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June 30, 1967 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-06-30

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irolssitsteers Keep _Phones Ringing

Volunteers from many sectors of Detroit's Jewish community have been manning the phones
during the Israel Emergency Fund drive at the Jewish Welfare Federation's Butzel Building. On this
crew are (from left) Mrs. Donald Mahler, Ben G. Frank, Rabbi Samuel Wohlgelernter, Mrs. Wil-
liam Deutsch, Mrs. Merle Harris, David Sislin, Reuben Levine and Ben Jones.

Mrs. Jones and Associates Report on Israel Trip

NEW YORK (JTA)—In the first
eyewitness account of conditions in
Israel since the cease-fire, a Unit-
ed Jewish Appeal delegation of
three top leaders told a nationwide
audience on a telephone hookup
that the needs of UJA's immigrant
aid, relief and welfare programs
in Israel have been sharply in-
creased by war damage and by an
economic dislocation which will
continue for some time to come.
The cost of maintaining these
humanitarian programs in the fore-
seeable future is presently unas-
certainable. the delegation report-
ed to some 500 communities from
coast to coast, but is certain to be
in the hundreds of millions. The
American Jewish community must
provide the bulk of the funds need-
ed, they declared, through a con-
tinued heavy response to the Israel
Emergency Fund of the United
Jewish Appeal.
The delegation, consisting of
UJA associate general chairman
Edward Ginsberg of Clevelend,
Women's Division chairman Mrs.
Harry I.. Jones of Detroit and
Young Leadership Cabinet chair-
man Leonard D. Bell of Lewis-
ton, Me.. returned from four
days of intensive study in Israel.
In addition to key battle points
of the recent war, they visited
many towns, villages and settle-
ments and saw evidence of severe
damage and disruption directly
affecting the lives of immigrants
who had been brought to Israel
by UJA for resettlement.
Pointing out that mobilization
will have to continue through a
long and uncertain period of peace
negotiations. Ginsberg declared:
"The price of peace may be more
costly than the price of victory.
The severe dislocation to Israel's
economy, the loss of tourism al-
ready incurred, the loss of indus-
trial and agricultural productivity,
the cost of rebuilding and repair-
ing physical damage caused by
war, of constructing new immi-
grant houses to replace those des-
troyed, of rebuilding agricultural
settlements, and the loss or crops
burned in the field . . . create an
economic burden of impossible di-
mensions for Israel's people.
Therefore they turn to all Jewry,
especially the American Jewish
community, to take over complete-
ly those functions and programs

• •

for which the UJA has always been
The five greatest areas of
need, he said, were housing, ab-
sorption, aid to agricultural
settlements, health services and
Mrs. Jones, noting the courage
of a civilian population under fire
consisting mainly of women and
children, reported that women's
volunteer services were crucial in
maintaining order and morale.
Graphically describing air raid
shelters beneath houses on the
Syrian border, furnished with cribs
and playpens for children who en-
dured six days of shelling, she told
thousands of women listening
around the country that "the part
we have played through our plus
gifts to the Israel Emergency Fund
is small in comparison to the many
sacrifices the women of Israel have
made and will continue to make."
• • •
Five days after the cease-fire,
Mrs. Harry L. Jones, of Muirland
Ave., went to Israel as a member
of the three-man fact-finding com-
mittee, on behalf of the Israel
Emergency Fund. Mrs. Jones is

national chairman of the Women's
Division of the United Jewish Ap-
peal which is operating the fund
and a member of the Executive
Committee of the Jewish Welfare
Federation of Detroit.
Special permission from the U.S.
State Department was necessary
as Americans had been forbidden
to travel in the area at that time.
Mrs. Jones was impressed with
the amount of damage in Jerusa-
lem and the vast waste in the
Sinai Desert.
"In Jerusalem 20,000 homes
were shelled and either destroyed
or damaged. Many were homeless
but were rapidly being taken care
of," se added.
In the Detroit area, Americans
of every creed have responded
to the need of the people of Is-
rael and have made contributions
to the Israel Emergency Fund
for care of the needy, the handi-
capped and the helpless, accord-
ing to Paul Zuckerman, Emer-
gency Fund chairman.
Contributions may be sent to
Israel Emergency Fund, 163 Madi-
son, for immediate transmittal to

Young Leadership Mission of UJA
to Study Welfare Needs Abroad

NEW YORK—The first United
Jewish Appeal mission to visit
Israel since the crisis in that
country will leave the United
States Monday, when the seventh
annual mission of the UJA Young
Leadership Cabinet departs for a
26-day survey tour.
A group of 60 participants, young
American-Jewish community rep-
resentatives from a score of cities,
will make a study of Jewish immi-
gration absorption needs in Israel
and refugee aid programs in
France, Italy and Spain which are
aided by UJA funds. The needs in
Israel, intensified by the recent
crisis, are being met by the nation-
wide Israel Emergency Fund cam-
paign of the UJA, in which the
Young Leadership Cabinet is par-
The mission is by invitation to
young men and women age 25-40
who have demonstrated "leader-
ship potential" in their home
communities. Each mission

First Israel Eyewitness Report

UJA Associate General Chairman Edward Ginsberg of Cleveland
(left) headed the top-level USA delegation which made an on-the-spot
survey of disrupted and war-damaged USA humanitarian programs
in Israel. He joined Women's Division Chairman Mrs. Harry L.
Jones of Detroit and Young Leadership Cabinet Chairman Leonard
D. Bell of Lewiston, Me.. in making the first post-war eyewitness
report to a nationwide audience via a telephone hookup.

member is paying his own way.
For Leonard D. Bell of Lewis-
ton, Me., chairman of the Young
Leadership Cabinet and also serv-
ing as chairman of the mission,
this -will be his second flight to
Israel in a few weeks. Bell was one
of a UJA fact-finding delegation
which flew to Israel June 14 for a
brief, intensive survey of the in-
creased welfare needs imposed by
the crisis.
While abroad, the mission mem-
bers will see at first hand the
workings of the life-sustaining
programs carried out by the Joint
Distribution Committee and the
Jewish Agency for Israel, the two
major beneficiaries of United Jew-
ish Appeal fund-raising campaigns,
including the Israel Emergency
A group of 26 college and uni-
versity students left Kennedy Inter-
national Airport on the first lap of
a two-month survey of Jewish life
and welfare programs supported
by the UJA in Europe and Israel.
This is the first University Study
Mission to be organized by the
UJA. Its members are in the 18-24
age bracket and were chosen for
qualities of leadership on the cam-
pus and for leadership potential in
their home communities.
The plan for a University Study
Mission was originated early in the
year by Rabbi Herbert A. Fried-
man, UJA executive vice-chair-
man, as a logical follow-up of the
UJA's Young Leadership Missions.
Heading the group is Rabbi Zelig
S. Chinitz of New York, national
director of special services of the
The group will focus its study
on the problems and needs of
young immigrants who are being
aided in their settlement by funds
from the United Jewish Appeal.

40—Friday, June 30, 1967

Generosity Shown by Local Friends
of Israel — Young, Old, Rich, Poor

Stories by the thousands will be
told of the spontaneous responses
to the calls for aid to Israel that
are being made by peoples of all
faiths, in all lands.
Christians as well as Jews, and
a number of Moslems, have aided
and are aiding the Israel Emer-
gency Fund.
An interesting experience is re-
lated by Murry Hartz, general
manager of Joseph Frenkel Co.,
who has been asking customers to
assist in the emergency. He was
especially thrilled by responses
from non-Jews, and he tells about
Cleveland customers who sent
funds to the Detroit committee in
appreciation of the appeal Hartz
made to them-
* • •
Marilyn Shulman of Mark Lane,
Livonia, told the Jewish News of
the generosity of a Negro Catholic
woman, Nellie Cuellar, 67, who
helps her with the housework one
day a week. Mrs. Cuellar visited
Israel six years ago as a gift from
her three children.
"When the fighting in Israel
broke out," Mrs. Shulman wrote,
"she personally took it upon her-
self to try and collect $1 from
each of the 2,900 families in her
Downriver community.
"Nellie expressed her deep dis-
appointment in her people, for
she collected only $1,300! Quite
a feat for someone so hard work-
ing and not in the best of health
. . . I know Nellie expects no
thanks. Her philosophy is such
that as a human being, it is only
a natural thing to help others."

Thirteen non-Jewish workers
employed at a local packing house
have purchased Israel Bonds
through Mrs. Irving Isaacs, a vice
president of the Metropolitan De-
troit Bnai Brith Women's Coun-
The purchasers are of varied
nationality, race and creed, said
Mrs. Isaacs, "including people of
Polish, Italian and German descent
and Negroes. They came to me
and asked me what they could
do to help Israel. I have geen
greatly heartened by this outpour-
ing of sentiment from ordinary
people who admire Israel's cour-
age and fortitude."
• • •

Martin Brown, 8-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brown of
Whitmore Ave., Oak Park, held an
Emergency Fund Carnival June
19 raising $14.12 for the American
Red Magen David.

• • •

Eight suburban barbers, one
from Southfield and the others
from Oak Park, opened their shops
Monday for a "benefit perform-
ance" and later turned over
$1,453 for the Israel Emergency
Camp Gan Israel, which nor-
mally holds its annual dinner at
this time to aid its camping pro-
gram and other Lubavitcher
Habad activities, postponed its
dinner until November so that the
fullest support can be given to
the special UJA fund.





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