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Boris Smolor's

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'Between You
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Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1973, JTA Inc.)

IN 1974: There are
still more than five months
left before the arrival of
1974, but the United Jewish
Appeal has already started
its 1974 campaign.
The first step was made at
a private gathering last
month of 30 top givers, held
in Bermuda. They came
from various parts of the
United States. They heard
reports on what the Jewish
needs in Israel and other
overseas • lands may be in
1974, in the light of the in-
creasing immigration of So-
viet Jews and the drop in the
value of the American dollar
in European countries. The
decline of the dollar has al-
ready affected the work of
the Joint Distribution Com-
mittee, ORT, HIAS and other
Jewish agencies operating in
European countries.
Also discussed at the Ber-
muda gathering were factors
which the UJA may face in
1974 as a result of the mood
of uncertainty in the United
States created by the grow-
ing inflation, the heavy losses
on the stock exchange and
the "Watergate A f f a i r."
These developments had no
repercussions on contribu-
tions to UJA in 1973. In fact,
the UJA will raise in 1973
slighhtly more than it did in
1972 — the year which
brought the highest results
in UJA history.
Despite the present chaotic
financial conditions in the
country, the 30 top givers
present at the Bermuda con-
ference announced larger
gifts for 1974.
The second step for the
1974 campaign will be made
next month. On Aug. 20,
there will be a dinner for
major contributors at the
home of Israel Ambassador
Sirnha Dinitz, in Washington.
Capacity for the dinner is
36 individuals. The invita-
tions from the ambassador
will be sent on a selective
basis. Those invited will
come to Washington pre-
pared to commit themselves
to pace-setting gifts.
A third important step will
be made a week later on
Aug. 27, when UJA chair-
men of each community rais-
ing at least $1,000,000 and
two major givers from each
of these communities will
leave for Israel to attend a
conference with Prime Min-
ister Golda Meir. This con-
ference usually concludes
every year with many mil-•
lions of dollars of pledges
for the UJA by the prtici-
pants. It is nicknamed in
Israel "The Millionaires' Con-
ference."
Later there will also be a
mission of several hundred
American contributors sent
by the UJA to Israel. This
mission will be composed
only of donors giving $20,000
or more to the UJA drive.
The main pillars of the
UJA leadership on whom the
1974 drive will be 'built are
Paul Zuckerman, general
chairman of the UJA, Ray-
mond Epstein, president of
the Council of Jewish Feder-
ations and Welfare Funds,
Edward Ginsberg, chairman
of the Joint Distributon Com-
mittee, Melvin Dubinsky,
chairman of United Israel
Appeal, and Max Fisher, the

internationally known Jewish
leader. Each has an enviable
record of dedication to Jew-
ish causes and of everlast-
ing devotion to the United
Jewish Appeal.
In preparation for the full-
steam 1974 campaign, the
UJA national cabinet is now
undergoing transformation.
It is being activated to its
full potential as a fund-rais-
ing instrument. "Graduates"
of the UJA Young Leader-
ship program, along with
other national leadership,
form the nucleus for the
transformation and regional
reorganization.
New directions are project-
ed for 1974. One of them is
the introduction of a "Rus-
sian-in-Residence" program
which will make a recent
immigrant from the Soviet
Union available to a commu-
nity for as long a period of
time as it can use him—for
total exposure through radio
and TV, speeches in syna-
gogues and before Jewish or-
ganization, and direct solici-
tation, together with a local
community leader where
practical.
The most interesting inno-
vation is perhaps "The
American Family Project."
It provides for each commu-
nity to select a family of
four—husband, wife and two
teen-agers—who will become
immigrants for 10 days. The
family will fly to Vienna,
where the Jews leaving the
Soviet Union make their first
stop enroute to Israel. In
Vienna, the family will stay
two days and sleep two
nights at the Schoenau Cen-
ter where the immigrants
from Russia are being proc-
essed. They will then fly to
Israel with a group of Soviet
immigrants, be processed
with them upon landing in
Israel, and go on the bus
with the Russians to a de-
velopment town where they
will be assigned an apart-
ment and spend several days
"beings absorbed."
Another innovation is the
assignment of a full-time
staff person to work with
Zionist groups nationally and
on a community level. Local
executives in the communi-
ties will submit names and
giving records of Zionist
leaders in their communities.
The UJA national staff rep-
resentative will work with
the national Zionist leader-
ship toward their solicitation.

IDB Bankholding Shares
Oversubscribed in Israel
NEW YORK — IDB Bank-
holding Corp. announced the
successful completion of its
recent offering in Israel of
500,000 ordinary shares. Pro-
ceeds from the offering
amounted to IL 21,500,000
($5,100,000) at a purchase
price of IL 43 ($10.24) per
share. The company report-
ed that 2,856 applications for
over 1,400,000 shares were
received for this offering;
112,750 shares were sold to
institutional investors by way
of preliminary subscription
and 387,250 shares remained
available for distribution to
the public.



THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
16—Friday, July 20, 1973

Halakha's Elasticity Stressed in Symposium

GENEVA (JTA) — Three
leading authorities on ha-
lakha from Britain, the
United States and Israel,
participated here in a sym-
posium on halakha (religious
law) in Jewish life and par-
ticularly in the modern state
of Israel. The symposium
took up the first day of the
meeting of the board of
trustees of the Memorial
Foundation for Jewish Cul-
ture.
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, who
presided, said the event was
not simply an intellectual
exercise but an attempt to
provide some guidance to
the most perplexing problem
in present-day Jewish life.
The participants were Dr.
Immanuel Jakobovits, chief
rabbi of the British Com-
monwealth; Rabbi Emanuel
Rackman of the Fifth Ave-
nue Synagogue, New York.
and Prof. Ephraim Urbach
of the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem.
The panelists were in
agreement that observance
of halakha and participation
in modern life were not
mutually exclusive. Dr.
Jakobovits pointed out that
"there are many Jews who
combine Torah and modern
knowledge and lead a strict-
ly traditional Jewish exist-
ence." He said that "ha-
lakha never ceased develop-
ing; it never lost its elasti-
city." He said, however, that
there was a tendency to
overlook the importance of
halakha in efforts to close
the social gap in Israel, to
the struggle against permis-
s'veness and the problem of
abortions.
Dr.
Jakobovits thought
"the time has perhaps come
for a seoaration of religion
and politics" in Israel. He
observed that informal con.

Israeli Draftees
Show Overweight;
Question Fitness

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Al-
most 20 per cent of draftees
are overweight when they
are inducted into the Israeli
army. This statistic, plus
others which point to the
fact that Israeli youngsters
are not as fit as they should
be, prompted Knesseter Uzi
Feinerman of the Labor
Alignment to submit a mo-
tion on the subject for the
Knesset agenda.
Feinerman claimed that ac-
cording to published statis-
tics and a recent research
project by Dr. Hillel Raskin
of the Hebrew University,
most youths in Israel about
to enter the army service
were not physically fit. The
situation was getting worse
from year to year, he noted.
A spot check of military re-
servists aged 22 to 26 also
showed they were not alto-
gether physically fit.
Feinerman suggested the
number of school hours de-
voted to physical education
classes be increased and chil-
dren be made more aware of
the value of sport. In his
reply to the motion, Deputy
Education Minister Zevulun
Hammer claimed that ac-
cording to a ministry study
Israeli youngsters were just
as fit if not fitter than their
counterparts in other coun-
tries. He said efforts have
been nlar:e, nevertheless, to
increase physical education
hours.

Truth is stranger than fic-
tion—to some people.—Mark
Twain.
Classifieds Get

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sultations between Israeli
and diaspora rabbis on ha-
lakha would be beneficial.
Rabbi Rackman said that
halakha always was Jewish
life and not just something
within Jewish life. He warn-
ed that there is a danger of
a split between halakha
Jews and other Jews, a
schism between these two
parts of Jewry on the lines
of the schism between
Roman Catholics and Pro-
testants.
Rabbi Rackman said that
halakha was needed today
as the only way to improve
the quality of Jewish life.
He said there was too much
stress by present day ha-
lakhists on previous authori-
ties and too little stress on
the sense of Jewish needs.
But Jewish needs, he ob-
served, must prevail. When
they are met, it is still pos-
sible to prove afterwards
that halakha has been com-
plied with, he said. Rabbi
Rackman said that what was
needed was an institute of
Jewish law for research into
halakha and for the prepara-
tion of material to shape Is-
raeli law out of Jewish raw.
Prof. Urbach observed that
even a government and
Knesset composed exclusive-
ly of halakhists could not
solve all the problems of
running a modern state
while still observing halakha.
There is a search going on
in Israel for a means of co-
operation between adminis-
trators and the strict ha-
lakhists, Prof. Urbach noted,
adding that in Israel, Ortho-
dox heads of great enter-
living according to their re-
ligious lights and still oper-
ating their enterprises suc-
cessfully by reducing devia-
tions from the strict letter
of halakha to a minimum
and retaining the spirit of
halakha.
The Memorial Foundation
ended its meeting after ear-
marking $1,807,912 for grants
and allocations in fiscal 1973-
74 and electing officers. The
meeting decided to make a
special IL 100,000 grant for
a Tel Aviv memorial to the
victims of the Nazi holo-
caust.
Dr. Arnulf Pins, executive

director, reported that 508
doctoral students in Jewish
studies had received a total
of $800,000 in grants from
the foundation between 1965
when the foundation was
established and the end of
1972.
Dr. Goldmann noted in his
closing address that the
foundation must respond to
new needs arising from the
changes that have taken
place in the Jewish world
since its inception in 1965.
He announced an execu-
tive decision setting the final
date for applications for
grants on June 30, effective
in 1974 so that universities
and other institutions of
higher learning can be in-
formed earlier of the results
of their applications.
Dr. Goldmann was re-
elected president. Elected
vice presidents were Dr.
Joseph J. Schwartz, Dr. Solo-
mon Gaon and Louis A.
Pincus.
The 14 countries in which
beneficiaries are located •are
Argentina, Australia, Bel-
gium, Brazil, C a n a d a,
France, Hungary, Israel,
Italy, Romania, Sweden,
United Kingdom, United
States and Yugoslavia.

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