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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August 15, 1986
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Vol. 11, no. 27 (Sept. 13, 1985)-
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Kins Hassan II of Morocco met Prime
Minister Shimon Peres at the Royal Sum-
mer Palace at Ifrane in the Atlas Moun-
tains, Morocco on the first day of the Prime
Minister's visit. Photo by Government
Press Office.
Baron, Szmukler to Chair
Jewish Women's Assembly
Marcia Shapiro, Education
Vice President of the Women's
Division of the Jewish Federa-
tion of Palm Beach County,
has announced the appoint-
ment of Ina Baron and Esther
Szmukler as Co-chairmen of
the eighth annual Jewish
Women 8 Assembly. The com-
munitywide education event
will be held on Wednesday,
Oct. 22,9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at
the Hyatt Palm Beaches.
Noted Jewish genealogist Ar-
thur Kurzweil, author of
"From Generation to Genera-
tion," will be the guest
speaker at the educational
Mrs. Szmukler, who co-
chaired the event in 1984,
noted that this year's format
has been changed to permit
more women the oportunity to
attend. "We felt that Wednes-
day was a more convenient day
for the community. There is no
perfect day when all can at-
tend but Wednesday seems to
be most desirable. We also

Two New Rabbis in Town 2
Temples Asked for High
Holiday Tickets for Single
Parents... page 3
Children Must Say "No"
to Drugs... page 7
Scouting and Jews at
Camp Tanah-Keeta ...
page 10
Esther Szmukler
condensed the day into a
shorter, more intense time
frame. Women, who were not
able to come to an all-day
event in the past, will be able
to take advantage of the
shorter format," explained
Mrs. Szmukler.
Mrs. Baron is also en-
thusiastic about the new for-
mat. "I'm very excited about
our new changes. We try to be
sensitive to the needs of the
community and this will enable
us to reach out to more and
more women. Discovering our
own family's 'roots' is a way of
linking generation to genera-
tion and making us, as Jewish
women, an integral part of our
heritage. More women will
now be able to learn about this
fascinating subject."
According to Mrs. Shapiro,
Mrs. Baron and Mrs. Szmukler
bring years of experience to
their current position. "Both
Ina Baron
women are involved members
of our community and I am
delighted that they have ac-
cepted the Co-chairmanship of
the Jewish Women's
Assembly," stated Mrs.
Mrs. Baron is Recording
Secretary for Temple Beth
David's Board. She is also a
member of the National Coun-
cil of Jewish Women. Mrs.
Baron, a psychotherapist,
received her MSW from
Hunter College of Social Work
in New York City and is a
member of the National
Association of Social Workers.
Mrs. Baron has a Bachelor of
Jewish Education from
Hebrew College in Boston and
taught English in Israel to
junior high school students
from 1968 to 1970. She had
studied at Hebrew University
Continued on Page 3
Bush Ends Israel Visit
With Praise for Peres
U.S. Vice President George
Bush said earlier this month
that he was leaving Israel with
"some optimism" after talks
with Prime Minister Shimon
Peres and other members of
the government.
At a press conference in
Jerusalem, where Bush also at-
tached his initials to an agree-
ment to establish a Voice of
America (VOA) radio relay sta-
tion in the Negev, Bush said he
had "really enjoyed" his visit
to Israel and appreciated the
"friendly warm reception" he
received from the people of
Speaking at the press con-
ference, the Vice President
said he hoped his visit "will
contribute' to the relations
between Israel and the U.S.,
and to the Middle East peace
Bush expressed his
"respect" for Peres' visit to
Morocco to meet with King
Hassan. It had been a
"courageous move" which had
captured the imagination of
the Americans, he said.
Vice President Bush
The Vice President himself
did not visit Morocco
since no invitation from the
King had been forthcoming.
He said he "quite understood"
if the King thought that his
(Bush's) visit would "not make
much sense now."
The Vice President said he
was "happy" that the VOA ac-
Continued on Page 3-
After Bush's Visit:
Israelis Feel More
Secure, Confident
Israel as a whole has a marked-
ly more secure and confident
feeling after Vice President
George Bush's visit here, than
it did at the end of last month.
The man who may well be
the next U.S. President and
leader of the free world had
been regarded here with a cer-
tain sense of distance, even
Some of the media, and some
undits, had written that
ush, while not unfriendly,
was less friendly than other
American leaders and other
Presidential hopefuls
towards the Jewish State. At
best, they said, he was uncar-
ing, indifferent to the unique
features of the Jewish
historical experience.
Now, after stripping away
all the pap and pazzaz in-
evitably present in a Vice
Presidential visit, and in Vice
Presidential rhetoric, most
Israelis are left with a comfor-
table feeling that Bush follows
what is by now a mainstream
tradition m American govern-
ment of regarding Israel as
both a strategic ally and a
moral mainstay for the United
His declaration that the two
countries were "allies in every
Continued on Page 2

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, August 15, 1986
Congregation Beth Kodesh
Welcomes Rabbi Fink

New Rabbi At Treasure
Coast Jewish Center
Congregation Beth Kodesh
of Boynton Beach welcomes
Rabbi Leon B. Fink as their
new spiritual leader. He comes
to this community from
Cleveland, Ohio where he serv-
ed the congregation of Temple
on the Heights for the last
three years.
Rabbi Fink, having con-
ducted services at Congrega-
tion Beth Kodesh these past
few weeks, is becoming
familiar with the community
and is looking forward to the
challenges his new position
presents. "Beth Kodesh, the
only synagogue in Boynton
Beach, has to meet the needs
of diverse elements. This
presents an exciting challenge
as it must be representative of
the entire Jewish community
here and yet make everyone
feel that their needs are being
met," stated Rabbi Fink.
The 55-year-old rabbi is a
native of Poland. For 19 years
he was the spiritual leader of
Congregation Beth Shalom of
Kings Bay in Brooklyn, New
York. Prior to that he spent
eight years at Congregation
B'nai Jeshurun in Staten
Island, New York.
Rabbi Fink was ordained as
a rabbi in 1951 in Jerusalem.
In 1960. he earned a Blasters
Degree in Education at
Yeshiva University, New York
City. He was awarded a law
degree from Brooklyn Law
School and a Doctorate of
Divinity from the Jewish
Theologial Seminary in 1977.
He has been active both in
the Conservative movement
and in the communities in
which he lived. Currently Rab-
bi Fink is a member of the Ex-
ecutive Council of the Rab-
binical Assembly and Presi-
dent of the Western Penn-
sylvania, Ohio and Kentucky
Region of the Rabbinical
Prior to moving to Boynton
Beach, Rabbi Fink co-chaired
the Youth Commission of the
Jewish Community Federation
of Cleveland and was on the
Executive Committee, Board
of Trustees, of the Board of
Jewish Education. He has
served as president of many
local organizations throughout
his years in New York.
From 1980 to 1983 he was in
private law practice in New
York. He was a member of the
Arbitration Panel Civil Court
and was the Appointed Hear-
ing Officer for the Taxi and
Limousine Commission.
Rabbi Fink has written
Sefirah in Modern Times and
Games of Chance in Jewish
He and his wife, Hanna,
reside in Boynton Beach.
On Monday, July 21, 1986, President
Reagan signs the proclamation designating
the week July 20-27 as Captive Nations
Week. During the ceremony, the President
cited the 'spiritual bond between the
citizens of oar country and all people
everywhere who yearn for freedom. Join-
ing President Reagan for the ceremony la
the Roosevelt Room of the White House
were (left to right) Sea. Strom Thurmond
White House Pho*o
(R., S.C.); Rep. William S. Broomfield (R.,
Mich.); Ambassador Warren Zimmerman,
chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the
Vienna CSCE Review Meeting, the Depart-
ment of State; Rep. Benjamin A. Oilman
(R., N.Y.); and Ambassador Lev E.
Dobrianaky, author of the Captive Nations
Resolution and chairman of the National
Captive Nations Committee.
Israelis Feel More Secure, Confident
Continued frost Page 1
sense of the word" and his
statement that "many intangi-
ble, and in a sense spiritual,
ties" have developed "a
multitude of wordly bonds"
between the U.S. and Israel,
seemed to leave a glow here.
And Israeli leaders, particular-
ly Deputy Premier Yitzhak
Shamir, had made a point of
emphasizing Bush's personal
involvement in the rescue of
Ethiopian Jewry and his long-
time interest in the casue of
Soviet Jewry.
Bush for his part visited a
Russian immigrant family and
an Ethiopian absorption
center in his packed, much
photographed and filmed four-
day itinerary here thereby
stressing those same points.
In terms of substantive
policies, the Vice President
had no major pronouncement
to make here. But he pleased
his hosts by indicating that
Washington is weighing a
new, more preferred, status
for Israel in the field of
military supplies and support.
He laid at his press conference
in Jerusalem that Israel might
in tiie future benefit from the
same preferential trade
benefits as Australia and New
Zealand enjoy.
He was also at pains to ease
recent tensions surrounding
the Pollard spy affair and
subsequent allegations of
Israeli technology-smuggling,
which have sullied relations
between the U.S. and Israel.
He hoped, he said, that his
visit had had the effect of
dispelling misplaced suspicions
here that some American off-
cials were conducting a
vendetta against Israel.
On the Palestinian issue,
moreover, Bush was careful
not to step out beyond tiie
Reagan plan this despite
pressures on him by hardline
Palestinian circles in the West
Bank and Gaza.
And he was generous in his
praise of Premier Shimon
Peres' visit to King Hassan of
On the debit side in summing
up this visit, there were the
failed hopes that somehow
Bush's presence in the area
could be used as pivot around
which to construct the long-
awaited summit between
Peres and Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak. Some Israeli
officials believed the summit
could become a threesome,
with Bush participating.
Similarly, the visit was to
have marked a new leap for-
ward in tourism ties between
Israel and America. But in the
event the tourism pact signed
by Bush and Peres was a large-
ly declaratory document in
part because the U.S. balks at
Israel's continued imposition
of a travel tax upon its
On the credit side, however,
the visit did catalyze the in-
tialling of an accord on the
building of huge Voice of
America transmitters in the
Negev with Washington
pledging that some 50 percent
of aU the contracts linked to
this $250 million project will
go to Israeli companies.
Treasure Coast Jewish
Center/Congregation Beth
Abraham has announced that
it has elected Israel J. Barzak
to fill the position of Rabbi-
Cantor of its congregation.
Rabbi Barzak officially began
his duties on Aug. 1.
Rabbi Barzak comes to this
new pulpit with an extensive
background in Jewish educa-
tion and many years of ex-
perience. He received his
education at Lubavitcher
Yeshiva^Jtabbi Jacob Joseph
Yeshiva; Chaim Berlin Rab-
binical Academy, Beys
Medrash L'rabonim; Hebrew
Union College-Jewish In-
stitute of Religion, School of
Sacred Music; Yeshiva Chune
David; and Beys Medrash
L'rabonim Tifereth Israel.
Rabbi Barzak also graduated
from Heychal Hatalmud L'brit
Milah, Higher Academy for
the Study of Ritual Circumci-
sion and is a Certified Mohel
He has served Temple Beth
Ahm, Springfield, New Jersey;
Temple Beth El, Fall River,
Massachussetts; and Temple
B'nai Israel, Toledo, Ohio.
His cantorial, liturgical and
musical background spans
the years, beginning in his
childhood under the direction
of his father. As a child he
sang with numerous concert
choirs. He had studied with
many noted cantors, such as
Cantors Henry Rosenblatt,
Abraham Shapiro, Israel
Alter, and Moshe Ganchoff; he
has also studied with Kurt
Baum of the Metropolitan
Opera. He has composed
Sacred Music, concertized and
lectured extensively
throughout the United States
and Canada.
He served in the United
States Army as Assistant
Chaplain, and is currently the
National Chaplain and Chair-
man of the Board of Concern-
ed Americans for Military Im-
provements (CAMI). ***
Rabbi Barzak is an active
member of the American
Association of Rabbis, and has
held numerous regional and
national offices in the Cantors
Assembly, which is associated
with the United Synagogue of
Rabbi Barzak has developed
a new approach to Bar and Bat
Mitzvah training, has served
on the Board of Directors of
the Fall River Jewish Home
for the Aged and Jewish Com-
munity Council and has served
as a member of the Toledo
Area Chaplain's Association.
He has taken advanced
courses in pastoral counseling
in Massachusetts and Ohio and
has been advisor and consul-
tant on liturgy and Judaism to
the cadets of the Jewish
Chapel Choir of West Point.
Rabbi Barzak looks forward
to helping Treasure Coast
Jewish Center/Congregation
Beth Abraham grow and
become a vibrant Conservative
Jewish religious institution in
Martin County. He plans to ac-
tively participate in developing
and coordinating worship ser-
vices, religious school, educa-
tional and social programs,
and all aspects of congrega-
tional life.
Rabbi Barzak is married to
the former Rhoda Joan
Tuckman of Jacksonville,
Florida. They have a daughter,
Tsafrira, 17 years old.
Egyptian Tourism
Minister In Israel
Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Dr.
Fouad Sultan, began an official
visit to Israel with a brief visit to
the Yad Vashem Holocaust
Memorial. The Ministry is leading
a 19-member delegation, which in-
cludes 12 travel agents and two
His program takes him to
tourist sites around the country,
including Eilat and the Dead Sea.
He will also hold talks with his op-
posite number, Avraham Sharir,
and call on Premier Shimon Peres
and President Chaim Herzog.
In his arrival statement, the
Egyptian Minister conceded that
tourism between the two coun-
tries was low, but contended that
energetic promotion could im-
prove that situation.
Job Tips
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presented by Jewish Family and Children's Service of Palm
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Palm Beach. For reservations, contact Carol Barack at
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Tuesday evening, September 9
6:00 9:00 p.m.

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Women's Division
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Treasured old photos .. photos link-
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ed in an upcoming issue of the Jewish
Floridian. Women, get together photos
of four generations of your family living
in Palm Beach County. The Women's
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Palm Beach County wants to highlight
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All photos will be treated with care
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Send or bring your photos to the Jewish
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Friday, August 15,1986/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 3
High Holiday Tickets
for Single Parents
The High Holidays are a
time for prayer and reflection,
but they are also a time for
family closeness. The image of
husband and wife, children,
and perhaps grandparents
also, sitting down to a holiday
meal and then setting out
together to attend services
evokes warm feelings.
There is another scenario,
however, which also takes
place far too often. No matter
how much love and caring a
single parent lavishes on the
children at this time of year, a
void remains. Due to a limited
income which often
necessitates different
priorities, single parents
generally are not in a position
to attend High Holiday
However, for the second
year, the community is respon-
ding wholeheartedly to this
need. Area synagogues and
temples are being asked once
again to make High Hobday
tickets available for single
parents. Barbara Bacsch, who
is chairing this year's effort
sponsored by the Single
Parent Family Committee of
the Jewish Federation of Palm
Beach County, noted that
houses of worship are becom-
ing more sensitive to single
parent families and have pro-
grams that make synagogue
attendance possible.
"Last year when the com-
mittee's request for High Holi-
day ticket donations was
made, no one expected the
response to be so overwhelm-
ing. Over 200 tickets were
received. This enabled 86
single parents and children to
attend services. We are very
pleased with the cooperation
and interest of the synagogues
and temples. We hope to reach
out to many more single
parent families this year with
their help," Mrs. Bacsch said.
Following ticket distribu-
tion, last year letters were
sent to the membership
chairmen of the synagogues
Bush Ends Israel Visit
With Praise For Peres
Continued from Pag* 1-
cord was signed while he was
in Israel.
The VGA initialling comes
amid ongoing controversy in
Israel between government
ministries, industrial con-
glomerates, conservationists
and Negev settlers over
aspects of the project. There
will be further discussions with
the U.S. before the accord is
fully concluded.
Bush also put his name to a
tourism accord between the
U.S. and Israel. He said he
hoped that American tourism
to Israel would pick up soon.
Israeli officials have expressed
the hope that Bush's high pro-
file activities here will help
restore tourism to its pre-1976
The Vice President said he
was "particularly moved" to
meet the mothers of refusenik
Jews still in Russia and said it
would be "wonderful to see an
opening up of the flood gates"
of Russian aliya.
He said Soviet Jewry was a
"very important question .. .
on the table at every meeting
... a lead item on the agenda"
whenever Americans and Rus-
sians met. He sidestepped a
reporter's suggestion that
Washington condition further
detente on Soviet Jewish
Bush again urged a direct
meeting between Hussein and
Peres but he said that he knew
that the King has "some pro-
blems." The U.S. has to be
"sensitive to the problems"
the King faces concerning such
a meeting, Bush stated. But he
reiterated U.S. policy favoring
direct negotiation between the
parties in the conflict in the
Middle East
He said he did not regret
urging Hussein's summary re-
jection of the idea, mentioning
his "warm personal relation-
ship" with King Hussein.
Bush said his meeting with
West Bank and Gaza leaders
had been "really worth while
to nte." He had not been
distressed by the failure of
some invitees to attend.
He firmly restated U.S.
policy favoring the Reagan
Plan as the solution for the
alestinian problem and noted
that Washington opposes an
independent Palestinian state.
"We do favor self-
determination, but we don't
like to see self-determination
where it's already pre-
determined what that means."
For him, said Bush, it meant in
the context of the Middle East
the Reagan plan.
The Reagan Mideast plan,
which he offered in 1982, call-
ed for negotiations involving
Israel and Jordan and leading
to the eventual establishment
of an autonomous Palestinian
entity in the West Bank in
association with Jordan. The
plan also criticized the West
Bank Settlements. That plan
was rejected by Israel and was
criticized by many Jewish
spokesmen in the U.S. The
Reagan Administration con-
tinues to view tiie plan as a
viable step in the Mideast
peace process.
Asked why the U.S. insists
on the PLO'b acceptance of
United Nations Security Coun-
cil Resolution 242, Bush
replied: "Well, the Palesti-
nians have in their charter the
destruction of the State of
Israel and that is not accep-
table to the U.S. government."
Bush praised the "fun-
damentally strong" U.S. rela-
tionship with Israel, and hoped
his visit would dispel
suspicious in some Israeli
quarters, triggered by the
Pollard affair and other
episodes, that there was a
"vendetta" by some American
officials against Israel.
Queried about news reports
that the U.S. is weighing gran-
ting Israel Most-Favored-
Nation status in arms ac-
quirements from Washington,
Bush confirmed: "There will
be a joint study to see what
kind of discussions can be
undertaken in terms of having
Israel have some of the
benefits" that accrued to for-
mal U.S. allies. Bush referred
to Australia and New Zealand,
specifically. "That's as far as
U.S. policy is shaped at this
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chosen by the families receiv-
ing the tickets. This effort was
made to encourage better com-
munication between unaf-
filiated single parents and
local houses of worship.
In an attempt to make
everyone feel more comfor-
table, unaffiliated single
parents were put in contact
with single parents who were
affiliated. Therefore, a lot of
information about temple
membership was
Many other positive results
came out of the program. At
least one synagogue offered
free membership to a needy
single parent family, and
another temple offered to open
up its religious school program
to children of single parents.
This year, once again, it is
hoped that single parent
families will have the oppor-
tunity to attend High Hobday
services, being made welcome
by many synagogues and
Baron, Szmukler
To Chair JWA Event
Continued from Page 1
in Jerusalem in 1960.
Before accepting the Co-
chairmanship of the Jewish
Women's Assembly in 1984,
Mrs. Szmukler had worked on
various JWA committees. She
was active in Bat Gurin
Chapter of Hadassah, having
served as Administrative Vice
President and Donor Co-
chairman, and was Donor Co-
chairman for Temple Israel
Mrs. Szmukler received her
RN degree from Mt. Sinai
School of Nursing in New
York. She also has a Bachelor
of Science in Business Ad-
ministration from Willmington
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Assembly is sponsored by the
Women's Division of the
Jewish Federation of Palm
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contact Faye Stoller, Women's
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the Federation office,
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, August 15, 1986
Jewish Tradition
Is Anti-Pornography
The Attorney General's Commission on
Pornography has issued a 1,900-page report
which is already being severely criticized
and a lot of the criticism is for good reason
by civil libertarians who fear it may en-
courage the heavy hand of censorship
Thoughtful Jews have a serious stake in
the controversy, since Jews almost naturally
count themselves among the most ardent
proponents of such Bill of Rights guarantees
as freedom of speech and the press.
But in 1984, Dr. Lawrence Grossman of
the American Jewish Committee wrote a
pamphlet entitled "A Jewish View of the
Pornography Issue." In it, Grossman
declared that "Judaism is not a prudish
culture, and it associates no stigmas with
sexual activity."
On the other hand, he warned that "sex
must not be a spectacle and must not, as por-
nography does, reduce human beings to
erotic objects for commercial exploitation."
One thing is clear from this: Jewish tradi-
tion and pornography are patently incom-
patible. What can be done about por-
nography within the bounds of those restric-
tions set down by the United States Con-
stitution is now a matter for serious debate.
But certainly members of the Jewish com-
munity should not reflexively reach out to
hide behind the freedom of speech and press
guarantee as a means of avoiding what we
have said here about Judaism and
In the rising rage of the current debate
over the Attorney General's report, let it
not be forgotten that American society is in
serious moral trouble today, and there is lit-
tle doubt that pornography is both a cause
and a symptom of that moral decay.
"Who, for example, can justify child por-
nography as anything other than child abuse
and human degradation?" asks another
American Jewish Committee theoretician,
Marc H. Tanenbaum. We agree.
Corroding Human Spirit
There is no doubt that it will be difficult
enough for those most vocal in the debate to
distinguish between, say, James Joyce or
D.H. Lawrence on the one hand and por-
nography on the other, and that is why the
debate already is a mean, ugly and often il-
literate affair. There is also no doubt that
American society's current permissive at-
titude toward pornography under the shield
of First Amendment guarantees avoids this
sort of problem altogether.
But the fact is that pornography is as "un-
Jewish" as it is corrosive to the human spirit
generally, and to our nation's social order in
particular. Rather than clobber the At-
torney General's report for so many of its
weaknesses, let us address with reason the
problem that it addresses and gain control of
the scourge sweeping our civilization as
surely as are AIDS, illicit drugs and other
such pestilences.
Why should we have so little determina-
tion about pornography when we have so
much certainty about these others?
For Rabbi Weiss
The Agony of Sister Rose Upsets Him
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Volume 12
10 AB 5746
Number Z5
For Rabbi Avraham (Avi)
Weiss and Sister Rose Ther-
ing, their trip to Vienna to
protest the inauguration of
Kurt Waldheim as Austrian
President was a nasty con-
frontation with undisguised
anti-Semitism and, for
them, an underscoring of
what they perceived were
their reasons for the trip.
Among the memories they
brought back with them are vile
epithets, reported widely by the
on-scene press, hurled at them
during their outdoor demonstra-
tion and hunger strike, and, for
Sister Rose, a Dominican nun, a
humiliating strip-search at the
Vienna airport prior to her em-
barkation for the return flight to
the United States.
THE ORTHODOX Jewish rab-
bi and Roman Catholic nun have
been friends and political activists
together for many years, Sister
Rose having learned of Weiss' ac-
tivities on behalf of Soviet Jewry.
She works with the Inter-
religious Task Force for Soviet
Jewry, and is a board member of
the National Coalition of
American Nuns. Since 1968, she
has also been on the advisory com-
mittee of U.S. Bishops for
Catholic-Jewish Relations. At
Seton Hall University in South
Orange, N.J., she teaches Jewish-
Christian studies, a field she has
worked in since 1953.
Sister Rose has visited Israel 28
times. She remembers particular-
ly the time, 11 years ago, that she
took her mother, then age 84,
with her to Yad Vashem. "Rose,"
she recalls her mother telling her,
"you almost have to be ashamed
that you're of German
her into an even stronger
awareness of the Holocaust than
she had had previously,
motivating her all the more to
work tirelessly in the field of
Christian-Jewish understanding.
She remembers watching pro-
grams on the Holocaust with her
mother, discussing its history, its
causes, and the need for activism.
Waldheim's election was a call
to action by both Weiss and Sister
Rose. Joined by Nazi-hunter
Beate Klarsfeld, Glenn Richter of
the Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry, Father David Bossman,
provost of Seton Hall and a pro-
fessor in the Department of
Jewish-Christian studies, and two
young men, an Israeli and an
Austrian non-Jew, they spent
what they described as an "open
Shabbat" in the Jewish quarter of
Vienna, the first ever, according
to Weiss, praying, singing, eating
out-of-doors to demonstrate a lack
of fear and a pride in their
During that time, Weiss told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, they
engaged about 1,000 young people
passersby in dialogue. Dif-
ferent views were aired, he main-
tains, in a friendly, constructive
AFTER SHABBAT, the group
moved to the area in front of the
Presidential Office on Bollhaus
Platz "near where Hitler spoke
when Germany annexed Austria,"
Weiss explained.
Dressed in striped prison
uniforms, the Austrian-non-Jews
wearing a yellow star marked
Jude, and Sister Rose wearing a
dark suit and the large crucifix in-
terwoven with a Star of David
which she always wears, the
group began a hunger strike, pro-
claiming this with signs reading
"Hunger Strike of Conscience."
That's when "things became ug-
ly," Weiss recalled.
He remembers "terrible anti-
Semitic slogans that I'll never
forget. 'We should have gassed
you,' 'We're going to hang you
from lampposts,' he recalled,
looking pained. He remarked on
an older man who, he said, stop-
ped and with pride showed a pic-
ture of himself in his wallet, wear-
ing a Wehrmacht uniform.
Following the inauguration
ceremonies, the group remembers
Waldheim passing them and look-
ing. They recall it as a "particular-
ly ugly" part of their demonstra-
tion, people hissing and chanting
anti-Semitic slogans. Weiss insists
the group was refused police
Waldheim's election, said
Weiss, "was a vindication for
Austria. I realized that many
older Austrians voted for
Waldheim because they could not
vote against themselves."
"You, the Jew, you're creating
anti-Semitism. You don't want to
forget," he quoted.
WEISS DREW a parallel bet-
ween the cause of Soviet Jewry
and the protest of Waldheim's
election. "Anti-Semitism knows
no boudaries. The problem of
Soviet Jews knows no boundaries.
It's not just a Russian problem.
This was not just an Austrian pro-
blem, and not just a Jewish pro-
blem. Because 95 percent of
Austria is Catholic, it was critical
that I be joined by Catholic clergy
in speaking truth to power, to
translate empathy to action."
Both Weiss and Sister Rose
commented at length on the fear
they felt emanating from the
Jewish community of Austria. The
small group was unable to even
rent a table and chairs from any
Jews, although they were easily
able to do so from their hotel.
Weiss was careful to mention
that the Jewish community of
Vienna was receptive to them on
Shabbat, mentioning particularly
Rabbi Chaim Eisenberg, who
"was especially gracious. But it's
an absolutely frightened Jewish
community," he said.
SISTER ROSE and Father
Bossman returned to New York
later than Weiss. At the Vienna
airport's baggage inspection,
Sister Rose told JTA, "I went
through just like everyone. Then,
on the other side of the X-ray
arch, someone pulled me into a
curtained booth."
Sister Rose wants to be sure it is
understood that she is both ac-
customed to strict security checks
and welcomes them. In the 28
times she has been to Israel, she
emphasized, "I appeciate the
security of El Al airlines. It has
been most humane, polite and
gracious. El Al security personnel
make eye contact and seem to
apologize to the person."
But, she recalled, "when 1 went
into the curtained booth, no ques-
tions were asked." She thought
she would just be frisked, but a
thorough body search was con-
ducted afer stripping her. She was
never told why it was being done.
"I began to feel what Jews must
have felt when they were stripped
and sent to the gas chambers."
even seen her vanish, and didn't
know where she was. The two of
them had been put ahead of other
people in the line without explana-
tion. They have since made
diplomatic inquiries to find out the
reasons for the treatment.
The Shabbat followng their
return to Vienna, Sister Rose
spent the day with Weiss family
and congregation in Riverdale,
The Bronx. The rabbi and the nun
addressed the congregation
following the services and describ-
ed their experiences in Vienna.
Sister Rose said her purpose for
going "was to lend a Christian
voice to this protest, because I feel
that Christians did not speak out
enough during World War II."
She pointed out that "Christians
and Jews were united in this pro-
test of prayer and fast, deman-
ding an international investiga-
tion into the charges made from
many quarters that Mr.
Waldheim's role during the Nazi
Holocaust is sufficiently clouded
as to require a thorough
"My voice and actions of pro-
test, joined with Avi Weiss and
others, called for justice on behalf
of all those Jews six million
Catholics, Protestants, homosex-
uals, minorities, elderly, handicap-
ped dissenters and resisters,
whose lives were unjustly and
brutally snuffed out by the Nazis
and all who joined Hitler's hen-
chmen during the period 1933-45.
They are gone, never to speak for
"Very few Christians spoke out
during those terrible years. So
how can anyone remain silent
now, when Kurt Waldheim, a
member of the Wehrmacht, the
Brown Shirts, sets himself up as a
model to govern? Kurt Waldheim
was involved in that Nazi war
machinery ... He belonged to the
same group the SA that
destroyed the 42 synagogues in
Vienna ... The vote for
Waldheim was really a vote for
human indecency, because he

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Friday, August 15, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 5
Syrian Hype
With the recent release of Rev. Lawrence
Jenco from 19 months of captivity in Lebanon
some of them spent chained to a wall in a
badly ventilated cell Western thank-you's,
private and official, again freshened Syrian
President Assad's makeup. The pattern, set
when Assad released a downed U.S. Navy
flyer to candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson just
before the 1984 primaries, has continued with
only minor variations. Damascus "aided" in
the escape of former hostage Jeremy Levin.
It successfully "interceded" with the
Lebanese Shi'ite Moslem hijackers of TWA
flight 847 last summer and a few months later
helped "arrange" the freedom of hostage
Rev. Benjamin Weir.
The Moslem radicals holding American and
other Western hostages in Lebanon and
their Syrian overlords understand how to
advance their interests by timely manipula-
tion of the hostage issue. Those actually
holding the captives, apparently the pro-
Iranian Islamic Jihad, reportedly felt
Western interest waning. Their chief demand
release from Kuwaiti jails of 17 colleagues
and relatives convicted of the fatal bomb at-
tacks on U.S. and French embassies in
Kuwait has not been met. So they agreed
to Syrian pressure to release Jenco,
demonstrating their "goodwill" while renew-
ing the threat to their remaining prisoners.
In the search for public relations victories
to obscure its terrorism connection,
Damascus occasionally manages to spring a
Westerner. But the ploy doesn't work. Syria
is still tied to the assassination of Lebanese
President-elect Bashir Gemayel in 1982, to
the U.S. Marine barracks bombing in
Lebanon in 1983, to the effort this spring to
blow up an El Al plane in London with hun-
dreds of Americans aboard and to a similar
attempt in Madrid last month. By securing
Jenco s release when it did, with Vice Presi-
dent Bush traveling in the Middle East but
not to Syria, Hafez Assasd's regime hoped to
show itself as the Middle East's indispensable
Most Americans recognize this for what it
is political theater. But a few Americans do
not. Peggy Say, sister of one of the
Americans still prisoner UPI reporter
Terry Anderson demanded that the Ad-
ministration "stop tap-dancing" and
negotiate with the kidnappers. Say said that
after meetings with Syrian officials in
Damascus she "felt their great humanitarian
sympathy," a feeling "I never felt even in my
"Humanitarianism" is hardly the word for
Syria's long-standing divide-and-conquer
campaign in Lebanon. It has led to the anar-
chy of which the latest Beirut car-bombings
and Western hostage-taking are a part.
Neither Syria's "great humanitarian sym-
pathy" nor the "goodwill" of its Lebanese sur-
rogates needs to be tested or satisfied by
hostage negotiations. The release of people
whose freedom should never have been
denied is a non-negotiable U.S. demand.
Damascus deserves not thanks but censure,
and not only censure but the kind of
countermeasures which raise the costs of its
violent politics higher than Assad will want to
(Near East Report)
Aid Advances
The House Appropriations
Foreign Operations Subcom-
mittee, chaired by Rep. David
Obey (D., Wis.), reported out
the fiscal 1987 foreign aid bill
containing $3 billion in all-
grant military and economic
assistance for Israel. The
$12.9 billion bill represents a
10.6 percent cut from last
year's appropriations.
Obey told the panel that his
decision to fund Israel, Egypt,
Pakistan and Ireland aid pro-
grams at the Administration's
request reflected "a consensus
in the Administration and Con-
gress." The $3 billion figure
for Israel represents last
year's level prior to the 4.3
Dercent cuts mandated by the
Gramm-Rud man-Hillings
Obey pointed to the Gramm-
Rudman-Hollings deficit
reduction measure and the ad-
ministration's refusal to sup-
port a tax increase as the main
reasons why all other foreign
aid spending would have to be
severely reduced.
The bill also contains impor-
tant provisions concerning
funding for Israel's Lavi
fighter plane, prohibitions
against dealing with the PLO,
early disbursal of Israel's
economic support fund (ESF)
payments, and $25 million for
refugee resettlement pro-
grams in Israel.
Soviet Appreciation
The Soviet Union's Am-
bassador to Syria, Felix
Fedotov, told a Damascus
news conference that relations
between the two countries
"are continuously being
developed and strengthened
(Damascus Radio, July 24).
Fedotov "noted that Syria
stands at the forefront of the
Arab states fighting all im-
perialist and Zionist plots
which reject the Camp David
agreements and all the ...
capitulationist solutions of the
Middle East problem."
The ambassador said that
Syria's position was "the
reason for the U.S. imperialist
grudges" against it. Fedotov
added that "Syria's principled,
firm policy is greatly ap-
preciated in the Soviet
New Desert Miracles
Midday heat and the nearly
inescapable dust can give
visitors a less-than hospitable
greeting at the Blaustein In-
ternational Center for Desert
Studies. Nevertheless, tile
center, located in the Negev
Desert near Ben-Gurion's old
kibbutz of Sde Boker, draws a
steady stream of visitors. Re-
cent guests included British
Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher earlier this summer
and, recently, Vice President
George Bush. At the small
campus they were shown the
desert as the more than 100
researchers see it as
laboratory and resource.
"There was a time when it
was hard to get people to come
here (to work), Prof. Louis
Berkofsky, the center's direc-
tor, said recently. "But now
we don't have enough hous-
ing" for the center's interna-
tional staff.
Projects include research in
solar and wind energy and the
agricultural potential of the
brackish water beneath the
Negev and Sinai deserts. The
water, plentiful but too saline
to drink, may help grow cot-
ton, asparagus, pistachio trees
and other plants. Already the
center has developed a process
in commercial use by several
Israeli firms using the
water, plus high solar radia-
tion, to grow algae. The algae
are then turned into protein
pills, some sold in American
health food stores. Other
brackish water experiments
aim at more efficient fish
"We have a group which
works in closed-system
agriculture," Berkofsky said.
"They have developed a very
sophisticated greenhouse for
the desert." The greenhouse
walls and roof are made of two
layers of plastic. Between the
layers a liquid circulates, ac-
ting as an optical filter. During
the day, it absorbs some of the
sun's intense radiation; the
plants then require only one-
tenth the water they would
Later, the heat absorbed
during the day is released to
protect the plants against cool
desert nights. In addition, car-
bon dioxide is pumped in, ac-
celerating plant growth. "This
is very high technology. We
can't export it to the Third
World," Berkofsky noted. "So
we are starting to work on a
simplified version."
Another project seeks to
reproduce the ancient water
collection method which allow-
ed the Nabateans to farm the
Negev desert without irriga-
tion. The architectural unit has
designed and built an adobe
solar house to handle the ex-
tremes of the desert, day and
night, summer and winter.
An animal physiology group
studies the adaptation of
camels, Arabian horses,
Dorper sheep, ostriches and
other animals to the desert en-
vironment. One immediate if
prosaic benefit was the
discovery that porcupines
which eat the potato crop at
Sde Boker venture out only on
nights when there is no moon.
"The kibbutzniks are now
lighting the fields," Berkofsky
From the kibbutz to the U.S.
Air Force, the center's inquir-
ing minds have something to
offer.The Air Force approved
a $600,000-a-year study of how
meteorological factors affect
radar transmission in natural-
ly dusty environments. "Then
Congress passed the Gramm-
Rudman-Hollings law and the
funds stopped." Berkofsky
A social research unit
studies not only the nomadic
life of the Negev's Bedouin but
seeks to help isolated towns
like Yerocham capitalize on
tile assets they do have.
Another group examines the
effect of desert life on humans.
One staffer explained that the
guiding principle was "not to
change the Negev but to adapt
ourselves, not to destroy the
environment but use it on a
scale that makes sense."
Joint projects have been con-
ducted with many American
and European universities.
Berkofsky would like to work
with colleagues in the largely
desert lands of neighbor
Arab states and has
joint programs to Joi
Saudis, Sudanese and others
at international conferences.
Unfortunately, "they don't
want to have contact with us."
The Blaustein Center
operates on a $2.5 million an-
nual budget, supplied by the
Swernment, grants and the
laustein endowment.
Berkofsky, who retired as a
meteorological researcher
with the U.S. Air Force in
1974 and made aliyah,
remembers when the center
was "three of us in a room in
Beer she va." But now the
center is internationally
known. "There is a sense of
excitement," Berkofsky said.
"And there is tremendous
potential. For 12 years, that's
not bad."
Israel's Foreign Minister
Yitzhak Shamir told the mon-
thly magazine Monitin, that he
"certainly" favored autonomy
for Palestinian Arabs living on
the West Bank and Gaza Strip
(Jerusalem Post, July 28). Ask-
ed if autonomy might result in
establishment of a sovereign
country, Shamir said, "One
must be careful that autonomy
does not lead to the setting up
of a Palestinian state, but
that's a risk one has to take.
The international and regional
necessitate it."
Radio/TV/ Film
* MOSAIC Sunday, Aug. 17 and 24, 9 a.m. WPTV
Channel 5 with host Barbara Gordon.
' L'CHAYIM Sunday, Aug. 17 and 24, 7:30 a.m. -
WPBR 1340-AM with host Rabbi Mark S. Golub The
Jewish Listener's Digest, a radio magazine.
SHALOM Sunday, Aug. 17 and 24, 6 a.m. WPEC
Channel 12 (11:30 a.m. WDZL TV 39) with host Richard
LAND Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Palm Beach Gardens Branch of the Palm Beach County
Public Library System a portrait of the Jewish ex-
perience with the New World.
ALMONDS AND RAISINS Sunday, Aug. 24,6 p.m. -
WPBT Channel 2 Documentary about Yiddish films,
made during the twenties and thirties, is narrated by Orson
YIDDISH FOLK SONGS "Let's All Sing" Sunday,
Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. WPBT Channel 2 -Features Mike
Burstyn and a cast of young performers who sing, dance
and dramatize songs that trace the Jewish experience from
the Shtetl to America.
BARRY YOUNG TALK SHOW Aug. 17,12:30 p.m. -
WJNO 1230 AM Rabbi Samuel Silver of Temple Sinai,
Delray Beach, and his wife Elaine, will be interviewed
about a musical program which they present, "Jewish
Music Is Not Sad.r'
27, 2 p.m. Southwest County Branch of the Palm Beach
County Library System Examine the life of Ben-Gurion
and his drive for a separate Jewish state (one part of a
three part program). Call the library for reservation
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U.S. Plans to Give Economic Aid To Jordan
The United States plans to
provide Jordan with $4.5
million in economic aid to be
used for "developmental pro-
jects on the West Bank," the
State Department announced.
"This is the first time" the
"The government of Jordan
U.S. has provided such funds
"directly to Jordan," State
Department spokesman Ber-
nard Kalb said. He said that up
to now all U.S. funds to im-
prove "the quality of life" for
the West Bank have been ap-
gropriated through the West
ank Fund which is ad-
Career Planning
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searching for the answer to
this statement. It is apparent
that many people are
discontented with their pre-
sent occupation, or tend to
change jobs frequently. Some
of the reasons for this are:
working in a field not related
to one's education, the lack of
availability of employment in
one's chosen profession,
boredom, and absence of
career guidance at an early
We all spend approximately
eight hours a day on the job.
When you lose interest in your
work, more than likely your
job suffers and so does your
morale. You begin to feel
unhappy about going to work
each day and become generally
unhappy about the rest of your
life. This can result in job
reprimands, or even being
fired. One of the best ways to
avoid this situation is to
develop a positive career plan
and then put it into action.
The first step toward a
career plan is to establish what
your career interest is. This
involves development of a
sense of self and an assess-
ment of personal attitudes,
values, abilities, and one's
capacity for change. Some
questions to ask yourself are:
Do I want to work with people
or alone, with data (informa-
tion, figures, research), or
with things? What are you will-
ing to sacrifice to achieve your
career goal?, and many others.
Obviously, the preparation of a
career plan takes a lot of
thought and motivation to
carry it through to success.
The Jewish Family and
Children's Service provides
vocational counseling and
testing, to help you develop
your career plan. For more in-
formation, contact Carol
Barack, at 684-1991.
Our agency is a beneficiary
agency of the Jewish Federa-
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and the United Way.
Shekel Linked to Other Currencies
The government decided to
link the Shekel to a basket of
currencies of its major interna-
tional trading partners instead
of solely to the U.S. Dollar, the
current alignment. The objec-
tive of the new linkage is to
reduce the inflationary impact
of the ongoing rise in the non-
Dollar currencies.
The Dollar will comprise 60
percent of the new basket of
currencies, while the German
Mark will comprise 20 percent,
the British Pound Sterling 10
percent, and the French Franc
and the Japanese Yen each
constituting 10 percent of the
Israel hopes that the new
alignment will bring inflation
down to below 10 percent a
year, as inflation has been par-
tially caused by the Shekel fall-
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Helping People
A -personal view from the
Jewish Family and Children's
(All case name mentioned in
these articles are fictitious;
client information at Jewish
Family and Children's Service
is held in the strictest of
We are currently experienc-
ing a drug epidemic in the
United States. A new, highly
addictive and relatively inex-
pensive form of cocaine is call-
ed "crack." It is a mixture of
the pure drug with baking soda
and a few drops of water, and
is being sold in huge quantities
throughout this country in
cities, suburbs, and even in the
rural countryside.
Because of its low price, it
has made the drug more ac-
cessible to children and
teenagers than any other il-
legal substance we have en-
countered in the past few
decades. Of the many propos-
ed remedies to the rising drug
abuse, an organization for
vounsters called "Just Say
No .." is forming chapters in
schools, community centers
and churches. The idea is to
teach children to say "no"
when tempted by crack, or any
other mind altering substance.
Basically, the idea is a good
one. Its organizers believe that
one of the principal factors
that drives young people to
drug use is peer pressure, and
that if peer pressure becomes
anti-drug, use will become less
of a problem. There are,
however, some problems with
the concept which some of its
most enthusiastic supporters
are apparently ignoring.
If a youngster (especially a
teenager,) has developed the
strength of character to withs-
tand peer pressure on the sub-
{'ect of drugs, he or she pro-
>ably will also withstand
?ressures in other areas.
oungsters who insist on mak-
ing up their own minds about
drugs or alcohol use, no matter
what the mode of behavior in
their peer group, probably also
insist om making up their
minds when it comes to many
areas of their lives. They will
almost certainly say "no" to
others besides their friends.
Usually, "others" mean their
Parents, who are delighted
about having David or Susan
refuse to take a drink at the
after-the-prom party no
matter what everyone else in
the group is doing or who
expect their son or daughter to
leave the premises when so-
meone displays a vial of illegal
drugs, are often considerably
less than supportive when they
are the ones whose opinions or
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orders are being challenged.
If David or Susan have never
been given an opportunity to
make decisions on their own
since they were small children,
or to disagree with parents,
teachers and other adults, to
occasionally withstand the
pressures from those they love
and respect, the chances are
that they will not be too suc-
cessful at disagreeing with
their group, or at refusing to
engage in activities that are
approved of in that group.
Allowing one's children to
become independent adults,
able to make up their own
minds, is one of the hardest
jobs a parent faces.
Professional staff members
at agencies such as Jewish
Family and Children's Service
of Palm Beach County, Inc.,
see a great many adults who
insist that their children are
disrespectful or ornery, or just
plain "bad kids," when the
children start to contradict
some firmly held adult opinion
or refuse to accept, unques-
tioningly, some long held fami-
ly tradition. "Teenage
rebellion" in most families has
a distinctly negative connota-
tion. But a certain amount of
rebellion against adult authori-
ty is necessary, most
counselors agree, if a
youngster is to learn to make
decisions that are contrary to
the decisions made by his or
her peers.
So, in many ways we give
our children double messages.
We want them to listen to us
and to do what we tell them to,
without too much uncomfor-
table questioning. But, we also
want them to refuse to do
what the.peer group does no
matter what the potential
results including losing
friends or being considered an
outsider. And that is where
another double message comes
in. Most parents want their
child to be popular. They
worry about the loner who
tends to go his or her own way
without becoming a member of
the group.
If dealing with a youngster's
natural desire to be his or her
own person (even if that per-
son is not exactly what the
parent had in mind) becomes a
problem, professional help is
often indicated. And it's best
to learn to allow a child as
much independence as possi-
ble, long before a period of
teenage rebellion sets in.
Parents who find this very dif-
ficult, or who don't know
where to set boundaries, could
probably use some counseling,
or may want to participate in
group discussions with other
parents who have similar pro-
blems, under the leadership of
a mental health professional.
Telling a child who has been
a perpetual "yes" sayer in the
family, or in the school, to say
"no" to drugs when everyone
in his or her peer group is say-
ing "yes," is not very effec-
tive. Helping a child to learn to
come to his or her own deci-
sions may be the best defense,
in the long run, against the
kinds of destructive behavior
that pervades some parts of
our society.
(The Jewish Family and
Children'8 Service of Palm
Beach County, Inc., is a non-
profit agency designed to meet
the social, emotional and
counseling needs of the Jewish
community of Palm Beach
County. Our office is located at
2250 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.,
Suite 10%. Our telephone
number is 68U-1991. The
Jewish Family and Children's
Service is a beneficiary agency
of the Jewish Federation and
the United Way of Palm Beach
Anti-Semitism In Farm
Belt Spurs Action
Some 600 persons, joined by
representatives of state and
local governments, various
Jewish organizations and the
Black community, gathered at
Kehilath Israel sanctuary here
last week for a forum on the
farm crisis and rural anti-
According to a report in the
Kansas City Jewish Chronicle,
David Goldstein, executive
director of the Jewish Com-
munity Relations Bureau of
Greater Kansas City, describ-
ed the work Jewish com-
munities throughout the coun-
try are doing for the farmers.
"We're committed to stan-
ding shoulder to shoulder with
our rural brothers and sisters
to help alleviate the problems
facing family farmers," said
Goldstein. He told the forum of
the policy resolution adopted
recently by the National
Jewish Community Relations
Advisory Council which urged
its 13 national and 113 com-
munity constituent agencies to
aid in easing the plight of
American farmers.
The concern of anti-
Semitism in the farm belt,
where extremist groups have
sought to use Jews and other
minorities as scapegoats for
the deteriorating farm situa-
tion, was addressed by
Leonard Zeskind, research
director of the Atlanta-based
Center for Democratic
The Chronicle reported that
Zeskind warned that ex-
tremists working throughout
rural America are not like
those with which the Jewish
community is familiar. He said
that instead of donning brown
shirts, these groups dress their
rhetoric in concern for family
Zeskind added the Chronicle
article reported that racist
groups began their activities in
the farm belt nearly five years
ago. "So we're coming into
this behind the eight-ball ...
and we've got a lot of catching
up to do," Zeskind declared.
Fatah Closures
As part of an escalating strug-
gle for influence among the
Palestinian Arab residents of the
West Bank and Gaza Strip, King
Hussein's government ordered
the closing of all 25 Fatah offices
in Jordan (Afaie York Times, July
8). Fatah is headed by Yasir
Arafat and is the largest consti-
tuent group of the PLO.
Jordan has increased efforts to
regain influence among West
Bankers since King Hussein's
February cancellation of a
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School Prayer Upheld In Ontario fy\>
Supreme Court of Ontario, in a
2-1 vote, has upheld the con-
stitutionality of school prayer.
In an historic ruling here
recently, the court held that
the daily recitation in many
Ontario schools of the Lord's
Prayer does not violate the
religious freedom of non-
Christians or non-believers
and is not contrary to
Canada's Charter of Rights
and Freedoms.
The case stems from a suit
launched by five parents in
Subdury, Ontario, who argued
that the daily recitation oi the
Lord's Prayer in schools pro-
motes Christianity over other
religions and discriminates
against non-Christians and
non-believers. Two of the
parents are secular Jews, one
is a practicing Jew, one a
Moslem and one a non-
practicing Christian.
They argued that although
regulations of the Sudbury
Board of Education allow
children to opt out of prayer,
the act of not conforming
singles them out and opens
them to ridicule and
The parents said the Lord's
Prayer impels religious obser-
vance and is a Christian, not a
non-denominational prayer.
They wanted either to scrap
saying the prayer or to allow
children a moment of quiet
reflection, a practice now com-
mon in many schools.
But the court rejected the
parents' argument, ruling
there was no coercion to say
the prayer and added that if a
child faces embarrassment as a
result of not saying it, "it is
nevertheless an embarrass-
ment that will have to be faced
throughout life and not just
during school years," Justice
Dennis O'Leary said in his
At least one of the Jewish
parents said she would gladly
send her child to a Jewish
school but there aren't any in
Sudbury. Jewish community
officials have expressed disap-
pointment with the ruling.
"It's a sad day," said Cana-
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Ontario Region chairman
Charles Zaionr. "(The ruling)
certainly sustains the feeling
that the public school system is
not devoid of religion. The pro-
blem is that many people feel
the Lord's Prayer is non-
denominational. It's a Chris
tian prayer of Christian origin.
Somewhere down the line, (the
case) will probably get to the
Supreme Court (of Canada)."
"We're quite disappointed,"
said Alan Shefman, national
director of the B'nai B'rith
League for Human Rights.
"We are very strongly urging
the ministry of education, even
in light of the decision, to
amend the inadequacies in the
(Education) Act. "Both the
CJC and the League were in-
terveners in the case.
In his judgement, O'Leary
wrote that "our schools have
an obligation to teach morali-
ty. While some may argue that
morality can be taught without
associating it with God, few
would deny that in the minds
of most persons, morality and
religion are intertwined and
that to associate God and
morality is an effective way of
teaching morality."
O'Leary noted that the Con-
stitution recognizes the
supremacy of God and wrote
that reciting the Lord's
Prayer, even if one is not a
Christian or is a non-believer.
does not deprive a person of
his religious freedoms. At
best, it amounts to "a minor
infringement of freedom of
conscience and religion."
Justice William Anderson
agreed, saying the opting out
provision of the regulations en-
sures that no student is forced
to recite the prayer. Anderson
suggested the parents appeal
tothe school board to explore
the possibility of more
ecumenical religious exercises.
The decision "reveals a
regretable insensitivity to the
realities of minority group ex-
periences," said Alan
Borovoy, counsel to the Cana-
dian Civil Liberties
But the parents can take
some solace in the dissenting
opinion of Justice Robert Reid,
who agreed that school prayer
"grants to the minority less
freedom than the majority
"I cannot accept the view
that the objectors must pay a
price for their objection, when
the willing conformists pay no
price... It may be difficult for
religious people to appreciate
the feelings of agnostics and
atheists. Yet nevertheless,
those feelings exist," Reid
Canada has no constitutional
separation of church and state.
Egypt Encourages Israeli Investment
Egypt seeks limited in-
vestments by Israelis in Egyp-
tian industry, Egypt's visiting
Minister of Tourism told
reporters here last week. Dr.
Fouad Sultan said Israelis
would not be permitted to ac-
quire total control of a com-
pany's assets or obtain proper-
ty in Sinai. "Egypt is concern-
ed about the intentions behind
such investments," he said.
Israel completed return of
the Sinai to Egypt in 1982 as
part of the two nations' peace
Sultan also visited Taba, the
strip of Sinai beach whose
ownership is disputed by Israel
and Egypt. He said tourism
contacts between the two na-
tions would deepen once the
dispute is resolved.
Ten Egyptian travel agents
also are visiting Israel to ex-
plore the introduction of travel
packages to both nations and
increasing the number of
Israeli tours to Egypt.
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Diplomats to Discuss
Soviet Property in Israel
Israeli and Soviet diplomats
are to meet officially in
Helsinki, Finland, within two
weeks to discuss consular mat-
ters and issues pertaining to
Soviet property in Israel. This
has been confirmed in
Jeruslalem following several
weeks of unofficial rumors.
Observers here attach
significance to the impending
meeting, even though it is for-
mally billed as dealing with
relatively unpolitical matters.
They feel the Soviets are
"signalling" something merely
by their initiative to hold the
But there is no expectation
that the meeting will lead to
the early reestablishment of
diplomatic relations, which
were severed bythe USSR and
its satellites during the Six-
Day War. At most, observers
here believe, the meeting could
lead to the establishment of
consular relations.
Until three years ago, the
Finnish Embassy in Tel Aviv
maintained a special, separate
department to handle Soviet
consular interests here and
matters, of church property.
But now, that separate depart-
ment has been wound up and
these matters are taken care
of directly by the chancery of
the Finnish Embassy.
The newspaper Yediof
Achronot reported that the
Soviets seek to send a team to
Israel for an extended stay, to
survey and register all Soviet-
owned property.
The Russian Church in Israel
is divided into two denomina-
tions: the red or Soviet-linked
Church, and the white or anti-
Soviet Church with its head-
quarters in New York. Both
have properties in Jerusalem,
Jaffa and elsewhere. The state
of Israel has consistently
recognized the red church's
claims in cases of dispute.
Meanwhile, Israel and
Poland are making final
preparations for the opening,
later this month, of interest of-
fices in Warsaw and Tel Aviv,
as agreed earlier this year.
Observers see that move, too,
as evidence of new Eastern
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Rumania's MFN Status Questioned
A Reagan Administration of-
ficial told Congress last week
that the Rumanian govern-
ment's bulldozing of the
600-year-old Spanish
Synagogue in Bucharest July
21 and other deplorable acts by
that government are not
reasons to deny Rumania ex-
tension of Most-Favored-
Nation (MFN) trade status by
the United States.
Rozanne Ridgeway, Assis-
tant Secretary of State for
European Affairs, said the
Jackson-Vanik Amendment
set emigration as the "Stan-
dard" an East European coun-
try must meet to be granted
MFN status. At present, only
Rumania and Hungary have
MFN status.
Ridgeway was testifying
before the Senate Finance
Committee's subcommittee on
International Trade which is
considering two resolutions,
one to permanently deny MFN
status to Rumania, the other
to deny it temporarily. The
House is also considering two
similar resolutions.
Sen. John Danforth (R.,
Mo.), the subcommittee chair-
man, suggested that for Con-
gress to approve MFN for
Rumania so soon after the
synagogue was razed would be
sending Bucharest the wrong
message. He said it would be
telling the Rumanians that
U.S. May Object To Soviet
Role in Mideast Peace Process
The State Department made
it clear earlier this month that
if the Soviet Union resumes
diplomatic relations with
Israel it will not automatically
remove the Reagan Ad-
ministration's objections to
Soviet participation in the Mid-
dle East peace process.
State Department deputy
spokesman Charles Redman
stressed this point as he said
he had "no specific comment"
on reports that the Soviet
Union and Israel will hold talks
soon about restoring consular
relations. The USSR broke off
diplomatic relations with
Israel after the 1967 Six-Day
"It has been our consistent
position that Israel could enjoy
diplomatic relations with the
widest possible number of
foreign governments," Red-
man said. But, he emphasized
that the U.S. position has been
that restoring relations with
Israel is one of the "kinds of
things" the Soviet Union could
do if it wanted "to now that
it's willing to play a responsi-
ble role" in the Mideast.
He said there were other re-
quirements such as a "more
forthcoming position on the
question of Jewish emigration
from the Soviet Union" and an
end to supporting regimes
such as Col. Moammar
Khadafy's in Libya.
As for the U.S., Washington
is engaged in a process of
"looking toward the initiaton
of direct negotiations between
Israel and credible Arab in-
terlocutors," Redman said. He
said progress will only come
Vstep-by-step." He added,
"We remain committed to a
negotiated peace between
Israel and all its Arab
Redman has no assessment
of Vice President George
Bush's trip to the Middle East.
On a visit to the Sinai, Bush
said he believed peace would
come to the Mideast within the
next 10 years.
Meanwhile, Redman
welcomed the report in Israel
by Anatoly Shcharansky that
his mother, Ida Milgrom, his
brother, Leonid, and Leonid's
wife, Iraida, and their two
sons, will be allowed to leave
the USSR for Israel Aug. 23.
This is a "positive gesture,"
Redman said. "We hope it is a
sign of Soviet determination to
move forward with significant
sustained progress on Jewish
emigration." Redman had no
comment on Shcharansky's
statement in Israel that the
Soviets had agreed to allow his
family to leave because of
pressure from the White
House and State Department.
Shcharansky said the U.S.
had acted after he had reveal-
ed recently that the Soviet
Union had violated a secret
written agreement when he
was released last February in
an East-West prisoner ex-
change that his family would
be allowed to join him m Israel
While refusing to discuss
whether there had been any
U.S. pressure, Redman noted,
"We've been extremely in-
terested in this case as well as
many, many other case of a
similar nature. And we con-
tinue to work aQ those cases to
the best of our ability.
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they don't have to "worry"
about criticism from the U.S.
"I don't think that they can
possibly be getting that
message," Ridgeway replied.
She said the Rumanians would
realize that they would be tak-
ing "risks" if they continue
with such policies.
Ridgeway said that both the
U.S. and Israeli governments
have told the Rumanian
government that they expect
the assurances to Rumanian
Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen "to
be honored" that two ther
synagogues and a Jewish
museum would not be bulldoz-
ed as part of an urban renewal
project in Bucharest as was
the Spanish Synagogue. Dan-
forth noted that Rosen had
also been given assurances on
the Spanish Synagogue, which
was the last remaining Sephar-
dic synagogue in Rumania.
In her testimony, Ridgeway
noted that "this deplorable act
followed specific and repeated
expressions of concern by the
Rumanian Jewish community,
American Jewish groups, the
fovernments of the United
tates, Israel and Spain" and
members of Congress.
The Conference of
Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations, which
took a leading role in trying to
save the Spanish Synagogue,
did not testify at the hearing.
Alfred Moses, a vice presi-
dent of the American Jewish
Committee, represented the
Presidents Conference at a
House subcommittee hearing
on MFN in June and supported
extending the trade benefits to
Rumania for another year
despite "shortcomings" on
human rights and emigration.
The Presidents Conference
has taken this position in past
Ridgeway said that the
Jackson-Vanik Amendment
has worked in Rumania allow-
ing 154,000 Rumanians to;
emigrate to Israel, the U.S.
and West Germany since 1975.
However, she noted that the
U.S. is concerned about the:
rate of Rumanian Jewish
departure for Israel, which has
dropped below last year's level
of 1,327.
Ridgeway said she had
wish to defend Rumania's
human rights practices. But
she stressed that if this was to
be used as the reason for deny-
ing MFN, it might endanger
future emigration. "You have
to be prepared to say to people
standing in line for emigra-
tion, to say to each of them,
'sorry, it's all over,' she said.
She stressed that by having
a trade relationship with
Rumania, both the Ad-
ministration and Congress
have "an opportunity to put
something into the relation-
ship on which we could fight on
these other issues."
Also testifying before the
subcommittee was Jacob Birn-
baum, national coordinator for
the center for Russian and
East European Jewry. He urg-
ed using MFN to increase the
pressure on Rumania to allow
more Jews to leave. He said
only 483 Rumanian Jews arriv-
ed in Israel during the first six
months of 1986.
Birnbaum urged the
establishment of a Congres-
sional monitoring unit that
would exert pressure on
Rumania throughout the year.
He said there must be an ac-
celeration of the rate of Jewish
emigration "to evacuate the
bulk of Rumanian Jews in the
next few years."
Birnbaum said one reason
for speeding up emigration is
fear of what will happen if the
"ailing, aging" President
Nicolae Ceausescu leaves the
scene. He said there is concern
that Rumania might become
"a demonstrably anti-Semitic
society" or that "the Soviets
may greatly strengthen their
hold on Bucharest."
Tikvah Chapter has scheduled the following programs
for the Fall: "Little House of Horrors" on Sept. 17;
Thanksgiving at the Caribbean Hotel from Nov. 26 to Nov.
30; "Follies" on Dec. 18; and "Cats" on Jan. 8. Call Jennie
Schuman for more information.
The Flagler Evening Section will be bringing breakfast
to your door on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Breakfast will
include orange juice, bagel, cream cheese, and dessert and
will be delivered before 10:30 a.m.
As part of the section's community service program, one
breakfast will be donated to the Jewish Family and
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Support your community while enjoying a morning out of
the kitchen!
To insure proper delivery order before Aug. 22. For
reservations and cost contact Susan Wolf-Schwartz.
The Lake Worth Chapter (Covered Bridge) will hold an
installation meeting at the Covered Bridge Clubhouse on
Thursday, Sept. 4,12:30 p.m., at which the new slate of of-
ficers will be installed.
An interesting program has been arranged and
refreshments will be served.
The Chapter's first meeting of the new season will occur
on Sunday, Sept. 7,1:30 p.m., at the Sunrise Vacation and
Travel meeting room, 4645 Gun Club Road, West Palm
Guest speakers Linda Cook of Tri-Escort Tours and Mar-
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the chapter will intitiate for the coming year.
Collation is served prior to the meeting, from 1 p.m. For
information on the chapter meetings and membership call
Sid Levine, President.
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Page 10 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, August 15, 1986
Singing Israel's Praises
Assistant News Coordinator
Many young adults living in
modern, democratic countries
could be characterized as na-
tionalistic. If asked about their
country, their response would
hopefully be positive.
However, few possess the fer-
vor to put their feelings into
action on behalf of their
Perhaps not unique, but cer-
tainly exemplifying this con-
cept, is the 65 member Israel
Scout delegation. Composed of
teen-age boys and gins, they
are sent throughout the
United States spending their
summer at various Jewish
organization sponsored camps
where they "sing the praises
of Israel."
Three members of this
delegation, however, have
chosen to aim their efforts at
bringing the message of Israel
to non-secular Boy and Girl
Scout camps. One of these
scouts, Shahar Goldman, was
invited to make Camp Tanah-
Keeta Scout Reservation in
Tequesta his summer home.
Seventeen-year-old Shahar,
who lives in Kfar Netter (26
minutes north of Tel Aviv), is a
very knowledgable, persistent
young man. Faced with the
prospect of not having any
time scheduled for him to talk
to the scouts specifically about
Israel, he "noodged" the camp
director and little by little
designed an Israeli component
into the day.
As a working member of the
camp staff, he helps the
counselors with a variety of ac-
tivities. This week he was
assigned to the waterfront
where he helped instruct the
scounts in small boat sailing
and in the pool. But everyday
now, from 3-4 p.m., he hosts
an Israel hour. All the campers
come to learn something new
through discussion, Israeli
songs, and games. Not just
content with this, Shahar
makes an Israeli meal for
everyone once a week.
As the scouts eat, they are
surrounded by information
about Israel. Shahar has taken
a small wall space alloted to
him, but like the proverbial
"be fruitful and multiply," has
expanded it through his en-
thusiastic efforts. Maps and
pictures of Israel and a display
of Israel Scout insignia
abound. In addition, evening
campfires provide the right at-
mosphere for Shahar's stories
of Israel. Being an observant
Jew, he has also helped lead
Friday evening services and
delivered the sermon.
According to Shahar, local
scouts are curious about
Israel. "The campers hear on
TV about bombs so that many
of the questions they ask me
are concerned with our being
afraid to walk the streets in
Israel," Shahar explains. "I
try to tell them about other
things. Israel is not just war
and terrorists but it is a
peaceful country with not so
many problems, I tell them
that Jews are the same as
everyone else and that life in
Israel is like life in the US."
Israel Scout Shahar Goldman (center) reads
front the Torah daring a recent Friday
evening service held at the Boy Scouts af
America Camp Tanah-Keeta in Tequesta.
Assisting him are Dr. Jack Frisch (left) and
Dr. Harry Lot man.
At Camp Tanah-Keeta
Judaism At Home In Scouting
Assistant News Coordinator
You don't have to be young
to be enthusiastic and involved
with the Boy Scouts of
America, just young at heart.
Witness the concern of several
members of the Jewish com-
munity who want to get more
Jewish youth interested i*:
Dr. Harry Lotman, a
member of the executive com-
mittee of the BSA Gulfstream
Council, became active in
scouting after retirement
because of his interest in
fostering understanding
among the different races and
religions and inculcating a
sense of responsibility in
tomorrow's leaders. Camp
Tanah-Keeta Scout Reserva-
tion in Tequesta has been the
recipient lately of his
boundless energy.
On a recent trip to the camp
with Dr. Lotman serving as
guide, the effort of several
members of the local Jewish
community was highlighted.
Religious services at Tanah
Keeta, which originally was a
part of Jonathan Dickenson
State Park and was given to
the Boy Scouts in 1956, had
been held in a small am-
phitheater. Last year a non-
sectarian chapel was built.
Christian vesper services are
now held Sunday mornings
and on Friday evenings,
Jewish scouts can attend
In response to a request by
Dr. Lotman for Jewish
religious articles for the scouts
to use during services, Gilbert
and Robert Messing made a
donation in memory of their
parents, Morris and Helen
Messing. With their
assistance, a small Torah,
prayer books, wine cup,
candlesticks, a spice box, an
Havdalah candle holder, tallit,
kipot and additional items
were purchased.
Now, during the summer
months when as many as 300
scouts use the camp on
weekends, Jewish services are
held. Dr. Jack Frisch, chair-
man of the Jewish Relation-
ships Committee, Gulfstream
Council, Boy Scouts of
America, conducts the ser-
vices. (Rabbi Joel Levine,
The Israel Caravan performs for the scoots at Camp Tanah-
Shahar, a member of Israel
Scouts since the fourth grade,
finds many differences bet-
ween the two country's
scouting programs. "In Israel,
boys and girls are in the same
troup. Our youth serve as
leaders with adults just help-
ing in an advisory capacity.
They are only responsible for
security and finances. We
listen to their advice but,
ultimately, we make all the
In Israel scouting is prepara-
tion for life, in Shahar's view.
"We study things like the
history of Israel. Also, for ex-
ample, in the 7th grade our
meetings are about boy-girl
relationships." He emphasizes
that Israel Scouts is not like
being in school but that goals
are achieved by playing games.
Summer camp is another
area in which Shahar notes the
disparities in the two systems.
"When we come to summer
camp, there are no dining
halls, rest rooms, tents or any
other man-made conveniences.
We build everything ourselves.
We use the things we learn in
scouts to try and invent new
things. Every tribe has its own
secrets like how to build the
Continued oa Page 11
spiritual leader of Temple
Judea is chaplain for the com-
mittee. He conducts Scout
Sabbath every February which
this year will be held in the
camp chapel for the first time.)
Involved with scouting for 37
years, Dr. Frisch inaugurated
Jewish worship at the camp in
1983, after moving here from
Pennsylvania. Tl\is particular
Friday evening, he has come to
assist Shahar Goldman, an
Israel scout assigned to Camp
TanahKeena, lead the
Dr. Frisch started the ad-
visory committee in 1982 to
keep the local Boy Scout Coun-
cil aware of the needs of
Jewish scouts. "We provide
for the religious needs of the
boys at camp and at camporees
(annual campouts.) We also
provide the literature and sup-
port for the Jewish Religion
Emblem Program which in-
cludes three badges Aleph
Award for Cub Scouts, Ner
Tamid for Boy Scouts and
Shofar for adults," stated Dr.
However, according to Dr.
Some of the religious articles donated by the Messing family
to the Boy Scouts are displayed on top of the box in which
they are stored at the scout reservation.
Frisch, most important is br-
inging scouting to the Jewish
community. There had been
two or three Jewish troops in
the area, but now there are
none. "Jewish boys are scat-
tered throughout secular
troops but we are actively try-
ing to organize an all-Jewish
troop. We are talking to
synagogues. Of course, our
biggest problem is obtaining
United Synagogue Youth
and other Jewish youth groups
have embraced scouting and
recommended it as a viable
alternative. These youth
organizations have no pro-
gramming below junior high
age and scouting can fill that
void. The Boy Scouts of
America permit synagogues to
set their own ground rules for
youth groups. Therefore,
troops can be all-Jewish and
observe Kashrut if they wish.
Also an all-Jewish troop could
meet in a public school.
Both Dr. Frisch and Dr. Lot-
man believe it is healthy for
scouts to interact with other
religions and nationalities. At
a special program held at the
camp recently, the Israel
Caravan performed. Compris-
ed of five boys and five girls,
all members of the Israel Scout
delegation, they travel
throughout the United States
performing Israeli songs and
dances. "It was thrilling. I saw
in the audience boys of dif-
ferent religions and races all
clapping their hands and stom-
ping their feet to the music,"
related Dr. Lotman.
"Everyone got along just
Both men are working hard
to further their goals, but it is
a labor of love. "We want to
see more Jewish boys involved
with the Boy Scouts. It's
healthy for them!"
For information contact the
Boy Scouts of America,
Gulfstream Council, 2936
Australian Avenue, West
Palm Beach.

Friday, August 15, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 11
Teachers Get Ready for School
Teachers, like many other
professionals, never finish
their schooling but constantly
brash up on their skills in
order to maintain their effec-
tiveness in the classroom. One
way in which this can be
achieved is the in-service
workshop which introduces
them to new concepts and
presents innovative ways to
motivate students.
This year, the Jewish Educa-
tion Department of the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach
County and the Educators
Council of Palm Beach County
are introducing a new concept
by offering an all day in-
service workshop for teachers
prior to the opening of
religious schools and the day
school on Sept. 14. It will be
held on Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 2
p.m., at the Jewish Comunity
Day School, 6801 Parker Ave.,
West Palm Beach.
According to Ann Lynn Lip-
ton, Jewish Education Direc-
tor of the Jewish Federation of
Palm Beach County, this
workshop will also give the
teachers an opportunity to get
to know other teachers in the
"Topics for the workshop
were chosen by the Educators
Council, under the chairman-
ship of Barbara Steinberg,
through a process of prioritiz-
ing the needs of teachers in
this community. In this way
they devised a plan for in-
service workshops for the next
few years.
'Generally, the principals
who comprise the Council felt
the need to prepare their
teachers with the most up-
dated progressive skills that
are currently being researched
and perfected in general
studies education as well as
Jewish education," stated Ms.
Guest speakers for this
workshop are Barbara Palat-
nik, day school teacher in
Chicago and owner of a com-
pany which produces materials
tor Jewish pre-school children,
and Dr. Leon Spotts, ex-
ecutive director of the Atlanta
Bureau of Jewish Education,
Ms. Palatnik will speak on
"Integrating Cognitive
Readiness into the Jewish Pre-
school" and "How Mitzvot can
be Related to the Early
Childhood Classroom." Dr.
Spotts will address the topic of
"Bringing the Textbook Alive
for Your Student." Both
workshops will have a hands-
on, experiential component.
In commenting on the
workshop, Mrs. Steinberg,
Key to Successful Hebrew Teaching
director of the Jewish Com-
munity Day School, said,
"We're delighted to start off
the school year with this im-
portant in-service teacher
training activity. Both Dr.
Spotts and Ms. Palatnik are
highly respected and talented
Jewish educators who will pro-
vide our staff members with
many significant and exciting
ideas to utilize in their
teaching during the 1986-87
school year."
Ms. Palatnik has been in the
field of Jewish education for 26
years. She received her
Bachelor of Hebrew Letters
from Spertus College of
Judaica and a Masters in
Special Education from Nor-
theastern University. She is a
graduate of the Teacher
Education Program of the In-
stitute for Psychoanalysis.
She has taught pre-school at
two Chicago synagogues
where she also served as direc-
tor of the summer program.
For 16 years she taught
Jewish educators from abroad
and their Israeli colleagues
agree that the key to suc-
cessful Hebrew teaching in the
diaspora is the "mind set" of
the student, not finding the
right textbook. In fact they are
convinced that the "perfect
textbook" would not solve
their problems.
Those points were made by
Israeli and overseas teachers
attending the Jewish
Educators Consultation con-
vened by the Jewish Educators
Consultation convened by the
Jewish Agency's Education
Committee here recently.
There were more than 100 par-
ticipants, including 66
educators from the U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Australia,
Spain, Argentina and Colom-
bia. The Consultation was co-
chaired by Prof. Seymour Fox,
senior consultant to the Com-
mittee, and Haim Zohar,
Secretary General of the
World Zionist Organization.
Dr. Yaacov Braverman,
head of Talmud Torah Schools
in Montreal, observed that the
goal of the Hebrew educator in
the diaspora should be
teaching children not to relate
to Hebrew as a foreign
language. He said with respect
to his own pupils that they are
trilingual, as conversant in
Hebrew as they are in English
and in French which is the of-
ficial language of Quebec.
The foreign participants in
the Consultation represented
the Orthodox, Conservative
and Reform trends of Judaism
and secularist outlooks. They
were joined by some 35
Israelis, including WZO of-
ficials who deal with diaspora
affairs, officials from the
Education Ministry and lec-
turers from Hebrew Universi-
ty, Tel Aviv University and
Bar Ilan University.
Singing Israel's Praises
Continued from Page 10-
best dining table. The day
before the last day we build a
whole city above in the trees
which we live in on the last
day. This is our 'monkey
city.' "
In Israel there are many
youth movements but the
scouts, the country's second
largest, is the only one that is
apolitical. A few years ago
when a new settlement in
Judea petitioned to establish a
tribe of Israel Scouts in their
area, the senior couselors
(10th grade and higher) voted
affirmatively on this issue. It
could have gone either way,
Shahar explained.
Shahar, like most young
Israelis who visit the States,
believes that the youth of
Israel are more mature. He at-
tributes this to growing up in a
smaller country where issues
are more serious. "In Israel
everybody is my friend and
brother. I have Arab friends in
school. Perhaps, because of
our problems, I know I can
count on them."
The scouts at Camp Tanah-
A pre-service rehearsal takes place in the Boy Scouts new
non-sectarian chapel.
Keeta have learned much
about Israel thanks to the
dedication and perseverance of
Israel Scout Shahar Goldman.
But, conversely, Shahar has
learned much about this coun-
try and about himself.
Latest on
The State Department opposes
a provision of the Senate-passed
Embassy Security Act of 1986
which calls for construction of a
new American embassy in Israel
on a site within five miles of the
Knesset, excluding any location in
east Jerusalem. Robert Lamb,
director of State's Bureau of
Diplomatic Security, told
reporters last month "there is no
chance" the Reagan Administra-
tion will budget funds for a
Jerusalem embassy. Lamb said
that "we very much need a (new)
embassy in Tel Aviv. We're wor-
ried about the safety of the people
He added that State is discuss-
ing the Israeli embassy provision
of the legislation with members of
Congress. The section, originally
sponsored by Sens. Jesse Helms
(R-N.C), Rudy Boschwitx (R-
Minn.), Paula Hawkins (R-Fla.),
and Chic Hecht (R-Nev.), prohibits
the spending of any funds on con-
struction of a new embassy not in
west Jerusalem within the truce
lines as they existed before June,
1967. It does not require new con-
struction "if the Secretary of
State determines and reports to
the Congress that the physical
security of personnel to be
employed at that facility cannot
be adequately guaranteed."
kindergarten at the Sager
Solomon Schechter Day
School. Ms. Palatnik is presi-
dent of LaYeled which designs
and manufactures integrated
materials for Jewish early
childhood education.
Dr. Spotts, a native of
Philadelphia, graduated with
honors from the University of
Pennsylvania and received his
Hebrew teaching diploma and
Bachelor of Hebrew
Literature from Gratz College.
He earned his PhD in Hebrew
Education from Dropsie
In addition to serving as ex-
ecutive director of the Atlanta
Bureau of Jewish Education,
Dr. Spotts is an educational
consultant to a number of
Jewish communities and
schools and has conducted
many education studies and
surveys. He has authored
several texts and teacher
guides and is a frequent con-
tributor to periodicals in the
field of Jewish education.
For more information con-
tact Ann Lynn Lipton, Jewish
Education Director, at the
Federation office, 832-2120.
JCC News
For reservations and more information about the follow-
ing programs, contact Ann Colavecchio, Singles Coor-
dinator, at the Jewish Community Center, 689-7700.
Aug. 17, 11 a.m., Brunch at Toojay's in Loehmann's
Plaza, Palm Beach Gardens.
Aug. 19, 7 p.m. An evening at the Rapids for miniature
golf and optional water slides. Afterwards, plan to go to
IHOP for coffee and snacks.
Aug. 20, from 6-7 pm. Happy Hour at Chauncy's.
Aug. 23,8 p.m.. Meet at a member's home for an evening
of informal discussion. Homemade desserts and beverages
will be served.
Aug. 24 from 12:30-6 p.m. Reggae Festival at the Airport
Hilton. Meet at the pool for music, a barbeque, swimming,
jet skiing on the lake and more!
YOUNG SINGLES (30's-40's)
Aug. 17, 11 a.m. A morning at the beach at Singer
Island, directly in front of the Greenhouse.
Aug. 20 5:30 p.m., "Early Bird" dinner (must order by
6 p.m.) at Lee's Chinese Restaurant. RSVP by Aug. 17;
Also Aug. 20, 5-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour at the 391st Bomb
Aug. 24,11 a.m.. Brunch at Shooters in Boynton Beach.
Plan to stay and enjoy the pool, beach and fun atmosphere.
Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Dine at Nonna Maria's.
Sept. 7, 8:15 a.m. Cruise aboard the ship "Viking
Princess." The 12-hour trip includes a continental
breakfast on deck, sit-down lunch and dinner, dancing in
the disco, casino gambling, pool, movie theatre and after
dinner entertainment. Reservations must be made by Aug.
15, and checks received by Aug. to.
All singles are invited to join Friday night services at
Temple Israel, 1901 No. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach on
Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.
The Jewish Community Center's Jerry Zell has won a
free Happy Hour at "Cheers" in the Royce Hotel and in-
vites all singles to be his guests on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 5-7
p.m., to share his prize. Two free drinks, great hors
d'eouvres and no cover charge for the first 75 people to
Sept. 18, 8 p.m. A performance of George Bernard
Shaw's comedy "Mrs. Warren's Profession" at the Actors
Workshop and Repertory Company. Checks must be receiv-
ed by Aug. 22.

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Nazi In Argentina: Justice at Last?
Editor'8 note: Rabbi Morton
M. Rosenthal is the director of
the Latin American Affairs
Department of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
Argentine authorities now
have no excuses, legal or
otherwise, to further delay in
bringing Nazi war criminal
Walter Kutschmann to justice.
Almost a year has elapsed
since the government of West
Germany formally requested
his extradition.
The last obstacle was over-
come on July 28 when Federal
Judge Jorge Segreto received
authenticated documents that
prove that Kutschmann
fraudulently obtained Argen-
tine citizenship using the alias
Pedro Ricardo Andres Olmo.
The documents, which include
fingerprints and a death cer-
tificate issued in Spain, show
that Pedro Ricardo Andres
Olmo was a Carmelite monk
who died in 1967.
The Kutschmann case,
which has actually been crawl-
ing through the Argentine
courts for 11 years, is now at
its most critical point, with
two different courts involved,
one criminal and the other
civil. Judge Segreto, of the
civil court, must decide the
question of Kutschmann's
identity and whether he ob-
tained his citizenship
fraudulently by pretending to
be the Spaniard, Pedro Olmo.
Judge Fernando Archimbal, of
the criminal court, can then
rule on the West German re-
quest for extradition.
Segreto's decision is crucial
to the case. If he decides that
fraud was involved,
Kutschmann can be stripped of
his Argentine citizenship and
will then be subject either to
extradition, or simply being
turned over to Interpol on the
German warrant for his arrest.
If Segreto rules that the man
who speaks Spanish with a
heavy German accent and
claims he is Olmo did not ob-
tain his citizenship fraudulent-
ly, then it is virtually certain
that Kutschmann will not be
extradited, because Argentine
citizens cannot be extradited.
Theoretically, he could be tried
in Argentina for his crimes,
but that seems unlikely.
The certified documents
which Segreto and Archimbal
received show that the man
claiming to be Olmo is really
Kutschmann. Those included
the fingerprints of both Olmo
and Kutschmann, as well as
Kutschmann's birth cer-
tificate, his SS file, and many
photos of him. Some of these
documents were initially given
to Argentine authorities in
1984 and 1986 by the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
In 1983 the ADL first asked
them to reopen the
Kutschmann case. Elliot
Welles, head of the League's
Task Force on Nazi War
Criminals, obtained the
documents from the Berlin
Document Center which is
operated by the U.S. Depart-
ment of State.
One reason for delay has
been the fact that the Argen-
tine courts refused to accept
the documents as authentic
solely on the basis of the Berlin
Document Center seal. Subse-
quently, the Argentine Em-
bassy in Washington re-
quested and received another
set of documents directly from
the Berlin Document Center.
It then submitted them to the
State Department in
Washington for certification.
Archimbal and Segreto now
have in their possession these
certified documents.
Despite the conclusive
evidence in hand, one still
wonders whether Nazi sym-
pathizers will be able to pre-
vent Kutschmann's extradi-
tion from Argentina. There
are indications that they are
doing their best.
How else explain the report
in the respected Buenos Aires
daily newspaper La Nacion
that' Kutschmann, who has
been a prisoner since his arrest
on November 15, 1985, was
sent to Hospital Hernandez
without a guard and lodged in
a second floor room, with a
balcony overlooking the street,
from [which he could easily
flee? The paper also reported
Kohl Urges Hess Pardon
Chancellor Helmut Kohl sent a
personal plea to the leaders of
the Big Four wartime powers
to pardon Hitler's former
deputy Rudolf Hess, who spent
40 years in prison is now 92
and reportedly ill. Leaders of
the Soviet Union, United
States, France and Great Bri-
tain must approve the pardon.
Hess, who was reportedly
hospitalized early last month,
was sent back to his cell at
Spandau Prison where he has
been the only inmate for about
20 years.
The Soviet Union has block-
ed repeated British and West
German appeals to pardon the
ailing Hess, and Soviet guards
at Spandau insure that this
will not happen without their
In personal letters sent to
President Reagan, Mikhail
Gorbachev, Margaret That-
cher and Francois Mitterrand
last month, Kohl asked the
leadersi to "mercifully release
the prisoner into the bosom of
his family" to spend his final
days in freedom. Over the
years, dozens of similar ap-
peals and rallies in West Ger-
many have called for Hess's
release on humanitarian
Hess was convicted and
sentenced to life imprisonment
at the Nuremberg trials in
1947. He parachuted into
Scotland and was captured in
1941 but his motivations for
landing there remain a
mystery until today.
that a staff doctor who ex-
amined Kutschmann found
him to be in perfect health.
Why the unusually long
delay in acting on the German
request for Kutschmann's im-
mediate preventive detention?
The West German government
dispatched the official docu-
ment, requesting his arrest
and extradition, on September
16, 1985 but police officials
told reporters that they did not
get the order of arrest until
Nov. 3. By then, Kutschmann
had been tipped off.
When police went to both of
his homes, they learned that he
had not been seen for about a
month. Apparently, Nazi sym-
pathizers in the government
bureaucracy warned him that
an arrest warrant had been
issued for him. He was finally
located living at the home of
his sister in a Buenos Aires
This was not the first time
that Kutschmann had been ar-
rested. He was detained on
June 29, 1975 when Simon
Wiesenthal first publicized the
fact that the man who lived in
Argentina under the name
Pedro Ricardo Olmo was really
Walter Kutschmann.
However, he was released
after six hours and went into
hiding. Less than two months
later the West Berlin Justice
Department announced that
the arrest warrant for
Kutschmann had been
The Kutschmann case was
reopened in Argentina in 1983
after the ADL provided
Argentine authorities with
new evidence. However, in
November 1983, when
Kutschmann appeared before
civil court Judge Enrique
Carlos Schlegel, after a three-
minute hearing, the judge rul-
ed that Kutschmann was
At the same time, Welles
provided West German
authorities evidence and
located new witnesses, in
Israel and Germay. This was
sufficient, under German law,
to warrant the Berlin judge
signing the order of arrest.
Kutschmann is charged with
the murder of 20 Polish pro-
fessors and members of their
families in Lemberg, the
assassination of his house maid
and the mass murder of more
than 2,000 Jews. Interpol,
which does not get involved
with political crimes, arrested
him on the charge that he
murdered his maid, who was a
Jewish prisoner.
At the time of his arrest last
November, Kutschmann tacit-
ly admitted his identity. He
told the arresting officer,
Pedro Aybar, "Well, the hunt
is over. I will not run." He also
admitted his true identity in
1975. At that time,
Kutschmann was employed by
the Argentine branch of
Osram Electrical Company of
Munich, West Germany.
A company spokesman said
that "Olmo" admitted to
Harry Dauter, the manager of
Osram in Argentina, that he
was Walter Kutschmann, but
"categorically denied" being a
Nazi war criminal. He was im-
mediately placed on pension by
Now, Kutschmann is again
contending that he is Olmo, in
order to retain his Argentine
citizenship, which serves as a
barrier to extradition. There
are various proofs, in addition
to his own statements, that
"Olmo" is Kutschmann:
The fingerprints of both
Olmo and Kutschmann.
The Spanish death cer-
tidicate of Olmo whose name
Kutschmann took when he left
Spain enroute to Argentina.
Argentine doctors found
two scars on his upper thigh at
the precise location where his
SS biography, which he wrote
by hand, indicates two
machine gun bullets hit him
while he was fighting in
Franco's Morocco Legion in
the Spanish Civil War.
Kutschmann's SS file
shows that in 1942 he applied
for a license to marry Geralda
Baeumler. Olmo's wife also
has the very distinctive name,
The Kutschmann case is a
test for the government of
Argentine President Raul
Aflfonsin. In the 1940's
General Juan Domingo Peron
actively recruited Nazis and
offered them a haven in
Argentina; their number is
estimated at more than 7,500.
Since then, various Nazis have
surfaced in Argentina. A few
were detained for very brief
periods of time, only to be per-
mitted to go free, under one
pretext or another. No Nazi
war criminal has ever been ex-
tradited from Argentina.
Within the Argentine
bureaucracy, as in the Argen-
tine society at large, there are
numerous individuals who
sympathize with Nazis. They
will do their best to help
Kutschmann avoid being
brought to trial. The Argen-
tine courts have an unusual op-
portunity to break the
shameful tradition of pro-
viding a safe haven from
Nazis. However, they must act
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Israel's Attorney General Is
Apolitical But Sometimes
He Feels the Pressure
Friday, August 15, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 13
Shakespeare's comment,
"the Law is an ass," modern
government and democracy
are dependent on the rule of
law to safeguard the rights
of the state and its citizens.
The role of the attorney
general, the legal adviser to
the government, is often
regarded as the most in-
fluential legal position in a
nation, for it is the attorney
general who decides against
whom prosecutions should
be brought, as well as advis-
ing the government
whether its proposed ac-
tions fall within the laws of
the land.
The position of Israel's attorney
general is quite different from
that of the attorney general in the
United States or Great Britain. In
these two countries the attorney
general is not only a lawyer but
also a politician. In Great Britain,
for example, he has a seat in the
WHEN THE State of Israel
was established, the government
decided to depart from this
system, for in the words of Haim
Cohen, Israel's second attorney
general (1950-1960), "We feared
that with the attorney general in
charge of public prosecution, the
fact that he was identified with a
political party might prevent
justice, if not from being done,
from appearing to be done."
Instead, the Ministry of Justice
was established, headed by a
politician. The Attorney General's
Office is situated within the
ministry, and it is from here that
he advises the government on
legal questions. Some attorneys
general, on completion of their
term, have then entered politics,
but none has any political in-
fluence while actually in office.
Ya'akov Shimshon Shapirah,
the first person to hold the posi-
tion of attorney general, later
became the Minister of Justice,
and Gidon Hausner, famous for
his role as the prosecutor in the
Eichmann trial, became a member
of Israel's Knesset. It is true to
say, however, that given the all-
pervading atmosphere of Israeli
party politics, the position of the
attorney general is seen as being
above the machinations of the
political system.
THIS DOES not mean that the
attorney general has no effect on
Israeli political life. Haim Cohen,
who was until recently a Supreme
Court Judge, remembers one such
cause celebre: "\ once decided to
prosecute someone who libeled a
civil servant named Kastner, a
man who had cooperated with the
Nazis during World War II. Both
the Prime Minister and the
Minister of Justice were against
the case coming to court, but I, in
my capacity as attorney general,
was able to use my prerogative
and insist that the case be tried."
Indeed, all of Israel's attorneys
general have had strong per-
sonalities, which have led to
disagreements with the govern-
ment of the day. Haim Cohen
remembers a time when he
threatened to resign in order to
ensure that justice be done: "I
once asked for a coalition member
to be prosecuted, but the govern-
ment refused to remove his im-
munity. I therefore went to the
government and told them that as
attorney general my decision was
final. 'You can fire me,' I said,
'but you cannot remove my
privileges of office.' "
Again the attorney general won
out, the politician was indicted,
and Cohen did not have to carry
out his threat of resignation.
Sometimes the attorney general's
advice is disregarded by the
government. In such a case, he
will not then go into court to de-
fend the government. A recent ex-
ample of this occurred when the
censorship board prohibited the
production of a new Israeli play on
the grounds that it was offensive.
FORMER Attorney General
Prof. Yitzhak Zamir was not con-
sulted on this decision and claimed
that it was unlawful. He was then
not bound to take the case. The
censorship board, having already
lodged a complaint with the High
Court, was now forced to hire a
private lawyer to argue its case.
Critics have argued that there is
no need for the attorney general
to be outside the political realm;
indeed, there are many people
who would argue for the abolition
of his role altogether. But on the
whole, and in the words of Haim
Cohen, "The attorney general
system we have has proved
Treasured Past
Yields Boat on Shores of Galilee
NEW YORK In a land rich in
treasures of the past, a recent
discovery in Israel has stirred
both theologians and ar-
chaeologists. On the shore of the
Sea of Galilee, a 2,000-year-old
boat has been found embedded in
the soil. Could this be a boat used
by Jesus or his disciples, many of
whom were fishermen, to go
fishing in the lake? Or perhaps it is
one of the boats used by the in-
habitants of nearby Migdal, in the
revolt of the Jews against the
Roman overlords 20 years later?
As so often occurs in Israel, the
Archaeologist works on restoration of ancient Roman boat recent-
ly discovered in the Sea of Galilee.
find was sheer coincidence.
Several members of Kibbutz
Ginossar were trying to extract a
tractor stuck in the mud, when
they sighted some coins and pot-
sherds. Further investigation
turned up a 25-foot-long wooden
boat, covered by 6.5 feet of mud.
The archaeologists who were call-
ed in dated the vessel to the first
century CE, a period that witness-
ed events which convulsed the
country, the Roman empire and
world history. Some of those
events took place right here, on
the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
JESUS CAME from Nazareth,
a small town in the Galilean hills,
about a day's trip on foot from the
Sea of Galilee, and took up lodg-
ings in the town of Capernaum, on
the northern shore of the lake. He
lived in the house of Peter's
mother-in-law. Peter, as well as
other citizens of the town who
became his disciples, worked the
waters of the lake as fishermen, a
profession still practiced in the
area today. Jesus would accom-
pany the fishermen in their boats,
and the evangelists relate how he
stilled the stormy waters of the
lake and even walked upon the
The ruins of Capernaum are
part of every pilgrim's itinerary in
the Holy Land. The fundaments of
the synagogue where Jesus
preached, can still be seen under
the magnificent remains of a later
synagogue. Nearby, the site of
Peter's mother-in-law's house is
marked by remnants of two
Byzantine churches.
A mile or so from Capernaum,
Jesus appeared to the disciples
after his resurrection. They had
Continued on Page 14
Israel's former Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir
is an example of the role of attorney general in
Israel which, unlike in the U.S. and Great Britain,
is non-political but enjoys an enormous amount of
power. Zamir resigned his post because of the
hawkish position he took in the battle over
whether to investigate the secret Shin Bet and its
former chief. Avraham Shalom. What happened
to Zamir is the result of what happened to the
role of attorney general when the office ran into a
highly political scandal and government leaders
who tried to influence the attorney general s
investigative decisions.
Philosophical Writer Can
Wield Both Pen and Gun
If Israeli writer and jour-
nalist Haim Gouri had
known 40 years ago what
the Jewish State would be
like today, he would have
been both pleased and disap-
pointed. With similar am-
biguity, his advice to newly-
arrived Soviet refusenik
Anatoly Sharansky is that if
he looks beneath the surface
he will find that Israel is
both better and worse than
it first appears.
Gouri is well-placed to
philosophize about Israeli society.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1923, he has
seen the pre-state yishuv
transformed into a fully fledged
nation state. A graduate of the
Hebrew University, Gouri has liv-
ed in Jerusalem since 1949.
Like most Israeli intellectuals,
Gouri can wield both the pen and
the gun. He has published an-
thologies of poetry, novels and
journalistic works including a
book about the Eichmann trial. He
has produced three films about
the Holocaust and is currently.a
senior commentator for the Israeli
daily newspaper Davar.
AT THE same time, he is a
lifelong soldier. Even before the
state was founded, he had seen ac-
tion in the Palmach. He has serv-
ed as an officer in the IDF since
its formation, and today continues
to perform reserve duty in the
education corps, lecturing to
young Israelis.
Explaining the ambiguity
Continued on Page 14
Haim Gouri

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Page 14 The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County/Friday, August 15, 1986
Philosophical Writer
Gouri Can Wield Both Pen and Gun
Continued from Page 5
behind his statements, Gouri
methodically compiles a checklist
of Israel's positive and negative
attributes. "First of all the good
things," he says. "We have re-
mained a democracy with a free
press and a sense of morality and
justice. We are a vibrant,
energetic society with an
enlightened and cultured people.
We publish more new books per
head of the population each year
than any other country in the
world and also have the highest
rate of theater goers. Our scien-
tists publish double the number of
research papers per head of the
population each year than is
published in America."
Gouri is also particularly proud
of the number and diversity of im-
migrants that Israel has absorbed
and the manner in which all these
groups have been integrated into
one nation. His only regret is that
more immigrants have not come,
especially from the free nations of
the West.
"This has been the major failure
of Zionism," he feels. "We have
had a unique opportunity to
become a sovereign people, and so
many of our Jewish brethren have
chosen not to join us." Even an
extra few thousand Western Jews
with all their culture, education
and wealth, could enormously
enrich the country," he says.
WHETHER IT is the pleasure
of life in the Diaspora, or the
toughness of the challenge of life
in Israel that has deterred poten-
tial immigrants, Gouri does not
know. However, he is certain that
Israel has plenty of drawbacks.
"We have thrived despite enor-
mous disadvantages," he stresses.
"We have no constitution and no
borders. Not only is it the Arabs
that cannot agree about our
borders, we cannot agree among
ourselves where they should be."
In addition, Gouri cites
Israel's Ancient Past Yields
Boat on Shores of Galilee
Continued from Page 5
returned to their homes near the
lake and resumed their work as
fishermen. The place where Jesus
had a meal with his former compa-
nions is marked by a small chapel,
at a place called Tabgha. In the
same location, the multiplication
of loaves and fishes is indicated by
a remarkable mosaic floor that
has survived from a Byzantine
ON ONE of his boat trips across
the lake, Jesus reached the
eastern shore and encountered a
possessed man at Gergesa. He
drove out the evil spirits from the
man, the spirits entering a herd of
swine, driving them to plunge into
the lake and drown. The site was
marked by a Byzantine church
and monastery that were un-
covered, also by coincidence,
when a road surrounding the lake
was built.
Kibbutz Ginossar, where the
First Century boat was found, has
long been frequented by pilgrims
and tourists, who come to spend a
few days at its lake-side inn. The
hostelry is only one of its enter-
prises, another one being its
fishing industry.
Across the road from the kib-
butz is the little town of Migdal, in
ancient times also known as
Magdala. This was the home town
of Mary Magdalene, or Mary from
Magdala. This town, too, was an
important fishing center. Fish
were salted here for export. The
salting process is reflected in its
Greek name Tarichaeae.
The role of Tarichaeae in the
war between Jews and Romans
(66-70 CE) is described by contem-
porary historian Josephus
Flavius. After the Roman army,
commanded by the later emperor
Vespasian, had captured the
town, some of the inhabitants
took to boats to continue the bat-
tle. They were ultimately killed by
the Romans, setting out on rafts.
2,000-year-old boat was made
possible by the paucity of rain last
winter. The absence of rain in this
area, which always enjoys mild
winters, has reduced the water
level of the lake to the lowest
point in many years, thus expos-
ing areas that are usually under
water. The vessel has been encas-
ed in a protective cocoon of plastic
sheeting and was raised onto the
A special pool will be con-
structed where the boat will re-
main for five to seven years. Dur-
ing this time, synthetic wax will
be added to the water to penetrate
the porous wood and strengthen
it. Once this process has been
completed, it will be possible to
remove the boat from the pool and
place it on display in a museum.
In the interim, plans are under-
way to construct replicas of the
boat, and two other boats
discovered subsequently, which
will attract Christian pilgrims and
tourists from all walks of life
drawn to the unfolding of history
and its mysterious revelations.
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religious-secular tensions as a
source of concern for the nation's
future, and the economic malaise
which seems to be under control,
though he fears increasing
unemployment may be the price
paid. These factors, he suspects,
not only put off would-be im-
migrants but also encourage
yerida (emigration from Israel).
Of course, underlying all the
tensions are the issues of war and
peace with Israel's Arab
neighbors. Though this has caused
the country untold suffering
through the continual cycle of
wars, it has also helped unify the
nation, the author states.
"Ironically, when the Arabs un-
sheath their swords," he notes,
"we join together as one people.
When they hold out their hand in
peace, we are divided."
Gouri has clearly-defined
political views. An avowed leftist
and veteran member of the Labor
movement, he nevertheless claims
that he is no naive dove. He ad-
vocates territorial compromise
with Jordan, though he does not
recommend a complete
-withdrawal to the 1967 borders.
Compromise is an important
human quality in his estimation.
HE SUPPORTS compromise
on the domestic front and notes
that he strongly urged the setting
up of a national unity government
after the last elections. And he
supports compromise with the
Arabs, asserting that eventually
both sides will be compelled to
swap land for peace.
However, Gouri is not confident
that peace will be concluded in the
near future, though he concedes
that anything is possible and
nothing is certain. But he feels
that it will take the Arabs a few
more generations before they will
be fully prepared to accept the
presence of Israel in their midst.
He urges understanding of the
Arab predicament of having to
tolerate an alien presence in what
they have traditionally considered
to be solely their domain.
Gouri notes that all of Israel's
complexities and problems are
contained in microcosm within
Jerusalem. "It is in the capital
that problems are at their most in-
tense,' he says. "The Jews versus
the Arabs and the religious
against the secular. Yet a kind of
harmony prevails and I am confi-
dent that an improved 'modus
vivendi' can be achieved."
UNLIKE MANY of his contem-
porary Jerusalemites, he does not
pine nostalgically for the old days
when Jerusalem was a small but
friendly village. "Before unifica-
tion the barbed wire dividing the
city was horrible," he recalls.
"Besides, now that the city is a
large cosmopolitan one, it is far
more interesting."
Returning to the subject of
Zionism, Gouri expresss a fear
that the Diaspora is dwindling.
This he blames not only on
assimilation and lack of Jewish
knowledge, but also on Israel
itself, which has 'Israelified' its
citizens and understressed their
connection to the Jewish People.
But he notes it is not too late to
reverse the process.
However, in taking overall
stock, it is clear that Gouri,
though not complacent, is
satisfied by the nation he has
helped build. He is a man with
historical perspective who con-
cludes his assessment of Israel's
successes and failures with a
typically broad observation. "For
2,000 years we dreamed of being
masters of our own fate," he says.
"Now that we can fulfill our
dream, we cannot expect to
achieve everything in just several
generations. We must have pa-
tience, for everything takes
Hadassah National President Rath W. Popkin (right) con-
gratulates Josef Saba, a graduate of the Henrietta Szold-
Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, daring
ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Israel's first bac-
calaureate program for nurses. Also participating in the
event were (from right) Chana Kurtzman, associate dean of
the Nursing School; Judith Steiner-Freud, former dean of the
Nursing School, who was instrumental in establishing the
program; and Dr. Marcel Eliakim, dean of the Hebrew
University-Hadassah Medical School.
Volunteers Help Hadassah
During Nurses' Strike
500 volunteers joined with
staff at the Hadassah-Hebrew
University Medical Center and
the Hadassah University
Hospital to care for patients
during the nationwide nurses'
"Most of them just showed
up at the hospitals to do
whatever they could," accor-
ding to Ruth W. Popkin, Na-
tional President of Hadassah.
"Many told us they simply
wanted to say 'thank you' to
Hadassah for the care they and
their families had received."
Hospital officials reported
that although there was no
public request for help during
the strike, at least 250
volunteers worked at the
Medical Center in Ein Karem
and another 300 served at the
hospital on Mount Scopus,
Popkin said. Some worked on-
ly one shift, while others
returned night after night, she
The volunteers from all
walks of Israeli life joined
members of Ya'al, an organiza-
tion of about 500 Jews. Chris-
tians and Arabs who routinely
donate their time to provide
patient services at the two
facilities, and doctors, techni-
cians, medical students, ad-
ministrators and support per-
sonnel in helping to meet pa-
tients' needs during the strike,
Popkin said.
Hospital officials stressed
that volunteers all of whom
were 16 years of age and older
did not perform professional
duties and were in constant
touch with the facilities' doc-
tors. Professional nurses re-
mained on duty in operating
rooms, intensive care units
and other critical services
throughout the strike.
Losses in patient income to
the Medical Center and the
Hospital totalled about $1.5
million during the 17-day
strike, officials said.
Terrorists Among
West Berlin Refugees
BONN (JTA) Hundreds
of members of the Palestine
Liberation Organization and
other Palestinian groups link-
ed to terrorist activities are
among the refugees who have
come to West Berlin in the
past few months, according to
Interior Ministry officials and
police officers here.
The sources, who spoke
privately, said that West Ger-
many can do nothing to stop
the influx of members of ex-
tremist organizations among
refugees who ask for political
asylum in this country.
"We have seen a dramatic
increase in the number of
Arabs coming here, both in
numbers and in terms of their
share of the overall influx of
refugees, which had become
unmanageable." an official
said. "The Arabs have become
the single largest group, and
we know that many of them
are extremists who intend to
pursue their political activities
West Germany has been
complaining for some time
that East Germany was "plan-
ting" the refugees in its ter-
ritory by guiding them to^seek
asylum in West Berlin. From
there, many of them are sent
to other parts of West Ger-
many under a plan to share the
burden of intergrating the
One long-term effect of the
latest development, an offical
predicted, would be the
enlargement of a constituency
of Arabs who are loyal to the
PLO and who will possibly par-
ticipate in its political and
other activities.

Friday, August 15, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 15
California Attorney General Brands JDL
As One of The Worst Terrorist Groups
Northern California Jewish
Bulletin Staff Writer
Five mainstream Bay Area
Jewish organizations have ex-
pressed a resounding approval
of state Attorney General
John Van de Kamp's report
last month singling out the
Jewish Defense League as one
of the most active terrorist
groups in California.
The San Francisco offices of
the American Jewish Con-
gress, the American Jewish
Committee, and the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith joined the Jewish Com-
munity Relations Council of
San Francisco, the Peninsula,
Marin, and Sonoma, and the
JCRC of the Greater East Bay
in condemning the Los
Angeles-based Jewish militant
Said AJCongress director
Joel Brooks in an interview,
"There is no question that the
JDL has contributed to an at-
mosphere of terror; its
members have been tried, con-
victed and sentenced, often to
long prison terms, for their ac-
tive participation in terrorist
activities in this country and
Brooks cited as "the most
notorious, egregious example"
the January 26, 1972 bombing
in New York City of Russian-
born impresario Sol Hurok's
office for bringing Soviet
cultural groups to the United
States on tour. Hurok, who
was of Jewish descent, was in-
jured, as were 13 others, and
his company's Jewish recep-
tionist, Iris Kones, later died
of smoke inhalation.
A 1982 report prepared by
the State Department's
Threat Analysis Unit listed 99
acts it believed were commit-
ted by JDL members from
1969 to 1982, ranging from
bombing to an airplane hijack-
ing attempt.
They included three in San
Francisco, according to the
report: In 1978, the JDL
allegedly ignited flammable li-
quid at the entrance to the
Egyptian Consulate; a year
later, 13 JDL demonstrators
reputedly kicked in the front of
the gate of the Soviet Con-
sulate during a demonstration;
and in 1981, the JDL claimed
credit for a bombing at an Ira-
nian bank.
This year, in his annual
report to the state legislature,
Van de Kamp linked the JDL
with the October 1985 bomb-
ing of the headquarters of the
American-Arab Anti-
Discrimination Committee
(ADC) in Santa Ana that killed
the group's regional director,
Alex Odeh, and wounded eight
others. The night before the
bombing, Odeh had appeared
on television to defend the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion's role in negotiating an
end to the hijacking of the
Italian cruise ship, the Achille
Reached at his home in Los
Angeles, JDL director Irving
Rubin denied any connection
with, and little remorse over,
Odeh 8 death. "I'm not sitting
shiva (in mourning) for him,'
he said, citing the FBI's recent
retraction from its earlier
allegation that the JDL was
July 16, the FBI's assistant
executive director, Oliver
Revell, told a House subcom-
mittee that his organization
now is focusing its investiga-
tion into the Odeh murder on
unspecified "Jewish
"If the FBI has the evidence,
they should do. something
about it instead of simply talk-
ing," Rubin said, adding, "I'm
devastated by Van de Kamp's
report, which doesn't have the
decency to mention the FBI's
retraction. To put us in the
same league as neo-Nazis,
drug dealers, the syndicate
and motorcycle gangs is
downright obscene.
In his 59-page report, releas-
ed late last month, the At-
torney Genera! named two
other violence-prone groups
that merit special attention.
One is the White American
Bastion, known elsewhere as
The Order, a clandestine
white-supremacy group whose
stated goal is to overthrow the
U.S. government in a race war
funded by robberies and
counterfeiting. The other is
the Animal Liberation Front, a
group dedicated to stopping
experimental research on
Most of the report, called
Organized Crime in California,
deals with such areas as drug
trafficking, pornography,
gang violence and illegal
gambling. The JDL's activities
are listed under a five-page
section, Non-Traditional
Organized Crime Terrorist
Rubin, who was chosen in
1985 by JDL founder Rabbi
Meir Kahane as the militant
organization's head, admitted
the JDL's involvement in the
New York City bombing but
claimed it was "an accident."
In the case of the chieftain of
the ADC, who he maintainted
had close ties to the PLO, the
40-year-old JDL leader asked:
"Why would we take an
unknown figure like Alex Odeh
and make him a martyr? It's
sheer insanity.'
William Sanderson, chief of
the state's Bureau of Organiz-
ed Crime and Criminal In-
telligence in Sacramento, and
coordinator of Van de Kamp's
report, said he stands by the
charges involving the JDL, in-
cluding the original FBI
"This study covers those
groups who were most active
in 1985 and who warrant the
most attention in the future,"
he explained. "I would be hard
Jressed to identify another
ewish extremist group in
California other than the
Jewish Defense League."
The Jewish Defense
Organization, a splinter group
of the JDL formed in 1982
because it felt that the JDL
wasn't militant enough, has
been active in California in the
rt, Sanderson admitted, but
contended that "lately,
they've been quiet."
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is not having regular weekly
meetings during the summer,
but will be meeting again in
September. Call Ben Garfinkel
for information.
Lunch and Card Party
Will be held on Thursday,
Sept. 11, at noon at Iva's
Eatery (next to the Kosher
Market). Call Nina Stillerman
for further information
Earn a mitzvah! Contribute
approximately one and a half
hours to two hours per week
packaging or delivering food
for the homebound.
Are you creative and
talented? Would you like to
teach or develop any of the
following activities, arts and
crafts, any kind of choral
group, drama group, or dance
program? Call Nina Stillerman
for details 689-7703.
Homebound persons 60
years or older who require a
Kosher Meal delivered to their
home. This program has aided
people on both a short and long
term bases. There are no set
fees for these programs but
contributions are requested.
Call 689-7703 in West Palm
Beach in Delray Beach call
A stimulating group of men
and women meet each week to
discuss all phases of current
events. Many members are en-
joying a delicious Kosher lunch
and more camaraderie at 1:15
before the regular discussion
Soup begins. If you wish to
ve lunch first, please make a
reservation by calling
Veronica at 689-7700. There is
no fee, but contributions are
requested. The regular discus-
sion group begins at 2:15.
Moderators for the month of
August are as follows:
Aug. 4 Sylvia Sigall
Aug. 11 Dorothy Darmel
Aug. 18 Abe Schwimmer
Aug. 25 Harry Epstein
The Gold Coast Council of
the B'nai B'rith Youth
Organization is currently for-
ming a new chapter in the
Wellington/Royal Palm Beach
area for Jewish boys and girls
in grades 8-12. The B'nai
B'rith Youth Organization is
the world's oldest and largest
Jewish youth organization
with chapters throughout the
United States, Canada, Israel,
England, France and South
America. Locally there are
over 600 members in Gold
Coast Council, which spans
North Dade, Broward and
Palm Beach Counties.
BBYO sponsors a wide
variety of social, athletic, com-
munity services, religious and
cultural activities. These in-
clude dances, sports leagues,
conventions, religious ser-
vices, speakers, parties and
much much more. BBYO also
Jack Lemmon Honorary
President of Peace Park
Taking a "long day's
journey' into peace, the
distinguished actor Jack Lem-
mon has been named honorary
f resident of the world's first
nternational Peace Park, it
was announced by Alan
Freidberg, executive director
of the Jewish National Fund of
Greater New York, sponsors
of the project.
The International Peace
Park will be situated on the
new Peace Road in the Israel-
Egypt border area of Ezuz. It
commemorates the Camp
David Accord and honors the
unprecedented achievements
of Menachem Begin, Jimmy
Carter and Anwar Sadat. The
nations of the World are being
invited to send flora and fauna
to "The Garden of the Na-
tions," one of the major sec-
tions of the Park to be "green-
ed" out of the Negev.
Jack Lemmon, a two-time
Academy Award winner and
Tony nominee for his Broad-
way performance in "Long
Day's Journey into Night,
will tour the play in Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem at the end of
October, at which time he will
participate in ground-breaking
ceremonies for the Interna-
tional Peace Park.
Negev VOA Station
Closer to Being Built
The building of the Voice of
America transmission station
in the Negev came one major
step closer to realization
earlier this month when the
Cabinet formally endorsed an
agreement initially in July by
visiting U.S. Vice President
George Bush and Israel's Com-
munications Minister, Amnon
The Cabinet step follows for-
mal U.S. assurances that no
less than half of the contracts
for the construction of the
facility will go to Israeli com-
panies. The estimated cost of
$250 million is considered by
experts to be too low.
The Cabinet move allays the
concerns of some of Israel's
major industrial complexes
who were anxious to secure a
substantial part of the con-
struction contracts. It has not
allayed, however, the concerns
of various environmental
groups about the long-term ef-
fects of the project.
Some experts warn that the
ecological balance in a wide
are of Europe, Asia and Africa
particularly the migration
patterns of millions of birds
would be seriously affected by
the transmitters. Moreover,
the facility will radically alter
Israel's physical and
geographical contours. A
group of 16 tower-antennae is
planned, each the height of a
70-story building.
The Cabinet decision ap-
parently was influenced by the
Reagan Administration asser-
tion that it attaches major im-
portance to boosting VOA's
output to the Soviet Union and
its satellites.
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provides Jewish teens with in-
valuable leadership training
and enables them to meet
other Jewish teens from all
over the state of Florida, the
United States and even the
Jewish teenagers. 14-18,
who would like to know how to
become involved in this new
chapter are invited to contact
Jerry Kiewe, BBYO, Jewish
Community Center, 6501 W.
Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale,
FL 33313.
Maxim Shostakovich, son of renowned Russian composer
Dmitri Shostakovich, participates in tree-planting
ceremonies at a new JNF grove in Jerusalem honoring his
Temple Beth David Preschool
hat positions available for
Take Advantage of this Marvelous Opportunity
"Northern Palm Beach County's
First Synagogue Preschool"
For information call Temple Office: 694-2350
Temple Beth
Affiliate of the
United Synagogue of America
4667 Hood Road
Palm Beach Gardens
You are cordially invited
to learn about membership
in our full service
Conservative Congregation.
High Holiday Service Pre-School
Religious School K-7 Adult Education
Sunday, August 24
2-5 p.m.
Rabbi William Marder
Cantor Earl Rackoff

Friday, August 15, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 17
Israel Trade With South Africa
Despite claims to the contrary,
Israel's trade with South
Africa is minute, and Jewish
opposition to apartheid is
significant, an updated study
by the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foun-
dation indicates.
The revised edition of the
popular monograph entitled
"Jews, Zionism and South
Africa," includes expanded in-
formation on the response of
the South African Jewish
Community to apartheid.
There is also a new chapter on
the infiltration and exploita-
tion of the anti-apartheid
movement by anti-Israel
The study was made by
Yosef Abramowitz, a member
of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Na-
tional Student Secretariat and
a student at Boston Universi-
ty, who, as a major in interna-
tional relations and an intern
at the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC),
has done a great deal of
research on these issues. The
study was edited by Rabbi
Stanley Ringler, formerly the
B nai B'rith Hillel Founda-
tion's director of community
affairs and development. B'nai
B'rith Hillel is a sponsor of this
The purpose of the study,
says Ringler, is to refute the
libelous slogan of Zionism
equals racism from being
spread around American col-
lege campuses. "Well-
intentioned student activists,
for lack of understanding of
the true character and purpose
of Zionism, internalize the lie,"
Ringler explains.
"They accept the insidious
propaganda about Zionism and
condemn the alleged South
African-Israeli alliance as a
conspiracy of two racist
ABRAMOWITZ states that
the anti-apartheid movement
has been infiltrated by an anti-
Israel element. "While seeking
to spread an ugly lie in an ef-
fort to undermine support for
Israel, it threatens to com-
[>romise the purpose and
egitimate goals of the anti-
apartheid movement," he
Abramowitz calls the
strategy to discredit Israel
through South Africa a two-
pronged attack: one, to
highlight trade between the
two countries, and two, to
perpetuate the Zionism equals
racism slur "with the
understanding that since
racism is evil, so too is
Pointing out that Israel is
"constantly accused" of being
one of South Africa's largest
arms suppliers, Abramowitz
cites studies by the Congres-
sional Research Service and
the Stockholm International
Peace Research Institute, both
of which indicate that Western
nations, especially France,
have been the biggest sup-
pliers and that weapons have
also been sent to South Africa
by the Soviet Union and
IN 1974, the year of the
highest imports of major
weapons by South Africa dur-
ing the 1964-83 period, Israel
had no sales to that nation. On
the other hand, Jordan sold
Pretoria 41 Centurion ar-
mored vehicles and 55 short-
ranged Tigercat missiles.
As to nuclear programs, for
which Israel has been accused
of aiding South Africa, a 1979
report by the United Nations
Security Council listed the
United States, Great Britain,
France, West Germany, and
the Netherlands as the major
nations cooperating with
South Africa.
According to the
Abramowitz report, Israel's
arms sales to South Africa
have concentrated on the
navy, "the least important
part of the South African
military in the preservation
and perpetuation of apar-
theid. In 1977-78, Israel
delivered three guided missile
boats; nine others were con-
structed in South Africa under
Israeli license between 1978
and 1984.
In addition, Israel sold
Pretoria six patrol boats. No
weapons that could be used to
repress the South African
blacks have been sold by Israel
since the United Nations pass-
ed a resolution in 1979 boycot-
ting arms to South Africa, the
report says.
AS FOR other trade, Israeli
exports to South Africa have
been modest, Abramowitz
says. In contrast, 100 percent
of South Africa's ofl from
1971-1974 came from Persian
Gulf Moslem states, with Iran
supplying 50 percent, Saudi
Arabia 17 percent, Iraq 15 per-
cent, and Qatar 11 percent.
After 1974, the Arab states
did not reveal their oil exports.
It is believed that they went
unreported out of fear of the
effect such reports would have
on the Arabs' relationship with
those African countries that
had broken diplomatic rela-
tions with Israel.
The Shipping Research
Bureau and Lloyd's Voyage
Records later disclosed that
Arab oil exports to South
Africa have remained high and
that the Arab nations' entire
trade with the South Africans,
which includes gold, food and
livestock, was second only to
that of the United States.
(Arab states reportedly take in
some $3 billion a year in gold
from South Africa.)
Despite this vast trade by
other nations with South
Africa, the bulk of the blame
has been laid on Israel and the
American Jewish community.
Accusations have not been
made against Arab or Western
nations, nor to Arab-
Americans, British-Americans
or any other groups, thus hin-
ting that anti-Semitism plays a
role in the charges.
AS A REACTION to apar-
theid, the B'nai B'rith Hillel
National Student Secretariat
study reports that the Jewish
abhorrence of apartheid "is
consistent with the tradition
that made Jews part of the
(U.S.) civil rights movement."
Abramowitz points out that
the Jewish community both in
South Africa and elsewhere
throughout the world has been
in the forefront of the struggle
to end apartheid. The study
points out that B'nai B'rith In-
ternational was on record
against apartheid as early as
1966. The study also points out
the anti-apartheid activities of
other major Jewish organiza-
tions, most notably Jewish
Community Relations
A new chapter has been add-
ed on the response of the
South African Jewish com-
munity to the injustices of
apartheid. The study points
out that the South African
Jewish community has long
been the source of major white
opposition to the apartheid
system. On June 12, 1985 the
South African Jewish Board of
Deputies became the first
white community organization
to call for the removal of all
apartheid laws and the total
"rejection" of apartheid.
Copies of the study can be
obtained from the B'nai B'rith
Hillel Foundations, 1640
Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036.
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We Cordially Invite You to Join us at Worship
for High Holy Day Services
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For Tickets, Membership, Religious & Pre-School Info.
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Affiliate of the United Synagogue of America
Putting their heads together, two students of Boys Town
Jerusalem's College of Applied Engineering work on a pro-
duction control project for a Jerusalem electronics company.
They will present their work of 10 months for evaluation of
an examining board of experts as part of their graduation
thesis. A manual giving the theoretic data of the project
covers 74 pages of calculations, charts and diagrams.
Jews Condemn Attacks
On Other Religions
The Jewish leadership of Peru
and Argentina formally con-
demned bombings of Catholic
and Moslem houses of worship
in their countries and have
conveyed their sympathy and
solidarity with the other
religious faiths, the World
Jewish Congress reported
In Peru, the Association
Judia del Peru, the represen-
tative body of Peruvian Jewry
and the WJC affiliate there,
issued a communique over the
signature of its President, Jose
Behar, expressing "deep in-
dignation" at the violent at-
tacks against two Roman
Catholic churches in the
"It is painful for us to
witness how far intolerance
has gone throughout the na-
tion, since not even the respec-
table and virtuous houses of
prayer have been spared. As
Jews, having been victims of
all sorts of persecutions,
outrages and murder
throughout our long history,
we cannot keep silent in the
fact of this barbarous attack,
full of fanaticism and
violence." The message was
personally conveyed to Bishop
Augusto Vargas Alzamora,
Secretary General of the Peru-
vian Bishops Conference.
In Buenos Aires, the DAIA,
the representative body of
Argentine Jewry, condemned
the bombing of a mosque in the
city which was about to be
The DAIA's statement, sign-
ed by its president Dr. David
Goldberg, expressed "its most
energetic condemnation and
repudiation in the face of the
criminal attempt against the
socio-cultural Islamic complex
of this city. The Jewish com-
munity expresses its solidarity
with its fellow citizens of
Moslem faith in view of this
rash of intolerance, and reaf-
firms that the traditional coex-
istence of all religious com-
munities will not be altered by
extremists interested in shak-
ing peace, pluralism and the
normal democratic procedure
which this country elected."
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AI Intervenes On Behalf of Ex-Nazi
Concerns about the fairness of
a Soviet court trial of an accus-
ed war criminal prompted
Amnesty International to ask
Attorney General Edwin
Meese to prevent the deporta-
tion of Karl Linnas unless Lin-
nas can be guaranteed a fair
Josh Sugarmann, a
spokesperson for Amnesty In-
ternational, the Nobel Prize-
winning human rights group
based in London, confirmed
that its executive director,
John Healy, sent a letter to
Meese expressing the
organization's "grave doubts"
about the fairness of a Soviet
trial. The text of the letter
dated June 27 was not made
LINNAS, 66, of Greenlawn,
L.I., is being held in a federal
prison in Manhattan and is fac-
ing a death sentence from the
Soviet Union for war crimes
committed while a concentra-
tion camp commander in his
native Estonia.
Linnas was stripped of his
U.S. citizenship in 1981 by
U.S. District Court Judge
Jacob Mishler, who found him
guilty in participating in the
death of Jews and Communists
at the concentration camp. He
was ordered deported in 1984
and lost his appeal in May
before a three member panel
of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Sugarmann said Amnesty
International became aware of
information which suggests
that Linnas was not given a
fair trail in 1962 when he was
sentenced to death in absentia
for his war crimes.
mann, an account of the court
order suggests that Linnas
was sentenced before his ac-
tual trial took place. Linnas
was sentenced on December 7,
1961, but he was actually tried
in January, 1962, Sugarmann
This information came to
light from an article written
about the sentencing by cor-
respondent G. Grigoryev in
Socialist Legality, the official
organ of the USSR Procuracy.
The article appeared on
December 7, 1961, and accor-
ding to Sugarmann, it was ob-
tained through the U.S.
Library of Congress in
"To our knowledge, it is
authentic," said Sugarmann in
an interview with the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency. In addi-
tion, he said the Amnesty In-
ternational has learned that
since 1979, 40 persons have
been sentenced to death after
being convicted of crimes dur-
ing World War II. He said
eight have been executed,
while the status of the remain-
ing 32 persons remains
"AMNESTY International
has grave doubts about the
fairness of these trials," he
said. "We believe that for in-
dividuals who used torture ...
there should be no safe haven.
But everyone charged with
political crimes should be
given a fair trial."
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Sugarmann added that
Amnesty International is re-
quiring that Meese not con-
sider granting the Soviet re-
quest for Linnas until the
following criteria are met: that
he be tried in public in view of
the international media and
that his family be allowed to
attend; that he be allowed to
select his own defense at-
torney and that witnesses be
allowed to testify on his behalf;
that he be granted the right of
appeal; and that he not be
sentenced to death.
USSR Hebrew
Language Policy
A recently published TASS in-
terview with a Russian
"philologist and Hebraist"
seeking to negate "assertions
by Western propaganda that
Hebrew is banned in the
USSR" appears to be an at-
tempt by the Kremlin to blunt
international criticism of the
Kremlin's anti-Jewish policies,
according to the Simon
Wiesentha) Center here.
The Center reported that on
July 14, the official Soviet
news agency published an in-
terview with Elvl Chernin,
described as a "Soviet
Hebraist." He asserted in the
interview that "represen-
tatives of the Jewish nation
have never spoken Hebrew,
neither in pre-revolutionary
Russia nor in the Soviet
The TASS article went on to
quote Chernin as saying that
"it is permitted to study any
language including, naturally,
Hebrew." He added that
Hebrew is being taught "in
higher education
establishments in Moscow,
Leningrad, and Tblisi," and is
"studied in Yeshivas
religious schools attached to
synagogues of which there
are about 100 in the Soviet
Wiesenthal Center associate
dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper,
responding to Chernin's
fmblished remarks, said, "In
ight of the international
criticism levelled at the
Kremlin's treatment of Soviet
Jewry, it is not surprising that
they would try to put the best
possible face on its anti-Jewish
"And while it is true that
Hebrew is not technically ban-
ned in the USSR, the harsh
reality is that authorities have
made Jews who dare to teach
the holy tongue of Judaism and
the Bible pay dearly for their
efforts. Currently there are no
less than 10 Hebrew teachers
languishing in Soviet prisons
on a variety of trumped up
charges, ranging from nar-
cotics possession to violent
agitation against the state to
hooliganism," said Cooper.
Taft Installed
Taft, associate executive director
of the Jewish Family Service of
Los Angeles, was installed as
president of the Conference of
Jewish Communal Services, suc-
ceeding Feme Katleman, director
of the department of continuing
professional education at the
Council of Jewish Federations.
Religious Directory
BEACHES: Services held Friday 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.
at Temple B'nai Jacob, 2177 Congress Ave., West Palm Beach.
Mailing address: 5737 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
33409. Phone 478-2922. Rabbi Howard J. Hirsch. Cantor Howard
West Palm Beach 33417. Phone 684-3212. Office hours 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Rabbi Isaac Vander Walde. Cantor Mordecai Spektor. Daily
services 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
501 N.E. 26 Avenue, Boynton Beach 33435. Phone 586-9428.
Rabbi Leon B. Fink. Cantor Abraham Koster. Monday 8:30 a.m.;
Thursday 8:30 a.m. Sabbath services, Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday
9 a.m.
GOLDEN LAKES TEMPLE: 1470 Golden Lakes Blvd., West
Palm Beach 33411. Phone 689-9430. Rabbi Joseph Speiser. Daily
services 8:15 a.m. Evening services 6:30 p.m. Sabbath services
Friday 8:15 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. Mincha followed by Sholosh
Methodist Church, 6513 Dillman Road, West Palm Beach 33406.
Phone 478-4720. Rabbi Richard K. Rocklin. President Murray
Milrod, 965-6053. Services Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH DAVID: 4657 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens
33418. Phone 694-2350. Rabbi William Marder, Cantor Earl J.
Rackoff. Sabbath services, Friday 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH EL: 2815 No. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach
33407. Phone 833-0339. Rabbi Alan L. Cohen. Sabbath services
Friday 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Daily Minyan 8:15 a.m.,
Sunday and legal holidays 9 am.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM: 315 N. "A" Street, Lake Worth
33460. Phone 585-5020. Rabbi Emanuel Eisenberg. Cantor
Howard Dardashti. Services daily 8:30 a.m. Friday evening 8:15
p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM: 224 N.W. Avenue G, Belle Glade
33430. Sabbath services Friday, 8:30 p.m. Phone 996-3886.
TEMPLE BETH ZION: Lions Club, 700 Camelia Dr., Royal
Palm Beach. Mailing address: PO Box 104,650 Royal Palm Blvd.,
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411. Sabbath services Friday 8 p.m.,
Saturday 8:45 a.m. Rabbi Seymour Friedman. Phone 793-9122.
TEMPLE B'NAI JACOB: 2177 So. Congress Ave., West Palm
Beach 33406. Phone 433-5957. Rabbi Howard J. Hirsch. Cantor
Hyman Lifshin. Sabbath services Friday 8 p.m., Saturday and
holidays 9 am., Monday and Thursday 9 a.m.
TEMPLE EMANUEL: 190 North County Road, Palm Beach
33480. Phone 832-0804. Rabbi Joel Chazin. Cantor David Feuer.
Sabbath services, Friday 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.
Beth Abraham: 3398 SW Leighton Farms Road, Palm City
33490. Phone 287-8833. Rabbi Israel J. Barzac. Services Friday
evenings 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.
CONGREGATION AITZ CHAIM: Century Village, West Palm
Beach. Phone 689-4675. Sabbath services 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Daily
services 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
857146. Port St. Lucie, FL 33462. Friday night services 8 p.m.,
Saturday morning 10:30 a.m. Phone 878-7476.
TEMPLE BETH AM: 769 Parkway Street, Jupiter. Phone
747-1109. Services Friday 8 p.m.
TEMPLE BETH EL: 4600 Oleander Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL
33450. Phone 461-7428. Rabbi David Kraus. Sabbath Services
Friday 8 p.m.
TEMPLE BETH SHALOM: St. Helens Parish Hall, 20th
Avenue and Victory Blvd., Vero Beach 32960, mailing address:
P.O. Box 2113, Vero Beach, FL 32961-2113. Rabbi Richard D
Messing. Phone 1-569-4700.
P?^ BFH TO*** 900 Big Blue Trace. West Palm
Beach^ FL 88414. Friday services 8:15 p.m. Rabbi Steven R.
Westman. Cantor Elliot Rosenbaum. Phone 793-2700.
1EHFS. WMStU mi **- 'T^ ** w* Phn Beach
33407. Phone 888-8421. Rabbi Howard Shapiro. Cantor Peter
Taonmna. Sabbath services, Friday 8 p.m.
55MfK.JSSf4: "iSt C****'* Greek Orthodox Church
Social Hall. 4000 Washington Rd., at Southern Boulevard. Rabbi
Joel L. Levine. Cantor Anne Newman. Mailing address: 5154
Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Phone 471-1526.

Friday, August 15; 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 19
Israel to Deport 45 Black Hebrews
Candle lighting Time
^A^ Aug. 15 7:38
^*~ Aug. 22 7:32
Rabbi Joel Levine will con
duct a Family Service on Fri
day, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. at St
Catherine's Cultural Center
the corner of Southern Blvd
and Flagler Drive.
This service includes a story
from Jewish tradition, birth-
day blessings, and a childrens'
Torah processional. The ser-
vice is planned to last for one
hour so that even young
children can appreciate the
spiritual meaning of worship.
Following services, the con-
gregation is invited to an oneg
shabbat sponsored by
Sisterhood. During the oneg,
the membership committee
will welcome questions about
the Temple's religious school
under the direction of Sheree
For more information, call
the office. Prospective
members are invited to attend
a complimentry Shabbat Din-
ner on Friday evening, Sept. 5
at 6:30 p.m. Reservations may
be made at the office.
Bar Mitzvah
Martin Golden will observe
his Adult Bar Mitzvah at Tem-
ple Judea Services, Friday
evening, Aug. 22,8 p.m., at St.
Catherine's Cultural Center,
the corner of Southern Blvd.
and Flagler Drive. Rabbi
Levine will deliver the Bar
Mitzvah Charge and Cantor
Anne Newman will chant the
Mr. Golden is a founding
member of Temple Judea,
founding president of the
Brotherhood, and a current
Brotherhood officer. He has
studied with Rabbi Levine for
many years in order to prepare
to read the Torah and Haf-
tarah, a commentary, a
speech, as well as to conduct
the Hebrew and English por-
tions of the service.
Mr. Golden will be twinned
with Dya Nezlin of Moscow as
a powerful statement to in-
form the congregation and
community about the continu-
ing oppression of Soviet Jews.
Mr. Golden and his wife
Fran will sponsor the oneg
shabbat following services.
Martin Golden
Their daughter and son-in-law,
Penny and Mitch Beers and
granddaughter Megan are
members of Temple Judea and
will be sharing the joy of
Marty's Adult Bar Mitzvah,
the day after his seventieth
Area Deaths
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The Israeli Supreme Court has
ruled that 45 members of the
Black Hebrew sect living on
expired visas in Israel be
deported in April.
The decision came after Jac-
ques Amir, Mayor of Dimona,
where an estimated 1,500
Black Hebrews have settled,
voiced his frustration over
government inaction on the
Black Hebrews' presence.
The lawyer for the Black
Hebrews, Mark Levy, declared
that the government's policy
was to eliminate the sect. But
Interior Ministry spokesman
Yitzhak Agassi reportedly said
the country's policy is simply
to expel all illegal aliens.
Earlier last week, Israeli
police arrested three sect
members on their way to sur-
render their American
passports to the U.S. Con-
sulate. This is a common tactic
used by the sect to become
stateless and increase
pressure on the Israeli govern-
ment to allow them to stay.
Amir said the Black
Hebrews had established a
"state within a state" in the
past two decades and they
abide by their own laws, in-
cluding polygamy, and reject
Jewish State institutions.
The 45 Black Hebrews
ordered deported were ar-
rested last April and charged
with working in citrus groves
without permits and remain-
ing in Israel with expired
The Black Hebrews are a
Chicago-based sect claiming to
be descended from one of the
lost tribes of Israel in Africa.
But the Israeli Supreme Court
ruled n 1972 that the Black
Hebrews were not Jews and
thus could not become Israeli
citizens under the Law of
The sect leader, a former
Chicago bus driver, Ben Ami
Carter, who calls himself the
Prince of Peace, directs the
group from Dimona. They live
communally in the U.S.,
Liberia and Israel.
The sect preaches that
blacks are oppressed in
America and promises salva-
tion in Israel. Before moving
to Israel though, the members
usually spend two years in
Liberia which they liken to the
40 years of wandering in the
desert of Biblical times.
Earlier this year, Israel
turned away 26 Black
Hebrews who sought to enter
the country as tourists. The
Israelis said they really intend-
ed to join the sect in Dimona
and stay in the country
illegally. .
Mormon Center
Construction Unpreventable
special ministerial committee
has decided that there is no
way to prevent the completion
of the Mormon Bngham
Young University center now
being built on Mt. Scopus in
Jerusalem. Israel Radio an-
nounced the committee's deci-
sion last week.
Chaired by Religious Affairs
Minister of the National
Sharir Gets Justice
Ministry Post
Avraham Sharir (Likud
Liberal), the Minister of
Tourism, was appointed
Minister of Justice, too, in
?lace of his party colleague
itzhak Modai. Sharir's ap-
pointment was announced by
the Cabinet, and is expected to
be ratified by the Knesset
without difficulty.
Modai was forced to resign
under threat of being fired by
Premier Shimon Peres, whom
he had publicly insulted. The
Likud says Modai will return
to the Cabinet, and to the
Justice Ministry, following the
rotation of the Premiership in
October. But Labor has said it
will oppose his return.
Sharir said that while he
would be holding the portfolio
temporarily (pending Modai's
return), he would work "as
though it is permanent." He
vowed that the Toruism
Ministry and tourism industry
"which I love and believe in '
would not suffer.
The Cabinet also approved
the appointment of Moshe
Nissim, the Finance Minister
(Likud Liberal), as a member
of the ten-member Inner
Cabinet in place of Modai.
Religious Party, the commit-
tee in effect adopted the legal
positions taken by Attorney
General Yoseph Harish and his
deputy, Yoram Bar-Sela, that
the university had satisfied all
legal requirements before
commencing on the project.
Israel Radio said the com-
mittee would submit to the
university strict conditions re-
quiring that the center not
engage in-any missionary or
para-missionary activities. The
university's elders, in Utah,
have already given assurances
to the government and the
Jerusalem municipality that
this indeed will be the case.
The university project has
been the subject of fierce and
sustained controversy here,
with ultra-Orthodox circles,
led by the Hasidic Rebbe of
Gur, mounting incessant pro-
tests against the building, and
the university's Israel pro-
gram, for its part, seeking to
persuade moderate opinion
that the center does not plan
missionary activities.
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