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February 03, 1967 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-02-03

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS CARE Elects Touster

18—Friday, February 3, 1967

Israeli Athletes' Bangkok Success

Chairman of Board

Boris Smolar's

'Between You
..and Me'

By BORIS SMOLAR
(Copyright, 1967, JTA, Inc.)

PERSONALITY PROFILE: Meet Louis J. Fox, the president of
the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds . . . He is an
example of how young leadership can develop into a major force in
American Jewish communal life . . . He became involved in Jewish
activities while still in his 20's . . . After serving on various boards,
he was chosen president of the Jewish Community Center in Balti- '
more in 1951, while still a young man . . . He had since held quite
a number of top positions in American Jewish leadership . . . Today
he is not only the president of CJFWF — the central body of all
Jewish Federations, Welfare Funds and Community Councils in the
United States and Canada — he is also the president of the Asso-
ciated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, member of the United Jewish
Appeal Cabinet, member of the board of Joint Distribution Com-
mittee, and board member of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency . . . A
man of great devotion, he has done a wonderful job as chairman of
the legacy and endowment fund committee of the CJFWF and as
chairman of the memorial gifts division of the South Baltimore
General New Hospital . . . He is analytical in his thinking, practical
in his approach and deeply interested in anything he does . . . He is
a "doer." . . . The list of the organizations and institutions in which
he has been active for the last 25 years is quite impressive . . . He
was president of the Jewish Welfare Fund of Baltimore — his native
city — some ten years ago for a number of years . . . He was also
chairman of the Combined Campaign of the Associated Jewish Chari-
ties and Jewish Welfare Fund . .. and has held many Baltimore and
national posts . . . Busy in his private business life, and always
finding time for his communal activities, Fox is also an ardent
laver of sports — particularly football and baseball.

Ben Touster, retired industrial-
ist and noted philanthropist, has
been elected chairman of the
board of CARE, nonprofit interna-
tional aid agency.
The election took place Jan. 25
when the board
of directors met
at CARE world
headquarters i n
New York City
to choose a suc
cessor to Murray
D. Lincoln, a
founder of the
Cooperative
League of the
U.S.A. as well as
o f CARE, w h o
was chairman of
the board until
his death last
November.
Touster
Touster's asso-
ciation with CARE began in 1951,
when he joined the board as a rep-
resentative of United HIAS Serv-
ice, a CARE member agency. He
was elected a vice president two
years later, and since 1957 has
served as treasurer.
Touster's keen interest in CARE
programs in many countries of the
world, including Israel, is part of
a liftime of activity in philanthrop-
ic affairs.
He is a former president and
now associate chairman of HIAS;
a trustee of the Federation of
Jewish Philanthropies; honorary
vice chairman of the United Jew-
ish Appeal of Greater New York;
a member of the executive board
of the American Jewish Commit-
tee; vice president of Maimonides
Medical Center, Brooklyn; honor-
ary president of the YM and
YWHA, Borough Park, Brooklyn;
a trustee of the Jewish-Home and
Hospital for Aged of New York.

By JESSE SILVER

(Copyright, 1967, JTA, Inc.)

Israel's athletes had their great-
est international success ever at
the Asian Games in Bangkok,
Thailand. Two women track stars
and the basketball team captured
gold medals, and an Israeli sharp-
shooter just missed another gold
in the rifle competition. Only 23
athletes made up the Israel delega-
tion.
Israeli cagers defeated the
Japanese in a semi-final, 57-43,
then took the final over Thailand in
convincing fashion, 90-42. The
team was coached by Shimon
Shelach, 34, of Ramat Gan, a
former star player, while Amiram
Shapir, of Tel Aviv, was the team
manager; he too is a former player
and coach.

On the court the Israelis were
led by captain Tanchum Cohen-
Mintz, 27, 6-8 1/2, of Tel Aviv. Mintz
is an engineer and a graduate of
Technion. He has been a member
of the national team since 1960.
*
*

The United States Committee
Sports for Israel can take much
credit for the accomplishments of
the Israeli basketball team. The
Committee brought the squad to
the U.S. for a series of games just
prior to their Asian success. Ob-
viously that competition was just
what the team needed.
Sports for Israel long ago helped
establish basketball as one of the
prime sports in the young nation;
they sent outstanding United States
coaches to train Israeli youngsters
in the fundamentals of the game.
Such men as Nat Holman, Tubby
Raskin, Mickey Fisher, Elmer
Ripley and George Davidson have
conducted basketball clinics
throughout Israel. It all paid off
in 1966 with a gold medal at
Bangkok.

RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: True to its perennial misstatement on Jew-
ish religious affiliation in this country, the Yearbook of American
Churches for 1967, which has just appeared, carries the erroneous
assertion that 5,600,000 Jews are affiliated with Jewish houses of
worship . . . The incorrectness of this statement can be seen from
the fact that there are today altogether about 5,720,000 Jews in the
United States, according to the 1966 edition of the American Jewish
Year Book . . . And it is well known that quite a large number of
Jews are not religious, or not affiliated with any synagogue . . . As
a matter of fact, their number has on various occasions been esti-
mated to be about 2,000,000 . . . At any rate, even the central Jew-
ish religious groups — Reform, Conservative and Orthodox — do not
claim to have between them a total membership of 5,600,000, as
Aid to Yeshivot
* * *
reported in the Yearbook of the National Council of Churches. . . .
The Conference on Jewish Mate-
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, basing its data on rial Claims Against Germany last
The women track gold medalists,
250,000 families, claims to have 1,000,000 members in its Reform year allocated a total of 233,000 both recent brides, were Debra
temples . . . The United Synagogue of America, central body of the for the aid of yeshivot in Israel.
Turner Markus and Hannah Zadik
Conservative synagogues, claims some 1,700,000 members . . . Cer-
tainly, the Orthodox synagogues cannot claim more than 1,000,000
members in their synagogues . . . They claimed 205,000 male wor-
shipers in 1958, which, at an average of five members in each of
the worshipers' families, would give them about 1,000,000 members.
. . . But the Protestant Yearbook itself, bringing data from the
American Institute of Public Opinion, says that attendance in houses
of worship has been steadily if slowly declining since 1958 . . . On
the whole, the Protestant Yearbook records that the present church
membership represents 64.3 per cent of the estimated population of
the United States . . . If this proportion were to be applied to mem-
bership in Jewish houses of worship, it would show a membership
of about 3,700,000 rather than the 5,600,000 which the Yearbook of
American Churches reports . . . This figure would be closer to the
truth and would show that the religious trends among Jews in this
country is about the same as among non-Jews.

Shisifi. Mrs. Markus, formerly of
England, captured the 200-meter
dash, while Mrs. Shisifi, 23, won
the 800-meter run in the record
time of 2:10.5.
The two women were - the only
track athletes Israel sent to the
games. No Israeli male was good
enough to qualify. The U.S. Corn-
mittee Sports for Israel must now
think about doing for track and
field in Israel, what they have ac-
complished in basketball.
The Asian Games were Mrs.
Markus' swan song in track; she
will now become Israel's first
female track and field coach. Let's
hope she produces many Asian
Games gold medalists in the fu-
ture, and maybe even an Olympic
champion or two.
Nehemia Sirkiss, Israel's top
marksman, and a South Korean
tied for first in the small-bore rifle,
prone, position, shooting contest.
Both registered 585 of a possible
600, breaking the Asian Games
record of 584. The Korean won the
gold medal; he had the best score
in the last series, 90 of 100, to 96
for Sirkiss.

WANTED .

Anyone with an 8x10 glossy pic-
ture of Bert Gordon please con-
tact Joseph Z. Nederlander at
the Fisher Theater.

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Vietnam and PLO: Mish-Mash Policy

By MILTON FRIEDMAN

(Copyright, 1967, JTA, Inc.)

WASHINGTON—Is American in-
volvement in Vietnam undermining
the viability of U.S. anti-aggression
"guarantees" to Israel? This ques-
tion arose here as the Syrians
threatened to turn the Near East
into "another Vietnam."
A number of seasoned observers
have recently advanced a view that
the massive American preoccupa-
tion with Vietnam weakens Ameri-
can commitments elsewhere. Col-
umnist Walter Lippmann, for in-
stance, wrote: "The more extensive-
ly the United States becomes
hogged dawn in Vietnam, the less
able or willing it will be to under-
take a second and a third Vietnam
somewhere else. It is an empty
boast and a false promise to tell
the world that the United States
will fight aggression everywhere."
Indeed, the United States never
actually made a concrete pledge to
go to war to defend Israel against
Arab aggression. This is especially
true with regard to terror raids
and guerrilla warfare. Vague prom-
ises were made by President Ken-
nedy and reaffirmed by President
Johnson. Since the Syrians em-
barked on their use of Viet Cong
tactics against Israel, Washington
has remained silent.
Washington has no sympathy
for pro-Communist Syria. But
U.S. officials are concerned lest
an ,Israpli , riposte inflame Op,

region. They fear a chain reac-
tion that might topple King Hus-
sein of Jordan. American strat-
egists do not want to get em-
broiled in an East-West con-
frontation over Israel.
The so-called Palestine Libera-
tion Army openly announced its
affinity for Peking. The PLA
boasted of its emulation of Viet
Cong tactics. Syria officially en-
couraged such terrorism.
Yet Washington seemed far more
concerned about Saigon than Tel
Aviv. The United States, in effect,
told Israel not to fight back against
terrorism in the manner American
forces fight in Vietnam. Israel has
been advised to use restraint and
to apply to the agencies of the
United Nations although U.S. au-
thorities are aware that the UN
has failed to act on Israeli com-
plaints while responding vigorous-
ly to Arab charges.
American policies in the Near
East are perplexing. Apparently,
it is regrettable but must be toler-
ated when Arabs kill Jews. But it
is deemed a threat to world peace
when Jews strike back against
Arabs. 'U.S. Near Eastern strategy
is emerging in a peculiar mish-mash
of evasion and stop-gap measures.



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