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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-25

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TUE BETROff JEWISH NEWS

Spotlight on Australian Jewry

By G. SHAIAK

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, the capital of Vic-
toria, and the second largest city
in the Commonwealth of Australia,
has a population of almost 2,000,000,
yet the Jewish population isonly
35,000. The majority is of ,British
and Eastern-European stoat with a
sprinkling of Central Europe.
However, in terms of enlightment
and spiritual guidance, Melbourne
is far ahead of Sydney and other
capital cities. In fact, Melbourne
is the lighthouse and spokesman
for Australian Jewry. The city is
also the venue of most Jewish
gatherings, conferences, the, center
of Jewish cultural life, daily
schools, two yeshivot, the Jewish
press and theater.
In spite of the many transforma-
tions the Jewish community passed
through in recent years, its repre-
sentative body is_ ill patterned on
typical Jewish co mmunal life in
England. Its name is the Victoria
Board of Deputies ZVBD). There is
no democratically elected Kehila.
At present 40 Jewish organizations
are affiliated to the Victorian Jew-
ish Board, and the current presi-
dent is Walter Lippman.
In the past the VBD has had
three Polish-born presidents; for
several years the English-born M.
Ashkenazy, Q.C., a well-known bar-
rister, and one Australian-born-
Trevor Rapke, now a judge.
The new president is dub
as head of figures or the "statis-
tician," because his preoccupation
over a couple of decades with sta-
tistics of the Australian Jewish
community has served to inform of
increase and decrease of numbers,
intermarriage ratio and a variety
of other miscellaneous f a c tors
which help to illustrate the nature
and character of a community.
He has an inbred sense of social
consciousness, and reflects that if
it had not been for Hitler, he would
probably have taken an academic
career 15 a sociologist. The oppor-

faulty wi>~ denied him in his native
Hamburg where he fled as a lad of
19 to Australia. He arrived here in
1938. He had contacts here on both
sides of his family. His father's
family had migrated from Germany
in 1811, but had maintained corm-
pondence with those relatives who
had remained in the old country.
Within a year of his arrival,
Lippman was already active in
communal affairs, following in the
wake of family tradition.
He distinguished himself in many
fields in communal life, Ileld many
important positions in the Jewish
and general communities, served
for many years as honorary secre-
tary of the executive council of
Australian Jewry and in various
capacities of the Victoria Board of
Deputies. He is also a member of
the Commonwealth Immigration
Advisory Board.
His late father was founder of
the Bnal Brith in Melbourne. His
grandfather was president of the
Liberal Jewish community of Ham-
burg. His family has followed the
Liberal Jewish tradition. Mr. Lipp-
man is a member of the Temple
Beth Israel, and thus the first Lib-
eral Jew as president of an Ortho-
dox and Conservative Jewish com-
munity.

Arab Terrorists Profiting
From Drug Traffic to U.S.

LONDON (ZINS) — The Arab
terrorist organizations of Jordan
and Lebanon are conducting an
active contraband in hashish to
the United States, using the profits
from this illicit traffic to finance
their operations, it was reported
in the London Daily Telegraph.
Quoting well-informed sources,
the paper reports that the terror-
ists pocket a clear profit of $25 on
every kilogram of the drug sold.
British authorities in Cyprus re-
cently impounded a plane carrying
700 kilograms of hashish from
Lebanon. Five Americans were
arrested.

Immortality

• By MELBA KRAUSE
Grand Blase, Melt
Dr. Viktor Frankel, a contempo-
rary Jewish psychiatrist, has
stated that the strongest human
need is for a purpose and meaning
to life.
Various philosophers and mystics
intuitively believe that the purpose
of life is individual evolution, re-
quiring many rebirths in human
form until the individual soul has
evolved highly 'enough to need no
further human experience. They
concluded that at such a degree
of development life continues in a
superior realm—in union with God.
Investigators in psychical re-
search are in agreement with this
and also affirm that death is a
period of assimilation of the past
life's experiences, during which
time the individual consciousness
functions on a plane commensurate
with the quality of the efforts
exerted in the human life just
terminated. This is followed by a
period of rest and joy, after which
there is subsequent rebirth in
another human infant form. This
cyclic procedure continues until
the individual has evolved -highly
enough to graduate beyond the
necessity for human experience.
Life continues in a more advanced
state, where the continuity of the
chain of past lives is compre-
hended.
Present lifetime situations are a
result of past thoughts, words and
actions. Life in this world is de-
signed to be an assignment, an
opportunity, a challenge, a strug-
gle, a place of obstacles and suf-
fering as well as of success and
enjoyment. That which each indi-
vidual tries to make of his situa-
tion influences his future in this
life, as well as in so-called death,
and future lives.
-Death is not a punishment. It is
a birth into a vaster dimension.
However, suicide fails to provide
escape from a precise cause-and-
effect principle. Consequences fol-
low all violations of natural law.
Progress in human self-develop-
ment is aided by attuning oneself
to the laws of nature regarding
one's physical habits — the body
being the temple of the soul; and
one's mental habits — what one
thinks about, influences one; as
well as through interaction with
other people—kindness and service
being incumbent upon all. 'the goal
being—to serve God.

Bonn Security Tightened at Home of Israel Envoy

and Arabs reside in West Ger-
many. Among them are 3,000
Palestinians, many of whom are
connected with terrorist groups."

BONN (JTA)—Security-arrange-
meats were strengthened around
the home of Israeli Ambassador
Eliahi Ben Horin after police stop-
ped a number of Arabs near the
ambassador's residence.
The Arabs said they were visit-
ing the Arab League office located
nearby.
A government spokesman had
previously reported that the envoy
had been under constant guard
since the Israel Embassy received
an anonymous telephone threat
last week that the ambassador
would be kidnapped.
At the same time, another gov-
ernment spokesman said the Ger-
man government had learned that
Arab terrorists were preparing
to renew their activities in West
Germany. Werner Smoydtin, dep-
uty chief of the German Intel-
ligence Service, said "Thirty thous-

He said the West German gov-
ernment knew of Arab plans to
renew terrorist activities in West
Germany through "our cooperation
with intelligence services of other
countries."

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Border Children Get Rest

RAANANA, Israel — Forty-four
young people from 17 countries, al-
most 100 from border settlements
and areas, and the "native" popu-
lation of some 250 summer camp-
ers, 'participated in simultaneous
programs this summer at Kfar
Batya, the Bessie Gotsfeld Chil-
dren's Village, one of the network
of projects sponsored by the Mix-
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