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March 29, 1974 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-03-29

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East Side Elderly Fight for Kosher Lunches

By DAVID FRIEDMAN
JTA Staff Writer
NEW YORK (JTA)—Some
100 elderly Jews on Man-
hattan's Lower East Side are
waging what is apparently a
hopeless fight to obtain fed-
eral funds from City Hall for
a kosher lunch program.
But the group, which meets
at the Educational Alliance
on East Broadway, one of
the city's oldest settlement
houses, has vowed not to give
up. Although many of the
people involved are in their
70s and 80s, some suffering
from the infirmities and dis-
abilities that plague the old,
they recently braved cold
and windy weather to picket
City Hall and other munici-
pal buildings.
Their demonstrations be-
gan last November during
the administration of Mayor
John V. Lindsay and are con-
tinuing now that Mayor
Abraham D. Beame is in of-
fice.
Gloria Rosenbaum, coor-

dinator of adult services for
the Alliance, says the pro-
gram would provide a hot
kosher lunch five days a
week for 175 people. It would
be open to the elderly Jews
and non-Jews in the area.
Once the elderly come in for
lunch, they would also be
able to benefit from the com-
prehensive services offered
by the settlement house.
Last summer, the Older
Americans Act was passed
by Congress providing $100,-
000,000 for food programs for
the elderly of which $4,100,.
000 was given to New York
City.
The Alliance applied along
with some 200 other organ-
izations, and 55 were ap-
proved for the flat $64,000
grant. Some additional funds
were available, and the Al-
liance thought it would be
on the top of the list to get
approval. But apparently it
isn't.
Alice Brophy, had of the
Mayor's Office on the Aging,

said that all of the groups
which have applied are
probably deserving. "There
are 250,000 elderly living be-
low the subsistence level in
New York. How do you
choose?" she asked.
Miss Rosenbaum said these
people, now living on Social
Security, are either immi-
grants or children of immi-
grants who lived on the
Lower East Side all their
lives. Many have children
but they do not want to leave
the neighborhood they love
and always lived in.
She said that the Alliance
knows that the $64,000 will
not be enough, especially for
kosher food. But the Alliance
feels the program is so im-
portant that it is willing to
provide the additional funds
— if it can get the federal
funds to start.

Black September
Trains in Argentina

NEW YORK (JTA) — Ar-
gentine federal police have
confirmed the arrest of Dan
Karmi Reinsenstdat, a 30-
year-old German national,
who was found training
youths for terrorist action.
According to reliable
sources, Reinsenstdat was a
combat instructor for the
Black September movement
who was trained in special-
ized camps in East Ger-
many.
The Buenos Aires news-
paper "Mayoria" said Rein-
senstdat was working with a
French citizen, identified as
Gerard Claude Ileron, who
was also recently arrested
in Cordoba.
Both men have been trans-
ferred to Buenos Aires where
they are being interrogated
by security officials, the
newspaper stated.

AJCommittee Urges U.S. Health Policy

NEW YORK — The Amer- religion, sex, ethnicity, or
ican Jewish Committee economic and social condi-
urged "a broad-based coali- tions."
tion of racial, religious, eth-
nic and economic groups" to
secure "a national health
policy for the United States"
to meet the health care
crisis.
The AJCommittee's board
of governors said that a na-
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60,000 pledges were made to
the Keren Hayesod Emer-
gency Campaign for Israel,
and that some 70,000 persons,
which included entire fami-
lies, were involved in the
fund-raising activities. For a
country with only 22,000 Jews
this was an unprecedented
record, he said.

TV Violence Draws
Cabinet Criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Is-
raeli cabinet ministers, de-
bating the merits and defects
of the nation's radio and
television shows, rapped the
television media for showing
too many programs dealing
with murder and violence.
The discussion about the
merits and defects of Is-
rael's quasi-public • Broad-
casting Authority during the
cabinet meeting was occa-
sioned by the presentation
of the Broadcast Authority's
new budget and the fact that
Israel has a new broadcast-
ing chief.
He is Shimon Peres, the
former minister of transport,
who heads the newly estab-
lished information ministry
in the new cabinet. He takes
over responsibility for broad-
casting from Deputy Premier
and Education Minister Yigal
Alton.
The religious ministers de-
manded an end to Sabbath
morning television which was
introduced during the Yom
Kippur War, but no decision
was made on that point.

Zionist Chairs
Labor Faction in
British Parlianient

LONDON (JTA)—Ian Mi-
kardo, 66, immediate past-
chairman of the British La-
bor Party and Labor mem-
ber of Parliament, has been
elected chairman of the Par-
liament Labor Party, the
Labor faction in Parliament.
Mikardo is on the left of
the party, and he defeated a
candidate from the right of
the party, Arthur Bottomley
by a vote of 99-85. Mikardo is
a life-long Zionist.

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Dutch Dairy District Collects
Funds for Israel in Milk Cans

JERUSALEM — Milk cans
from the dairy district of
Freesland, Holland, served
for storing money collected
for Israel when no other
suitable containers could be
found to hold the contribu-
tions which poured in during
the early days of the Yom
Kippur War.
This was related recently in
Tel Aviv by Rev. Lodewyk
J. R. Ort, chairman of the
Netherlands-Israel F r i e n d=
shipLeague of Leeuwarden,
the main town of Freesland,
during a luncheon in his
honor tendered by Israel's
minister of finance, Pinhas
Sapir.
Rev. Ort marked the oc-
casion by presenting Sapir
with a certificate confirming
his district's contribution to
Israel, through the Keren
Hayesod, of 100,000 guiders
($40,000).
Most of the funds came
spontaneously from non-Jews.
When members of the Nether.
lands-Israel Friendship
League also ran out of milk
cans to hold the money
empty ballot boxes from the
last local elections were used,
he said.
Yitzhak Palache, Keren
Hayesod's representative in
Holland, said that Holland
boasted one of the highest
proportions of non-Jewish
contributors in the world. As
a result, Keren Hayesod
never had to conduct sep-
arate fund-raising appeals
there for Jews and for non-
Jews.
During the brief period
covering the war and its
aftermath, more than $5,000,-
000 was pledged for Israel,
most of which has already
been transmitted.
Sapir noted that while Jews
invariably felt as a nation
alone, "Holland has consis-
tently stood with us for the
past 25 years of statehood,
despite changing c i r c u in-
stances and political pres-
sures."
The Dutch community also
was lauded on the same oc-
casion by Keren Hayesod's
director general, S. J. Kreut-
ner, who noted that some

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