The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County

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The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County the voice of the Jewish community of Palm Beach County
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Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach, Fla. : 1985)
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West Palm Beach, Fla
Fred K. Shochet
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October 9, 1987
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Vol. 11, no. 27 (Sept. 13, 1985)-
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Numbering in masthead and publisher's statements conflict: Feb. 20, 1987 called no. 4 in masthead and no. 8 in publisher's statement; Mar. 31, 1989 called no. 12 in masthead and no. 13 in publisher's statement.
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"Combining Our voice and Federation reporter."

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"Jewish floridian
Jewish Population Shows Explosive Growth
At its seasonal peak, the
Jewish population of the Palm
Beaches is greater than the
Jewish population in either
Cleveland or Detroit, and com-
parable to the percentage in
communities such as Orange
County (Los Angeles) and San
Francisco, reported Erwin H.
Blonder, President of the
Jewish Federation of Palm
Beach County. The Federation
is completing its year-and-a
half long Demographic Study
and a summary of the
300-page report will be
Eresented to the Board of
irectors on Oct. 11 at a Board
Since 1980 the Jewish
population of the Palm
Beaches has grown by 38 per-
cent, with approximately
80,000 persons living in 38,000
Jewish households in the ser-
vice area of the Jewish Federa-
tion of Palm Beach County
(Boynton Beach to Jupiter/Te-
questa). This service area now
constitutes the eleventh
largest Jewish community in
the country. "To meet the
needs of our rapidly expanding
population, comprehensive
planning has become essen-
tial," stated Mr. Blonder.
"After careful study of the
results of the Demographic
Study, we will better be able to
make the complex decisions
concerning the implementa-
tion of new programs and cur-
tailment of others, the location
of new facilities and the reloca-
tion of existing ones, and new
methods for increasing fund
raising efforts.
"We are indebted to Stanley
Brenner, who chaired the
study, and his fine committee
for their dedicated efforts in
planning for a strong, vibrant
future for the Jewish com-
munity in the Palm Beaches
over the next ten years."
The study was conducted via
a random digit dialing
telephone survey. Dr. Ira M.
Sheskin, Associate Professor
of Geography at the Universi-
ty of Miami directed the study.
A questionnaire was developed
over a six month period with
significant input from the
Demographic Study Commit-
tee, the Federatftm staff,
Jewish Population Size Since
And Projections to the Year
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agency executives, the Palm January and continued for
Beach County Board of Rab- about three weeks,
bis, and other persons in the Included in the approximate-
community. The actual ly 80,000 persons living in
telephone survey began in Jewish household are 3,350 in
the Stuart/Port St. Lucie area,
and 7,350 persons who spend
three to seven months here. A
Jewish household is defined as
Continued on Page 8
Morse Geriatric Center
Community Campaign Launched
Alan Gordon
Heinz Eppler, General Cam-
paign Chairman for the expan-
sion of the Joseph L. Morse
Geriatric Center of the Jewish
Home for the Aged of Palm
New Debate on Pope
Pius XII... page 4
Sukkot... A Tension of
Opposites... page 8
The Office of the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County will be closed Oct.
15 & 16 in observance of
Shemini Atzeret and
Simchat Torah.
Barbara Green
Beach County, announced the
appointments of Alan Gordon,
Barbara Green and Myron
Nickman as Co-Chairmen of
the community phase of the
In making the appointments,
Mr. Eppler stated, "The
Morse Geriatric Center is for-
tunate to have the experience
of three well known and
respected leaders of our
Jewish community heading
this particular phase of the
capital campaign. Barbara,
Alan and Myron will build
upon the successful effort, to
date, which has raised over
$12.5 million towards our
overall goal of $18 million,"
stated Mr. Eppler.
Myron Nickman
A Campaign Committee for
the community phase of the
drive has already met on
several occasions to plan and
organize an effective drive in
order to achieve its goals.
"We are challenged by the
responsibility of reaching out
to the entire Jewish communi-
ty for its support of the expan-
sion of the Center. Division
and condominium committees
have been recruited and each
worker has been assigned key
prospects to solicit," stated
the three Co-Chairmen.
Barbara Green has been in-
volved with the Jewish com-
munity of Palm Beach County
for over 22 years. Her ac-
tivities include Past Campaign
Chairman and President of the
Women's Division of the
Jewish Federation of Palm
Beach County, Past Vice-
President of Federation and
General Campaign Chairman
for the 1981-82 Federation
United Jewish Appeal drive.
Mrs. Green is the host of the
Federation sponsored TV pro-
gram "Mosaic." She has serv-
ed on such national boards as
the UJA Women's Division,
the Council of Jewish Federa-
tions and the National Jewish
Media Board.
Myron Nickman, a Trustee
of the Morse Geriatric Center,
has served as General Cam-
paign Chairman, Vice-
President and President of the
Jewish Federation of Palm
Beach County. He has also
served on the Boards of the
United Way of Palm Beach
County and the American
Joint Distribution Committee.
Alan Gordon, an attorney in
Continued on Page 11
Third Lavi Prototype OK'd To
Develop New Avionics
TEL AVIV (JTA) The Defense Ministry gave Israel Aircraft Industries
(IAI) permission last Friday to complete a third prototype of the Lavi
fighterplane in order to develop a new avionics system incorporated into the air-
craft. The Lavi project was cancelled by the government in August.
The approval will allow IAI to employ several hundred engineers and techni-
cians whose jobs would have been terminated otherwise. The company plans to
produce avionics systems for installation in existing war planes, a rapidly expan-
ding market, Al Hamishmar reported. The third Lavi prototype will be ready for
test flights by the middle of next year.

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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, October 9, 19g7
JCC Dinner
'Response Wonderful'
The response to the Jewish
Community Center's "Dinner,
Dancing, and Spirits" to be
held Oct. 17 at the Royce
Hotel, West Palm Beach, has
been "wonderful," according
to the Co-Chairpersons of the
event, Judy Devore and Stacey
Levy. "Over 2,500 invitations
have been sent out to the com-
munity. This very special din-
ner dance is being held in ap-
preciation of those who have
contributed $5,000 or more to
the $12.5 Capital Campaign to
build the new Jewish Com-
munity Campus. The list of
contributors is extensive, and
growing," stated Mrs. Devore.
Mrs. Devore and Mrs. Levy
stressed that people of all
ages, from pre-school children
to senior adults, will benefit
from the expanded and new
programs offered by the
JCCampus. "We are not only
looking forward to a very
special evening on Oct. 17, but
also to a very successful future
for the new Jewish Communi-
ty Campus, truly, '. a place
for us,' stated Mrs. Levy.
Mrs. Levy is no stranger to
event planning she runs her
own business, A Fabulous Af-
fair, specializing in arranging
parties and events. This dinner
dance is, as she puts it, "an act
of love." She stressed that a
new Center has been a dream
for over a decade, and as the
community will benefit from
all the new facilities, it is up to
everyone to give their full
Dancing will be to the six-
piece Dan Lesley Orchestra of
Fort Lauderdale. Additionally,
a video about the JCCampus,
"... a place for us," will be
For more information, con-
tact Rhonda Ostrow, at the
JCC, 689-7700.
Businessmen Lead The Way
JCC Staff Demonstrates Unparalleled
Support For JCCampus Campaign
Gilbert Messing, Chairman
of the Jewish Community
Campus Capital Campaign,
has announced that the
Business and Industry Sup-
porters, initiated by Lee Smith
of Alpha Office Supplies, has
inaugurated a concerted cam-
paign on behalf of the JCCam-
pus. They are encouraging
their fellow businessmen, both
local and national, to take part
in helping to build the new
facilities Palm Beach County
so desperately needs.
Joining Mr. Smith to give
the campaign additional im-
petus are Capri of Palm Beach,
Jewelers, and Norman G.
Cohen, Inc. of Washington,
D.C. "Their sincere commit-
ment to the JCCampus is most
welcome," stated Mr. Mess-
ing. "Several prominent local
businessmen are expected to
join us shortly and we will be
delighted to have their par-
ticipation," he added.
For more information, con-
tact Marjorie Scott, JCCam-
pus Capital Campaign Direc-
tor, at the Federation office,
Jewish Community Campus
In an outpouring of dedica-
tion and support for the
Jewish Community Campus
Capital Campaign, the entire
staff of the Jewish Community
Center has made substantial
individual contributions to the
fund raising effort. In making
the announcement, Gilbert
Messing, Chairman of the
Capital Campaign, said, "By
their generous 100 percent
support and the exemplary
quality of their gifts, the JCC
staff has demonstrated their
sincere belief that a new JCC
building is desperately needed.
They are the ones who work
daily in the present facility
with all its inadequacies and
they are committed to making
the dream a reality.
Gail K res sal. Director of the
Early Childhood Program of
the JCC, spearheaded the
successful drive for 100 per-
cent participation.
Steven Kaplansky, JCC Ex-
ecutive Director, said, "I am
extremely proud of the ex-
cellent work that our staff
does here at the Center. Now,
by their generosity, they have
shown once more that they are
dedicated and caring in-
dividuals. They share the vi-
sion of a future Jewish Com-
munity Campus where young
and old will derive manifold
educational, cultural, and
social benefits in a Jewish
The JCC, along with the
Jewish Family and Children's
Service and the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County, will be housed on the
JCCampus on Military Trail
and 12th Street.
Building A Community Morse
Mr. and Mrs. Alec Engelstein have chosen to
dedicate Classrooms Gimel and Daled in the Child
Development Center of the Jewish Community
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kotzen have chosen to
dedicate the Staff Lounge of the Young Adult
Center in the Jewish Community Center.
Dr. and Mrs. Mark Sims have chosen to dedicate
the Volunteer Directors' Office in the Jewish Com-
munitv Center.
Dinner Held For Local Physicians
And Health Care Providers
We're breaking ground!
The Joseph L. Morse
Geriatric Center of the Jewish
Home for the Aged of Palm
Beach County held a reception
and dinner for local physician's
and health care professionals
on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the
Co-Chairing the event were
Dr. Elliot Klorfein and Dr.
Jaimy Bensimon. Dr. Klorfein,
a founding Trustee of the
Center, is a urologist and long-
time resident of the Palm
Beaches. Dr. Bensimon is the
Medical Director of the Morse
Geriatric Center.
Guest speaker for the even-
ing was Dr. William J.
Ramanos, Director of the
Humana Psychiatric Pavilion
in West Palm Beach and and
Past President of both the
Palm Beach County
Psychiatric and Medical
Guests were acquainted with
the Center's plans for expan-
sion which will include the con-
?LSEVJ?*f.a> ^ Phy*"' Dinner are (left to right)
E"w* Klorfein, Center Trustee and Chairman of the din-
aSJSL ^,,,unl J Romanes, Jr. guest speaker; E. Drew
Gackenheimer, Center Executive Director; and Dr. Jaimy
Bensimon, Director of Medical Services at the Center and Co-
i nairman of the dinner.
8Kuct?on of a new 160-bed
skilled nursing care pavilion,
an adult day care center, a
30-bed acute
unit, and a
home health

Friday, October 9, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 3
Holocaust Committee
Children Of Survivors To Be Focus
The survivors of the
Holocaust and their children
are a living link with one of the
two major experiences of Jews
in the 20th century which
should not be allowed to be
trivialized, according to Rabbi
Steven Westman. He has been
named to chair the Holocaust
Commemoration Committee of
the Community Relations
Council of the Jewish Federa-
tion of Palm Beach County.
"On a general level, the
Committee will continue to
sensitize the community to is-
sues involving the Holocaust
and specifically, prepare for
the community observance on
Rabbi Steven Westman
Peres At UN
Details Program For
Mideast Peace Conference
(JTA) Israeli Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres spoke
out strongly at the General
Assembly Tuesday (Sept. 29)
for an international conference
for Middle East peace. He
devoted much of his speech to
detailing, publicly for the first
time, the eight points he said
were agreed to by Israel and
Jordan five months ago on the
objectives of such a conference
and how it would be organized.
Peres, in his address to the
42nd session of the Assembly,
also appealed to the Soviet
Union and the People's
Republic of China, both perma-
nent members of the UN
Security Council which would
sponsor the international con-
ference, to establish
diplomatic relations with
"Those wishing to par-
ticipate in bringing peace can-
not confine their relations to
one side of the rivalry alone,"
he declared.
Peres also extended a hand
of peace to the Palestinian peo-
ple, assuring them that "We
who have experienced other's
domination do not wish to
dominate others. We who
sought justice and security do
not wish to deny them to
The Israeli Foreign Minister
acknowledged in his speech
that an international con-
ference is opposed "in some
Israeli quarters" and "the
Israeli Cabinet is divided on
the issue."
Peres told the General
Assembly that never before
were the moderate forces of
the Middle East, on both sides
of the Arab-Israel conflict,
closer to an understanding
than today. He warned,
however, that the next few
months may be crucial for the
peace process and in the
absence of progress the region
could face "political
He listed the eight points of
the agreement reached bet-
ween Jordan and Israel with
the good offices of the United
The goal is peace through
direct negotiations.
Continued on Page 13
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust
Remembrance Day) April 14,"
Rabbi Westman said.
The announcement of Rabbi
Westman's appointment was
made by Rabbi Joel Levine,
CRC Chairman. "As a son of
survivors, Rabbi Westman is
particularly sensitive to the
horrors of the Holocaust. This,
combined with his proven abili-
ty as a dedicated leader in our
community, makes him the
perfect choice for this key posi-
tion which I am pleased that he
has accepted," stated Rabbi
Rabbi Westman's parents
lived in Berlin and hid for a
month following Kristellnacht
in November 1938. "Holocaust
survivors, including my
parents, had so many different
reactions to their experiences.
Some were able to tell
everything to their children
and others nothing. So
naturally there were different
reactions by the children. The
Committee observance will be
focusing in on this aspect of
the Holocaust this year," Rab-
bi Westman explained.
Rabbi Steven Westman is
spiritual leader of Temple
Beth Torah in Wellington.
Having moved to this com-
munity from Pennsylvania
nearly five years ago, he im-
mediately became involved in
the community at large and
has been active with the Com-
munity Relations Council. He
is a member of the Board of
Trustees of the Jewish Com-
munity Center, first Vice
President of the Palm Beach
County Board of Rabbis, and
teaches at Midrasha-Judaica
High School. Rabbi Westman
is a member of the Charter
Board of Palms West Hospital.
Dr. Meryl Weissmann (right), Director of Human Resource
Development (HRD) for the Jewish Federation of Columbus,
Ohio addresses the HRD Committee of the Jewish Federation
of Palm Beach County about the philosophy behind HRD and
her approach on how to identify, recruit, educate, place and
retain volunteer leadership. The committee is offering a
series of top quality programs through the auspices of the Na-
tional Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership for a select
group of community leaders beginning Nov. 4. Pictured with
Dr. Weissman is Leah Siskin, Chairman of the Human
Resource Development Committee of the Jewish Federation
of Palm Beach County.

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And Neighbors
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Century Village Kickoff
at the Village Auditorium
Thursday, October 29,
8 p.m.
In Conjunction With The
Is Pleased To Invite You For
At The Home Of
Susan Mark
Palm Beach Gardens
For more information, contact Faye Stoller.
Women's Division Director, at the Federation
office, 832-2120
The Jewish Community Campus
Jewish Community Center* 4lP^
Jewish Family And Children's Service '
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County ^^~s
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Capri of Palm Beach
Rabbi and Mrs. Joel Chazin
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Cohen
Dr. and Mrs. Joel Cohen
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Mr. and Mrs. James Eisenberg
Mr. George Gump
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kotzen
Mr. and Mrs. William Marell
Mr. Alexander Sandy Myers
Mr. and Mrs.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, October 9, }987
Alaskan Exploration Issue Impacts On Oil Dependency
A major decision that the
Congress is expected to face
this fall will undoubtedly have
important ramifications for
U.S. foreign policy in the Mid-
dle East and Israel's security
more than 10 years from now.
And unless our elected
representatives are sufficient-
ly far sigh ted, we could pay
dearly for a wrong decision, or
inaction. The issue Congress
must decide is whether to open
up a comparatively tiny por-
tion (one percent of the total
acreage) of the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge (ANWR -
usually referred to as "An-
war," as in Sadat) for oil ex-
ploration or designate it as
an inviolate wilderness area,
or by doing nothing prevent
For friends of Israel who
recognize the danger of grow-
ing U.S. dependence on
foreign source, and particular-
ly Middle East oil, there should
be little hesitation in suppor-
ting legislation permitting
With the current flow of
close to two million barrels of
oil per day from the adjacent
Prudhoe Bay field declining
steadily and due to run out by
the end of this century, poten-
tial production from the new
finds in ANWR would be the
only substitute from a
domestic U.S. source.
Tm not carrying 1500 stone tablets down a mountain--
couldn't you cut a few?"
Already, the trend of im-
ports is alarming, with almost
half of U.S. oil now being im-
ported. And while increased
conservation measures and
more attention to the develop-
ment of alternative energy
sources must also be sup-
ported, the most urgent
energy issue to come before
the Congress in the near
future will be the issue of drill-
ing for oil in ANWR.
Debate on Capitol Hill will be
influenced heavily by the conti-
nuing turmoil in the Persial
Gulf, and rightly so. The large
flotilla of American warships
now deployed there is a telling
sign of how e nergy
dependence dictates foreign
In this connection the latest
Joint Program Plan put out as
guidance to 11 national and
113 community Jewish agen-
cies contains a very important
warning citing the "inexorable
increase in the amount of oil
being imported to the U.S."
The plan also states that "The
ability of our government to
formulate and conduct foreign
policy undominated by energy
considerations, and without
fear of economic reprisal, must
be a clear, conscious and fun-
damental objective."
Opposition to exploration of
this region comes from en-
vironmental groups whose ma-
jor fear is that the caribou
(local reindeer) herds may be
adversely affected. Ex-
perience with Prudhoe Bay
(only 60 miles to the west)
however, shows that these
herds have tripled since
development there. The part
of the arctic coast in question
is so bleak and remote that
there is hardly any other place
in the entire country where
drilling would have less
adverse impact on both
humans and wildlife. In fact,
the few hundred hardy souls
living in this region support
development enthusiastically.
Already, the New York
Times, the Wall Street Jour-
nal, and the Washington Post
have come down on the side of
development in three tightly-
reasoned editorials. A
respected columnist recently
put it this way: "(if) one has to
choose between caribou and
country, it is hard to see how
there is a choice."
It will not be easy to allay all
the fears of opponents of drill-
ing who fear disturbance of
what they call "a unique
ecosystem." They have
mobilized massive letter-
writing campaigns to members
of Congress, many of whom
are loathe to antagonize this
vocal constituency. In the end,
however, common sense, the
Prudhoe Bav experience, and
the efficacy of environmental
safeguards should win the day.
What remains a difficult
task is to get more people to
realize the inextricable link
between our national security
and greater energy in-
dependence, and to get the
leadership in the American
Jewish community to
acknowledge how this could
directly impact on future
U.S.-Israel relations. If Con-
gress acts responsibly on AN-
WR, we should all be able to
breathe a little easier in the
face of any attempts at oil
blackmail a decade from now.
Morris J. Amitay is former
executive director of the
A merican Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC).
New Debate On Role Of Pope Pius XII During Holocaust
simple statement made in
Miami by Pope John Paul II at
the meeting with Jewish
leaders, in which the Pontiff
said he believed that Pope Pius
XII would be vindicated by
history, has elicited a skeptical
response from Holocaust
historians and some Jewish
figures present at the meeting.
Pope Pius XII has been ac-
cused, in the years since the
end of World War II, of a
singular Holocaust sin: silence.
In effect, John Paul's asser-
tion reopens an old can of
worms, one which was given
tremendous attention beginn-
ing in 1963 with the produc-
tion of the play "the Deputy"
by German playwright Rolf
Hochbuth, in which Pius XII
was assailed for having
refrained from speaking out
publicly on behalf of those who
were persecuted, particularly
the Jews.
Critics of the wartime Pon-
tiff base their judgment on the
fact that Pius XII did not
speak out on behalf of the Jews
specifically. The telling docu-
ment many refer to is the ad-
dress the Pope gave at
Christmas 1942. The criticism
leveled at him is that he never
once in the very long state-
ment mentioned the word
The Christmas plea given by
the pope was, rather, a sweep-
ing condemnation of the perils
of a "Godless society" and the
threat to private capital under
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Marxism. In broad but
generalized terms he called for
opposition to the "excessive
herding of men into lifeless
things' and urged mankind to
"uphold respect for the prac-
tical realization of the ... fun-
damental personal rights .. to
maintain and develop one's
corporeal, intellectual and
moral life and especially the
right to religious formation."
In attempting to explain that
Pontiffs reasoning during
that era, many have pointed
the finger at his tremendous
loathing of Communism. It has
also been variously noted that
it was simply not in the style of
Pius XII to be specific about
any people's suffering, nor by
Pius's record is a somewhat
mixed bag, in that it is known
and documented that he allow-
ed sanctuary to be given to the
Jews of Rome; that he in-
tervened, through the papal
nuncio in Berlin, for the Jews
in northern Italy; that he
telegrammed a personal ap-
peal to Hungarian Regent Ad-
miral Miklos Horthy.
British historian Martin
Gilbert notes in "The
Holocaust" (Holt, Rinehart
and Winston, NY, 1985) that
in 1943, the Pope "helped the
Jewish community in Rome
that September, offering
whatever amount of gold
might be needed towards the
fifty kilogrammes of gold
demanded by the Nazis, which
the community could not raise
in full on its own."
However, historians Nora
Levin and Raul Hilberg have
softened the impact of that of-
fer by explaining that it was a
loan requested by the then
bankrupt Jewish community,
which, said Hilberg, was
ultimately not needed because
the Jews mustered the sum
themselves. On September 20,
1942, Pope Pius XII gave an
audience to U.S. envoy Myron
Taylor, of which it was
speculated that the topic
discussed was the persecution
of the Jews. Although the
specific agenda of that au-
dience was not diclosed,
Taylor was quoted as saying
that the Pontiff had said that
"Church and State must aid in
the efforts of both the religious
and civil communities."
David Wyman, author of
"The Abandonment of the
Jews" (Pantheon Books, NY
1985), feels that Pius's good
deeds are, however over-
shadowed by his long lapses,
and his pronounced overall
He told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency: "From
what I know now, the record
of Pius XII is a very poor one."
Wyman cited the telegram
to Horthy which "was not sent
until late June. But the Jews
were deported May 15. Why
did he wait for a period of
more than a month? Before the
pope had moved, 200,000 Jews
had been deported.
"It's true that Pius XII
helped some Jews, but his
record is 95 percent empty. On
November 24, 1942, the State
Department confirmed that
the Jews were being exter-
minated. The news came to the
world. And if the Pope is
speaking a month later (the
Christmas address), then we
have to ask why? What took
him so long?"
Levin, author of "The
Holocaust. The Destruction of
Eastern Jewry, 1933-45"
(Schocken, NY, 1973) cited
Pius's great admiration for
German culture. She also
claimed that Pius "was in-
terested of course in the con-
tinuity of the institution (of the
Catholic Church). And so any
action which might be con-
sidered anti-Nazi and
anatagonistic to the policy of
the Third Reich in any way
would be actually harmful."
Hilberg, author of "The
Destruction of the European
Jews" (Holmes and Meier,
NY, 1985) believes "there is no
way" Pius would be cleared.
"The record is very clear that
he did not exercise his function
as chief of -the Vatican's
diplomatic service, his whole
control of the nuncios in
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57 Otzma Participants Begin
Year Of Service In Israel
Friday, October 9,1967/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page b
ching the second year of the in-
novative "Otzma" program,
57 young men and women
have arrived in Israel to begin
a year of community service
Otzma is an early leadership
identification program for
young adults aged 18-24,
designed to strengthen the
bonds between North
American communities and
Israel. It is sponsored in North
America by the Council of
Jewish Federations and par-
ticipating member Federa-
tions and in Israel by the Israel
Forum and the Jewish Agen-
cy, in cooperation with the
Youth and Hechalutz Depart-
ment of the World Zionist
The program involves a two-
tiered service concept compris-
ed of a year of service in Israel
followed by a commitment of a
year of service at home upon
return. Participants in Otzma
are recruited, screened and
provided with fellowships by
their local Federations.
The core of the program con-
sists of communal service
work in the Project Renewal
neighborhoods supported by
the Federations which sponsor
Otzma participants. Other
components include work with
Youth Aliyah, time on a
moshav and an educational
While in Israel, each partici-
pant is provided with an
"adoptive parent" a
member of the Israel Forum
who serves as a support
system and becomes a perma-
nent personal tie to Israel
According to Shoshana S.
Cardin, President of CJF,
"Otzma is an excellent way for
Federations to identify gifted
young adults with leadership
potential at an early point in
Israel Attracting
More Tourists
Tourism to Israel was up 25
percent during the first eight
months of 1987 compared to
the same period in 1986, the
Ministry of Immigration and
Absorption reported. The rise
was three percent compared to
1985 which was Israel's record
tourist year.
Of the 919,400 tourists,
766,100 arrived by air, a 24
percent increase over last
year. Arrivals by land totalled
137,700, of whom 71,900 came
to Israel via Egypt. This was a
16 percent increase, excluding
tourists who returned to Israel
after visiting Sinai. Other land
arrivals were by the Jordan
River bridges.
Arrivals by sea numbered
84,800 of whom 12,610 were
crewmen from foreign naval
vessels visiting Israel and the
rest passengers from cruise
ships. In 1986, only 1,800
foreign naval personnel were
among the 50,000 tourists who
arrived by sea. In 1985,
100,300 tourists came to Israel
their career development. Par-
ticipants have the opportunity
to create meaningful ties to
their local Jewish communities
and Israel, which may
stimulate them to become
Jewish communal profes-
sionals or active volunteer
Eighteen Federations par-
ticipated in the 1987-88 Otzma
program: Baltimore, Birm-
ingham, Chicago, Cleveland,
Columbus, Detroit, Los
Angeles, MetroWest (NJ),
Miami, Milwaukee, Montreal,
New York City, Palm Beach,
Philadelphia, San Francisco,
Savannah, Toronto and
Washington. Laura Klein is
representing the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
The program began in late
August with a five-day pre-
departure orientation and
training seminar in upstate
New York to deepen par-
ticipants' understanding of the
North American Jewish com-
munity and the Federation
movement. Upon their arrival
in Israel, the group proceeded
to a Kibbutz Ulpan to acquire
the basic fundamentals of the
Hebrew language and to ac-
climate themselves to Israeli
Representatives of the Israel
Forum, the Jewish Agency
and the WZO have the respon-
sibility of planning, monitoring
and implementing the pro-
gram in Israel. The Israel
Forum is a volunteer organiza-
tion of young, successful
Israeli business entrepreneurs,
academics, kibbutzniks and
others concerned with
strengthening ties between
Israel and the Diaspora.
Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Michael S. Dukakis
met with Vice Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Israel Shimon Peres recently in a 30-minute meeting for an
exchange of views on a variety of issues. The two leaders
discussed an agreement signed last spring by Israel and the
commonwealth of Massachusetts to promote trade, tourism
and technology exchanges. Known as the General Accord on
the Massachusetts-Israel exchange, it proposes cooperative
initiatives in trade and investment, in science and technology,
and travel and tourism between the Commonwealth and the
state of Israel.
The first Thanksgiving.
I* Succot (the Season of Plenty) is the Jewish Festival that commemorates time of joy for the Jewish people.
And today, as it did 3000 years ago, the coming of Succot poses a challenge to mankind. Succot is a reasseruon
of Man's potential for greatness. ** Succot brings with it the hope that one day Man will realize his full
potential in order to live in freedom and dignity. *v It is a season of joy. A period of thanksgiving. It is a time
for humanity to harvest its dreams of freedom and peace. It's what makes us Jews.
Kenneth J Lassman, F.D.. General Manager Douglas Lazarus, F.D.. V.P.
Allan G. Brestin, F.D. Edward M. Doom, F.D.
Leo Hack, Executive V.P., Religious Advisor William F Saulson, V.P., Family Consultant
Memorial Guardian Chapels

Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, October 9, 1987
Radio/TV/ Film
MOSAIC Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. WPTV Chan-
nel 5 with host Barbara Gordon Green. Jewish Com-
munity Campus.
L'CHAYIM Sunday, Oct. 11, 7:30 a.m. WPBR1340
AM with host Rabbi Mark S. Golub The Jewish
Listener's Digest, a radio magazine.
TRADITION TIME Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 p.m. -
Monday-Wednesday Oct. 12-14, 2 p.m. WVCG 1080
AM This two hour national Jewish entertainment show
features music, comedy, and news.
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach
Community Calendar
October 9
Sukkot (Second Day) Na'amat USA-Theodore Herzl,
Regency Spa through Oct. 12.
October 10
Temple Israel, Boat Trip/Dinner Dance Temple Beth
Torah, "Sock Hop" Dance, 8 p.m. Jewish Community
Center, Young Singles Dance at The Hyatt, 9 p.m.
October 11
B'nai B'rith Women-Masada, New Orleans through Oct. 16
Temple Beth El, Seminar "Human Sexuality" 11:30 a.m.
Federation, Board Retreat, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
October 12
Women's American ORT-Lake Worth West, board, 9:30
a.m. B'nai B'rith Women-Boynton Beach, noon
Women's American ORT-Palm Beach, board, 9:45 a.m.
Na'amat USA-Theodore Herzl, board, 10 a.m. Women's
American ORT-Royal United Order of True Sisters,
board 10:30 a.m. and regular meeting 1 p.m. Na'amat
USA-Golda Meir, Epcot through Oct. 14 Hadassah-Aviva,
board 10 a.m. and regular meeting noon Treasure Coast
Jewish Center, board, 7:30 p.m. Federation, Women's
Division, Business and Professional Worker Training,
5:30 p.m.
October 13
Federation, Leadership Development Committee, 8 p.m.
Hadassah-Lee Vassil, board, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth
Zion, board, 7:30 p.m. Federation, Vanguard Mission
Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Hadassash-Henrietta Szold, board, 1
p.m. B'nai B'rith Women-Menorah, 1 p.m. Na'amat
USA-Sharon, 11:30 a.m. Women's American ORT-West
Palm, 12:30 p.m. Temple Beth Torah Sisterhood, Paid Up
Membership Dinner, 6 p.m. Federation, CLAL Pro-
gram, 7:30 p.m. Federation Campaign Staff Meeting,
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Federation, CLAL, 12-2 p.m., 4-6
pm. Federation, Century Village Committee Meeting,
9:45 a.m.
October 14
Federation, Women's Division Regional Swing Ft.
Lauderdale Lake Worth Jewish Center Sisterhood, 12:30
p.m. Women's American ORT-No. Palm Beach County
Region, board, 9:30 a.m. Hadassah-Rishona, noon
Hadassah-West Boynton, board, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth
Torah Sisterhood, board. 8 p.m. Federation CLAL Pro-
gram 8-9:30 a.m. Yiddish Culture Group-Cresthaven, 1
p.m. Federation, Associate General Campaign
Chairmen, noon.
October 15
Shemini Atzereth National Council of Jewish Women-
Okeechobee, 12:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Federation office,
Former Hungarian Soldier Honored
TORONTO (JTA) A 74-year-old resident of a Toron-
to suburb, Tibor Almasy, was honored at the Israeli Con-
sulate here. He will receive Israel's highest award, enroll-
ment of his name in the Yad Vashem roll of Righteous
Among Nations, for saving the lives of nearly 400 Jews
when he was a junior officer in the Royal Hungarian Army
during the final weeks of World War II.
Israel Inflation Down Most
GENEVA (JTA) Israel led the world in beating
down inflation last year according to "ILO Information,
the monthly newsletter of the International Labor
Organization, a United Nations agency based here.
The newsletter said 1986 was a turning point for several
countries beset by galloping inflation. In Israel, the infla-
tion rate plummeted from 185 percent to 20 percent.
The Campaign Cabinet of the Women's
Division of the Jewish Federation of Palm
Beach County met recently to review this
year's plans which will involve an increas-
ing number of women throughout the coun-
ty in helping their fellow Jews in need
locally, in Israel, and worldwide. Seated
(left to right) are Marcia Shapiro, Super
Sunday Co-Chairman; Adele Simon,
Pacesetters and Campaign Leadership In-
stitute Co-Chairman; Sandra Rosen,
member at large; Geraldine Freedman,
Awards Celebration Chairman; and Cynnie
List, Campaign Leadership Institute Co-
Chairman. Standing (left to right) are Faye
Stoller, Women's Division Director; Sheila
Engelstein, Campaign Vice President;
Carol Greenbaum, President; Zelda
Pincourt-Mason, Lion of Judah Co-
Chairman; Ruthe Eppler, member at large;
Marcy Marcus, $365 Event Co-Chairman;
Lynne Ehrlich, Assistant Campaign Direc-
tor; and Suzanne Ring, Women's Division
Assistant Director. Not pictured are
Dorothy Adler, Shirlee Blonder, Jacqueline
Eder, Mollie Fitterman, Angela P. Gallic-
chio, Jeanne Glasser, Amy Jonas, Marilyn
Lampert, Shirley Leibow, Jeanne Levy,
Amy Pearlman, Marva Perrin, Berenice
Rogers, Ingrid Rosenthal, Sandra
Schwartz, Dr. Elizabeth Shulman, Robin
Weinberger, and Alice Zipkin.
H. Irwin Levy Reappointed
A UJA National Vice Chairman
win Levy of Palm Beach has
been reappointed a United
Jewish Appeal National Vice
Chairman, UJA National
Chairman Martin F. Stein has
"Irwin is admirably equip-
ped to fulfill the functions of
leadership at UJA," Stein
said. "His achievements in
helping Jews in need have
been marked by vision and
"During Irwin's term as
Chairman, the UJA Depart-
ment of Communica-
tions/Public Relations came
fully into its own, with a wide
range of creative, inspiring,
and practical written,
speakers', and audio-visual
materials. In this capacity, as
in so many others, Irwin has
our many thanks. I am pleased
Israel Will
U.S. Defense
Israeli participation in the
design and manufacture of
both updated versions of the
American F-16 jet fighter
plane and a new generation
aircraft appear to be realistic
possibilities in a United States
effort, to curtail the blow of
Israel's cancellation of its
vaunted Lavi project.
American Administration
leaders also are exploring
seriously how to involve Israel
Aircraft Industry workers in
the production of spare parts
for the F-16 planes which will
replace the Lavi in Israel's
H. Irwin Levy
to know that in addition to his
major responsibilities at the
Jewish Agency, he will con-
tinue his superlative work as a
UJA National Vice Chairman.
We value his knowledge, his
judgments, and his
A member of the UJA's Na-
tional Campaign Cabinet,
Levy serves as a member of
the Jewish Agency's Board of
Directors and Board of
Trustees. He is an active
Board member of the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County and a key leader in the
1988 Federation-UJA
The UJA, in partnership
with Federations and other
community campaigns across
the country, raised $727
million last year. In Israel,
Campaign funds help absorb,
educate and settle new im-
migrants, build villages and
farms in rural areas, support
innovative programs for
troubled and disadvantaged
youth and through Project
Renewal promote the
revitalization of distressed
neighborhoods. Campaign
funds also provide essential
services that help sustain the
fabric of Jewish life at home
and in 34 countries around the
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Friday, October 9, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page *!'
A Divided Family
Special to the Floridian
An unusual demonstration
took place recently in Moscow,
highlighting one of the least
attractive features of current
Soviet policy towards those
who wish to leave. Leading the
demonstration was Alexander
Kholmiansky, who not so long
ago completed a year and a
half in labor camp. Now,
together with his parents and
his wife, he has taken,
courageously, to the streets.
Alexander's problem is that
his wife's father refuses to
sign a document releasing
those who wish to leave from
future financial obligations to
This is not the first time in
recent months that the
somewhat bizarre 'future'
obligation has been used by
Soviet authorities to refuse an
exit visa. Ironically, in the case
of Alexander Kholmiansky this
restriction means that he can-
not now join his brother
Michael, not so long ago one of
the leading Hebrew teachers
in Moscow, who now lives in
During the demonstration, it
was Alexander's father who
was actually taken off to the
police station and fined for
"hooliganism." Naturally
enough, the small banners
which the family had prepared,
were seized almost as quickly
as they had raised them. Amid
the global excitement of the
new Soviet-American agree-
ment on nuclear weapons and
the imminent summit, it is
easy enough to overlook the
human dimension, which in the
case of Alexander Kholmian-
sky, his wife and his parents,
now keeps them from that sec-
tion of their family, which,
after more than ten years of
struggling, has at last "come
The scene at Ben Gurion air-
port when the first half of the
Kholmiansky family reached
Israel was one of ioy tempered
with anxiety. Michael's wife li-
ana had been one of the
leaders of the recently created
group, 'Women Against
Refusal,' whose weekly
meetings did much in the early
months of this year to alert the
West to the continuing in-
justices of divided families and
hardship cases. Her departure
was as welcome as it was unex-
pected. But with it, the Khol-
mianskys became a divided
family; their battle for
reunification has already
In Jerusalem, Michael allows
no day to pass without trying
to help his brother. In Moscow,
his brother seeks new ways of
protest and publicity.
It is in Washington,
however, that the fate of the
Kholmiansky family may well
be decided. Lesf than six mon-
ths ago when Secretary of
State Shultz was in Moscow,
he was handed a list of so-
called 'resolved' human rights
cases. Alexander Kholmian-
sky's name was on that list.
That is to say, the Secretary of
State was told that no further
obstacle lay in the way of Alex-
ander's departure.
The Soviet Union is busy just
now giving assurances of a
global kind, upon which both
the security and prosperity of
many lands depend. Cannot a
small, earlier assurance, be
honored? That is the question
which the many friends of the
Kholmianskys are asking:
friends who include Members
of the Israeli Knesset,
members of the British Parlia-
ment, and members of the
United States Senate and Con-
gress, many of whom have met
Alexander in Moscow.
Alexander Kholmiansky is
now 37 years old. It is ten
years now since, following in
his brother's footsteps, he
began to teach Hebrew to a
small circle of Jews in the
Soviet capital. Often warned
to stop his teaching, in 1984 he
was arrested and sent to labor
camp. At his trial, he told the
court: 'Despite the punishment
this court will give me, I will
overcome it like all persecuted
Jews have overcome their fate
over thousands of years of
their history.'
While Alexander Kholmian-
sky was in prison, many
Western politicians took up his
case. After his release, it was
assumed that the whole family
would be allowed to leave.
Alexander, back in Moscow,
got married; he and his wife
Anna now have a baby
daughter, Dora, born this May.
It is Anna's father whose ob-
jections are now used as a bar-
rier to the granting of exit
visas, and to the reunification
of a small but remarkable fami-
ly, whose contribution to the
maintenance of Jewish life and
spirit in circumstances so
adverse, is surely a proud part
of a history which must still be
guided by human effort. What
better effort could there be
than to resolve once and for all
this case which the Soviet
authorities have already
declared 'resolved.'
Refuseniks Yuli and Tanya Edelshtein con-
duct a havdallah service in their apartment in
Moscow in June 1984. They were subsequent-
ly adopted by the Soviet Jewry Task Force of
the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
as this community's refuseniks and many ef-
forts were made on their behalf to pressure
the Soviet government to release Yuli from a
prisoner of war camp and grant them exit
visas so that they could emigrate to Israel.
After much worldwide pressure, the Edelshteins received
their exit visas and arrived in Israel this summer. In Israel
for a Community Relations Council Task Force meeting in
August, Dr. Mark Rattinger (right), Chairman of the Mideast
Task Force, and Rabbi Alan Sherman (third from left), CRC
Director, met with the Edelshteins who thanked them for
this community's dedicated efforts on their behalf.
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Jewish Population Shows Explosive Growth
Geographic Distribution
Persons Age 19 and Under ._^ Lake Worth
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Continued from Page 1
containing one or more Jews.
In addition to the 80,000,
about 6,500 Jews are in the
area for one to two months
during January/February.
As expected in sunbelt com-
munities offering amenities
for retirees, much of the
population of the area is elder-
ly. However, in relationship to
other South Florida com-
munities, the Palm Beaches
has less elderly over the age of
60 and more youth under the
age of 19. "For example, if we
compare this area's population
over 60 years of age with
South Palm Beach County
(south of Boynton Beach to the
Broward County line), our
population in that age bracket
is 67 percent of the total
whereas South County's is 76
percent. Significantly, this
area's younger population,
under the age of 19, is greater
than South County 8 per-
cent of the total compared to
their 5 percent," stated Mr.
A great number of persons
between the ages of 60-74,
35,300, live in the Palm
Beaches. The age breakdown
of the total population is as
Ages Persons
0-4 1,900
5-9 1,375
10-14 1,300
15-19 1,750
20-34 5,700
35-49 7,650
50-64 12,500
65-74 28,600
75-84 14,000
85 and over 1,500
Household structure is an
important component of the
study. The age distribution of
households, the geographic
location of the various age
categories, and other factors
were measured. Ten percent
of the households in the study
area contain children; 32 per-
cent of couples with children
live in Lake Worth and 28 per-
cent in West Palm Beach. Non-
elderly (under age 65) singles
and married comprise 21 per-
cent. Eldery married couples
(44 percent), non-elderly mar-
ried couples (17 percent), and
elderly singles constitute 80
percent of the households
surveyed in the study. Forty
percent of single elderly living
alone reside in Century
Village/Golden Lakes.
"This is only a general over-
view of community
demographics which is a small
part of the overall findings,"
stated Susan Schwartz, Direc-
tor of Planning and Budgeting
who staffed the Demographic
Study Committee. "We will
present detailed findings to
the Board of Directors and
begin to discuss the implica-
tions for our community. This
is a gigantic step forward,"
she said.
Stanley Brenner said, "I am
indebted to the fine work and
committed efforts of my com-
mittee. They have completed
the first step in building for
the future of our community
through comprehensive plann-
ing." Members of the commit-
tee are: Ellen Bovarnik, Buddy
Brenner, Robert Fitterman,
Angela Gallicchio, Helen
Hauben, Dr. Norma Schulman,
Rabbi Howard Shapiro, Carol
Shubs and Betram Tamarkin.
A summary of the report will
be available for distribution by
At Sukkot
Living With Tensions
, Among the most intriguing
and impressive aspects of
Jewish wisdom is its attempt
to bridge contradictions and
live with a tension of op-
posites. Consider, as an exam-
ple, that precisely during the
fasting on Yom Kippur is when
we read the passage from
Isaiah challenging the notion
of such a ritual. While fasting,
we remind ourselves that
fasting is not enough.
The same rhythm is found in
the festival of Sukkot.
Kohelet, with its challenging,
skeptical spirit and disdain for
possessions, is the megillah
assigned for our harvest, our
thanksgiving festival. At a
holiday so disposed to a sense
of joy, our sages see the need
for putting things in
That theme is the subject of
a little Hasidic vignette. It tells
of a man who always carried a
scrap of paper in each pocket.
On one was written, "For my
sake was the world created.'
On the other, "I am nothing
but dust and ashes." If he felt
depressed, he would look at
the passage "For my
sake .. .," and it would raise
his spirits. If he was feeling
vain, or foolish or arrogant, he
would read "I am nothing but
dust and ashes." And, so the
Century Village
Jewish Federation
Of Palm Beach County-United
Jewish Appeal Campaign
Century Village is proud of its continuing prestigious
role in the UJA Campaign. With 4,000 contributors, we
have set the standard for other large condominium
WE NEED YOUR HELP to contact 3,000 unit owners in
CV, especially in Bedford, Camden, Kent, Waltham,
Windsor and Salisbury.
Our Century Village UJA Campaign Committee
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8wt, Murray BemeteJn, Lou Partman, Jack Starn, Sol Margoiia,
Eddie Starr, May LaVina, Barmy Cohan, Bob Cahn, Lou Schaffrank,
Joa Oorf, Shirley Pilch, Jo* Fuaa, Time Becker, Sarah and Jacob
Nuaabaum, Bertha Goldman, Cotaman Sueeman, Ada Columbus,
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story suggests, he would
regain a proper sense of
Sukkot, too, suggests that
we must feel both "yes" and
"no," that we must experience
and learn how to live with
the tension of opposites. We
gather lovely, ripe fruits to
display in the sukkah and on
the bimah of the synagogue;
and they perish. Yet the etrog,
which dries to a hard, knobby
brown "grenade," never loses
its aroma. We "live in booths"
which, we are instructed, must
at the same time be both
beautiful and fragile (a proper
sukkah must "shake in the
wind"). The sukkah, a tem-
porary shelter, must be open
to the sky in order that we
may see what is truly abiding
and permanent. While the roof
must be more closed than
open, we must still be able to
see the stars.
Over and over again, our
tradition says not "either/or"
but "both." This implies and
may perhaps help to explain
the somewhat cryptic saying
that "Both these and those are
words of the Living God."
This dialectic is most clearly
seen in the juxtaposition of a
harvest festival with our tradi-
tion's explanation that the
reason we dwell in booths is
because it is the way our
ancestors traveled in the
wilderness (to be understood,
of course, as "temporary
dwellings," not as fruit-and-
vegetable covered lean-to's or
a "chicken coop," as the
manifest of a moving and
storage company identified
one family's sukkah). The con-
trast is more than a dialectic
between wealth and poverty.
The tradition seems to be sug-
gesting that midbar
(wilderness) is not only a
geographic term but also a
choice of valued, a way of life.
That may be why we do not
celebrate the time when the
Israelites entered the Promis-
ed Land, despite the fact that
logic seems to require it. After
all, we get out of Egypt each
year on Pesah, At Shavuot, we
stand at Sinai. On Sukkot, the
obvious candidate, we should
"get in." Instead, we are told
to make a thanksgiving, a time
of rejoicing, a celebration of
blessing even as we wander 6a-
midbar (in the wilderness).
For our sages recognize that
existentially, no one gets in; no
one gets it all. The experience
of midbar can be in Sinai or in
Jerusalem, or even in New
York, Milwaukee, Des Moines
or Los Angeles. In truth, life is
in the journey to, not in the ar-
rival at.
Yet we often act as if success
were the goal of our lives:
achievements and possessions
more powerful jobs, fancier
cars, bigger houses. We con-
fuse the accumulation of
"stuff' with security. Which,
indeed, is the more accurate
symbol of human existence
a fragile sukkah and the tradi-
tion of hospitality associated
with it, or an indestructible
bomb shelter with a strong
door to keep out other poten-
tial "survivors"?
Success is not a goal. It is,
rather, the journey along the
way. How we travel through
our lives determines whether
or not ours is a "Sacred
Ethiopian Immigrants
Get Diplomas
Absorption Minister Yaacov
Tsur presented diplomas last
month to 32 Ethiopian im-
migrants who completed a
14-month course to qualify as
social and educational
workers. The program is spon-
sored by the Absorption
Ministry in cooperation with
the Labor Ministry.
Thirty of the graduates have
already found jobs in their
fields. Some of them gained
professional experience help-
ing fellow immigrants. A
number came to Israel 17
years ago and returned to
Ethiopia as educators. When
they returned to Israel two
years ago they served as
teachers and translators for
the thousands of Ethiopians
who immigrated to Israel in
"Operation Moses" in 1985-86.
Tsur reported that a large-
scale Ethiopian immigrant
education project is almost
completed. He said thousands
of Ethiopians aged 18-28 are
finishing vocational and
academic studies.

Friday, October 9, 1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 9
North American Israeli:
North Americans who make
aliyah to Israel do so for many
reasons. Some enjoy the
pioneering lifestyle afforded
by the kibbutzim and
moshavim. Others are
businessmen who want to
directly help the economy of
Israel. And still others are
retirees who wish to spend
their later years in "eretz
Sandi Simon and her family
made aliyah for some of these
same reasons too, but upper-
most she believes that Israel is
a good place to raise children
and she is determined to be
personally involved in helping
Israel survive. "We toyed with
the idea (of making aliyah)
after our first mission in
1976," she said. "Israel has to
exist. You can't always let
others do it."
After her husband's retire-
ment four years ago, the fami-
ly made aliyah from Kendall,
Fl. They built a home in
Caesarea, on the coast midway
between Haifa and Tel Aviv.
Two of her younger children
are with her in Israel and three
are back in the States married
and working.
Although she readily admits
that adjustment to a new coun-
try and culture can be difficult,
Mrs. Simon advises that learn-
ing about Israel and what to
expect upon arrival will make
a smoother transition possible.
"We made 12 trips prior to
making aliyah and really knew
Israel. We met many others
who never knew much about
the country and were disillu-
sioned," she said.
This disillusionment con-
tributes to the 26 percent attri-
tion rate of new olim (im-
migrants), according to Mrs.
Simon. "People come with cer-
tain expectations and idealism
but when they get there they
have to face reality making
a living, housing, a new
language. They need to be
However, this return rate is
a far cry from the 90 percent in
1951. That year a group of
North American Israelis who
were concerned about this
high rate of return of their
fellow olim, founded the
Association of Americans and
Canadians in Israel to ease the
transition of the new im-
migrants into Israeli society.
"We think the AACI has been
an important factor in this im-
Can't Always Let Others Do It
Sandi Simon
provement," said Joseph S.
Wernick, National Executive
Director since 1978.
Over the past five years, Mr.
Wernick has seen a tremen-
dous growth in membership as
well as in the scope and range
of activities. AACI offers
counseling services by trained
professionals in the areas of
immigrant benefits and
responsibilities, education,
housing, and employment.
Emergency loans and small se-
cond mortgages on easy terms
are provided along with
guidance and advice on Health
Services. Social and cultural
programs are held to ease the
transition. The organization,
while encouraging the aliyah
of their former countrymen,
works toward building
stronger ties between North
American Jewry and Israel.
"I see the AACI as continu-
ing to grow more active, not
only in the area of immigrant
absorption, but also in helping
the North American communi-
ty in Israel to contribute to
Israeli society. Our increased
activism on quality of life
issues is an outgrowth of this
feeling," Mr. Wernick said.
Besides regular contacts bet-
ween the AACI and major
Jewish organizations, in-
cluding Federations, it pro-
motes contact on an individual
and community level through
their network of 30 Hometown
Mrs. Simon, a National
Board member and Overseas
Membership Chairman for the
The Joseph L.
Third Annual
Sun., Dec. 20
The Breakers
AACI, is also very active with
the Hometown Groups. She
and Elizabeth Homans, who is
the Jewish Federation of Palm
Shannah, 8, and Risa, 11, were
placed in Israeli schools im-
mediately after arrival and
were given Ulpan instruction
in Hebrew for the first year.
"They are now fluent in
Hebrew and their friends are
Israelis. When we come back
to the States for a visit, they
are happy to go to the shopp-
ing malls but are then glad to
get back with their friends. We
everyone is paranoid
crime and protecting
children. That absolutely does
not exist in Israel. Also,
Beach County s Community children here are 10-15 years mng tnere and we re
Representative for Hod behind in sophistication They hapPy-" Mrs- Simon elated,
community's are raised wholesomely no
drugs, make-up for the
Project Renewal neighborhood
in Israel, co-chair the Florida
Hometown Group. "We have a
list of 400 families who have
made aliyah and with whom
we get together for hometown
hospitality. Once a year we
have a major meeting. Our cur-
rent project, however, is set-
ting up funding to help those
who make aliyah by offering
them $1,000-2,000 short term
loans for real emergencies,"
explained Mrs. Simon.
This funding is sponsored by
the Aliyah Council of South
Florida with the Hometown
Group in Israel administering
the loans. Increasing their
financial help for olim, AACI,
now is offering mortgage loans
up to $10,000. The South
Florida Aliyah Council in-
itiated this loan program with
funds from the Foundation of
Jewish Philanthropies of
Greater Miami Jewish Federa-
tion. "The loans can be used
for businesses and house
repairs also. New immigrants
get additional mortgage
money from the Jewish Agen-
cy and the government,"
stated Mrs. Simon.
Although Mrs. Simon is
realistic about the difficulties
of making aliyah and helps ad-
dress these issues through the
AACI, she sees Israel as a real
plus when it comes to raising
children. "In South Florida
girls, etc. On the other hand,
the maturity level is higher
and the children have more
Her two youngest children,
Active with the Federation
in Miami, a member of the Na-
tional UJA Women's Division
Board, and a former chair of
the Florida Region National
Young Leadership Cabinet,
Mrs. Simon and her husband,
Continued on Page 10
Cost Of Living
In Israel Modest
For a yearly budget of $20,000, North Americans who
make aliyah to Israel can live quite well, according to
Joseph S. Wernick, National Director of the Association of
Americans and Canadians in Israel.
An average monthly budget has been prepared by one of
the senior members of the AACI for September 1986, dur-
ing a period of relative price and exchange rate stability.
"This gentleman has a background in administration and
the figures he presented are very realistic," stated Mr.
Wernick. Not included is the expense of visits to the U.S. or
bringing family members to Israel for a visit.
Rental expense has a very wide range and goes from
$150 per month in a one-bedroom apartment in an outlay-
ing area to $750 or more per month for three bedrooms in
the best areas. Many new and used apartments are
available in all areas. Last year was a good time for buyers,
but prices may have risen this year as a result of no new
supply and a hoped-for increase in demand. Purchase cost
varies widely and is based on location, size, condition, etc.
It could range from $20,000 for a one-bedroom apartment
to $100,000 for three bedrooms, with lots of opportunities
in between.
Food for two people including cleaning supplies, soaps,
etc. is estimated at $225-275. Assuming rental of a 3-4
Continued on Page 10
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Cost Of Living
In Israel Modest
Continued from Page 9
room apartment in a building with an elevator, central heat
and central hot water, monthly maintenance fee paid to the
House Committee would be $50-75. Standard utilities are
electricity $25, water $10, gas $15, and telephone $30. This
last estimate does not include calls outside of Israel. It is
recommended that if family would call Israel instead, 1/3 of
the cost could be saved.
Moving to Israel does not mean doing without home
cleaning. This budget allows eight hours per month for a
total of $30. Allow $20-30 for city taxes which varies accor-
ding to the size of the apartment and the area. Gasoline
could run between $35-50 assuming trips were limited to ci-
ty driving with an occasional longer trip. Car insurance will
run about $50 for a 1982 Subaru automatic with air condi-
tioning. A new special tax on an automobile will run $400
per year. Household insurance is $20 with health insurance
being variable and depending on income, age, physical con-
dition, coverage and particular sick fund. Some coverage
carried in the U.S. may still apply.
Rounding out the budget are $30 for entertainment
(eating out is expensive and a cup of coffee with friends at
the corner cafe may suffice) and $15 for miscellaneous
Clothing is expensive in Israel compared to discount
shopping in the U.S. Most North American Israelis do their
clothes shopping while on a visit to the U.S.
Transportation is good and not costly. Within the city, it
is approximately 30 cents per ride. Cost between cities
varies depending on the distance, with a round-trip bet-
ween Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, for example, costing approx-
imately $2.25.
Of course, this budget will vary depending on lifestyle
and needs. For example, if one decided not to own a car,
the budget is reduced by approximately $100 per month.
For more information, contact the AACI at the National
Office, 21 Washington Street, Jerusalem 94187.
New Effort To Open
War Crimes Files Set
(JTA) The 17 former member-
states of the United Nations
War Crimes Commission are
scheduled to meet here Oct. 14
for another attempt to reach
agreement on opening the
defunct Commission's files on
Nazi war criminals and their
collaborators to the public.
Their last meeting with UN
Secretary General Javier
Perez de Cuellar ended
without agreement. The new
session was set for nearly a
month later to allow represen-
tatives of the countries time
for consultations and to
receive new directives from
t heir respective governments.
Issue is whether to allow ac-
cess to the files to scholars,
historians and researchers.
The files, kept at the United
Nations archives in a Manhat-
tan building, reportedly con-
tain the records of more than
40,000 accused Nazi war
Criminals. They are presently
accessible only to the govern-
ments of UN member-slates.
Former member-states of
the War Crimes Commission
are Australia, Belgium,
Canada, China,
Czechoslovakia, Denmark,
Franee, Greece, India, Luxem-
bourg, The Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Poland, Bri-
tain, United States and
It was announced before last
week's meeting that at least 15
of them had informed the
Secretary General they agreed
to grant wider access to the
files. Only France and India
did not inform him of their
positions. According to
reliable sources, the files con-
tain more accusations of war
crimes committed in France
than in any other country.
It was discovered last year
that the archives contained the
files of former UN Secretary
General Kurt Waldheim, now
President of Austria, who has
l>een accused of complicity in
Nazi atrocities in Greece and
Yugoslavia when he served as
an intelligence officer in the
Cerman amy in the Balkans
during World War II.
Continued from Page 9
Charles, are how involved with
Miami's Project Renewal
neighborhood of Or Akiva.
They have been instrumental
in establishing emergency loan
funds and the Youth Training
Fund to support trade schools
for disadvantaged children.
They not only distribute
money (and much of their own)
but work directly with the
residents of the neighborhood.
The Simon family is very
satisfied with their life in
Israel. "We come back to the
U.S. three of four times a year.
When our kids are no longer in
school, we Ian to spend six
months in 1 rael and six mon-
ths in the S ates. Most of my
friends h ive additional
residences ; 1 over the United
States. On thing they never
considered to have a place in
Israel. If hey would, they
would love ,."
Mrs. Si aon is an en-
thusiastic sj okesman for mak-
ing aliyah to Israel, albeit
realistically "Olim add to the
economy ai 1 lend their know
how to soci il projects. If they
want to change certain things
with which they are not
satisfied, t iey can organize
and change it. For example,
the AACI is responsible for the
no smoking ordinance in
Soldier Stabbed On Holiday
JERUSALEM (JTA) Fatal stabbing of a soldier
marred a quiet Rosh Hashanah holiday in Israel. The vic-
tim, Alexander Arad, 43, was killed while trying to hitch a
ride from Megido to his home in Kibbutz Ramot Menashe.
A suspect was arrested by border police shortly after the
attack. He was identified as Jillal Haj Ibrahim, 23, of Yan-
dun village, near Jenin in the West Bank. Ibrahim
reportedly confessed after two bicyclists from Afula said
they witnessed the crime and identified him as the killer.
Le Pen Cancels Britain Trip
LONDON (JTA) Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of
France's far rightwing National Front Party, has cancelled
his planned visit to Britain as anger still boiled over his
remarks on a recent radio interview that the Holocaust was
a mere footnote to the history of World War II.
Ceil Steinberg Heads JWV Women
PHILADELPHIA (JTA) Ceil Steinberg of North
Miami Beach, has been elected national president of the
National Ladies Auxiliary Jewish War Veterans of the
U.S.A., succeeding Donna Green of Carlsbad, Calif.
New olim
year memb-
For supp
America, i
ship is ava
formation i
write to the
receive a free one
rship in the AACI.
rters in North
verseas member-
ible. For more in-
tbout the AACI,
National Office, 21
Street, Jerusalem
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Friday, October 9,1987/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 1J
JCongress Urges U.S. Jews To
Join In Mideast Peace Debate
Parliament Of Europe
Hits UN Racism Edict
American Jewish Congress
sleased a policy statement
[late last month endorsing an
international conference for
liddle East peace to serve as
the framework for direct
Israeli-Arab negotiations.
The matter has split Israel's
inity coalition government
long party lines: Labor favors
the conference scenario, Likud
jis adamantly opposed. The
lAJCongress statement clearly
[favors the position of Foreign
[Minister Shimon Peres, the
I Labor Party leader.
It acknowledged in its state-
Iment that by so doing the
[organization "broke tradition
[under which American Jewish
[organizations have refrained
from speaking out on issues af-
fecting the peace process."
The statement, released in
Ithe name of A JCongress presi-
dent Theodore Mann, main-
tained that because "the
| government of Israel itself is
[divided and deadlocked over
how to approach the peace pro-
i cess" it was "necessary and
appropriate" for American
Jews to "participate in the cur-
rent historic debate.
Release of the policy state-
ment apparently was timed to
coincide with Peres' visit to
New York to attend the 42nd
annual session of the United
Nations General Assembly.
Asked about it at a briefing for
Israeli reporters at the UN
Tuesday morning (Sept. 22),
the Israeli Foreign Minister
said he thought American
Jews had an absolute right to
express their opinions about
anything but he did not believe
the AJCongress statement
Continued from Page 1
Palm Beach, is a Trustee of the
Morse Geriatric Center and a
member of the Center's
Building Committee. Mr. Gor-
don is President of Temple
Beth David in Palm Beach
Gardens, and serves on the
Board of Directors of the
Jewish Federation of Palm
Beach County and the Palm
Beach County Anti-
Defamation League.
"The Center was not built by
a few individuals, but by a
community which shares the
responsibility for the care and
well being of its aged
members," stated Mr. Eppler.
"We can not achieve the
awesome task of raising $18
million without the com-
munity's generous and on-
going support."
For further information
about the Center's Capital
Campaign or to make your
pledge, please contact the Of-
fice of Development at
471-5111, ext. 195.
Shimon Peres
would change or have any ef-
fect on the debate over the
issue in Israel.
"American Jews are our
partners. I'm not disturbed by
a debate within the Jewish
people. The debate about an in-
ternational peace conference is
a legitimate debate and I don't
see any harm in' it," Peres
There were no other im-
mediate comments from
Israeli sources. But the reac-
tions of other mainstream
American Jewish organiza-
tions ranged from mildly
negative to, in one case, an
angry attack on the
AJCongress' initiative.
The AJCongress appeared
to have had second thoughts
on the impact of its policy
statement. The first text was
"killed" after it was released
to the press. It was followed by
a new text several hours later
which, while essentially the
same, contained softer
language in many instances.
Mann, reached by telephone
in Philadelphia Tuesday morn-
ing, explained to the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that the
first text was a draft that had
been put before the
AJCongress National Govern-
ing Council at a meeting on
September 13 but not approv-
ed and its release was an error.
The second text, he said, was
the one endorsed by the Gover-
ning Council on the same date.
In its statement, the
AJCongress takes the position
that an international peace
conference "satisfied in suffi-
cient measure Israel's in-
sistence over the past 39 years
that peace can be achieved on-
ly in direct, face-to-face
It said a major consideration
in releasing the position paper
was the finding of recent
demographic studies on Arab
population growth. The rise in
Arab numbers "is rapidly
transforming "Greater Israel'
Israel plus the West Bank
and Gaza into a de facto bi-
national state, politically and
According to the
AJCongress, "If no significant
political adjustments are
made, the demographic im-
peratives will force Israel to
choose by the year 2000 bet-
ween becoming a non-Jewish
state or a non-democratic
state." To find a "realistic
Continued on Page 16
The Parliament of Europe
voted 181-3 to repudiate the
resolution equating Zionism
with racism, adopted by the
United Nations General
Assembly in 1975.
Statement, adopted on the
eve of the opening of the 42nd
session of the General
Assembly in New York,
asserted that "Zionism cannot
be equated to racism" and
declared the 1975 resolution
It called on the foreign
minister of the 12 member-
states of the Parliament
which are also the member-
states of the European
Economic Community (EEC)
to "make clear to the (cur-
rent) session of the General
Assembly that member-states
reject the principle that
underlies the 1975 resolution.
It asked the foreign
ministers to make clear as
well, in all international
organizations, the European
Community's commitment to
oppose all types of racial
discrimination and to uphold
the inalienable rights of all
peoples to self-determination
and their legitimate aspira-
tions to live within secure, in-
ternationally recognized
The Community Is Invited
to the
Leadership Conference
"Israel At 40
Middle Age Conflicts"
Outstanding International Analysts
Sunday, November 8,
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sponsoredby the Israel Mideast Task Forceol the
Community Relations Council ol the Jewish Federation
ol Palm Beach County
Cost of the Conference and Luncheon is $15 Reservations must be made by check lo
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Palm Beach FL 33401 all CRC Foi mote information call Rabbi Alan Sherman
CRC Director at 832 2120
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Senior News
The Comprehensive Senior Service Center, through a
Federal Grant Title III of the Older Americans Act, pro-
vides a variety of services to persons 60 years or older,
along with interesting and entertaining, educational
and recreational programs. All senior activities are con-
ducted in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights
The Jewish Community Center, 700 Spencer Drive, in
West Palm Beach, is an active place for all seniors. Hot
kosher meals are served every day and programs and ac-
tivities are available.
Monday through Friday,
older adults gather at the JCC
to enjoy kosher lunches, and a
variety of activities. In-
teresting lectures, films,
celebrations, games, card play-
ing and nutritional education
are some of the programs of-
fered at the Center. Transpor-
tation is available. Reserva-
tions are required. Call Lillian
at 689-7703. No fee is required
but contributions are
Monday, Oct. 12 Games
with Fred Bauman
Tuesday, Oct. 13 Nutri-
tion education with Helen
Gold, registered dietician
Wednesday, Oct. 14 The
JCC goes to the movies
Thursday; Oct. 15 -
Friday, Octi 16 CLOSED
Homebounji persons 60
years or older who require a
kosher meal delivered to their
home are eligible. Each meal
consists of one-third of the re-
quired daily; nutrition for
adults. Call Carol for informa-
tion at 689-7703.
Transportation is available
in designated area for persons
60 years of age or over who do
not use public transportation,
who must go to treatment
centers, doctor's offices,
hospitals and nursing homes to
visit spouses, social service
agencies and nutrition centers.
There is no fee for this service
but participants are encourag-
ed to make a contribution each
time. Reservations must be
made at least 48 hours in ad-
vance. For more information
and/or reservations, call
689-7703 and ask for Helen or
Libby in the Transportation
Department, between 9 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday.
The Jewish Community
Center is proud to offer classes
provided by Palm Beach
Junior College and Palm
Beach County School Board-
Adult Education. This year,
both agencies are required
fees for these classes along
with preregistration. The
schedule is as follows:
Palm Beach Junior College
Alzhemers" Wednesday,
Oct 14 through Nov. 4 at 9:30
a.m. $10 for four sessions.
Paid Pre-registration by Oct.
9. Minimum 21 persons.
"Increasing Your Memory
Power" Wednesday, Oct.
14 through Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m.
$10 for four sessions. Paid
Pre-registration by Oct. 9.
Minimum 21 persons.
Palm Beach School Board-
Adult Education Classes
"The Gangs Weigh" -
Tuesday, Oct 13 through Nov.
24, at 1:30 p.m. $4 for eight
"Changing Aging At-
titudes" Tuesday, Oct. 13
through Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m.
$4 for eight sessions.
"Exercise and Life Styles"
Wednesday, Oct. 14
through Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. $4
for eight sessions.
"Writers Workshop" -
Friday, Oct. 23 through Dec.
11, at 9:30 a.m. $4 for eight
"Timely Topics" Mon-
days at 2:15 p.m. Join a
stimulating group in an ex-
citing discussion of current
events. Those interested in
lunch, which will be served at
1:15 p.m., please call for reser-
vations at 689-7703 (Senior
"Speakers Club" -
Thursdays at 10 a.m.
"Fun with Yiddish" Oct.
22 at 10 a.m.
Thursday Monthly Book
Reviews" Beginning
Thursday, Oct. 29.
Reservations are required
and persons attending should
arrive by 11:30 a.m. Make your
tables and come to the JCC
Canastarama. No fee for
lunch. Contributions are re-
quested. Please call Millicent
for your reservations, at
"Beginners Canasta" $1
members, $1.50 non-members.
"Prime Time 'Singles' -
Thursday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 pm.
"Arts and Crafts" Mon-
day, Oct. 12 through Nov. 9 at
1-3 p.m. 50 cents for materials.
JCC need gifted volunteer to
teach classes in all fields, as
well as pre-school aides.
In addition, we need drivers
to deliver meals to the home-
bound. Call Carol Fox at
689-7700, Senior Department
for further information.
Local Delegation To
Attend ORT Convention
Delegates from North Palm
Beach County Region will at-
tend the 29th Biennial Na-
tional Convention of Women's
American ORT in Chicago,
Oct. 18-21, where they will
kickoff a year long celebration
of their 60th anniversary, an-
nounced Miriam Fogel, presi-
dent of North Palm Beach
County Region.
Some, 1,200 Women's
American ORT leaders from
all parts of the United States,
representing 145,00 members
of the organization in 1,300
chapters from coast to coast
will participate, she said.
Local delegates who will at-
tend the national convention in
addition to Mrs. Fogel are:
Lilyan Jacobs, Sue Shotz,
Sylvia Biller. Sylvia Gayl, Ed-
na Grey, Valerie Silverman,
(National Board Members)
Matilda Blendes, Geraldine
Newman, Leona Brachfeld,
Joyce Leeds, Sadie Cohen,
Lillian Rubenstein, Lillian
Poticha, Dorothy Gotthelf,
Claire Glick, Pauline Judd,
Sylvia Schweber, Frances Low
and Estelle Katz, (chapter
Speakers include Professor
Ephraim Katzir, fourth presi-
dent of the State of Israel and
the president of World ORT
Union; Joseph Harmatz, direc-
tor general of the World ORT
Union, who will review major
developments in the ORT pro-
gram; Nathan Gould, ex-
ecutive vice president,
Women's American ORT, to
present future perspective;
and Supreme Court Justice
Richard Goldstone of South
Africa, the guest speaker at
the closing luncheon.
Joshua Flidel, director ORT
Latin America and Nora
Andelsman will be guests of
the North Palm Beach County
Region at a luncheon on Oct.
29 at the home of Carolyn
Women's American ORT is
the largest of the ORT
member groups supporting its
world-wide network of schools.
Women's American ORT also
functions as a grass-roots, ac-
tivist organization, advocating
principles of pluralism,
democracy, and individual
Revisionist: Holocaust Wasn't Unique
BONN (JTA) The Zen-
tralrat, the governing body of
West Germany's Jewish com-
munity, has issued a strong
warning against continuing ef-
forts by certain German
scholars to downgrade the
magnitude of Nazi crimes
against the Jews and who
argue that the Holocaust was
no more "unique" than other
mass killings in modern
That view is being
disseminated by the revisionist
school of German thinkers and
academics whose theses seem
to be that Nazi war crimes
were no worse than others and
Germans therefore should not
feel exceptional guilt for their
A leading proponent of revi-
sionism is Prof. Ernst Nolte of
the Free University of Berlin
who has given academic
respectability to revisionist
theories. Nolte's assertions
are taken seriously in some
scholarly quarters because of
his intellectual credentials. He
is author of papers which have
become classic textbooks for
historians of fascism and
In two recent books and in
an interview in the mass cir-
culation Die Welt, Nolte main-
tained it is the task of
historians to examine the ra-
tionality of Hitler's ideology
and Nazi behavior, including
their campaign to exterminate
the Jews.
According to Nolte, the
Soviet Gulag preceded the
Holocaust and was partly
responsible for it because the
Nazis viewed the Communist
threat largely as a Jewish one.
Apart from the technical use
of gas to kill Jews, there was
nothing new in the extermina-
tion of Jews, Nolte says. He
maintained that Hitler had the
For The
Love Of Work
can believe it, most Israelis
work for the love of it, not the
money. Haaretz reported that
according to a poll conducted
by Mina Zemacn of the Dahaf
Institute, only two percent of
the 1,140 Israelis interviewed
admitted they worked only to
earn money.
right to treat Jews as
prisoners of war because Dr.
Chaim Weizmann, leader of
the World Zionist movement,
declared in 1939 that the Jews
would be on the side of Ger-
many's adversaries.
Nolte believes the use of gas
to kill ideological opponents
can be traced to a suggestion
by Kurt Tucholosky, aleftwing
Jewish satirist and intellectual
in the 1920s, and is therefore a
relevant fact in discussing
Nazi deeds.
The professor used his inter-
view to attack his opponents,
singling out President Richard
Von Weizsaecker of the
Federal Republic and
Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Ac-
cording to Nolte, a warning
should be given against
tendencies to create a myth of
evil Germans who are alleged-
ly doomed for generations to
come because of what Hitler
JCC News
Enjoy a Saturday Night Dance at the Hyatt Hotel in
West Palm Beach on Oct. 10 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dance to
the music of a live band and partake of hors d'eouvres and
the cash bar. Jacket required. Tickets at the door. Cost: $12
per person.
Meet on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Bird's Nest Too
(Drexel Plaza, where Okeechobee and the Turnpike inter-
connect) for Chinese buffet.
On Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. get together at a
member's home to spend an evening among friends, old
and new. Call before Saturday to RSVP and for directions.
Donation: JCC members $3, non-members $5.
Gather at Cheers in the Royce Hotel (West of 1-95 on
Belvedere) on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. for free
buffet and great drinks. Donation: $1 plus your own fare.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community
Center of the Palm Beaches (700 Spencer Dr., West Palm
Beach) a new Singles group will be forming for active
"Over 55" singles. Join us with your ideas for formulating
interesting activities and programs input is welcomed.
Afterwards, plan to go out for a bite to eat.
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New Debate On Role Of
Pope Pius XII During Holocaust
Continued from Page 4
various countries, to exercise
leverage for the saving of
Jews. And he did not do so as
Bishop of Rome when the Jews
were deported from there in
1943 and 1944 ... So there's
Diplomacy and the Jews Dur-
ing the Holocaust, 1939-43"
(KTAV, NY, 1980), which
draws heavily on these
Graham sees the positive in
a 36-page pamphlet summariz-
ing the 10th volume of the
series, "Pius XII; Defense of
the Jews and Others," which
refutes charges that the Pope
was silent in face of Jewish
In the pamphlet, for exam-
ple, Graham cites the activities
of the Archbishop of Utrecht,
The Netherlands, who "was
warned by the Nazis not to
protest the deportation of
Dutch Jews. He spoke out
anyway, and in retaliation the
Catholic Jews in Holland
no way of vindicating the omis- the Vatican history. He wrote
sion." Hilberg said that the
Pope is "three things: head of
the Catholic Church, sovereign
leader of the Vatican state,
and Bishop of Rome. He didn't
do anytime in any of these
capacities, said Hilberg.
Much of the debate among
Catholic theologians on Pius's
role, both among his apologists
and his harshest critics, is
drawn on a series of 11
volumes based on Vatican
documents published by the
Vatican Secretariat of State in
the mid-1970s, "Acts and
Documents Relative to the Se-
cond World War,"which the
Vatican commissioned from a
team of lay historians, much in
response to the raging debate
over "The Deputy. t
At loggerheads over the
Pope's wartime record are two
Catholic priests, Father
Robert Graham an American
Jesuit working at the Vatican
who edited this compendium of
Vatican wartime records, and
Father John Morley, a Jesuit
who teaches at Seton Hall
University in South Orange,
Morley wrote a critical ap-
praisal of the Catholic Church
during the war. "Vatican
have submitted the poor Jews
to an even worse persecution."
Graham also claims that in
1944 Pius provided funds to
aid Rumanian Jews, and cites
help for the Jews of Slovakia,
which was ruled by a Nazi pup-
pet, the virulently anti-Semitic
Catholic priest Joseph Tiso,
leading a Nazi-ruled govern-
ment of Catholic clergy. The
Slovak situation has been
criticized by historians because
of the embarrassment that
would have been caused the
Church had Catholic clergy
permitted wholesale deporta-
tions of Jews. Eventually
56,000 Slovak Jews were sent
to Auschwitz.
Morley wrote that "It must
be concluded that Vatican
diplomacy failed the Jews dur-
ing the Holocaust by not doing
(those who had been baptized) *U that it was possible for it to
were sent to their death."
Among them was Edith Stein,
the Carmelite nun whose
beatification this year has rais-
ed much controversy.
Graham wrote: "It could be
asked whether these good
works were enough, whether
it would have been better for
the Pope to have denounced
from the roof tops the crimes
that were occurring. This
thought troubled Pius XII, and
he confided afterward to an
associate. 'No doubt a protest
would have gained me the
praise and respect of the
civilized world, but it would
Netanyahu To
Leave Government
Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's
Ambassador to the United Na-
tions since July 1984, confirm-
ed to the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that he will leave that
post when his term expires in
June 1988.
He said he does not intend to
renew his contract with the
Israel Foreign Ministry, and
would probably leave the
foreign service. He stressed,
however, that contrary to
various reports, he is not
terested in the dual chairman-
ship of the World Zionist
Organization and Jewish
Agency Executives, to be
vacated by Leon Dulzin, and
will not be a candidate at the
next World Zionist Congress.
According to close
associates, the charismatic
38-year-old diplomat may
enter Israeli politics. He is
widely admired in Israel and is
close to the Likud party.
do on their behalf. It also failed
itself because in neglecting the
needs of the Jews, and pursu-
ing a goal of reserve rather
than humanitarian concern, it
betrayed the ideals it had set
for itself. The nuncios, the
secretary of state, and, most of
all, the pope share the respon-
sibility for this dual failure."
Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, in-
ternational affairs director of
the American Jewish Commit-
tee, said that participants at
the Miami meeting with Pope
John Paul II were "shocked"
by his voluntary mention of
Pius, but that "it's clear now
that the Pope has put Pius XII
on the agenda. And so we must
be prepared to deal with that.
Not in hysteria, not in scream-
ing, and not shrill attacks."
Tanenbaum's perception of the
issue is that the effort to
rehabilitate Pius's reputation
is part of the larger tendency
to "deemphasize the victimiza-
tion of the sue million Jews as
unique victims of a Final Solu-
tion, and efforts to Chris-
tianize the martyrs. That's
what is meant by a certain
tendency toward revisionism
... to emphasize Christians as
victims and to thereby in effect
remove the issue of conscience
before millions of German and
Austrian Catholics and some
Mideast Peace Conference
Continued from Page 3
An international con-
ference is the way to direct
The conference will not im-
pose any settlement.
All parties to the con-
ference must accept UN
Security Council Resolutions
242 and 338 and renounce
Negotiations will be con-
ducted independently in three
bilateral/geoeraphic commit-
tees: a Jordanian-Palestinian
delegation and an Israeli
delegation; Syrian and Israeli
The international peace
conference will be sponsored
by the five permanent
members of the Security Coun-
cil who will be entrusted with
bringing the parties together
and legitimizing the process.
In his appeal to the USSR
and China, both strong sup-
porters of the Arab cause,
Peres said that to establish
diplomatic relations with
Israel was a way to advance
the cause of an international
peace conference.
"To both Moscow and Beij-
ing, we say candidly:
Lebanese and
Israeli delegations. All delega- diplomatic relations are not
tions, as well as an Egyptian fae price for peace but a chan-
delegation will participate in a ne\ for communications,"
fourth multi-lateral
The bilateral committees
will be engaged in solving the
conflicts of the past while the
multi-lateral committee would
deal with future settlements.
Peres declared.
from violence to dialogue and
travel jointly toward a dif-
ferent destiny. There, your
children like ours will live in
self-respect, exercise self-
expression and enjoy freedom
and peace," the Israeli
Foreign Minister said.
He concluded by saying he
welcomed the visit of
Secretary of State George
Shultz to the Middle East next
month as "an opportunity to
negotiate the remaining
obstacles" to a peace con-
ference. He noted that the
Israeli government has yet to
make its decision on the issue
and much depends on the
nature of the conference.
Unless the present members
Peres also appealed directly J *** Security Council respect
The the current consensus
other Christians in those coun-
tries ... undercutting the
energy for them to have to
face that task, for their
children to have to face that
task and understand it... It's
in that context that the Pius
XII thing now is being
However, Tanenbaum, as
well as Rabbi Mordecai Wax-
man, who was spokesman at
the Miami meeting, emphasiz-
ed that the issue will be part of
a meeting in December in
Washington between Catholic
and Jewish theologians,
representatives of various
organizations and leading
Catholic and Jewish historians
to establish once and for all the
role of Pius and the Church in
the Nazi Holocaust, and to
hash out the Catholic Church's
impact on 19 centuries of anti-
Henry Siegman, president of
the American Jewish Con-
gress, expressed hope that
"the Pope will prove to be cor-
rect when he says that further
scholarship will show that
Pope Pius XII ... did in fact
do everything he could have
done to help the Jews.
However," he admitted, "cur-
rent scholarship on the subject
is the agreement that Pius XII
failed to condemn explicitly
the persecution and exter-
mination of the Jews.
American bishops issued such
an unequivocal condmenation
in 1942. There is no record of
any such statement by Pius
Nobel Peace laureate Elie
Wiesel said, "I think it is un-
fortunate that Pope John Paul
II has seen fit to defend the ac-
tivities of Pius XII in a
meeting with Jewish represen-
tatives. The record of Pius XII
is known. His silence must re-
main a soure of embarrass-
ment to all people who also
believe in human solidarity."
New Na'Amat
USA Chapter
NA'AMAT USA, formerly
Pioneer Women, is organizing
a new chapter for working
women in the West Palm
Beach area and in South Coun-
ty. Are you looking for in-
teresting, informative and fun
meeting? Come on out and add
a new dimension to your life.
For information contact Grace
Herskowitz, 5639 Boca Delray
Blvd., Delray Beach, FL
to the Palestinian people
time for recrimination and
blame is past. These have
brought only violence and ter-
ror. Now is the time to turn
rather than insist on their old
preferences the interna-
tional conference will remain
"just a slogan," Peres said.
The Florida Atlantic Region presents on behalf of State
of Israel Bonds a luncheon at Park Place Hotel, Yamata
Road near 1-95, Boca Raton, on Wednesday, Oct. 14,11:30
a.m. honoring their own President, Dorothy Mofson Kaye,
plus an honoree named by each of the participating
The guest speaker will be Alice Peerce, wife of the late
world renowned tenor, Jan Peerce, a fascinating and cap-
tivating woman who has dedicated herself to Israel and
Jewish organizations.
Couvert $12.50. Payment must be no later than Oct. 9.
The minimum commitment is a $250 Certificate.
Aviva Chapter will meet on Monday, Oct. 12, noon at the
Free Methodist Church on Dillman Road off Jog Road. The
Board will meet at 10:30 a.m. Speaker of the day will be
Herbert Bayard Swope, noted TV personality, theatre and
movie critic. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, a luncheon and Card Party will be
held at the Fountains South Clubhouse at noon.
Rishona Palm Beach Chapter has scheduled a paid-up
membership mini-luncheon for their first open meeting of
the season on Wednesday, Oct. 14 noon at Temple Israel.
C. Hank Grossman will be the guest speaker. His topic will
be, "You Have to Love Israel When You Visit It."
All paid-up members and prospective members are in-
vited to attend. Dues may be paid at the door.
Tikvah West Palm Beach meeting Oct. 21 at Anshei
Sholom at 1 p.m., boutique 12:30. Entertainment will be
music and stories by Sophia Langbort.
Parents of North American Israelis, Inc. will meet at 1
p.m. Sunday, Oct 18 at the Royal Palm Club House at the
intersection of U.S. 1 and NE 22nd Ave., Boynton Beach.
Topic: Welcoming all members after a hot summer. Much
to talk about, lets join hands in friendship and bring a
Refreshments will be served.
The first regular meeting of the new season of the
Haverhill Chapter will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, at 12:30
p.m. at the Beach Savings and Loan, Gun Club Road, at
Military Trail.
Okeechobee Chapter will host a Welcome Back Card
Party and Luncheon at the Wellington Country Club 12165
Forest Hill Boulevard, on Monday, Oct. 19, at 11:30 a.m.
You can play Bridge, Canasta, Scrabble, Mah Jong, Rum-
mikub, etc. Donation $12.

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Senate Passes Bill Permitting Military To Wear Yarmulkes
Jewish leader hailed passage
of a Senate bill which would
alow the wearing of religious
headgear by members of the
Rabbi David Saperstein, co-
director and counsel of the
Religious Action Center of
Reform Judaism, called the
passage of the so-called "yar-
mulke amendment" a "victory
for religious liberty and a
demonstration of effective
cooperation by Orthodox, Con-
servative and Reform Jewish
Rabbi Saperstein also prais-
ed Sen. Frank Lautenberg
(D-N.J.), who introduced the
amendment to the Defense
Appropriations Bill that would
permit members of the armed
forces to wear yarmulkes, tur-
bans and other religious
Measure was prompted by
last year's Supreme Court
decision that upheld an Air
Israel Rejects Soviet Offer
Israel rejected an offer by the
Soviet Union that the two
countries open "interest of-
fices" in Tel Aviv and Moscow,
respectively, as a temporary
substitute for the re-
establishment of full
diplomatic relations which the
USSR broke 20 years ago,
Maariv reported Wednesday
(Sept. 30).
According to Maariv, the of-
fer was made by Soviet
Foreign Minister Eduard
Shevardnadze when he met
with Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres in New York last week.
Interest offices, the lowest
level of diplomatic representa-
tion, were established by
Israel and Poland earlier this
year and soon will be establish-
ed by Israel and Hungary.
Shevardnadze told Peres it
would be a "step to improve
relations" between their coun-
tries, Maariv reported. But
Peres turned him down saying
Israel-USSR relations must be
on a higher level than relations
with Poland and Hungary.
Sources here said the Soviet
offer indicated a positive
change in Moscow's attitude
but was an attempt never-
theless to circumvent Israel's
demand for full diplomatic
ties, a pre-condition for Soviet
participation in the proposed
international conference for
Middle East peace.
Balfour Declaration Loaned
To Israel For 40th Anniversary
historic letter British Foreign
Secretary Arthur Balfour
wrote Nov. 2, 1917 pledging
Britain's support for a Jewish
national home in Palestine,
will be on exhibition in Israel
as part of the country's 40th
anniversary celebrations next
The letter was addressed to
Lord Rothschild, a prominent
British Jew. Balfour asked him
to convey its contents to the
English Zionist Federation
whose chairman was Dr.
Chaim Weizmann. In issuing
the letter, Britain became the
first major power to associate
itself with the objective of the
Zionist movement, founded by
Theodor Herzl in 1897. It
became known to posterity as
the Balfour Declaration.
Though quoted and
reprinted in countless
newspapers, books and pam-
phlets, the brief letter was
never before shown to the
public. The original was
deposited by the Rothschild
family at the British Library.
The latter has agreed to lend it
to Israel. The transfer was ar-
ranged here by the Zionist
Federation of Great Britain.
Dr. Stephen Roth, Federa-
tion chairman, made the an-
nouncement. He expressed
gratitude to Lord Quinton,
chairman of the Library, and
its board. Others involved in
the negotiations were Lord
Weidenfeld, the publisher, and
Shlomo Gazit, director general
of the World Zionist
Move To Stem Drug Abuse
Education Ministry and the
police have joined forces to
combat one of the most urgent
problems confronting Israeli
society the prevention of
drug abuse by the country's
The Ministry and police an-
nounced after a meeting at na-
tional police headquarters in
Jerusalem the establishment
of a joint team to consolidate a
comprehensive education and
information policy on drug use
and to coordinate with the
various other authorities deal-
ing with the issue. The
meeting was attended by
Education Minister Yitzhak
Navon and Police Inspector-
General David Kraus and their
senior aides.
An estimated 15,000 persons
in Israel are totally addicted to
drugs and more than 150,000
are one-time, occasional or
constant users. Almost all
criminal offenders are drug
users and criminal acts to
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are increasing.
But the main factor that has
increased national awareness
of the dangers of drug use is
the risk of Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS),
an invariably fatal condition
which can be contracted by the
use of contaminated needles to
inject drugs.
Drug addicts were described
at the meeting as the slaves of
the 20th century. The police
complained that the courts
have been too lenient in the
punishment meted out to drug
offenders, thereby weakening
the deterrent factor. The
police charged there is insuffi-
cient cooperation between
school principals and law en-
forcement authorites in the
prevention of drug use and
treatment for users.
Israeli Soldiers
The European Parliament, ac-
ting on a motion by French
Deputy Simone Veil, has asked
the European Economic Com-
munity (EEC) to intervene
with the Syrian government to
obtain information about four
missing Israeli soldiers, believ-
ed held captive by Syrian
forces or by militia under
Syrian control. The sold
were captured near Sidon and
in the Syrian-occupied Bekaa
Valley in eastern Lebanon
over a four-year period.
Force regulation barring a
captain from wearing his
In 1986, the high court refus-
ed the appeal of Rabbi Simcha
Goldman, an Air Force
psychologist, to be allowed to
wear a yarmulke on duty in-
doors, where a military hat is
not permitted. It was the first
time the Supreme Court heard
a case involving religious prac-
tice in the military.
Rabbi Goldman left the Air
Force at the completion of his
active term of duty in 1981,
but continued the appeal by su-
ing for damages of two days'
emergency leave pay, equall-
ing about $150.
Prior to the case being taken
to court, Rabbi Goldman tried
to work out an agreement with
his attorneys to allow him to
continue working at his Air
Force position. When those
negotiations broke dcwn, the
local Air Force authorities
pressured him to take off the
yarmulke or be subject to court
At that point, his attorneys
decided to take the matter to
Federal District Court. Bet-
ween those two times, when
negotiations failed. Rabbi
Goldman was liable to prosecu-
tion if on duty with a yar-
mulke. It was then that he ap-
plied for emergency leave,
which removed his obligation
to wear a military uniform.
Because of the Supreme
Court ruling in the Air Force's
favor, Goldman did not win the
damages. Goldman, 41, who is
now program director of the
Chabad House drug program
in Los Angeles, told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
that he is not planning to
return to the Air Force,
although "I enjoyed my years
in the Air Force," he said. He
did, however, offer interest in
getting back to the Air Force
Friday's 55-42 vote in the
Senate on the "yarmulke
amendment" stipulates that
the apparel must be "neat and
conservative" and cannot
"interfere with the perfor-
mance of the member's
military duties." The Senate
rejected a similar amendment
last year by two votes. This
year's vote marked the first
time the Senate has approved
the proposal. The House ap-
proved the same legislation,
first offered and adopted in
1984 by Rep. Stephen Solarz
(D.-N.Y.) in its version of
legislation drafted by
Goldman's attorney, Nathan
Lewin, establishing Defense
Department programs.
The amendement, Sen.
Lautenberg said, presents
"those who are religious from
being locked out of the
The Senate military pro-
grams bill still faces major
roadblocks for approval,
however, because of division
between Democrats and
Republicans over two con-
troversial amendments spon-
sored by Democrats: One of
the amendments would require
Congressional approval for the
administration to continue
providing military escorts for
Kuwaiti oil tankers in the Per-
sian Gulf; the other would re-
quire United States'
adherence to the as yet
unratified treaty limiting
strategic arms, because of
other military spending
Opposition to the amend-
ment was voiced by Sen. John
Chafee (R.. R.I.), who argued
that wearing of religious ap-
parel could be divisive. He
said, "It's a great mistake to
permit the accentuation of the
differences in our armed
The Reagan Administration,
led by the Department of
Defense, opposes the amend-
ment, although it may be ac-
cepted as part of an overall
military bill Reagan would
otherwise approve.
Lautenberg said that under
his proposal, the Defense
Department would accept the
standards for "neat and con-
servative" and could decide
when the wearing of religious
apparel would interfere with
military duties.
Lautenberg did not say what
precise religious apparel he
thought would be permitted,
although he expressed doubt
that "the wearing of robes or
daggers would be allowed."
He said the main concern for
observant Jews was permis-
sion to wear the yarmulke in-
doors when conventional
military headgear is not
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There will be a formal
dedication of the "Tree of
Life" on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 10
a.m. in the Synagogue. The
tree was donated by Esther
Molat and the Ganeles Family
in memory of Joseph Molat
and Solomon Ganeles. The
families of both men will at-
tend the ceremony which will
be conducted by Rabbi Isaac
Vander Walde and Cantor
Mordecai Spector. A Kiddush
will follow. Everyone is invited
to attend.
Sisterhood will have their
first meeting of the season on
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the
Free Methodist Church, 6513
Dillman Road, West Palm
The speaker will be Rabbi
Richard K. Rocklin. Collation
at 12:30 p.m. and meeting at 1
There will be a Human Sex-
uality Seminar, Tough
Choices, for 8th through 12th
graders, Sunday, Oct. 11, 18,
25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at Temple Beth El in the
Youth Lounge with films, dia-
logue, values clarification and
games. Dr. Janet Hibel, Ellen
Flaum, David Cueny and Rab-
bi Alan Cohen will conduct the
seminars on Human Sexuality
the choices teens make and
the consequences of these
choices. Among topics to be
discussed will be birth con-
trol, homosexuality, AIDS,
and substance abuse. Lunch
will be served at 1 p.m. Call
Candle Lighting Time
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the Temple with your
On Friday evening Oct. 9
Temple Israel will celebrate
the festive holiday of Sukkot.
Rabbi Howard Shapiro will
conduct the service with a
bookreview: "To Everything
There Is A Season Of Fresh
Look" from the book of Ec-
clesiastes. Cantor Stuart Pittle
will lead the congregation in
songs. Service will start at 8
A Sukkot dinner is planned
prior to the service starting at
6 p.m., reservations have to be
made. During the service child
care is provided.
On Wednesday evening Oct.
14 Temple will celebrate Sim-
chat Torah at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi
Howard Shapiro will conduct
the service with the consecra-
tion of new students at the
religious school joining the
Temple Israel family. Cantor
Stuart Pittle will lead the con-
gregation in songs.
On Thursday morning at
10:30 a.m. Oct. 15 Temple
Israel will hold Yiskor Service,
the last day of Sukkot.
Everyone is invited.
Temple Judea services will
urges you to
Join The Synagogue
Of Your Choice
... because vital Jewish institutions
build strong Jewish communities.
be held for the Sabbath of Suk-
kot on Friday evening, Oct. 9
at 8 p.m. and Saturday morn-
ing, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Rab-
bi Joel Levine and Cantor
Anne Newman will officiate.
During Friday evening Ser-
vices, Rabbi Levine will hold
"Ask the Rabbi" discussion
with members of the congrega-
tion. He will concentrate on
High Holy Day and Festival
During Saturday morning
Services, Rabbi Levine will
bestow a special blessing upon
E.E. Davis on the occasion of
his 89th birthday.
The congregation is invited
to an oneg shabbat sponsored
by Sisterhood following Friday
evening services and a kiddush
Saturday morning.
Annual Community Simhat
Torah Celebration and Vigil
for Oppressed Jewry will be
held on Wednesday evening,
Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Rabbi Joel
Levine and Cantor Anne
Newman will officiate.
A yearly event is the par-
ticipation of the Sammy Fields
Klezmer Band during the
Simhat Torah celebration.
Hundreds of adults and
children dance in circles
celebrating the blessing of
Torah study and the freedom
Jews cherish in America to
study Torah. The Service con-
cludes with a dramatic vigil for
oppressed Jews.
g Yizkor Services will be held
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services 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
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For times of evening services please call the Temple office.
Methodist Church, 6513 Dillman Road, West Palm Beach 33413.
Phone 478-4720. Rabbi Richard K. Rocklin. Cantor Abraham
Mehler. Services Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH DAVID: 4657 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens
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AJCongress Urges U.S. Jews To Participate In Mideast Peace Debate

Continued from Page 11
alternative," the AJCongress
supports an international
peace conference, if, the state-
ment stressed, there are
"reasonable assurances" that
"written understandings bet-
ween Foreign Minister Peres
and King Hussein (of Jordan)
and the safeguards they con-
tain" will be honored.
The AJCongress said it
believes that direct negotia-
tions under an international
conference "might bring .
genuine movement toward
peace; the crafting of a consen-
sual set of compromises, both
territorial and functional that
would remove the stigma and
opprobrium suffered by an em-
battled occupier," and "the
relief of Israel and its sup-
porters from the anguish in-
volved in the daunting choice
between a non-democratic and
a non-Jewish bi-national
The statement conceded
there were "risks" in joining
such a conference, such as
"having to leave the con-
ference table and suffer con-
demnation as the party that
broke up the conference. But
they are not security risks and
they do not outweigh the ad-
vantages of an international
peace conference based on
safeguards agreed to by King
Hussein .
"These understandings pro-
pose that as a prerequisite, all
prospective conveners will be
obliged to recognize Israel,
that it will be made une-
quivocally clear from the start
that the essential purpose of
the conference is to legitimize
direct negotiations between
and among the most interested
parties, and that the referral
to the conveners of any issue
for resolution will require the
consent of all parties to the
The statement noted that
"Israel has made clear that as
a prerequisite for participation
the Soviet Union will be oblig-
ed to restore diplomatic rela-
tions and liberalize Jewish
The AJCongress urged that
"achieving these conditions
and the subsequent convening
of such a conference ought to
be energetically pursued. It
assailed "Arab intransigence
and obdurate refusal to accept
the legitimacy of a Jewish
state in the area But the
fact of that refusal must never
become a reason for abandon-
ing or diminishing our pursuit
of peace.
"Large numbers of Israelis
and American Jews are con-
vinced that there are realistic
alternatives to the status quo
that would enhance Israel's
security and would avoid the
demographic and other
dangers of continuing an
unavoidably hostile occupa-
tion. A position that calls for
maintaining the status quo or
annexation of the occupied ter-
ritories severely hampers the
development of such
The AJCongress
acknowledged that "We offer
our view with a sense of
modesty appropriate to our
awareness that we are remote
from accountability should our
views prove wrong.
That reality was reflected in
a statement issued Monday by
Morris Abram, chairman of
the Conference of Presidents
of Major American Jewish
Organizations of which the
AJCongress is a member.
Abram said: "There are
strongly divergent views
about the wisdom and nature
of an international peace con-
ference both in Israel and in
the United States. The people
and government of Israel have
the responsibility for the safe-
ty of the state and therefore
they must make their decision
through their democratic
Milton Shapiro, president of
the Zionist Organization of
America, declared that "If the
rationale of the American
Jewish Congress was followed,
there would never have been a
Jewish State established in the
first place. By contrast, ZOA
believes that Israeli policy in
such matters is the
prerogative of the people of
Israel, who are quite capable
of making decisions in their
own democratic self-interest."
The ZOA, Shapiro said,"re-
jects the negative and
defeatist conclusion of the
American Jewish Congress."
He noted that "the potential
danger for Israel in an interna-
tional peace conference under
present circumstances far
outweighs its potential for
Abraham Fox man, national
director of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith, rejected the
AJCongress' implicit call on
other American Jewish
organizations to follow its in-
itiative. "We won't do it. For
me the stakes are too high to
make a mistake. When and if
Israel makes up its mind on
how to proceed, then we'll deal
with whether we support it or
not," Foxman said in a state-
ment to the press.
The modification of
language between the first and
second texts released by the
AJCongress was apparent in
the first paragraph of each.
The first text said the
organization backed the inter-
national peace conference "re-
jected by Prime Minister Yit-
zhak Shamir." The second text
said it supported a compromise
solution for the occupied ter-
ritories and backs the interna-
tional peace conference "as ad-
vocated by Foreign Minister
Shimon Peres."
In the first version it spoke
of American Jewish organiza-
tions' reticence "on issues af-
fecting Israel's security." That
was changed to read "issues
affecting the peace process."
Elsewhere, the first text
called on American Jews to
take part in "the continuing
examination of options." In
the second text that was
changed to "participate in the
current historic debate."
A paragraph in the first ver-
sion which spoke of relieving
Israel of the "choice between a
non-democratic repressive
state and a non-Jewish bina-
tional state" appeared in the
second text, but with the word
"repressive" eliminated.
Also eliminated from the se-
cond text was a paragraph
which stated. "We regret that
the development of such alter-
natives has been severely
hampered by those who reject
all compromise and seem im-
mutably dedicated to the an-
nexation of the occupied ter-
ritories, no matter the risk to a
democratic Israel or a viable
Jewish state."
In releasing what he termed
"this unprecedented policy
statement" Mann described it
as the product of a "careful,
deliberate and responsible pro-
cess." He said an 18-member
AJCongress task force visited
Israel in early July and during
a week-long period held
"intensive discussions on the
subject with Israeli govern-
ment officials, academics and
foreign policy and defense ex-
perts representing the entire
range of Israeli opinion."

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