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December 14, 1973 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-12-14

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UJA Emergency Tasks Dedicated to Israel 'Without Despair'

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and armaments—Dayan said,
"If peace is maintained we
don't need guarantees. The
question is whether the Arabs
will break the peace."
Dayan stated that "Israeli
`forces' do not have nuclear
weapons" and said that he
does not believe reports that
there are Soviet nuclear
weapons in Egypt.
Dayan's declaration that
Israel is ready to "pull back
from Sinai and other places"
was predicated on his empha-
sis on Israel's new role of
strength—of having territory
to yield rather than areas to
beg for. This was his firm
stand in the interest of peace
and of Israel's living together
harmoniously with the Arabs.
He said there was no pres-
sure upon Israel from Wash-
ington, and that he was
pleased with his discussions
with Schlesinger.
The UJA conference thus
learned of the negotiating
policies that motivate Israel's
role at the Geneva confer-
ence next week. At the same
time, the UJA representa-
tives at the national gather-
ing were inspired not to
despair, to carry on in faith
and to pursue the task of
providing Israel with the
means necessary to win the
battle for peace.
Paul Zuckerman, who was
re-elected national chairman
of the UJA, and who already
is conducting the most suc-
cessful philanthropic drive in
history, with unprecedented
responses secured for the
1974 campaign, inspired
pledges for action that as-
sure unified efforts for a
strong partnership with Is-
Hebrew University Presi-
dent Avraham Harman set
the tone for confidence by
declaring that while there is
cause for concern there is
no reason for gloom.
Then speaking to more
than 3,000 of his admirers,

at the UJA conference Oneg
Shabat, in his inaugural
Louis Pincus Memorial Lec-
ture, Elie Wiesel admonish-
ed "Against Despair" — the
title of his address. He drew
upon the wisdom of the
Bratslaver Rebbe, his chief
Hasidic inspirer, who told
his community in an hour of
sorrow: "Gewald Yiden, zeit
zihk nit me-yayesh"—"Jews,
do not despair."
While Gen. Dayan's state-
ments, during the Face the
Nation and the Today shows,
Sunday and Monday, ex-
pressed the new Israeli posi-
tion on the eve of the Geneva
conference, it was at the
UJA meeting that the Israel
defense minister indicated
most forcefully the readiness
of his country to make con-
cessions because Israel is
able to negotiate from
"We all realize that we are
undergoing a most difficult
time in our history," he de-
clared. "We remember the
disaster of Hitler as it struck
our minds of what can hap-
pen to us. But we now have
something to defend. At
Geneva we hope to overcome
the Arab animosities and to
pay a lot for it. The Arabs
have many friends, much
oil, many dollars. They get
arms from all the Western
countries. No country refuses
to sell arms to the Arabs
and they have a lot of money
to buy it with. The Russians
are their friends because
they can experiment with
their new weapons on their
soil, while they are fighting
"Now I have to share with
you my feeling that we were
never as strong as we are
now, because, if we are in
the right we are strong. I
don't remember the Jewish
people ever having been so
united as they are now.
There is now a united Jewish
nation and that makes us

"Never," he added, "have
we had such good pilots,
such good paratroopers and
good soldiers. We are strong
m ilita rily."
"We are strong economic-
ally," he stated, and it was
clear, in view of the em-
phasis on Jewish unity that
he was implying strength
based on the cooperative
spirit of world Jewry up-
holding Israel's hands in this
time of crisis.
"We may be at the front
for a long time, but together
with the Jewish people we
can win," he declared. "We
are going to Geneva. We are
going to negotiate an agree-
ment, not only peace but
permanent boundaries. As
far as territory is concerned,
we do not have to ask for
"Previously we would have
had to ask for Jerusalem, for
Sopus, for the Hebrew Uni-
versity. Now we don't have
to ask for anything. Now we
can give them territory, and
all we ask for is peace. We
control Jerusalem, the Golan,
Jordan. We are ready to pull
back from Sinai and other
places. All we ask is good
will and they should live with
us in peace. I don't know if
they'll agree, but we have to
lean on political, military and
economic strength."
"There were many casual-
ties we can not replace,"
Dayan said, but he expressed
hope for replacement of lost
military equipment by the
United States. "We have to
train new pilots, make our
own new weapons, for that
we need your help," he
stated. "We need political
wisdom. We shall have to
come back to you again and
again to ask you to help us.
If we lose now, we shall
never again be able to regain
losses. We need good and
worthy leaders, strong forces,
a united Jewish people to
assure a strong Jewish


JDC Defines Continuing Relief Tasks;
Edward Ginsberg Re-Elected Chairman


NEW YORK — Edward

Ginsberg of Cleveland, who
was re-elected chairman of
the Joint Distribution Com-
-nittee, explaining the $30,-
400,000 budget for 1974, at
he annual meeting held at
the New York Hilton Hotel,
sec. 6, said that 35 per cent
will be used in Israel, with
8,000,000 allotted to Mal-
en; $5,500,000 for needs in
Europe; and $4,500,000 to as-
sist needy Jews in Arab and
Moslem countries.
Dr. Samuel L. Haber, JDC
executive vice-chairman,
whose services received high
commendation at the United
Jewish Appeal conference,
disclosed that by the end of

56 Friday, Dec. 14, 1973

1973 the JDC will have as-
sisted in one form or anoth-
er 385,000 men, women and
children overseas ". .. from
a handful in China to over
100,000 in Israel and over
200,000 in Western and East-
ern Europe and the Moslem
countries." Expenditures for
these programs will come to
$29,600,000 by the end of the
year, he added.
Haber said that in Israel
approximately 118,000 were
assisted by JDC in direct and
indirect services or by JDC-
supported programs, includ-
ing 40,000 aided by the Mai-
ben program, 6,000 of them
in institutions, hospitals or
other direct services, and the
balance in indirect services;
35.000 in JDC's traditional
aid to religious and cultural
institutions; and 43,000 en-
rolled in JDC-supported ORT
vocational training programs.
Judge Nochem S. Winnet
of Philadelphia, who was re-
elected vice-chairman of the
National JDC Council, stress-
ed the importance of provid-
ing for Israel's humanitarian
needs to help the Jewish
state in its struggle for sur-
Jack D. Weiler was re-
elected chairman of the na-
tional council. Michael A.
Pelavin and Dr. Jack Stanz-


Zuckerman gave Dayan an
assurance that there will be
no slowing down in Ameri-
can Jewish efforts, that the
battle for Israel's strength
and survival will continue.
In his address, Dayan told
of having visited the troops
across the Suez Canal where
he had spoken to 22 soldiers
who had just returned from
studies abroad to rejoin their
military units. "None wanted
to go back," he said. "They
want to stay until the coun-
try is safe."
He described the last as
"a different war — the Is-
raelis having shot down 450
planes in spite of the newly
installed Russian anti-air-
craft missiles. He said 2,000
of the enemy's tanks were
destroyed, "Now," he said,
"the 1967 war looks like a
primitive war." He gave
figures to show how im-
mensely Israel was outnum-
bered yet overcame the
menacing threats.
Responses to the 1974 cam-
paign were described by
Zuckerman as unparalleled
in history. "It is because we
have a mission," he de-
clared, "to assure not only
the survival of the people of
Israel. but to guarantee them
and all those who will come
in future years to that land
of hope a life free from fear
of want."
Hebrew University Presi-
dent Harman, in one of the
major conference addresses,
spoke of Israel's determina-
tion to keep her doors open
to new immigrants, with a
view to continually welcome
those who come from the
Soviet Union and other lands.
He referred to the devotion
with which American Jews
provided the assistance Is-
rael has been needing. as-
serting a sense of confidence
that this will continue.
The large gathering was
the first to view a deeply
moving film of conditions in
Israel, and the battle fronts

ler of Flint were elected JDC
directors. Louis D. Horwitz,
JDC director-general, pro-
vided an overview of JDC
activities in various parts of
the world.

Hebrew University Presi-
dent Avraham Harman, in
his address to the JDC lead-
ers, spoke of the urgent need
to retain confidence in the
present crisis. He described
the urgency of direct nego-
tiations with the Arabs and
he said he was certain the
emigration of Russian Jews
will not be adversely affect-
ed by Israel's hour of need.
He spoke of American
Jewry's great role in aiding
Israel as a continuing pro-
cess of kinship.


Among the most moving
portions of the annual UJA
conference was the special
program that was presented
to an overflow assembly of
the delegates at the Mark
Hellinger Theater Friday
afternoon. Entitled "And
None Shall Make Them
Afraid," the performance in-
cluded music, recitations,
memorial tributes.
Mary Fisher, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Max Fisher of
Detroit, was a member' of
the directing group that
supervised the planning of
this program, and her role
in providing this program
added another Michigander
to the group of her state's
dedicated participants in
UJA's needs.
"And None Shall Make
Them Afraid," featured Her-
schel Bernardi, Theodore
Bikel, Lee J. Cobb. Maureen
Forrester, Bel Kaufmann,
Cantors David Kusevitsky
and Mischa Alexandrovich,
the Inbal Dancers and the
Collegium Cantorium con-
ducted by Maestro Alfredo
Zuckerman expressed
pleasure and satisfaction with
the competent, talented group
of national chairmen who
will continue to share his
responsibilities in this im-

portant fund raising organ-
ization. He referred to Albert
B. Adelman and Gerald S.
Colburn of Milwaukee, Laur-
ence M. Frank of Atlanta,
Samuel H. Miller and Charles
Ginsberg, Jr. of Cleveland,
Louis S. Goldman of Dayton,
Bram Goldsmith of Los An-
geles, Alexander Grass of
Harrisberg, Morris L. Levin-
son of New York, Frank
Lautenberg of Montclair,
N. J., Bert Rabinowitz of
Boston and Leonard Strelitz
of Norfolk.
The United Jewish Appeal
also re-elected Mrs.
Siris as national wol.
division chairman.
Philip Zinman of Philadel-
phia was re-elected to the
presidency of the Israel Edu-
cation Fund, a subsidiary of
the United Jewish Appeal.
Allan Pollack of New York
is chairman of the Young
Leadership Cabinet.
Dr. Hillel E. Silverman of
Los Angeles is the new
chairman of the UJA Rab-
binical Advisory Council.
Max M. Fisher, as chair-
man of the nominating com-
mittee, presenting the name
of Paul Zuckerman for re-'
election as national chair-
man of 1974, paid him high
praise for his untiring labors
in the past two years and for
the high records he is estab-
lishing for 1974.
Besides Mr. and Mrs.
Zuckerman and Fisher on the
dais for the dinner meeting
with Gen. Dayan, there were
seats there for Prof. William
Haber and Philip Stollman.
Prof. Haber left just as the
audience was being seated to
participate in an urgent
meeting to discuss the prob-
lems that confront American
Jewry in the present Middle
East crisis. Stollman was
notified of the death of Mrs.
Max (Frieda) Stollm an's
mother, Mrs. Lena Lavine,
and returned to Detroit for
the funeral services held

United Israel Appeal Re-Elects Dubinsky



during the Yom Kippur War,
made by the non-Jewish di-
rector, John Ferno. The film,
"A Message of Life," will
be made available to com-
munities throughout the land
in the course of UJA cam-

NEW YORK — Members
of the national board of the
United Israel Appeal, meet-
ing at the New York Hilton
Hotel, Dec. 6, reviewed the
current Israel needs in evalu-
ating the available means to
carry on the battle for life.
Melvin Dubinsky of St.
Louis, who was re-elected
chairman of the UIA, gave a
review of the rising needs in
Israel to provide for the in-
coming immigrants.
Emphasis was placed on
the increased American Jew-
ish responsibilities to provide
for the health and welfare
needs in Israel — services
hitherto financed by the gov-
ernment w h o s e military
duties require American aid
to reduce the burdens of car-
ing for the immigrants as
well as the hospitalized as a
result of the war.

UIA leaders paid due res-
pect to the labors of the UIA
Executive Vice Chairman
Gottlieb Hammer whose di-
rectorial skills were praised
as measuring up to duties
for which American Jews are
currently being mobilized in
greater measure than ever
Max M. Fisher, delivering
the principal address of the
meeting, reviewed the events
in Israel as they were affect-
ed by the attitude of the
U.S. government. He em-
phasized that without the
prompt actions of President
Nixon and Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger, who
averted a crisis with the So-
viet Union while providing
immediate military aid to Is-
rael, there was an impend-
ing calamity.

Fisher reported to the ga-
thering as chairman of the

Jewish Agency Executive
and described the mounting
needs, the war costs, the
obligations that rest upon
world Jewry to emerge with
dignity from the dangerous
situation Jewry faces today.
He praised Paul Zuckerman
for his untiring labors as
United Jewish Appeal chair-
man and in his efforts to
secure the needed funds to
aid Israel.
Zuckerman, reviewing the
UJA efforts of the past three
years, said that whatever ob-
stacles were faced prior to


the Yom Kippur War, a great
surge of generosity m arks
American Jewry's responses
to the call for action.
Calling for continuing work
to provide the needs, Zuck-
erman declared that: Israel
must negotiate from
strength, so that Israel should
not only survive but live."
He viewed the "unbeliev-
able response" to the 1974
campaign as an indication of
continuing generosity," and
he called for action to fulfill
the $900,000,000 obligation for
the coming year. He pointed

out that $150,000,000 of that
sum is being allocated for
needs in this country and
that $750,000,000 must be
raised at once to fulfill the
obligations to Israel. Half
that sum has already been
secured, he announced.

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