Latin Americans Spread Out Welcome Mats for Israel
South American nations showed their friendship for
Israel with a warm welcome to its agriculture minister
and the announcement that special stamps will be issued
in honor of Israel's President Zalman Shazar.
The Brazilian Post Office Department announced that
it will issue the postage stamp when the Jewish chief of
state pays his official state visit July 18-25. The stamp
will carry a portrait of Shazar.
At the same time, the Brazilian Congress, in Brasilia,
announced it is naming a special commission, composed
of members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate,
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to greet President Shazar in the name of the two legis-
lative houses. That commission was named because Con-
gress will be in adjournment at the time Shazar comes
It was announced at the same time in Montevideo,
that a special stamp will be issued in Uruguay next
month, in honor of the visit of Israel's president. As in
Brazil, the stamp will bear an engraved portrait of
Meanwhile, Chaim Gvati, Israel's agriculture minis-
ter, wound up a tour of Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina
and Brazil with a four-day visit in Venezuela. Met at the
airport by Venezuela's agriculture minister and other
dignitaries, he took trips by special plane to various
agricultural regions, including development areas where
Israeli planners and technicians have been involved.
Gvati, accompanied by Israel Ambassador Eliashiv
Ben Horin, was received by Venezuela's president, Dr.
Raul Leoni, to whom he handed a personal letter from
President Shazar. Later, the Minister was warmly received
by a joint session of the agricultural committees of Vene-
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Strengthened Sabbath Observance
Law Adopted by Israel's Knesset
Private Johnson - Shazar
Visit in U. S. Predicted
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Authoritative sources at the
Foreign Ministry here said President Zalman Shazar is
expected to meet with President Johnson at the White
House next month during a private visit to Washing-ton.
Shazar notified the Israeli Cabinet that, on his way
back to Israel from a trip to South America — which will
take him on official state visits to four Latin American
countries, -- he will pay a "private visit" to the United
States. The Cabinet decided that, during Shazar's absence,
Kadish Luz, speaker of the Knesset (Parliament), will be
the Acting President.
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Fishers Top Sinai Hospital
Fund With Gift of $500,000
Sinai Hospital Board President Nate S. Shapero an-
nounces a $500,000 gift by Mr. and Mrs. Max M. Fisher
to the hospital's $11,500,000 Challenge Fund Drive.
Shapero said it has been the decision of the board
that the primary purpose of the drive, a proposed
$7,000,000 patient care extension due for completion in
1970, shall bear the Fisher name in recognition of Mr.
Fisher's outstanding leadership and service to comunal
causes on local, national and overseas levels.
The patient care wing and new surgical pavilion
will have close to 150 acute beds, boosting the capacity
of Sinai to almost 550.
The Fisher donation heads a roster of gifts to the
ospital by members of the board of trustees and their
amilies. In all, this group has pledged $1,400,000 to date
o the drive, and it is the hospital's hope that the corn-
unity at large will heed the board's example.
Mr. Fisher, a native of Pittsburgh, a graduate of
nio State University, is now in his second term as na-
tional chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and was
elected chairman of the board of the United Foundation
two weeks ago.
Chairman of the boards of RIC Group, Inc., and
Fisher-New Center Co., Fisher currently is a member of
the board of Manufacturers National Bank, Michigan Bell
Telephone Co., Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. and Allen
Industries of Detroit.
He is chairman of the executive committee of the
Jewish Welfare Federation, director of the Metropolitan
Detroit Building Fund, vice president of the Hospital
Council of Detroit and vice president of Sinai Hospital.
He was chairman of the United Foundation Torch Drive
in 1961 and was the Federation's Butzel Award recipient
He is also a member of the boards of Detroit Sym-
phony Orchestra, Detroit Museum of Arts Founders So-
ciety and Cranbrook School.
His club memberships include Franklin Hills Country
Club, Standard Club, Hundred Club, Great Lakes Club,
Bloomfield Open Hunt Club and the Palm Beach., Fla.,
Mrs. Fisher, the former Marjorie Switow, is a board
member of the Women's Division of the Jewish Welfare
Federation, a member of the Women's Committee of the
TB and Health Society and the Detroit Institute of Arts
Founders Society. She is a former board member of the
Merrill-Palmer Institute and a former co-chairman of the
Detroit Grand Opera Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher reside in Franklin and are the
parents of five children.
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JERUSALEM — Israel's Cabinet voted to strengthen the Sabbath observance law by recom-
mending to the Knesset that factory workers or owners be prohibited to work on the factory premises
during their weekly rest days. The newly adopted law yet to be considered by the Knesset was
adopted by the cabinet as a result of an agreement made with the National Religious Party prior
to the formation of the present coalition government.
The new amendment would also prohibit members of cooperatives from working their rest
days in industrial enterprises or workshops belonging to their cooperative. The amendment,
however, specifically exempts members of kibbutzim, although it states that work on rest days must
be limited only to chores "necessary for the upkeep of the farm."
Exempted also are night clubs, cafes and gasoline filling stations. The religious elements in
the Cabinet wanted the latter groups included, but were voted down by a majority of the Cabinet.
Non-Jews, according to the revised version of the Sabbath law, may keep weekly rest days "in
accordance with their surroundings or in accordance with their religion, whichever they choose."
Under the present law shopkeepers and their employes are now barred from working on the
Sabbath. The Cabinet voted that the ministerial committee — empowered to issue permits for Sab-
bath employthent on essential work would also regulate the new clauses now recommended,.
Agedl. West Berliners Cross Wall
BERLIN — East Germany granted permits to 40 elderly West Berlin
Jews to cross the Berlin Wall and visit the graves of their relatives in East
Residents of the Jewish home for the aged in West Berlin; they visited
the Weissensee Jewish cemetery for the first time since East Germany built
the wall dividing the Berlin sectors in 1961.
What makes the visit so irregular is the fact that East Germany allows
only people with close relatives in the East to enter that sector of Berlin
from the West. An exception was made for the group of elderly because all
their relatives were dead, most of them killed through Nazi persecution.
The 40, all from age 65 to '75, entered East Berlin by bus. They also
were allowed to attend a synagogue concert in East Berlin's Rykestrasse.
East Germany's undersecretary for church affairs, Hans Seigwasser,
worked out the arrangements for the visit with the head cantor of the
West Berlin Jewish Community, Estrongo Nachama, a Greek citizen who
can enter East Berlin freely.
The-Weissensee cemetery was the traditional Jewish burial ground in
Berlin until the Jews were deported to concentration camps during World
N .Y . Assembly OKs
NEW YORK (JTA) — A bill
which would give students in re-
ligious schools the same health and
welfare services currently receiv-
ed by public school pupils was
overwhelmingly passed by the New
York State Assembly, and is cur-
rently being considered by the
The legislation, which was in-
troduced by State Senator Edward
Speno and Assemblyman Arthur
Hardwick, would provide students
attending Yeshivot and other non-
public schools with assistance in
such areas as psychiatry, psycho-
logy, speech therapy, social work
and remedial service.
Humphrey Tells Editors of Communist Dangers
Threatening Middle East; Johnson, Goldberg at
White House Reception; Observe Press Week
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Johnson welcomed the editors of the English-Jewish news-
papers of America at the White House at a private reception held in the Cabinet Room at noon
Speaking off the record, the President reviewed many of the current issues, including those of
the Middle East and Israel. -
Bringing with him to the _conference Arthur Goldberg, chief United States delegate to the United
Nations, the President paid high honor to his appointee and called the attention of the gathered
guests to the fact that Goldberg had risen. to the highest role in American diplomatic affairs
and that as a son of an immigrant he proved the glorious opportunities that are provided to all as free
Americans in this land of freedom.
Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey scored a hit with the English-Jewish newspaper editors
when he addressed the reception June 2 given in their honor by Bnai Brith at the Bnai Brith Build-
ing, where all convention sessions were held.
Reviewing the world situation, the Vice President took occasion to recall the names of many
associates — especially Leo Frisch of Minneapolis and Irving Rhodes of Milwaukee. He greeted
many with whom he had worked in civil rights and other causes for many years and utilized the
occasion to review the existing conditions in the Middle East.
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