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December 03, 1971 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-12-03

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Poverty Problem Outlined

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Labor Israel Sets $10 Million Goal

NEW YORK (JTA) — The confronting the underprivileged in
48th annual convention of the Na- Israel, particularly those from
tional CoMmittee for Labor Israel Middle East countries, could be
concluded Sunday with the adop- overcome in six to eight years by
tion of a •und-raising goal of expanding housing, the sChool
$5,000;000 for the Israel Histadrut years of the young and job train-
Campaign• and an additional - target ing for youths.
of $5,000,000 in deferred gifts for
The convention delegates
the Israel Histadrut Fmmdation.
adopted a resolution appealing to
The funds will be used in Israel the United States to renew ship-
for a variety of health, educational ment of Phantom jets to Israel_
and welfare programs maintained
Messages of support for the
by Histadrut, the Israel labor work of the National Committee
federation.
for Labor Israel were received
Among the major programs sup- from President Nixon -and Israel's
ported by the American group is Premier Goida Meir.
* * *
the Kupat Holim medical network
that serves over 70 per cent of Histadrut Officials Resign;
the Jewish and Arab population of Ben-Aharon Reported Dissatisfied
Israel; a vocational training sys-
TEL AVIV (ZINS) — The heads
tem of 26 schools with an enroll- of the Atherican Histadrut Cam-
ment of 10,000 teen-agers; and sev- paign, Dr. Sol Stein and Israel
eral hundred community and youth Stolarsky have left their positions
centers. - following a general reorganization
Leon Keyserling was elected to of the • Histadrut Campaign staff
his third term as president.
in the United States, it was re-
Yitzhak Ben-A bar o n, secre- ported by the Tel Aviv daily
Haaretz.
tary-general of the. Histadrut,
According to the newspaper
said that about 200,000 Israelis
account, the treasurer of the
— about one-tenth of the pop-
Histadrut
in Israel, Yeshuah Levy,
ulation — live below the poverty
line. 'Ws has created a cred- declared that the two officials
were not fired; rather they
ibility gap between our original
social ideology and the present resigned because they reached re-
tirement age.
reality of life in Israel," he said,
Haaretx writes, however, that
noting that "Israel's leadership,
especially the labor leaders, the reorganization was insisted
. have had to overcome the em- upon by the secretary of the
barrassment of this situation as Histadrut in Israel, Yitzhak Ben-
we believed- that 'it couldn't Aharon.
According to their account, Ben-
happen here."
Aharon was unhappy with the
But, Ben-Aharon said, "once we
annual report of the American
realized the nature of the problem, campaign, which included sums
it became manageable." He said
listed as income that were not
the social and economic problems actually realized from the cam-
paign. They were only pledges by
payable out of estates after death.

,

Dr. Katsh Defends
Public Image of
Late Rabbi Levin

PHILADELPHIA — "In face of
the conditions a Jewish _ religious
leader has to face in the USSR—
an avowedly and officially atheistic
country—Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin
(chief rabbi of Moscow's Central
Synagogue, who died-Nov. 17) ful-
filled his task with dignity -and
devotion to the Jewish people
there." declared Dr. Abraham I.
Katsh, president of Dropsie Uni-
versity.
Dr. Katsh was a dose friend of
Rabbi Levin since 1956 when they
first met at the Yeshiva in Moscow
and before he became associated
with the synagogue.
Dr. Katsh said that the rabbi's
public statements did not reflect
his own personal feelings, and that
he was constantly under•.eat
pressures and handicaps placed
on him by the Soviet government.
Dr. Katsh visited with Rabbi
Levin during his six different
visits to the USSR during which
he was able -to acquire micro-
... films of Geniza material and
other Judaica treasures locked
in the government's libraries and
museums.
Dr. Katsh questions whether the
characterization of Rabbi Levin
as a foe of Zionism is a true one.
He recalls an incident when he
was the only lay leader invited to
attend the rabbi's birthday party
in 1969:
Although Hebrew is equated with
Zionism by the Russians, Dr.
-:: .Katsh saw- fit to'-speak only in
Hebrew. When the master of cere-
monies at the synagogue function
interrupted Dr. Katsh and chided
- him for using Hebrew, Rabbi Levin
sloy.e up: "if- a man comes from
another country .to greet .me, he
should .41110WeClik=talk:in the
tananiage he. wishelt
The only Hebrew spoken at
day celebration was that
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