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December 14, 1973 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-12-14

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, Dec. 14, 1973-11

A Tank in the
Kindergarten

By JUDY KRAUSZ

"Daddy's off to the army
Mommy is so sad
Daddy gave me a job:
Take care of Mommy and
Dan.
Oh, I am really brave
I shall watch over our
house
And show everyone
That a hero is never
afraid."

Thirty-five small voices
,ing a poignant song in the
early morning of a bright
November day after the
cease fire.
The song, explains Lea, a
kindergarten teacher, is one
she remembered from her
own childhood in Palestine
during World War II when
many Jewish fathers were
serving with the British.
"Sadly, I have revived this
old song and it has become
our daily hymn here at
school."
The kindergarten, a small
new building, squats on a
barren plot surrounded by a
new immigrant housing de-
velopment in Ra'anana built
after the Six-Day War. Most
of the kindergarten children
this year are sabras (though
their older sisters and
brothers are not). Still, the
group includes Yuri from
Russia, Itzik from Turkey,
Yehudit from Uruguay, Han-
nale from South Africa,
Karen from Canada and
Mindy from the United
States.
All the rest are children of
immigrants—recent arrivals
from the Soviet Union and
from Western countries, and
immigrants of a previous
period from Moslem lands.
Whatever difficulties in ad-
justment had been experi-
enced by the little newcom-
ers receded after Yom Kip-
pur. "The war is a powerful
equalizer. It has turned them
into complete Israelis," says
Lea. Now the father in each
home is gone, the radio in
every house is turned to the
news, the hopes and prayers
of all the families are di-
rected to one common goal—
peace.
Electrical work for proper
heating had been interrupted,
and the teacher does not ex-
pect it to be completed this
winter. for lack of electri-
cians. The children will wear
long underwear and many
sweaters to school.
Outside, the school yard
has become a morrass of
thick mud, now that the first
rains have come. No paver
and no gardener will be
available this season.
How has the war, and the
continued tension of the
cease fire, affected these
small children?
A few have begun to suck
their fingers. Mothers must
cope with tantrums and
crankiness at home. Some
children refuse to eat. Two
from this kindergarten have
lost uncles in the war. One
father is in Safed Hospital
to undergo three operations
for removal of shrapnel from
parts of his body.
Some of their pictures
mounted on the walls shoW
bright flowers and birds and
sun. Others show tanks and
Phantoms and missiles —
drawn with an attention to
fine detail that reveals the
preoccupations of 5-year-olds
in Israel, in these

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The people of Israel have more problems than we can
imagine. War widows and children who need education
and training. Absorption centers which are strained to
the hilt .. . and more immigrants coming daily. Aged and
infirm who need continual care. Homes that must be
rebuilt. Education that must continue. And more...

But it doesn't take much imagination to know that the
people of Israel can't do it all alone. They don't have .a
cent to spare. We must help. With more dollars than we've
given before. With more than we can afford. In cash.

Because
IF uou

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Lewis S. Grossman
William M. Davidson
General Chairmen

I. William Sherr
Louis Berry
Chairmen, Cash Mobilization Committee

1974 Allied Jewish Campaign—Israel Emergency Fund

163 Maidson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226 • WO 5-3939

*Contributions to the Israel Emergency Fund insure the continuation of great humanitarian programs. The Fund makes possible
care and assistance for hundreds of thousands of immigrants we helped bring to Israel, including tens of thousands of Soviet Jews,

the aged, handicapped and unabsorbed newcomers.

All Contributions to the United Jewish Appeal are tax deductible.

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