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August 05, 1966 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-08-05

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Shazar Warns 'Task of Helping Jews Transfer is Far from Complete'

(Continued from Page 6)
Shazar spoke at a dinner honoring
him and Mrs. Shazar under the
joint auspices of the national
United Jewish Appeal and the
UJA of Greater New York at the
Hotel Plaza.
The Israeli leader cited the
American Jewish community and
its support of the UJA for the
"effective partnership" with Is-
rael's people which "made pos-
sible the resurrection of the Jew-
ish people after the Nazi holo-
caust." He warned, however, that
"the task of helping Jews transfer
themselves from conditions of sub-
jection, discrimination and fear, to
conditions of freedom" is still far
from completed.
More than 600 American Jew-
ish leaders from across the na-
tion, Gov. Nelson D. Rockefeller,
U.S. Senators Jacob K. Javits
and Robert F. Kennedy, and
high state and city officials at-
tended the dinner.
Gov. Rockefeller spoke on be-
half of the people of New York,
-and Max M. Fisher, general chair-
man of the national UJA, and
Monroe Goldwater, president of
the UJA of Greater New York,
spoke for the host organizations.
Fisher assured the President
that the UJA leaders, who raised
$1,500,000,000 to enable Israel to
receive more than a million Jews,
pledged their continuing aid to the
people of Israel in the great tasks
still ahead.
Mr. Shazar pointed to his coun-
try's 18 years of Statehood as
"years of great achievement." He
declared that "hundreds of thou-
sands of our people have been
helped to live as free men should"
and "we have created a firm and
unshakable foundation for cultural
and spiritual progress." As a
major accomplishment, President
Shazar noted that "there are more
schoolchildren in Israel today than
the size of the entire population
in 1948."
Turning to the continuing prob-
lems which still confront both Is-
rael and Jews in many parts of
the world, Mr. Shazar stressed
that in the combined endeavors
of the UJA and Israel's people
"none of the goals of this partner-
ship have as yet been completely
He lauded the UJA for its work
in "the sacred task of helping
Jews to transfer themselves from
conditions of subjection, discrimi-
nation and fear, to conditions of
freedom, above all in Israel." But
he emphasized that "there are
still many who yearn for free-
dom" and the job of fully absorb.
ing Israel's immigrants is far from
"The initial steps of immigra•
tion and the provision of housing
must be supplemented by thor-
ough economic and cultural inte.

Credit Collapse Hits
Argentine Businesses

degree of crisis is beginning to be
felt among Jewish small business-
men here, due to the near collapse
of the credit cooperative system.
Many savings accounts depositors
in credit cooperatives are unable
to withdraw their full amounts,
and new loans cannot be granted
to them at this time.
The New York Times reported
from Buenos Aires that the Argen-
tine government has made an effort
to ward off financial ruin for thou-
sands of small businessmen that
normally banked with credit union
cooperatives before the new re-
gime closed these enterprises, last
July 11.
Many small manufacturers, the
Times reports, cannot obtain money
from the credit .cooperatives to
pay their workmen. Many cannot
get at their life savings or even
withdraw part of them. Storekeep-
ers in particular have been hard
pressed to meet bills.

Knocking helps no one. except
door-to-door salesmen.—Anna (Ill.)

gration," Israel's President told
the UJA leaders. "Unless the new
immigrant whom you help to settle
in Israel is not further helped to
attain the skills and education and
social services that will make him
and his children rooted and crea-
tive members of the community,
our pledge to the newcomer has
not been honored and the future
of Israel itself will be profoundly
and sadly affected."
Gov. Rockefeller assured
President Shazar that the Ameri-
can people understand that "Is-
rael was born and Israel sur•
vives in a sea of deep hostility."
The UJA, he said, would "keep
its lifeline to Israel open so
long as fear and danger cloud
the lives of your brothers. But,"
headed, "I would also like to see
fresh, new initiative emerge
from Washington in pursuit of a
true and lasting peace for your
troubled corner of the world.
"America. must not let its com-
mitment to peace and freedom in
other parts of the world obscure
the dangers to the peace of the
Middle East," the governor con-
tinued. "The United States
should and must exercise its full
moral force within the United
Nations to bring Arab and Jew
together in lasting peace." The
governor pointed out that Israel
and the United States are joined
by "many bonds of humanity,
history and common experi-
In introducing the President,
Goldwater called him "the per-
sonification of his nation and his
people. His qualities of mind and
character — his wisdom, under-
standing, knowledge and practical
idealism — make him a most fit-
ting representive of his people."
Mrs. Shazar, he said, "is outstand-
ing among the First Ladies of the
world's nations" because of her
own achievements in the fields of
culture, education and literature.
The most enthusiastic welcome
given to President Shazar came
Saturday night when he called un-
expectedly on Rabbi Menachem
Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Reb-
be, at the latter's study in Brook-
lyn. The visit was originally taken
off the official schedule of the
President's itinerary.
More than 4,000 religious Jews
and other spectators jammed the
broad boulevard in front of the
Lubavitcher Yeshiva where the

President and the leader of the
Lubavitcher movement met. They
included many young adults as
well as aged and children, all an-
xious to take a glance at the Israel
Despite the fact that it was a
surprise visit which started at mid-
night, word spread in the late eve-
ning hours that President Shazar
would visit the Rebbe after a long
evening rest at the Plaza Hotel.
Until 11 p.m., no one was certain
that such a visit would take place,
although it was known that the Is-
rael President expressed his wish
to visit the Hassidic leader.
The prospects of the visit were
in doubt until the last minute,
but residents of the populous
Jewish Crown Heights section of
Brooklyn began congregating in
front of the Yeshiva during the
evening as police set up exten-
sive security barricades around
the area.
About 2,000 Hassidim broke out
into song and dance and wildly
cheered as the Presidential
motorcade drove up in front of
the Yeshiva shortly before mid-
night. The smiling President
waved to the crowd and was
escorted into the building by a
large delegation of rabbis.
Israel Ambassador Avraham
Harman and Consul-General Mich-
ael Arnon, who accompanied the
President into the Rebbe's cham-
ber, then left the room where Mr.
Shazar and the Hassidic leader
held their meeting alone until 2
President Shazar presented to
the Rebbe a collection of Hassidic
writings, while Rabbi Schneersohn
gave the President a copy of a
rabbinic dissertation published by
the Rebbe's great grandfather 100
years ago.
President Shazar also received
leaders of number of Jewish or-
ganizations who called on him at
the Plaza Hotel. The delegations
represented the Conference of Ma-
jor Jewish Organizations and the
American Zionist Council.
Addressing the delegation of the
Zionist Council, which was com-
posed of about 50 leaders of all
groups in the American Zionist
movement, President Shazar called
for unity in American Zionist ranks
and appealed to them to strengthen
Hebrew education in this country.
Accompanied by Mr. Harman
and Mr. Arnon, President Shazar

attended Sabbath services at the
Fifth Avenue Synagogue. He and
his party left the Plaza Hotel at
10 o'clock in the morning and
walked the few blocks to the
synagogue, where he was greeted
by a cheering crowd of several
hundred persons. During the
service, Mr. Shazar was honored
with the special maftir "Nach-
amu," (Isaiah, Ch. 40) which is
read at the sabbath service fol-
lowing Tisha b'Av.
After the service, Mr. Shazar
attended a kiddush reception ten-
dered by the Fifth Avenue Syna-
gogue congregation. He thanked
the congregation for its warm re-
ception and then delivered a short
commentary on the maftir "Na-
chamtt," which he had read ear-
New York City officially wel-
comed President Shazar at a lunch-
eon given in his honor by Mayor
John V. Lindsay at Lincoln Cen-
ter, the city's showplace of the
performing arts. The affair was
attended by 100 prominent person-
alities in all fields of public life.
In his address at the kosher
luncheon, President Shazar hailed
New York City as "one of the most
luminous" among the centers
"where large Jewish populations
lived and made notable contribu-
tions to culture, education, commu-
nity life — for themselves and
their neighbors."
He recalled the visit to Israel
of Mayor Lindsay, when the lat-
ter was a member of the United
States House of Representatives,

and expressed the hope that Mr.
Lindsay would visit Israel again
as New York's Mayor.
In welcoming the Israeli Presi-
dent to the city, Mayor Lindsay
lauded Mr. Shazar's achievements,
particularly in the fields of culture
and education, and for his con-
cern and interest in Jewish affairs
throughout the world. The mayor
presented President Shazar with a
first edition of a volume, "The
History of New York," by William
Smith, which was published in
1757. Mr. Shazar presented the
Mayor with a Medallion of Jerusa-
lem, encased in Israeli olive wood.
Before the luncheon, President
Shazar was taken on a private tour
of the new building which will
house the Metropolitan Opera,
where he was one ofthe first to be
shown two large paintings by
Marc Chagall which have not yet
been unveiled for the public.

Friday, August 5, 1966-7


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