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April 16, 1971 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-16

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Detroiters

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stildoy, Apr-if-16,-1971-17-

Israeli 'Black Panthers' Win Demand
for Military Induction With Dayan's OK

Yeshiva University was pledged support from a group of Detroiters at a dinner-meeting in
Miami Beach last week. The event was held in honor of former Detroiter Chester Devenow. In attend-
ance were (from left) Douglas Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Korman, Mrs. Richard Kahn, Mrs. Nathan
Fishman, Mark Devenow, Mrs. Chester Devenow, Mrs. Bessie Devenow, Leonard Devenow, Chester
Devenow, Mrs. Charles Fruchtman, Edward C. Levy, Nathan Fishman, Mrs. Edward G. Levy, Daniel
A. Laven, Abraham Borman, Charles Fruchman„ Jack M. Levine and Dr. and Mrs. Peter Weisberg.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred A. May are at the very top right of the photo.

Jericho Agricultural Boom Result
of Jewish-Arab Unity, Leaders Note

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jericho,
which lies 1,000 feet below sea
level near the north shore of the
Dead Sea has been cited by Arab
and Israeli spokesmen as an out-
standing example of the. benefits
Jewish-Arab cooperation can bring.
The occasion was the opening
of the agricultural fair attended
by some 5,000 Arab villagers from
all over the West Bank, Arab
notables and representatives of the
Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and
the military government.
Political differences were buried
as the throng examined some of
the latest farm equipment and the
;- excellent fruits and vegetables pro-
duced in the warm, sunny climate
of Jericho when most of Europe is
blanketed with 'snow.
Jericho's Mayor Sbeikhlah
Ahd1 -sponsored .,thefairjointljr
-with: We-Jam department of the
- iCinilitary government.
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-11C-'jild,-..f.11eas001`the World
utet ;'city.
that` Jerco;
Therisifikbeitiiie 00W:here ,
e ;fllgiiting
.:and ,
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shall WelCoineisitats>,W
would :eke ter-seefail:lifetrtsitlY0
whit Jt-.1fs' Iike hire ".
regional agri-
cultural OffiCek,'fOr: tee Minigtry of
Agriculture, said,:. "1-zain .not;speak-
a
ing now as aii
human being miler; a., -iariper. "'T
want to say - that thaii.W. -1O:: the
assistance of the Israeli'
of Agriculture, we have increased
several fold our farm yield in the
Jericho region."
He said that up to 18 months
ago, all farm -work was done man-
ually; now local farmers have the
benefit of modern equipment.

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Assahel Ben David, the mili-
tary government's agricultural
staff officer observed that be-
fore Israel's occupation of the
region in 1967, there were only
700 acres of arable land around
Jericho. Now there are 3,7000
acres under cultivation. Where
there was one farm instructor
three years ago, now there are
15 and new crops have been
introduced ending the region's
dependence on the success , or
failure of a few staples.
Ben David noted that diversified
farming in Jericho employs local
labor and benefits Israel by pro-
ducing fresh fruit and vegetables,
for export..- -
"We' cannot supply enough to
satisfy the European market's . ap-
petite for fresh vegetables in win- -
ter," „he said...The Jericho region
exports fresh tomatoes, aubergines,
turnips, green - peppers, lettuce and
celery which are air freighted to
Europe daily during the winter
Months.
;- Much of its produce also is sold
across the river in Jordan. Ben
iyid:.s.aid that agricultural devel-
Ogniii.t--44- the entire . West Bank
IS-- direeted_. by 1300 loeal Arab in-
structai:s. and -50' Israeli experts
who are :administrative
staff.

Educator Defends
Reform Schooling
Against Critics

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—A Re- I
form Jewish educator has accused
the movement's persistent critics
of not bothering to learn what Re-
form Judaism has done and is do-
ing to upgrade its education pro-
grams or to understand "the
built-in historical and sociological
factors" which the movement has
had to overcome.
He also vigorously disputed im-
plications of such criticism that
Orthodox and Conservative educa-
tion .automatically produced better
or .more loyal Jews, asserting that
there was no reliable proof- -of
such superior achievement.
Rabbi William Cutter, director
of the Rhea Hirsch School of Edu-
cation of the Hebrew Union Col-
lege in Los Angeles, spelled out
"the Case for Reform Jewish Edu-
cation" in the -March-April issue
of Davka, a new student publica-
tion sponsored by the Hillel Coun-
cil at the University of California
at Los Angeles and the Los An-
geles Jewish Federation-Council.
He argued that responsible
criticism had to be based on
acknowledgement of "certain so-
- cial realities." Of these, he de-
clared, the primary one was
that "the average Reform Jew-
ish parent knows very little so
that not only does our Jewish
inter-School Exchange
child receive very little rein-
forcement at home, but he may
Set by TefAvht.,U.. Case'-
ELEVELAND. ,(JT-AjA $20;000, even be discouraged from learn-
exchange relationship et ween ing too much?' He declared that
Case Western Reserve University this situation was "a conse-
and Tel AVii University has been quence of history" and that it
approved by the board of trustees, had "nothing to do with today's
Jewish Community Federation of Reform Jewish schools."
He asserted that "no critic can
Cleveland.
The allocation, to extend an- speak of our education system
nually for a three-year period, will without our emerging Hebrew high
begin with the academic year school program; the cadre of stu-
1971-72, according to Maurice dents studying at our seminary;
Saltzman, president of federation. our camp programs; the experi-
mental models which are being
Basic objectives of the inter- drawn up by our temples and na-
school exchange, according to tional institutions; and the sum-
Saltzman, will include the de- mer institutes and Torah Corps
velopment of faculty through for motivated older students."
consultation, individual study,
He stressed that for Reform, that
research and teaching; the de-
velopment of cross-cultural re- context was unique in that Reform
search studies jointly and/or Jewish education had accepted the
collaboratively sponsored; the task "of educating the largest
enrichment of education oppor- number of children from, the larg-
tunities for students; and the est number of families with the
promotion of a better understand- least amount of background and
ing of the respective cultures of the most tentative commitments"
to Jewishness.
the two countries.
He said "it has fallen to Reform
The basic exchange activities Jewish education to embrace these
will include visiting professors Jews" who. he charged, had been
and lecturers, faculty, advanced ignored by the other two branches
study and research and student of American Judaism.
exchanges. The exchange is be-
The goal of Reform Jewish edu-
lieved to be a first in the field cation, he declared, was certainly
of social sciences.
not "to minimalize the learning
of our children" but rather "to
In so far as we understand. we plant roots and deepen roots for
can desire nothing save that which thousands whom other Jewish
is necessaryeA-4-: rnoVements Might- pass by."

-

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One of
the major grievances of the so-
called Israeli "Black Panthers"
has been removed with the agree-
ment of Defense Minister Moshe
Dayan to end the exclusion of
youths with criminal records from
military induction.
Dayan's decision was revealed
by Rabbi Michael Jacob Hazani,
minister of social welfare. The
army's practice of rejecting con-
victed youths was based on con-
siderations of economy — their en-
listment cost more than they were
worth to the service — and of
morale. But those youths found it
very hard to become rehabilitated,
since potential employers want to
see applicants' military-discharge
certificates before hiring them.
The Israeli "Panthers" — who
have demonstrated against poverty
and have the support of extreme
Israeli Leftists, but have not been
linked to the Black _Panther Party
in the U.S. — announced that they

had asked Premier Golda Meir for
an interview and would fast in
front of the Western Wall if it
was not granted. A spokesman for
Mrs. Meir said she had left town
for the Passover holiday before
the Panthers' request arrived, and
that it would be submitted to her
when she returned.

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man that his business is his pleas-
ure. —Samuel Johnson

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