yediot Aharonot, in tribute to UJA.
Of course we in Israel would have
liked it better
if they had come to us here
whole families with their children,
in the fullness of their hearts
to live among us,
to be partners
in the joy, sweat and blood.
But they are there, and they
are our brothers and sisters.
It is said: money has no feelings,
but theirs is full of
love, devotion and care for us,
beyond local concerns, doctrines
and politics:
pride when Israel is victorious;
Fear when evil times erupt;
the touch of hands
outstretched to us
when we are in the dark.
If it were not for them,
it would be
very difficult for us.
But UJA is not just dollars,
given to us
by the Jews of America,
a grant without interest.
It is their identity card,
the banner they raise
for Israel.
Yes, we have given to them as well:
David standing before Goliath
and emerging victorious;
the young Jew
standing strong and free;
identity with a pioneering state,
absorbing all,
emerging from a wasteland.
But we have also given them
some uneasy moments....
We have given them
a glorious past,
a nervous present,
a hopeful tomorrow.
They have given
and they have taken
and the books are balanced
between us.
This is the partnership:
We have no other, nor do they.
Its ties are strong
and firmly knotted.
Let us not weaken them
through pride or envy.
They form a link
which will never be severed,
which will resist all doubt-
It is the bond of brotherhood,
strong and unique.
How do they say it
there in America?
"We are one!"
We are one people.
in order to cancel out the words
"Palestinian refugees" and
replace them with a reference to
Palestinian "self-determination
and independence."
The Council only has an ad-
visory role but has often served
in the past as a launching pad for
West European political
initiatives. Its resolutions are
often later tabled in the European
Parliament, which represents the
nine member states of the
European Economic Community,
and in the various national
Several Council members,
known in the past for their pro-
Israeli sympathies, told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency that
the resolution is "symbolic of the
current European trend" and
shows dissatisfaction with Israeli
current policies.
According to Bob, other
speakers at the conference noted
that among the obstacles to
equality and the growth of the
| Israeli women's movement is
I traditionalism of Middle Eastern
society, and the constant fear
among women that their
husbands, brothers and sons
: might be killed. The Declaration
of Principles, in this regard,
stated that "peace in the Middle
East will contribute to sexual
equality in Israel. Jewish and
\nb women working together
can and should have an impact on
solving the conflict."
The Coalition for Women in
Israel was founded to support the
efforts of the Israeli women's
movement, to develop a support
system for North American olot
(women immigrants to Israel),
and to provide education about
the status of women in Israel,
Bob reported.
THESE GOALS will be ef-
fected through the establishment
of liaison in Israel, the develop-
ment of a resource center, the
publication of a newsletter, and
the creation of local chugei
nashim (women's groups).
The organization will be head-
quartered in New York, and the
organizers of the conference
agreed to act as coordinators
until elections could be held. The
Israel Aliya Center and the North
American Aliya Movement have
been asked for organizational
assistance. Bob stated.
The conference was organized
by an ad hoc group of New York
feminist Zionists headed by
Donna Nevel, co-director of the
University Services Department
of the American Zionist Youth
Foundation. The conference was
held in cooperation with more
than 20 North American Jewish
organizations and institutions.
Services Held Mildred Miller
Mildred Miller, mother of Dr.
Jeffrey Miller, died April 13 in
Sarasota. In addition to her son,
daughter-in-law Nancy and two
grandchildren she is survived by
her husband Robert; her mother,
Ray Cohen, Brookline, Mass.; a
sister and a brother.
Mrs. Miller was a native of
Boston. She and her husband
moved to Sarasota 5'/2 years ago
from Philadelphia.

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