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November 22, 1968 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-11-22

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Israel Offers
U. S. Youths
Share in Life

When, in the years immediately
preceding the emergence of Israel,
the remnants of European Jewry
began pouring into Palestine,
American Jewish youth were
moved to go on aliya. _With -the
outbreak of Israel's War of Libera-
tion they became part of the spe-
cial units set up for volunteers
from western countries. • '
This was the first impressive
evidence of a significant number
of American youths shaking in the
Jewish people's struggle for na-
tional renaissance. Their participa-
tion in the building of the land in
the years that followed signified
the reawakened pioneering spirit,
that same spirit which inspired
the European habit21in (pioneers)
to go to Palestine in' the early
years of our centdry. ---------
Together with the uplifting feel-
ing of Pioneering, adventure rand
challenge emerged the deep: satis;
faction of personal identification
with the people and state of Israel
that are- now the living - embodi-
ment of Jewry's history, faith and
culture. Here .they. found -a - Plaee .
where their -own, Often subcon-
scious, ties with the . history ., tradi-
tion and-spiritual values of- their
people could be translated into
reality. - ' - - • * .•
A profoundly moving manifes-
tation of American youth's bur-
geoning commitment to : Israel
was their massive, spontaneous
response- to the crisis that faced
the country in June of 1967.
Thousands volunteered to serve
Israel, hundreds went before_ the
travel ban was imposed; eager
to help and to share. The quick
end of the fighting changed- the
volunteering picture. The. need
now is for young people ready to
commit themselves for longer
periods of lime.
The reaction of the American
Jewish community has been to
offer concrete programs as vehicles
through which our boys and, girls
may spend anywhere from -a s'uin-
mer to a year in Israel. Recogniz-
ing the identifieation 'that Ameri-
can youth has ..developed' with a
pioneering country- and f'under-
standing Israel's meaning for them
as Americans and as Jews, the
American Zionist Youth. Foundation
in coeperation with the -Jewish
Agency has set up -programs- which
enable them to shaie in - the Israel
experience.
There are basically two types of
programs: - one, volunteer 'service
in Israel and the other, work, tra-
vel, study programs. The volunteer
programs - are -Sherut. La'am and
VIP. -Sherut La'am is the one-
year service program which pro-
vides' the opportunity for experi-
enced professionals, graduate and
undergraduate students to work
with newly arrived immigrants.
The Volunteers for Israel Pro-
gram (VIP) is a six-month serv-
ice program which places the vol-
unteer -in needed areas to work in
building new kibutzim, strength-
ening existing settlements and
clearing land.
The Israel Summer Institute of
the Foundation offers seven-week
summer programs- of work; travel
and study to young men and wom-
en and to college youth. The foun-
dation also provides a 10-week
"Sumner in Kibutz" project
through which youth over age 18
may have a full taste of kibutz
living.'
A unique project is the National
Bar Mitzva Club through which
boys and girls, who are enrolled at
the age of 13, may accumulate the
funds for the Israel trip over a
three-year period in order to spend
a summer in Israel' when they are
16.

The more details of our daily life
we can band over to the effoitless
custody of automatism, the more
our higher powers of mind will be
set free for their proper work.
—William James.

Jerusalem Reawakens

ress of a divided city. On the
JERUSALEM—Medieval tradition
Jordanian side it developed as a
held that Jerusalem was the true
a center for the agrarian West
location of the center of the world.
Bank; on the Israeli side it de;
While the tradition may not meet
veloped as the educational and
with acceptance by -.contemporary
administrative capital.
man, well schoOled in:a geography
that teaches the world is round;
The man with the greatest re-
no one will question ,the fact that
sponsibility in this contemporary
Jerusalem - IS centkal in' the hearts
Renaissance is Mayor -Teddy Kol-
and minds Of the followers of three
Even before June 1967, while
faiths: '.Indaism; Christianity and ! lek.-
Pd_o h a ni meda nis Jerusalem's still director general of the prime
minister's office, he was instru-
traditions are rooted deep ,-in :the
history of man, and though she is mental in the establishment of the
Israel
Museum. • :
physically small, the dimensions
The natural color of Jerusalem is
of her signiffeance defy measure-
a pale-rose pink. It is the color of
ment --
The history of Jerusalem is well the limestone formations on which
chronicled in the Bible. Through the city is built. It is also the color
this, pageant of: the past, events of the stone buildings characteris- •
have_molded.belief, and belief has tic of the city. Dust blown in from
molded events, until it seems that the-deserts to the East puts a haze
every. sguitre :inch :of the city has in the summer sky and 'settles in a
be- I
its: own :stOry. :In many:locations, thin dull patina :on all that is -
the Significance is tamped down in neath. So - if was in Turkish times,
layers :and each period; -Pre-bibli- 'and so it is today in the older sec-
cal, biblical, Roman,, -Byzantine, I -lions of . the city. But throughout
crusader, and Turkish is flattened the city, today. as. it _ must have
out in pancakes of interest below been in other times of Jeruslaem's '
the 'streets and house • of living national vitality, there is a counter I
point of color. 'The dorininant rose-
Jerusalem. - •
Jerusalem today is . a Renais- -pink =matched with the brovins
sance' city. The date of the new "and greens of gardens and trees. I
. Giant lamps shed a soft glow on '
beginning is June 1967. For though
'Jerusalem showed development the outside wall_of the Old .City, on
before that date it was the prOg- the-government buildings to the
-

west, on the churches of the city
and on Israel's magnificent Parlia-
ment Building. A tour by night is a
breathtaking experience cherished
together with the million other
memories of Jerusalem.
While the visible vitality of Jeru-
salem is physical, the hidden vital-

ity is kpiritual, in the sound of the
Moslem muezzin calling the faith-
ful to prayer, in the bells of the
churches of Jerusalem ringing out
on a Sunday morning-

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
24—Friday, November 22, 1968

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the famed areas in Israel. Also included is one night
in a first class hotel in Frankfurt on your way home.
For $535 we have-another EUROPACAR Israel tour
that gives you 2 weeks in Israel and one in Europe.
And we also have a 2-week optibnal motorcoaclitour
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If you flew roundtrip from New York to Tel Aviv the
fare alone would be $599. We can give you the Prom-
ised Land for $100 less. - --
For the details on all three Israel tours, send the
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