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14 Israel Bond Drive to Commence on June 8

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Leaders to Be Honored; Head of

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Israel Air Force to Be Speaker

That evening, Mrs. Max Stoll-
man also will be honored by
being named Detroit's sixth
Woman of Valor, in recogni-
tion of her efforts for the Is-
rael Bond drives.
Gen. Weizmann, a 35-year-old
"sabra"—a native of Israel—is
the nephew of _ the late Dr.

Detroit's 1959 campaign for
Israel Bonds will officially
commence Monday, June 8, at
a dinner at the Sheraton-
Cadillac Hotel, it was an-
nounced this week by the
newly-selected Bond chairman,
•Tom Borman.
With Brig. Gen. Ezer Weiz-
mann, commander of the Is-
rael Air Force, as guest

Zvi Kolitz, vice-president of
Sikor Film Ltd. in Israel, will
address two Israel Bond events
in Detroit next week.
On Wednesday, at noon,
Kolitz will speak at a "Golden
Key" luncheon at the home of
Mrs. David Goldberg, 13155
Sherwood, Huntington Woods,
in behalf of the Women's Di-
vision of the Bond Organization.
At noon on Thursday, Kolitz
will speak at another "Golden

Abe Kasle Mrs. Helfman

speaker, the occasion will be
utilized to install Borman as
Bond chairman and to honor
the retiring chairmen of the
Detroit Israel Bond Organiza-
tion and its Women's Division,
Abe Kasle and Mrs. Philip
Hellman.



Folklore Exhibition

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ZVI KOLITZ

Key" luncheon at the home of
Mrs. Jack Weinbaum, 12909
Nadine, Huntington Woods,
this gathering being sponsored
by the Detroit Council of Pi-
oneer Women.
Kolitz gained international
recognition as author and pro-
ducer of the first full-length
Israel feature film, "Hill 24
Doesn't Answer." The film,
which has received world ac-

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pendence was proclaimed, Gen.
Weizmann rose to the corn-.
mand of the first fighter squad-
ron, which then consisted of a
few obsolete World War II
fighter planes.
After completing his studies
in England at the RAF Staff
College in 1951, Gen. Weiz-
mann returned to Israel to
establish the first Staff and .
Command Course of the *Israel
Air Force, which he com-
manded for 18 months.

claim, was premiered in Amer-
ica in November, 1955. His
play "The Witch of Endor" is
currently being produced in
Hollywood. In addition to his
film activities, he is a noted
writer and has published sev-
eral books of short stories in
Hebrew and English. His book
"The Tiger Beneath the Skin"
was published in New York in
1947.
Born in Lithuania in 1913,
Kolitz studied at the University
of Florence in Italy and at the
theological colleges of Telshe

and Slobodka in Lithuania.
After graduating from the
Naval School in Givitavecchia,
Italy, he went to Israel in 1936.
During World War II, he was
chief recruiting officer of the
"New Zionist Organization" in
Jerusalem.
Each purchase or group of
purchases totaling $3,000 in Is-
rael Bonds will cover the mini-
mum cost of building one small
home for a family of . newcom-
ers in Israel. The "Golden-
Key," which will open the door
to that new home, is the symbol

of new life and hope for the
tens of thousands of immigrants
streaming into Israel from East-
ern Europe and North Africa.
Invitations to the luncheons
are by the _purchase of Israel
Bonds.
The "Golden-Key" luncheons
are in advance of the dinner to
be held at the Sheraton-Cadillac,
Monday, June 8, in celebration
of the 11th anniversary of the
State of Israel, at which time
Detroit Jewry will honor Gen.
Ezer Weizmann, commander of
the Israel Air Force.



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Effort to Suppress Judaism in Russia
Revealed in Report Made Public at UN

Hebrew Corner

(Translation of Hebrew column.
_. Published by Brit Ivrit Olamit.)
' Last week we travelled to Acre to
- visit the Folklore Exhibition.
We read a lot about the Exhibi-
tion in the press and we had even
heard about it from friends who
'had visited it. This is the exhibition
of the .folklore of the minorities in
Israel: Arabs, Druse, Circassians and
other smaller communities. When
we reached Acre we turned to a
fine, large building on the border of
the Old City.
"This • used to be a Turkish Bath,
built in the eighteenth century. To-
day the building has been converted
into • a Municipal Museum," the
guide, who accompanied us at the
Eihibits, explained.
' In the courtyard we saw various
implements of farmers and artisans.
The guide told us that the exhibits
(things) in the exhibition had been
collected from 300 people in 65 vil-
lages of the minorities.
We saw interesting things in the
lofty halls inside the building. Here
was a Druse house with its furni-
ture, utensils and ornaments; in an-
other corner we saw a Bedouin tent;
and here was an old Armenian
weaving a colorful carpet, and
Arab girls embroidering dresses
with beautiful embroidery.
The Exhibition was really very
interesting. The best testimony of
its success is the fact that since its
opening about half a year ago, over
one hundred and twenty thousand
people have already visited it.

he returned to Palestine in
1947 when he started building
an air force for the Haganah,
the Jewish defense army. This
small, undeveloped air force,
consisting of Piper cubs, which
called itself the Palestine
Aero Club, supplied the train-
ing and experience necessary
for the test that came in the
Arab invasion of Israel and
the subsequent War of Libera-
tion.
In 1948, when Israel's inde-

Zvi Kolitz to Address Two Israel Bond Luncheons Here Next Week



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Chaim Weizmann, first Presi-
dent of the State of Israel.
Formerly a Fighter Wing Com-
mander and Chief of Opera-
tions of the Israel Air Force,
he is one of Israel's outstand-
ing flying heroes, having dis-
tinguished himself as a fighter
pilot with the RAF, in the
War of Liberation and in the
Sinai Campaign.
After completing his service
with the RAF, at which time
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NEW YORK (JTA) — Docu-
mentary evidence on intensi-
fication by the Soviet Union of
its efforts to suppress the Jewish
religion in Russia were reported
at the United Nations.
Data on widespread liquida-
tion of synagogues and a ban
against the baking of matzos in
major cities of the Ukraine, a
section with a large Jewish
population, highlighted the de-
tailed report.
The ban was imposed last
Passover in Kharkov, Odessa,
Kiev and in the central Russian
cities of Kuibyshev and Rostov.
Soviet officials made difficulties
for Jews who wanted to bake
matzos in Moscow and Lenin-
grad but finally permitted the
baking to take place.
The report gave the following
details on - closing of synagogues:

1. In Novoselitsa, in the Ukraine,
two buildings that had been used as
synagogues were confiscated and
turned into club houses.
2. In Olevsk, small Jewish religious
groups, which had been permitted
since the synagogue was converted
into a school in 1949, have all been
disbanded in recent months in this
Ukrainian town.
3. In Vinnitsa, the synagogue has
been confiscated and Jews are now
praying in an abandoned building.
4. In Koresten a year ago the
Jewish community, having saved a
considerable sum for a synagogue,
was unable to obtain an official per-
mit 'but built it anyway. The build-
ing tgas confiscated and an appeal
to Moscow was rejected.
5. In Yevpatoriya, in the Crimea,
the authorities- confiscated 25,000
rubles raised by the Jewish corn-
munity to rent a building for a
synagogue.
6. In Baranovichi, in Byelorussia,
the great synagogue has been taken
over for use by the State Security
Committee. Since then the authori-
ties have not permitted the rabbi to
function and. have forbidden ritual
cattle slaughter or any other exer-
cise of the Jewish religion.
7. In Tula, 150 miles south of
Moscow, • use of the synagogue,
which was in a communal apart-
ment, was forbidden because a
non-Jewish , resident informed autho-
rities that he was disturbed by the
prayers. The synagogue in Oren-
burg, 750 miles southeast of Mos-
cow, also has been closed recently.
8. In Rybnitsa, in Bessarabia, there
is widespread fear the synagogue
will close shortly. In Rakhov, in
Transcarpathia, the two synagogues
that remained open have been con-
fiscated and turned into stores.
9. In Irkutsk, eastern Siberia, the
first floor of a synagogue was con-
fiscated recently to provide hous-
ing for medical students.

The report revealed that in
Kharkov, the 20 small Jewish
groups were dispersed last Sep-
tember during the second day
of the Jewish New Year cele-
brations. All the Torahs were
confiscated and a policeman told
one of the Jews: "You are eat-
ing Russian bread but praying
for Israel."
This was in line with an

article denouncing "the reac-
tionary essence of the Judaean
religion," which appeared in the
Lvov Pravada. The article re.
called that when Jews eat Mat-
zos at Passover, they express
the hope that they will eat it

the following year "in Jerusa-
lem, on Israel soil," and added:
"However, don't the religious
Jews know that -Israel is at pres-
ent an obedient tool in the
hands of American, British and
French imperialists?"

Around the frP- orld...

A Digest of World Jewish Happenings, from
Dispatches of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency .arid Other
News-Gathering Media.

United States

NEW YORK — The board of directors of the Palestine
Economic Corporation paid tribute to Israel B. Brodie, on his
75th birthday, at a dinner at the Savoy-Hilton Hotel, in recog-
nition of his services to Israel and to the Zionist movement .. .
The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
presented the retiring Israel Ambassador Abba Eban with a
bronze bust of himself by Robert Berks, American sculptor . . .
The Congress for Jewish Culture in New York sent a cable to
the Soviet Writers' Assembly meeting in Moscow, asking the
USSR writers to protest against the suppression of Jewish
culture in. Russia . . ..The American Jewish Press Association,
at its convention here, pledged assistance to the United Jewish
Appeal and commended the contributions of retiring Israel
Ambassador Abba Eban "to the stature of world Jewry, and
espiecially to the development of a finer and more sincere
regard for the Republic of Israel" . . . Prior to his sailing for
Israel with his family last Friday, Abba Eban paid formal fare-
well visits to UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, UN
Undersecretary for Political Affairs Dr. Ralph J. Bunche and
Andrew W. Cordier, Hammarskjold's executive assistant.
BOSTON — Lawrence G. Laskey, chairman of the board of
the American section of the Israel Tourist Industry Develop-
ment Corp., reported that more than $1,000,000 debentures in
the corporation were sold in the U.S.

Europe

THE HAGUE — The new Dutch Cabinet includes one Jew,
62-year-old . Sydney Van Der Bergh, retired major-general in the
Dutch army and former paymaster-general, who has been named
Minister of War.

LONDON — It is reported here that the government and
Chamber of Deputies of Lebanon are investigating the conduct
of Dr. Charles Malik, former Lebanese Foreign Minister, who
fraternized with Israelis at the United States World Fair in New
York. The present Lebanese Foreign Minister, Rashid Karami,
said Lebanese - representatives at the UN had been instructed to
"make it clear" that Dr. Malik's conduct could not affect
Lebanon's Palestine policy.

Israel

JERUSALEM — The Albar Rolling Mills : the first major
aluminum factory in Israel, opened at Kfar Saba, a settlement in
central Israel, • with a capacity double that of Israel's own alum-
inum needs, as a joint venture of Israeli and foreign capital
. . . A resolution adopted by the Jewish Agency executive
asks the Zionist Actions Committee, which will start its sessions
here on May 31, to convoke the next World Zionist Congress in
July 1960 . . . The Jewish Agency executive adopted a budget
of 235,400,000 Israeli pounds for 1959-60, an increase of 25,000,-
000 pounds over last year's budget.
TEL AVIV — A joint Israel-Argentine shipping company is
being planned on a parity basis, Rudolfo Garcias Arias, the
new Argentine Ambassador, told the Tel Aviv Commercial Club.

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