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November 07, 1969 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-11-07

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Apartments for Elderly Becomes a Reality

(Continued from Page 1)
but promised: "If successful, we
hope many many more such
apartment buildings will be de-
veloped and constructed within
the next few years."

Jackier continued: "Housing for
senior citizens at modest rentals
will be an important part of the
Jewish community from this day
He recalled the many frustra-
tions in developing the apartments,
from the initial study of needs,
through the drawing up of plans,
to the request and long period of
waiting for federal funds. "When
God called Noah to build an ark
out of gopher wood and pitch and
standing three stories high, Noah
did not have as many problems as
"r •f•
we had," Jackier said.
Acknowledgment was made of
the assistance of Oak Park Mayor

-ty.1 •,;
Joseph Forbes and the city coun-

cil, who enabled the passage of a
special rezoning ordinance for the
Three early supporters of apartments for senior citizens congratu-
construction of an apartment build-
late each other at the ground breaking for Federation Apartments
ing on that site.
Forbes called it a "historic day Sunday at the 10 Mile-Greenfield site. Mrs. Leah Rubel and David
in Oak Park. We on the city coun- Teitlebaum, members of the Jewish Center's senior citizens housing
committee, share the "nahes" with Leonard Simons (right), who
cil are anxious and proud to have
chaired the Federation Apartments steering committee for five years.
this building where it belongs: in
the heart of the Jewish community
somebody." She was assured that
in Michigan. and "I wish I could
in Oak Park." The apartment
building stands in front of the Jew- describe what this kind of inde- an impartial Federation commit-
ish Center and is close to several pendent' living means to elderly tee will screen the applicants with-
out knowledge of their identity.
synagogues and two shopping cen- people."
Some 200 persons attended the and that those with the greatest
ceremony, including the senior citi- need will be given priority.
Governor Milliken was unable
(Since Sunday. the Federation
zens and their children. Federation
to attend the ground breaking,
and city officials and youngsters has reported continuous phone
but he was represented by
who were excused from Hebrew calls from applicants. A secretary
Charles Chaskes, director of the
has been assigned to taking
classes in the Center building.
state commission on aging, de-
DeSpite the festive air at the names.)
scribed by Jackier as one of the
Paul Zuckerman, president of
most "effective persons" on the ground breaking, there was some
state level who gave assistance resignation among the elderly. United Jewish Charities, spoke
to the project. Chaskes said he "Oh, if only I can get in," said briefly before departing on a
has seen many similar projects one. "But I guess you have to know United Jewish Appeal study mis-

Nahum Goldmann's Autobiography

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, until 1968
president of the World Zionist Or-
ganization. still president of the
World Jewish Congress, the ack-
nowledged world leader whose
negotiations with Konrad Adenauer
resulted in the German restitution
program to sufferers from Nazism,
reviews his life's experiences in
"The Autobiography of Nahum
Goldmann: Sixty Years of Jewish
Life." published by Holt, Rinehart
and Winston.
In this definitive work Dr.
Goldmann .suggests that the Arab-
Israel problem can be solved by
means of international neutraliza-
tion of Israel. and he interprets it
to man that "the nations of the
world would recognize Israel's
unique role of providing for its
Jewish and Arab citizens, offering
a haven to Jewish refugees and,
Dr. Goldmann was a member of
at the same time, serving as the the delegation which proposed the
national and cultural center that partition plan to the United Na-
guarantees the future of the Jewish tions, creating the state of Israel.
people throughout the world."
The Zionist leader opposes a
policy of meeting every Arab at-
tack with a stronger counter-at-
Family Agency Issues
Pamphlet on Services
In his autobiography,
to Unwed Pregnant Girls Goldmann argues that the state
NEW YORK (JTA) — The in
of Israel, "whose mere existence
creasing number of infants born requires; the moral and spiritual
solidarity of all the Jews of the
out-of-wedlock, many of them to
world, must by definition be neu-
Jewish girls, has led the Louise
Wise Waterman Services to accel- tral if all Jews are to be able to
maintain emotional and spiritual
erate efforts to inform the Jewish
community of its program for un- ties with it, irrespective of their
married pregnant women. A bene- nationality and political orienta-
tion. Any political alignment on
ficiary of the Federation of Jewish
Phailanthropies of New York, it is the part of such a state makes
the only Jewish agency in the it difficult and sometimes im-
possible for the Jewish citizens
United States equipped to provide
of certain other countries openly
a total service to such women.
Officials said that the agency to profess their allegiance to it."
According to Dr. Goldmann,
was known as one of the leading
Such a state would set the perfect
adoption agencies in this country
but that the Jewish community crown on Jewish history, in keep-
was less familiar with its facilities ing with the unique destiny of the
for helping unmarried pregnant Jewish people. In terms of prac-
girls. The agency has issued a tical politics it would mean that
pamphlet, "Pregnant and Not the United Nations, and above all
Married," describing its services the two superpowers, would have
in the field, which has been dis- to guarantee the state's existence
tributed to rabbis, doctors, Jewish and integrity by methods that
community centers and day would be effective."
Dr. Goldmann bases his argu-

41—Friday, November 7, 1969


sion to Israel. Pointing out that the
UJC contributed the seed money
and the site for the apartments,
Zuckerman nevertheless paid tri
bute to Jackier, "without whose
energy and thousands of hours of,
work, this project wouldn't have
conic to be."
An emotional "Sheheheyanu"
was pronounced by David Brown,
vice president of the Senior Citi-
zens Housing Committee, a Jew-
ish Center-affiliated group which
sparked efforts for the project
some five years ago.

He recalled the efforts and the
contributions of many who work-
ed non-stop from the inception of
an idea. He mentioned, in par-
ticular, builder Nelson Dembs.
Dembs first became interested in
the project when he read about
the - plight of the elderly in The
Jewish News. In July 1965, he
came to the paper to offer his
help, and he continued to assist
as a member of the Federation
Apartments board.

Brown referred to "a senior citi-
zen" who conceived the idea of
Federation-sponsored apartments.
That senior citizen was Leah Ru-
bel. whose nonstop letter-writing
campaign began- more than five
years ago.
Mrs. Rubel, whose name is
known to every Federation profes-
sional and layman connected with
the project. was one of the first at
' the ground-breaking site Sunday. "I
pestered everyone," she admitted
unashamedly. "But I knew some
day it would happen. I never gave
up hope."
One of those who gave her hope
was Leonard Simons, whom she
greeted warmly with: "I never
stopped bothering you, did I?" She
credited Simons, whose chairman-

ship of the steering committee ini-
tiated the project, as "the man
responsible for everything. Without
him, it wouldn't have been done."
Jackier mentioned many other
names, among them Samuel Cohen,
assistant director of Federation,
"who sustained me on many occa-
sions, when I thought we wouldn't
make it."

But the real thanks in addition
to the government and the or-
ganized Jewish community —
"goes to the senior adults of the
Jewish community," said Wil-
liam Avrunin, executive vice
president of Federation. "With-
out their prodding and their peti-
tions, this would have never
conic to pass. Fortunately, we
live in a community that re-
sponds to the petitioning of our


The apartments "will be a place
where people will be glad to
come," said Avrunin, "not just a
place to spend their last days.
"I can't help but feel," he said,
"that we who took part are honor-
ing that biblical injunction to 'hon-
or thy. father and thy mother.'"
After the invitations to the
ground-breaking had been posted
in the mail, Avrunin said, "the first
call my secretary got was from a
woman, who said, 'Danken Got,
ich hob der lebr—Thank God, I've
lived to see this day."

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Advocates Neutralization of Israel

ments on the belief that "Israel
cannot exist forever as a hostile
island in an Arab ocean."
"From the realistic political
viewpoint." he says, "such isola-
tion cannot be maintained in the
long run; it would falsify Israel's
whole way of life and make it
impossible for the state to fulfill
the purpose it was created for,
namely, to serve as a center for
the Jewish people and to be the
most vital factor in Jewish
Israel's integration in a Near
Eastern confederation of equal
states is the only alternative that
Goldmann sees to the neutraliza-
tion plan. But he is skeptical of the
confederation as a practical solu-

"The Arab world is so divided
internally that a long time may

more than can be hoped for today),
then at least against aggression
in the Near East.
"This agreement," he continues,
-would have to be accompanied by
the cessation or - limitation of arms'
shipments to Israel and to the
According to Dr. Goldmann,
"Such an agreement would mean
that in any conflict between the
East and West, Israel would have
to maintain a neutral position. This
falls far short of what I mean by
true international neutralization,
but apart from all its other advan-
tages, it would be a great practical
step toward an ultimate settle-
"The hope that once existed.
that the Jews and Arabs might
reach an understanding on their
own, has become vain after the
events of the last 20 years,"
Dr. Goldmann says. "Only the
common will of the two blocs can
stabilize the Near East."

pass before a real confederation
of Near Eastern states, includ-
ing Israel, could be established,"
he writes. "Furthermore, there
is an inherent danger that Israel,
Hebrew Column
being alone among so many
Arab states in a confederation,
would be too dependent on them
and therefore inhibited by them
in developing its specific Jewish
character." However, estab-
Twenty years ago, during the War of
Independence. a number of Arabs from
lished Israeli foreign policy can-
Gaza kidnaped Jewish women and took
not bring about either solution,
them home with them. For 20 years
Dr. Goldmann states.
the Jewish women lived in Gaza. The
Arab kidnapers forced the Jewish wom-
Claiming that Israeli foreign en to marry them, and children were
policy has not changed substanti- born to them.
After the Six-Day War, the Tel Aviv
ally since Ben-Gurion retired in rabbi,
llananya Deli, strolled along the
1952, he says this policy must lead Gaza beach. Suddenly he saw a youth
who made a peculiar impression upon
to increasing alignment, if not him. The rabbi approached the youth
formal alliance, with the Western and began to question him about his
family. It turned out that the boy's
mother was a Jewess. one of those
"Economically Israel depends Jewish women who had been kid-
naped by the Arabs.
primarily on the Western countries
Rabbi Deri says about this meeting,
-The sons of Israel are like pure olive
that supply all its armaments, oil.
they rise to the surface of the
while the Eastern bloc steadily water. - Rabbi Hananya Derl continued
continues to arm the Arabs, not to look for the other women as well,
and indeed found three more Jewish
only intensifying the arms contest women who had 20 children.
A short time ago, a large number of
but also increasingly involving the
people assembled at the ..Ohel !Hoed'
two great world political blocs in synagogue in Tel Aviv. There the Bar .
this local conflict," Dr. Goldmann Mitzva celebration of four boys rescued
from Gaza took place. The youths were
wrapped in prayer shawls (Talitot) and
He believes that the first, and wore white skull caps (Kipot) on their
They donned phylacteries and
perhaps the most important, step heads.
made a speech (Derasha).
Rabbi Derl has not completed his
toward a solution of the Arab-
task. He continues to look for Jews in
Israeli problem would be "a speci- the
town of Gaza.
Published by the Brit Writ Olamit.
fic guarantee by both blocs, if not
with the assistance of the Memorial
of Israel's frontiers (which is Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Children of Gaza
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