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Sakharov Mourned
By World Jewry
The Berlin Wall, here seen in front of the Brandenberg Gate, was built by the German Democratic
Republic in August IS, 1961. It has run through the old German capital, dividing it for 28 years.
Since November 9, in response to vociferous public protest by people in the GDR, the East German
regime has granted its citizens freedom of travel. The inhuman Wall has been breached and new
crossing points have been set up at a number of location including the Brandenburg Gate.
(Photo: DaD/AP)
B'nai B'rith Women
Maintain Position
Washington, DC -
B'nai B'rith Women said this
week its Executive Board has
voted overwhelmingly not to
rescind its 1988 statement
which reaffirmed the organiza-
tion's legally incorporated
status. The vote thus sets the
stage for B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional to determine whether it
will follow through with its
threatened expulsion of the
120,000-member women's
"The ball is in their court,"
said B'nai B'rith Women Pres-
ident Hyla S. Lipsky in com-
menting on the action. "Our
board has stood firm in show-
ing that it will not change the
governing structure of our
organization, just
because B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional has changed its mind
about how it wants to operate.
"So now B'nai B'rith Inter-
national will have to take
responsibility for the havoc it
has caused.'
Expulsion threat to B'nai
B'rith Women came formally
from B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional in its December 3, 1989
Board of Governors' meeting.
At that time, the Governors
passed a resolution which
threatened to expel
B'nai B'rith Women from the
B'nai B'rith family unless the
women's organization: 1)
rescinded, by December 17, its
October, 1988, statement; and
2) acknowledged B'nai B'rith
International s absolute con-
stitutional power over the sep-
arately-incorporated women s
B'nai B'rith Women was
legally incorporated in the Dis-
trict of Columbia in 1962, and
has been functioning as a self-
governing organization within
the B'nai B'rith family since
that time.
Lipsky informed Seymour
Reich, president of
B'nai B'rith International of
her Board's action. At that
time, she also proposed a
meeting between the two
organizations to discuss the
six-point plan for cooperation
and negotiated affiliation, pro-
posed by B'nai B'rith Women
at the Dec. 3 B'nai B'rith
International Board of Gover-
nors meeting.
"We regret it was necessary
(for the B'nai B'rith Women
Executive Board) to take these
votes," said Lipsky in the let-
ter informing Reich of the
board's decision. "B'nai B'rith
Women has sought throughout
your term as president
of B'nai B'rith International,
and for many years preceding
your presidency, to remain an
indispensable member of the
B'nai B'rith family.
"We believe your resolution
was unwarranted and contrary
to the best interest of the
Jewish community and our
two organizations," Mrs.
Lipsky said, noting that, "it is
ironic in these times of revolu-
tionary change in Eastern
Europe that B'nai B'rith Inter-
national seeks to institute its
own Cold War, erecting barri-
ers between B'nai B'rith Inter-
national and B'nai B'rith
Women just as similar barriers
are being torn down through-
out the world."
News Scene
Peres' visit to the Soviet
Union is now set to begin Jan.
2, according to the vice prem-
ier's aides.
Andrei Sakharov, a rare voice
for human rights in the Soviet
Union, will be sorely missed by
the world Jewish community,
which noted his passing with
Sakharov, the Nobel Peace
Prize laureate and nuclear
physicist who died of a heart
attack Dec. 14, was once
described by Soviet Jewish
activist Natan Sharansky as
"the conscience of the Soviet
"I think he himself, through
his efforts and influence, really
changed the whole atmosphere
of the Soviet Union, not just
now, but 20 and 25 years ago,"
Sharansky said on Israel Radio
shortly after hearing the news
of Sakharov's death.
A founder of the Helsinki
human rights monitoring
group, Salcharov, 68, was
remembered fondly this week
by Soviet Jewry advocacy
groups, such as the National
Conference on Soviet Jewry,
which referred to him in a
statement as a "beacon of
freedom" and "a steadfast
champion of human rights."
In 1968, he attacked the
Soviet leadership for "back-
sliding into anti-Semitism"
and characterized the bureauc-
racy in the "highest elite of the
land" of acting "in the spirit of
Stalinist anti-Semitism.'
According to the National
Jewish Community Relations
Advisory Council, or
NJCRAC, Sakharov stood out-
side Soviet courtrooms in 1970
and 1971 to protest the sen-
tencing of aliyah activists who
attempted to steal an airplane
and flee the country.
"They have only one aim,"
said Sakharov. "To go to
Israel, which is their right."
'Areas Of Unease' Face
Soviet Jews ADL
New York,
Despite "dramatic and hear-
tening" new Soviet policies
toward Jews, there are still
"areas of unease," according
to a report made public by the
Anti-Defamation League
of B'nai B'rith.
Entitled "The Soviet Union
and the Jews: Perestroika,
Policy, Promise and Peril,"
the report examines the
changes in Soviet policy since
Mikhail Gorbachev came to
power in 1985, the rationale
for these changes, and the
"problems" which still remain.
Report, written by Jeffrey
A. Ross and published by
ADL's Intergroup Relations
and International Affairs Divi-
sion, cites the following among
the concern of Soviet Jewry:
Growth and official tolera-
tion of the rabidly anti-Semitic
mass movement called Pam-
Possible increases in mass
anti-Semitism in non-Russian
areas of the U.S.S.R. as the
power of Moscow declines;
Anti-Semitism generated as
a result of popular antipathy
towards the entrepreneurial
cooperative movement, and
Fear that Jews might be
singled out as scapegoats if the
Gorbachev reforms should fail
and the Soviet Union were to
enter a period of turmoil.
"Liberalized" new policies
toward the Jews including a
dramatic increase in emigra-
tion and improved cultural,
religious, and economic oppor-
tunities came about as "a
low cost way" for the Soviets
to reach out to the West for
economic assistance while also
reducing East-West tensions,
according to the report.
It points out that past poli-
Continued on Page 3

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, December 29, 1989
Modern Maccabbees Needed
Chanukah, known both as the Festival of
Lights and the Festival of Freedom, this
year is marked by continuing upheaval in
Eastern Europe and the accelerated exo-
dus of Jews from the Soviet Union.
How or why the two events are related is
unimportant at the moment.
Such major questions as, a Jewish "posi-
tion" on the re-unification of Germany and
the impact of the decline of Communism on
Israel s role as an American ally in the
Middle East, cannot interfere with our
immediate challenge.
While current day Jews face few of the
physical dangers which confronted the
ancient Maccabbees, they are confronted
by a problem of both staggering and grow-
ing dimensions.
Israeli officials now say that their origi-
nal estimate of 100,000 Soviet Jewish
immigrants in the next three years may
have been understated dramatically.
Revised figures go as high as 300,000 in
three years.
The $2 billion master plan for Soviet
Jewish aliyah was based on the lower
figure. It may have to be increased propor-
The American Jewish community's share
in meeting this modern exodus was origin-
ally budgeted at $500 million.
Irrespective of the final needs, U.S. and
world Jewry must join with Israel to insure
that our constant cry of "Let My People
Go" is met by contributions and loans equal
to the task.
And the task of absorbing the tens of
thousands of Russians who will successfully
gain a home in America must be accom-
plished simultaneously.
Thus, as we kindle the lights of Chanu-
kah, we must have faith in our ability to
match the miraculous events of our times
with deeds of Tzedakah which are at the
very core of Judaism.
Happy Chanukah.
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Poland Is Latest
Of Jewish-Christian
not a little ironic that Poland,
which has been attacked by
some Jewish spokesmen unre-
lentingly for its historic anti-
Semitism, has suddenly
become the most active arena
for Jewish-Christian relations.
Despite the recent sensa-
tional headlines over the reso-
lution in principal of the Aus-
chwitz convent controversy, a
wide range of serious aca-
demic, intellectual and religi-
ous activity has in fact been
taking place between Poles
and Jews for nearly a decade.
A number of major Israeli
scholars have been engaged in
significant joint research pro-
jects with the Research Center
on Jewish History and Culture
in Poland at the Jagiellonian
University of Krakow, and
also at Warsaw University.
They have already published
bibliographies and essays on
Polish-Jewish culture between
1919-1939, and on Polish-
Jewish relations between
Professor Antony Polonsky,
a Polish Jew who lectures at
the London School of Econom-
ics, has written a survey paper
describing the wide range of
these Polish-Jewish exchanges
Polonsky recently accom-
panied Sir Sigmund Sternberg
of London on a Nov. 24-28
mission to Poland (owing to
health reasons and below-zero
weather in Poland, I was una-
ble at the last minute to join
them in the long-planned mis-
At the meeting, assurances
were given by Polish Prime
Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki,
Cardinals Jozef Glemp and
Franciszek Macharski, and
others concerning the Aus-
chwitz convent and promoting
Jewish-Christian relations.
The Polish leaders also dis-
cussed the founding of the
Polish Society for Jewish-
Christian relations.
Yet despite the slow but
substantial progress that has
been made in bettering Polish-
Jewish relations in the past
decade, Polish Jews are now
deeply worried that "irre-
sponsible actions or state-
ments by Jews abroad, with
little knowledge of Polish con-
ditions, enormously compli-
cated their conditions."
They pleaded with us "to use
your influence to persuade
Western Jews to refrain from
ill-judged and provocative
statements or actions ...
which enormously complicate
our situation."
Rabbi Mare H. Tanenbaum is inter-
national relation* consultant to the
American Jewish Committee and it
immediate past chairman of the Inter-
national Jewish Committee for Inter-
religious Consultations.
"Zionism More Important Than Ever
Veteran Leader Torczyner Says
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
What is the state of Zionism
today? Is the poor, grassroots
Zionist out and the "big giver"
These are some of the deep-
reaching questions that Jac-
ques Torczyner, one of Amer-
ica's major Zionist figures,
took an emotional look at as
the Zionist Organization of
America turns 92 years old.
At its peak, the ZOA, the
oldest of America's Zionist
organizations, had more than
one million family members.
Its voice was unmistakably
heard loud and clear as one of
the forces whose rallying cries
supported the birth of the Jew-
ish state 42 years ago.
Its members wept and cele-
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brated with euphoria as the
Jews finally had a state after
2,000 years of bitter exiles,
pogroms, dispersion and ulti-
mately, the Holocaust.
Now, the ZOA has some
135,000 family members.
Membership is currently on
the rise, leaders say, but
nowhere near its onetime num-
The Zionist ideal was filled
with the establishment of the
Israeli state. But according to
Torczyner, who was born in
Antwerp, Belgium in 1914,
"Zionism today is more
important than before."
In an emotional, passionate
speech to delegates at the 87th
Annual ZOA convention in
Miami Beach, Torczyner
lamented that "100 years from
now, people will not under-
stand that Jews Zionists
did not go to Israel."
He compared three great
Jewish figures of the past cen-
tury: Karl Marx, Sigmund
Freud and Albert Einstein.
"Marx's communism is
crumbling. Freud said there is
no future for the Jews.
Einstein was never afraid to
say he was a Zionist."
Movement began to lose its
members once the dream of
the Jewish state became a real-
ity, Torczyner said.
"The poor Zionist is out. The
Big Giver became the Big
Leader. The new generation
has forgotten what Zionism
has done and the Jewish
Agency is the new connection
between Israel and the Dias-
Then Torczyner expressed
his fears.
"I don't rejoice when the
Polish Catholic Church is
reborn, when the Pope who
refuses to recognize Israel
embraces Gorbachev. A reuni-
fied Germany is the danger of
Third World War."
There is a "great differ-
ence between Zionism and
non-Zionism, Torczyner said.
"There was a time in the 40s
when if you criticized Israel
you were a traitor." Now, he
said, Jewish leaders who come
to America from Israel, openly
-r4 j'te Israel on ^vision
And Jewish organizations fol-
low suit.
The united Jewish voice has
given way to dispersed opini-
ons and the danger of that is
seen when hundreds of thou-
sands of Kurds are murdered
and that is ignored by the
media while the death of one
Arab makes the front page.
"American Jewry is voice-
less today," Torczyner said.
"Today, everyone runs to
Washington separately. There
is no Zionist voice in the
media...but the media writes
about one leader who goes to
Zionists must unite on such
issues as Soviet Jewry. "
danger is we have very little
time to save Jews from the
Soviet Union and instead of
going there to build commun-
ity centers, we should go there
and take them to Israel," Torc-
zyner implored.
And in a statement that may
ruffle some leadership
feathers, Torczyner nonethe-
less declared: "We have a
fight. Not with the community
But with professionals in the
Coatiaaed oa Page 5

Friday, December 29, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 3
Latin American Jews Warned On Neutrality
The Jews in Latin America
cannot afford to be neutral in
the struggle to preserve
democracy in that region, a
Latin American Jewish leader
warned here.
Sidney Silverman, Detroit
community leader, is the new
president of the Zionist Organ-
ization of America, succeeding
Milton S. Shapiro of New
York. Shapiro will serve as
Chairman of the Administra-
tive Board.
Finance Minister Shimon
Peres chastised world Jewry
this week for not rushing to
assist Israel in the upcoming
task of absorbing tens of thou-
sands of new immigrants.
"Jewish people, where are
you?" Peres demanded, wag-
ging an accusing finger in the
Knesset. "Larger sums are
allocated in the direction of the
local federations, and less and
less money reaches Israel," he
Peres, who is vice premier,
addressed a special Knesset
session devoted to the immi-
nent prospect of absorbing
much larger numbers of immi-
grants than have arrived in
recent years.
Peres maintained that Israel
has the right to demand that
the Jewish people share a
eater part of the aliyah bur-
There is a future for Jews in
Latin America only if they
maintain "a very strong com-
mitment to strengthen democ-
racy, to help it flourish, to take
care of social problems, to help
those who suffer," said
Alfredo Neuburger,
B'nai B'rith International's
assistant executive vice presi-
dent for Latin America.
Neuburger, who lives in
Buenos Aires, spoke at a day-
long symposium on "What
Economic Measures Will Adv-
ance Democracy in Latin
America?" sponsored by the
International Council of B'nai
Last decade has brought a
rapid growth in democratic
governments to a majority of
Latin American countries, and
as a result, the region's popu-
lation now has great expecta-
tions, Neuburger said.
Instead, he said, they "shrug
off responsibility and do not
contribute to the efforts that
Israel faces."
Soviet Jews
Continued from Pace 1
cies toward Jews, characteris-
tic of those under Leonid
Brezhnev, "were counterpro-
ductive, generated gratuitous
losses in both domestic and
international affairs pro-
duced an international human
rights embarrassment, led to
the alienation and underutili-
zation of the skills of the Jew-
ish population and served to
limit Soviet diplomatic capabil-
ities in the Middle East.'
He underlined that Jews, just like many other
Latin Americans, have no experience with
democracy. Where there is no tradition of
pluralism or dissent, democracy "is not part and
parcel of everybody's life."
But, he cautioned, "this mas-
sive return to democracy came
at the same time as the worst
economic crisis that Latin
America has endured in this
The deteriorating economic
situation throughout much of
Latin America has affected
Jews no differently than
others, he said. Most Latin
American Jews are middle
class, but in Argentina, for
example, the middle class has
been "pushed down" by the
economy and there are now
many Jews in poverty along
with other Argentinians, Neu-
burger explained.
Since the democratic gov-
ernments of Latin America
have been unable to solve their
social and economic problems,
some people, Jews among
them, are calling for "a strong
hand," he warned.
He underlined that Jews,
just like many other Latin
Americans, have no experi-
ence with democracy. Where
there is no tradition of plural-
ism or dissent, democracy "is
not part and parcel of every-
body's life."
He added that he is "dis-
turbed" by Jewish self-
centered concerns. "I have
heard those who have said
there are some dictatorships
that are not so bad because
they don't affect the Jewish
community," he said. Neubur-
ger stressed that Jews become
second-class citizens in dictat-
orships, just like everyone
Now, as economic turbul-
ence grows alongside democ-
racy, anti-Semitic forces have
begun to appear. This is now
happening in Argentina, a
country with an anti-Semitic
legacy, and in Brazil, where
neo-Nazi groups have begun to
raise their heads publicly, he
Despite these dangers, how-
ever, Neuberger predicted
that there will be no mass
emigration of the some
500,000 to 600,000 Jews in
Latin America. He said the
various Jewish communities of
the region are integrated into
their individual countries and
are committed to the destinies
of these lands.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, December 29, 1989
Russians Bring 'Problems
Israel Readies For New Soviet Influx
Sashas are coming, the Sashas
are coming. And the Yuries,
and Borises and Victors too. In
all, more than 100,000 Soviet
Jews are expected to leave
cold, snowy Russia in the next
two to three years for the
sunny Mediterranean climate
of the old, old country, Israel.
But the morose Russian per-
sonality formed by a life of
state-imposed order is already
conflicting with the freer,
more easygoing Sabra lifestyle
and only the tip of this human
iceberg has arrived on Israeli
Now, with the closing of the
United States to all but a
handful of Soviet Jews, Israel
is gleeful at the chance to
continue the ingathering of the
tribes and overjoyed at the
prospect of a 100,000 new
souls to populate the country's
empty landscape and supply
new bodies for its armed
As the battle rages in the
Israeli bureaucracy over how
to pay for the services
required by new immigrants,
the same fundraising machin-
ery that helped this tiny coun-
try absorb hundreds of thou-
sands of destitute Jews in the
1950s is again at work reach-
ing into the deep pockets of
Jewish philanthropy all over
the developed world.
But if the attitudes of Soviet
Jews now immigrating
directly to Israel are any indi-
cation, there may be severe
difficulties ahead.
Two astute observers of
Soviet immigrants, one a Rus-
sian p>sy'cnologist who recently
Immigrated himself from Mos-
cow, another a staff member
at a Tel Aviv absorption center
for professionals, agree that
due to Soviet social condition-
ing and a sense that Israel
somehow "owes" them for
coming here rather than the
United States, many Soviet
olim take a passive, yet
demanding, "give me" atti-
tude toward their new home.
Psychologist Victor Lano-
voy, 45, who arrived in Israel
two- and-a-half months ago,
hopes to begin group-therapy
sessions for Russian olim who
are having trouble adjusting to
Israeli life because of unrea-
sonably high expectations
combined with a weak sense of
purpose about their move.
"Many Soviets have no par-
ticular image of, or reason for
immigration to Israel," says
the blond-bearded Lanovoy.
"They are coming to Israel
because there is no other
Such olim, observes Lano-
voy, assume a "parasite's posi-
tion: Israel must give to me as
an immigrant. All must be
success. All must be happy.
"An Israeli writer, who was
at a recent reading by a visit-
ing Soviet poet, told me that I
would be a success," he contin-
ued. "How could she tell?
"She said, 'You have no hos-
tility. Every Soviet oleh has
hostility because they want
more than Israel can give
them. They expect a house and
a job immediately without
their own efforts. They don't
want to wait. They become
angry and aggressive. It's
'give me' and that's all.' "
Like all other immigrants,
the Russians are given six
months free housing, five
months free Hebrew instruc-
tion, sue months of free health
'Jerusalem, The Golden*
insurance, a stipend on which
to live during this initial period
and unemployment insurance
for an additional six months if
they have not yet found work.
After finding an apartment
they receive a rent subsidy for
up to five years or an easy-
term mortgage. They are also
entitled to tax concessions on
purchases of a car and appli-
In describing his own expec-
tations for success, Lanovoy
sounds like a Western capital-
ist's dream. "Everything
depends on my initiative, on
my decisions. If I want very
much, I can have it."
Lanovoy, who had run a psy-
chological counseling center in
Odessa before moving to Mos-
cow, came here as a political
refugee, but had never been
active in the Jewish commun-
ity nor was he a refusenik.
It only took a few days,
however, before he felt at
home. "I feel comfortable
here, living with other Jews.
After only two or three days I
felt not thought, not knew
that Israel is my country."
Lanovoy's analysis of Soviet
immigrant attitudes dovetail,
with that of an absoS
center staffer with many yea*
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asked that her name not Z
used because such interview!
she said, were not allowed
without permission of the Jew-
ish Agency.
"The new immigrants from
Russia, she says, "didn't
have anything, yet they expect
everything. They expect the
red carpet to be rolled out and
that they be given thanks for
coming to Israel.
"They take the attitude that
they could have gone to Amer-
ica and gotten rich right away
so Israel should make up for
this. They watch TV, see the
movies and think that every-
one in America lives like movie
stare," she continues.
"The truth is that these peo-
rle are a good element and
srael really wants them.
Inside, deep in their hearts,
some of them know that things
are good for them here, but
are not ready to tell us that
they have more here than they
did in Russia."
Rvtk Finetein Kern is a free-lana
writer who recently moved to I trad.
Japanese Choir Masters Hebrew
choir of 40 Japanese Chris-
tians singing "Jerusalem, the
Golden" in fluent Hebrew,
clad in kimonos and using tra-
ditional Japanese musical
instruments, is a charming
audio-visual experience that
raises interesting questions.
Who is this group of pro-
fessed Christians who act like
dedicated Jews? Is there a
Jewish community in Japan
and what is it like?
The answers were provided
to New York Jewish Week
reporter Toby Axelrod and to
the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency by Rabbi Marvin
Tokayer, who was rabbi of the
Jewish community in Japan
for 13 years and is now execu-
tive director of the North
Shore Hebrew Academy in
Great Neck, N.Y.
The singers come from
Kyoto and are members of the
Shinonome choir Japanese
for "The Dawn" which
recently completed its second
tour of American cities.
They belong to an unusual
Christian religious society,
"Bait Shalom," or house of
peace, which was founded in
1970 by the Rev. Takeji
Tokayer said Otsuki believes
that "as part of his theology it
is a divine professional pur-
pose to be friendly to Jews."
In an interview with the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency,
Tokayer spoke of the Japanese
Jewish community, which he
estimated numbers no more
than 500, making it the small-
est religious group in Japan.
It has three components: the
oldest, largest and most
influential is made up of Soviet
Jews, who originated in
Siberia, moved to Manchuria,
relocated in Shanghai and
finally settled in Japan.
The second component,
mostly Sephardic Jews, origin-
ally lived in Baghdad and
Basra in Iraq, and then made
their way to Shanghai before
settling in Japan.
The third component is made
up of American and Israeli
Jews serving embassies in
Japan or working for multi-
national corporations.
The first two are permanent
settlers, but none of the Jews
in Japan are citizens.
Tokayer, a Conservative
rabbi ordained in New York in
1962, explained that under
Japanese law, a Jew can be a
permanent resident without
being a citizen.
Most of them live in Tokyo
and some in Kobe. There is a
synagogue in each city.
Whereas in the western
world the rabbi is the rabbi of
his congregation, in Japan, he
is the rabbi of the community
and his salary is paid by the
community, Tokayer said.
As community rabbi, he pro-
vided education, culture and
religion, including daily wor-
ship services. Tokayer said
everv Jew in Japan partici-
pated in almost all Jewish pub-
lic events, such as New Year
services and Israeli Independ-
ence Day.
As for Rev. Otsuki's 10,000
followers, they constitute the
second largest religious minor-
ity in Japan. Tokayer
described them as "a kind of
Jewish Christians," who not
only never proselytized but are
The majority of Japan's 120
million citizens are followers of
Tokayer, a former U.S.
Navy chaplain, first heard the
Shinonome choir about 20
years ago, soon after he
became the community rabbi.
He told Axelrod that the
Hebrew used by the choir "is
correct, not butchered and
highly emotional, which means
they understand the words."
The choir, whose members
light candles and sing Jewish
Sabbath songs, are frequent
visitors to Israel. It was
Tokayer's suggestion that
they also visit the United
They made a brief stop in
this country last year en route
to Israel and a much more
extended tour this year, which
ended last month.
The choir gave concerts in
New York, Boston, Worcester,
Mass., Chicago, Houston, San
Francisco and Los Angeles.
Tokayer said Otsuki's follow-
ers "were very early" in the
practice of "praying for Jews
although they had never met a
He said they were praying
for the reunification of Jerusa-
lem before they saw Jerusa-
Choir performances are free.
Tokayer said the sect members
provide the funds for the
Its repertoire includes
Israeli songs and one written
in Hebrew by Otsuki, but also
Japanese folk melodies and
songs for children.
Tokayer said the choir has
been greeted with "great
warmth and enthusiasm" in
Israel, and their performances
get "rave reviews" in the
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East Germany Willing
To Pay Reparations
IPk/an^iropis< Pearl Resnick of Palm Beach and New York is
I mrraiulated by her son, Burton P. Resnick (right), and Yeshiva
\ University President Dr. Norman Lamm after receiving an
[ Honorary doctor of Humane Letter Degree at the University's
165th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and dinner.
No Trace Of
Missing Yemenites
largely forgotten and little-
known tragic story from
Israel's early years of state-
hood became the focus of
attention when hundreds of
Yemenite Jews who immi-
grated in the early 1950s
descended on Kfar Yona
cemetery near Netanya.
They were searching for the
unmarked graves of their chil-
dren, many of them infants
who died during their first
harsh winter in the ma'abarot
- the tent cities and tin hut
hovels where tens of thou-
sands of immigrants were tem-
porarily housed at the time.
Hundreds of thousands of
Yemenites were flown from
Aden between 1950 and 1952,
in what was dubbed "Opera-
tion Magic Carpet."
More than 600 of their chil-
dren fell ill and were taken to
regular or makeshift hospitals
where their parents, unfamil-
iar with Western ways, lost
track of them.
Rumors surfaced at various
times that Yemenite babies
were "kidnapped" and put up
for adoption by childless Ger-
man immigrant couples and
concentration camp survivors.
Reports surfaced recently
that missing Yemenite chil-
dren of that era were buried at
Kfar Yona. Their parents,
elderly now and distraught,
hoped to find their graves. But
they were disappointed.
Netanya police reported that
the graves of 120 children
were found at the cemetery.
Time and weather eroded
the markers, but forensic tests
established that the remains
were those of children from
Libya and other North African
countries brought to Israel at
the same time as the Yeme-
Nissim Atai, a 75-year-old
Netanya stonemason and vol-
unteer grave digger, recalls
that he buried 120 North Afri-
can infants and young children
who died in epidemics of diph-
theria and typhoid that swept
the immigrant encampments
some 40 years ago.
"There may have been one
or two Yemenite children
among them, but certainly no
more, he said.
Continued from Page 2
community. They are running
the show.
"We are living in emergency
times. We have to bring Jews
from the Soviet Union and
Ethiopia. Give money directly
to Israel. If Federations sup-
port the Arabs, let Zionists
support Israel directly."
As a member of the United
Nations observer team at
UNESCO in Paris, Torczyner
said he witnessed the Pales-
tine Liberation Organization
receive a standing ovation
from countries such as Ger-
many, France and Togo.
"It reminded me, again
Israel is alone. And we must
learn a lesson Never
new East German government
will officially announce next
month that it is willing to pay
reparations to Jewish victims
of the Holocaust, for which it
will admit a measure of moral
guilt, according to sources
quoted by the Jerusalem Post.
Post correspondent David
Makovsky, quoting sources
close to the German Demo-
cratic Republic, said the princi-
ple of reparations payments
was raised by senior East Ger-
man officials at a meeting in
Potsdam with U.S. Secretary
of State James Baker.
Official announcement of
reparations will be made on or
about Jan. 27, 1990, the 45th
anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz, the Post report
Sources said the East Ger-
mans mentioned a figure of
Le Pen's Trial
PARIS (JTA) There is
growing concern in Jewish cir-
cles here that right-wing
extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen
could be strengthened politi-
cally by his trial for anti-
Semitic hate- mongering,
because he may well be acquit-
He would then become a
martyr, a spokesman for the
International League Against
Racism and Anti-Semitism
said. He explained that Le Pen
faces a single count of racist
libel, which the court might
consider insufficient to con-
demn him.
The Parliament of Europe,
which is the legislative body of
the European Community,
voted overwhelmingly to sus-
pend Le Pen's immunity as a
deputy, so that he could be
brought to trial.
The trial is expected to take
place in February.
$500 million, but no firm deci-
sion on the sum has yet been
The Post also carried an
interview with the GDR's min-
ister of culture, Dr. Dietmar
Keller, who was quoted as tel-
ling correspondent Yehuda
Litani in East Berlin, "For the
moment, from the moral point
of view, we can say, 'Yes, we
will deal with the reparation
problem,' but from the finan-
cial and economic point of
view, we cannot tackle the
Keller, who stressed he was
not speaking for the Foreign
Ministry, acknowledged that
future relations between Israel
and the East Germany are
linked to the reparations ques-
"We know it very well, and
we shall also find a solution for
it," he said.
"I am convinced that when
the time comes we will give
you an answer concerning this
matter that will satisfy you,"
Keller added.
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Nobel Laureate Activist
For Human Rights
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
One of Nobel laureate Daniel
Nathans' earliest memories is
his parents' good humor in the
face of the Great Depression.
Youngest of eight children of
Russian Jewish immigrants
Sarah and Samuel Nathans, he
worked part-time jobs in order
to get a basic education. He
studied mathematics, chemis-
try, philosophy and literature
at the University of Delaware.
A scholarship took him from
his native Wilmington, Del. to
the Washington University
School of Medicine in St.
In the almost 40 years since
then, he spent only five years
in the 1950s as a medical doc-
tor before deciding on a career
of research and teaching.
The culmination of his early
efforts in research was a 1978
Nobel Prize in Medicine, which
he shared with Werner Arber
and Hamilton 0. Smith.
The prize was for the appli-
cation of restrictive enzymes
Dr. Daniel Nathans
in the analyses of DNA.
Restriction enzymes are
enzymes that cut DNA at spe-
cific places, making them use-
ful for isolating genes and for
mapping chromosomes. This
technique has been particu-
larly important in the isolation
of disease-related genes.
During a recent visit to
South Florida Nathans, a pro-
fessor of molecular biology at
John Hopkins University in
Baltimore, spoke about his lat-
est work, on genes that regu-
late how cancer cells grow.
A number of genetic changes
that underlie cancer have been
identified, Nathans told The
"As a consequence of that
we can now use the informa-
tion for early diagnosis or in
some cases determine suscep-
tibility to particular types of
cancer. There is a hope that by
understanding how these can-
cer-causing genes work that
there'll be new ways to treat
Nathans, 61, is also a mem-
ber of the Human Rights Com-
mittee of the National Acad-
emy of Sciences.
"We're concerned about all
scientists whose human rights
are not being respected, and of
course, among them, are the
refuseniks in the Soviet Union.
And, I have to say, in some
cases, also the Palestinians in
the West Bank whose rights
are not being respected."
Cabinet Secretary Paves Way For Arens Mission
inet Secretary Elyakim Rubin-
stein flew to Washington this
week for meetings officials
here deemed would be crucial
to the proposed Israeli-
Palestinian dialogue in Cairo.
According to knowledgeable
sources, Rubinstein, who is
close to Prime Minister Yitz-
hak Shamir, will be testing the
waters surrounding U.S.
Secretary of State James
Baker's five-point proposal for
the dialogue, which both Israel
and Egypt have accepted, con-
tingent upon certain "assump-
If he is satisfied Israel's
interests are served, Foreign
Minister Moshe Arens will
probably go to Washington
U.S. Officials Tour Israel
member delegation of black
American officials has discov-
ered what many other U.S.
visitors have learned before
them: It is easier to criticize
Israel's policies in Israel than
in America.
The group, on a 10-day
Israel tour sponsored by the
Foreign Ministry and the
American Jewish Committee,
consists of Congressional
aides, city council members
and municipal judges from
Atlanta and Philadelphia.
"You can't say anything in
the United States critical of
Israel without offending
American Jewish sensibilit-
ies," said Thomas Dortch,
state executive assistant to
Sen. Sam Nunn (D- Ga.), at a
news conference in Jerusalem.
"But here there's been a
real give-and-take with the
people with whom we met, and
we nave taken the authorities
to task whenever we found
their version of events did not
coincide with reality."
Dr. Altshuler To Address
Temple Emanu-El
Dr. David Altshuler, director
of A Living Memorial to the
Holocaust-Museum of Jewish
Heritage in New York City,
will be the guest speaker, Jan-
uary 20, during services at
Temple Emanu-El of Palm
Beach. Dr. Altshuler's topic
will be "How can a Museum
Speak the Nonspeakable."
Prior to becoming director
of the Museum, Dr. Altshuler
was the Charles E. Smith Pro-
fessor of Judaic Studies at
George Washington Univer-
sity in Washington, D.C.
Born in Connecticut, he
earned B.A. and M.A. degrees
in Religious Studies at Brown
University and the Ph.D. in
The History of Judaism at
Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion. He has
held teaching positions at the
University of Cincinnati,
Hebrew Union College, Dart-
mouth College, and the Uni-
versity of Maryland. For the
past decade he also has been a
regular lecturer of Judaism
and Israel at the Foreign Ser-
vice Institute of the U.S.
Department of State.
Among Dr. Altshuler's publi-
cations are The Precious
Legacy: Judaic Treasures from
Dr. David Altshuler
the Czechoslovak State Collec-
tions and a high school text-
book entitled Hitlers' War
Against the Jews: The Holo-
In 1986, Dr. Altshuler won
an Emmy Award from the
National Academy of Televi-
sion Arts and Sciences for Out-
standing Individual Achieve-
ment as a Writer in the News
and Documentary competition;
the award was for his work on
the script for the PBS Special,,
"The Precious Legacy."
East German Anti-Semitism
next month for talks with
Baker and Egyptian Foreign
Minister Esmat Abdel Meguid
to make final arrangements
for the dialogue.
But if Rubinstein returns
dissatisfied, there will be a
strong move within Shamir's
Likud bloc to call a halt to the
diplomatic process before that
tripartite session can take
place, political observers said.
Continued from Page 4
Israeli media.
Recently, the Otsuki follow-
ers built an inn in Kyoto, also
named "Beit Shalom." It is
free to Jewish guests, and
Tokayer believes it to be "a
symbolic gesture, a kind of
reaction to the Holocaust."
He fixed a mezuzah to the
inn doorpost. He said it was
erected on the premise that if
any Jews should ever be in
need, "they should know they
have a home in Japan."
Tokayer left Japan in 1981,
though he visits there every
year. The current rabbi there
is Moshe Silberstein, also Con-
Anti-Semitism and racist
attacks on foreigners are
being reported with increased
frequency in East Germany,
where until recently they were
treated like state secrets.
In some instances, it has
become hard to distinguish
between actual occurrences
and neo-Nazi incidents fabri-
cated by Stasi, the repressive
state security service, to prove
that it is still needed. The
agency is under heavy pres-
sure to shut down now that the
Communist Party no longer
dominates the German Demo-
cratic Republic.
Fabrications notwithstand-
ing, the situation appears to be
While the Communist Party
newspaper Neues Deutschland
said that it could not confirm
the rumored murders of two
foreigners in East Berlin, the
newspaper acknowledged sev-
eral recent incidents of vio-
lence against foreigners.
High school students
attacked three blacks in an
East Berlin discotheque in
October, shouting, "Jewish
pigs" and "Dirty Negroes."
East German youths seri-
ously injured two blacks last
May in a train in Sachsen.
There were many witnesses,
but no one intervened.
A month earlier, a black
guest worker from Mozambi-
que was assaulted by German
fellow workers in a coal mine
in Halle.
Such incidents may only
seem to be on the rise because
they are being reported for the
first time in the official press.
But the presence of some
16,000 foreigners in East Ger-
many, including many blacks
from Third World countries,
clearly has aroused racist sen-
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Rabbi To Travel, Lecture
Author Kushner Leaves Pulpit
Jewiih Floridian Staff Writer
Bestselling author Rabbi
Harold Kushner named his
third book, "Who Needs God"
- and deliberately left out the
question mark.
"As a question it sounds
dismissive and sarcastic," he
said. "I'm trying to affirm that
this is a book about our need
for G-d."
Kushner feels his message is
important enough to leave his
Natick, Mass. congregation of
the past 24 years this June.
He told the Jewish Florid-
ian during a recent Miami visit
that he will devote his time to
writing, travelling and lectur-
His first book "When Bad
Things Happen to Good Peo-
ple" was written as an
outlet to the personal pain and
questions that bogged his mind
after a childhood illness finally
wrestled the life out of his
teen-age son.
"I didn't expect anyone to
read it," he says.
More than three million
copies of the book were sold,
and it remained on national
bestseller lists for more than a
His second book "When
All You've Ever Wanted Isn't
Enough" "grew out of my
reaching middle age and want-
ing to leave a more permanent
mark than sermons and
classes. (I felt putting ideas in
a book would not only reach
more people but give me a
vicarious immortality)."
His latest book, released in
October by Summit, deals with
a problem Kushner says he has
come to realize a lot of people
are living with.
"Just as we have physical
needs for food, sun and exer-
cise, we have spiritual needs.
And if those needs are not met
we are unhappy. A lot of peo-
ple are unhappy today because
those spiritual needs are not
Technology becomes an
enemy of reverence awe and
love of G-d Kushner says,
"because technology is the
worship of the manmade."
But the rise among Jewish
Orthodoxy as well as Christian
fundamentalism points to a
change in an attitude that reli-
gion is for the timid and the
superstitious and not the
sophisticated and intellectual,
Kushner says.
"I think there are two rea-
sons for the resurgence of
interest, one healthy and one
less healthy. The healthy rea-
son is that it represents a
rejection of vulgarity and shal-
lowness of so much American
"The bad reason, I think, is
that as life and choice becomes
more complicated it's very
tempting to listen to somebody
who says, 'Make one decision
and you'll never have to worry
about right or wrong again."
For that combination, I think
you see Christians become fun-
damentalists and Jews become
ba'alei t'shuva." '
"Just as there is a law of
conservation of matter in the
Kushner also deals with a
subject he feels will be of spe-
cial interest to his elderly read-
ers: coming to terms with
death. The fear of death leads
to what he calls the "ghettoiza-
tion of the elderly."
"That's why we have diffi-
culty visiting the sick. It's not
just mortality, that we're not
going to live together. It's a
fear of nullification, that when
our lives are over everything
we worked for will disappear.
"My own sense of what reli-
gion gives me, so that I don't
have to be afraid of dying is
that no good deed is wasted,
world of physics, I think there
is a spiritual law of conserva-
tion. Every good deed changes
the world in some small way.
(And every bad deed, even if
you think you've gotten away
with it, somehow pollutes the
spiritual atmosphere.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
"So whether or not we're
famous or not, by the time our
lives are over, we've changed
the world. And if we've been
good people, we've changed
the world for the better."
Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
. "And Joseph was the governor over the land
brethren came, and bowed down to him"
. And Joseph's
(Gen. 4X.6).
MIKETZ Two years later, Pharaoh dreamt a dream in two
slightly different versions. The dream terrified the king of Egypt;
but none of his sages could explain it satisfactorily. Pharaoh's
butler remembered Joseph's masterly interpretations of dreams,
and informed Pharaoh. Joseph was brought before Pharaoh and
explained the dream as forecasting seven years of plenty that
were to come to the land of Egypt, only to be succeeded by seven
years of famine. He advised Pharaoh to appoint a wise overseer to
collect wheat during the years of plenty and distribute it during
the years of famine. Pharaoh appointed Joseph himself to this
post as his viceroy.
As Joseph had forecast, the Egyptian stores of wheat were in
great demand during the seven years of famine. Among those
who came to buy wheat in Egypt were Joseph's older brothers.
Joseph recognized them, but they did not know him. Joseph so
contrived that the brothers came to Egypt a second time,
bringing Benjamin, Joseph's full brother with them. Joseph
received them cordially; but then it made it seem as though
Benjamin had stolen a goblet, and insisted that he stay behind as a
servant. The brothers refused to abandon Benjamin, and all
decided to return to Joseph's home.
(The recounting of the Weekly Portion of the Law is extracted and
based upon "The Graphic History of the Jewish Heritage," edited by
P. Wollman Tsamir, published by Shengold. The volume is available
at 75 Maiden Lane, New York, N.Y. 10038.)
ishingyou and your
famuy a Hanukkah
rich in blessings and
warm in memories.
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