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January 25, 1974 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-01-25

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ig ncrease in 21 Tears Keported in Ilicier

___ _

'Between You
. . and Me'

Boris Smolar's

Editor-in•Chief Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1974, JTA Inc.)

Jewish organizations, and of the Jewish communities
throughout the country, are all dedicated men with strong
Jewish feelings. They are in the front row of giving money,
time and energy to Jewish causes and they serve as an
example to others. They are deeply concerned with Israel
and with Jewish needs in the United States. They seek to
strengthen Jewish identity and Jewish continuity.
However, not all of them have had the opportunity to
receive a full Jewish education in their youth and during
years of adolesence, especially those of the first and second
- generation American-born. They are therefore much behind
in Jewish knowledge. They lack full understanding of the
Jewish past. They know little of Jewish history, except basic
facts. They are not acquainted with Jewish spiritual and
cultural achievements of the ancient times, of the Middle
Age period, and even of the years preceding the annihilation
by the Nazis of hundreds of the Jewish communities in
Europe. Some of them are not aware even of the develop-
ments which had taken place in American Jewish history.
As proud Jews and as leaders, many of them seek now
to know more about the Jewish past and Jewish learning.
They regret the fact that they did not receive this knowledge
when they were younger. They feel a strong urge to make
up for it. Active as they are in philanthropic causes, they
believe that they owe it to themSelves to know more than
they do about the rich Jewish heritage.
Some of them are now trying to fill the gap by forming
groups of their own for retreating on weekends, with Their
wives to quiet places especially for undergoing there edu-
cational experiences by listening to meaningful lectures on
Jewish subjects.
This self-education movement, now only at its beginning,
is attracting more and more leaders who are eager to com-
plement their interest in Jewish communal work with inter-
est in Jewish matters reflecting important phases in Jewish
history of all times, as well as the spiritual values created
by the Jewish people during many generations and under
various circumstances. The lectures are directed by highly
qualified Jewish scholars and they make a memorable im-
pression. Busy as the lay leaders are in their daily life, they
feel that they are gaining from this experience something
which they have missed before. They are satisfied grate-
fully with what they learn.

rael's cost of living index
rose by 26.4 per cent in 1973,
the highest rise in 21 years,
and the upward spiral is con-
tinuing, according to figures
released by the Central Bur-
eau of Statistics.
The figures indicated a rise
of 14.8 per cent since last
July, when the last cost-of-
living payments were made.
This has led Histadrut to
demand substantially higher
COL allowances. The govern-
ment seems prepared to ac-
cept the demand, but employ-
ers are balking.
According to the 1973 fig-
ures, the cost of housing led
the inflationary trend with a
42 per cent hike. Next on the
list was furniture (30 p e r
cent); food (28 per cent);
home maintenance (24 per
cent); education (20 p e
cent); clothing (19 per cent):

health services (18 per cent);
and transportation and mail
(17 per cent).
Histadrut is asking COL in-
creases that would r a-n g e
from IL 58 (about $14.50) for
a person earning IL 700
(about $175) a month to IL
104 for a person earning IL
260 or more per month.
It is clear to most observers
that prices will continue to
soar in 1974. The first indica-
tion was the increases in the
prices of oil and gasoline.
Gasoline for motorists was
up by 49 per cent and heating
oil 40 per cent. Cooking gas
increased in price by 50 per
cent and industrial fuel by 90
per cent. Heavy fuel oil used
in the cement and electric
industries has gone up nearly
100 per cent.
Government officials said
they expected increases in

the cost of electricity and re- in part on the fire that has
lated items in the wake of severly cut production of the
Abu Rodeis oil fields in Sinai
the oil price rises.
They blamed the increased which had been producing all
cost of oil on the worldwide of the oil c o n s u m e d do-
price spiral for crude oil and mestically.

14—Friday, January 25, 1974 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS








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Each member of the group had already been to Israel mass-circulation newspapers
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nature. In the previous visits, the same people went to
Israel as leaders of their communties on UJA missions, to leased here by the Anti-De-
study the needs of the people in the country for the purpose famation League of Bnai
of stimulating increased fund-raising in the United States. Brith, another aspect of this
This time they went not as leaders but as "students;" not "news for sale" trend was
for fund-raising or sight-seeing but to enrich their own Jew- provided by Jewish leaders
ish knowledge.
in Milan and Rome.
They told ADL that _im-
It was for them a glorious experience. Ancient Jewish
history, to which they paid no attention on their previous portant newspapers and
visits, came to life in front of them as they were studying radio-television station are
the land to satiate their thirst for finding their roots. Within disseMinating verbatim, in
the framework of four days in the Haifa region and nine the guise of news, Arab
days in the Jerusalera region, prepared by lectures at the propaganda material supplied'
Haifa University and at the Hebrew University in Jerusa- by the well-financed Arab in-
lem—as well as by in-depth reading from a. prepared biblio- formation agencies of those 1
graphy—they suddenly saw the land of Israel in biblical those cities.
light. They relived the Bible on the spot. The Judges, the
Arab efforts to purchase 1
Kings, the Prophets, the Patriarchs, other figures in the favorable news and comment
Bible assumed for them a living meaning, identifying their also are reported from Latin
ancestry. They saw the Galilee as related to Jewish history. America.
They were present on the spot where young David con-
One deal, concluded in the
quered Goliath, the mighty Philistine hero.
main office of an Arab em-
Under the direction of a noted archeologist they traced bassy, allegedly provides for
the route of_Abraham, they relived the story of Gideon. In the systematic broadcast of
Jerusalem they learned in the Hebrew University of the the Arab "truth" on major
historical importance of that great city and of the spiritual television-radio stations.
role the city had played as a source of Jewish values. De-
voting all their time on the trip to nothing else but to self-
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They challenged the assertion by some professors of the $1,000 for the Free French
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returned to the United States strengthened in their feelings arrival in England in June

of Jewish identity and convinced that historically no Jewish 1940 until his departure in

1941 for North Africa.
community has ever survived ignorance.

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