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July 26, 1974 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-07-26

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44—Friday, July 26, 1974

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Nixon 'Apologist' Repudiated

NEW YORK — A promi-
nent Reform Jewish leader
has sharply denounced Rabbi
Baruch M. Korff as "a fore-
most apologist for rampant
immorality who aspires to
out-Watergate Watergate in
the name of fair play and
with one foul swoop to per-
vert democracy and degrade
religion."
acknowledging
While
Rabbi Korff's right to ex-
press his own views, Rabbi
Alexander M. Schindler,
president of the Union of
American Hebrew Congre-
gations, stated that the
clergyman represents neither
the views of "Judaism or of
the Jewish community."
Rabbi Schindler said: "The
Jewish community in Amer-
ica has had—and retains—
a deep faith in the domocra-
tic system, the judicial- sys-
tem, ethical a n d moral
values., and the traditions of
civil liberties and fair play."
While there are divergent
opinions within the Jewish
community, t h e religious
leader stressed that, "there
can be no doubt that the
overwhelming majority of
Jews, and of all other groups
of Americans, are appalled
both by Watergate and by
those who persist in telling

• _.•
Satmar Hammitt
Leave Brooklyn

NEW YORK — More than
100 families of the Satmar
sect of hasidic Jews will
move from the Williamsburg
section in Brooklyn to a new
housing development near
Monroe, N. Y. in Orange
County.
The Satrnars, one of the
two largest hasidic sects,
(Lubavitcher is the other),
will occupy 80 garden apart-
ments and 25 single-family
homes being developed espe-
cially for them .
The new apartments and
homes will have dual sinks
and stoves in the kitchens to
provide for kosher cooking.
When asked if the move
will presage a mass move
by the hasidic community,
Rabbi Leopold Friedman,
spokesman for the Satmar
movement, said that a mass
move is "unthinkable" be-
cause many Hasidim have-
deep religious ties and eco-
nomic investments in Wil-
liamsburg.
Rabbi Friedman said local
opposition to the project was
minimal. At the same time,
William Muente, assistant
building inspector, said some
misgivings had been voiced
by Monroe residents, many
of whom were unfamiliar
with the Hasidim.
However, Leibush Lefko-
witz, head of Monfield
Homes, Inc., which is build-
ing the first homes in the
area, noted, "People don't
like living with strange
people, but after two years
they will find out what a
good element we are. Mon-
roe will find that a lot of
benefits will come from us."
Unlike the Lubavitcher
sect, the Satmars oppose the
government of Israel and be-
lieve it should not be settled
as a state until the corning
of the Messiah.

us that this national disgrace
is a figment of our imagina-
tion or the invention of the
media."

Trudeau Postpones
Parliament Start
Due to Yom Kippur

OTTAWA (JTA) — Prime
Minister Pierre Elliott Tru-
deau changed the proposed
opening date of Canada's
30th parliament from Sept.
25 to Sept. 30.
Trudeau's- office said that
after announcing the original
date Tuesday, the prime
minister realized• that Sept.
26 was the Jewish holiday of
Yom Kippur,



`Raincoat's Developed for Soil in Israeli Water-Saving Process

JERUSALEM — A water-
saving process developed at
the Hebrew University's
faculty of agriculture at Re-
hovot may help cut drought-
induced crop failures and
make marginal farmland
pay — without irrigation. In
Israel usable farmland can
possibly extend some 20-30
kilometers closer to the
Negev desert using only this
process and natural rainfall.
The process developed by
Prof. Daniel Hillel, head of
the department of soil and
water science at the Hebrew
University, puts a thin, pro-
tective silicone raincoat on
clods of earth formed during
cultivation. This layer of
waterproof clods keeps the
land from losing natural
moisture in three different

ways.
Normally, water runoff,
evaporation and weed growth
rob the soil of 50 per cent or
more of the rain water it re-
ceives. Processing the upper
layer of clods, however, pre-
vents water from penetrating
into them and dissolving the
natural glues which hold
them together. Thus, when it
rains, clods are not broken
down and packed together,
as they usually are, into a
crust which makes further
rainfall run off. Instead, all
the rain can and does seep
down between the clods to
the untreated soil below.
After the rain, when the sun
comes out, the dry, upper
layer all but eliminates
evaporation. And weed s,
whose wind-borne seeds

Parley on Yiddish Preservation Set

NEW YORK — A call to
the world Jewish community
to support Yiddish and Yid-
dish culture was issued from
the Israel Consulate in New

New Research
Thrust Related
at Weizmann

R E HOVO T— Research
work at the Weizmann Insti-
tute of Science has returned
to pre-Yom Kippur War lev-
els and is now "striding
ahead," Weizmann Institute
President Prof. Israel Dos-
trovsky reported to members
of the institute's executive
council, under the chairman-
ship of Dr. Zvi Dinstein.
"The only lasting effect of
the war," Prof. Dostrovsky
added, "was to create an in-
creased awareness among
the scientists of the need for
more research that can speed
Israel's economic develop-
ment."
Executive council members
heard reports on plans for
Weizmann centenary celebra-
tions, to begin in November,
f r o m Institute Chancellor
Meyer W. Weisgal.
It was announced that Prof.
Gvirol Goldring of the Weiz-
mann Institute's nuclear
physics department has been
elected chairman of the insti-
tute's scientific council, be-
ginning in October. He will
succeed Prof. Nathan Sharon,
head of the biophysics de-
partment, who has held the
post for the past two years.
Prof. Uriel Littauer, head
of the biochemistry depart-
ment, has been elected deputy
chairman of the scientific
council in place of Prof. Joel
Gat of the isotopes depart-
ment.
Prof. Goldring, 48, is Lady
Davis Professor of Experi-
mental Physics, and Prof.
Litta•uer, 50, is Jules J. Mal-
lon Professor of Biochem-
istry.
D u r in g the coming aca-
demic year , Prof. Esra
Galun, 47, head of the plant
genetics department, w i 11
serve as dean of the Fein-
berg Graduate S chool, in
place of Prof. Haim Harari,
who is taking his sabbatical
leave.

Yet will I gather them from
the peoples, and assemble
them from the lands where
they have been scattered; I
will give them the land of
Israel.—Ezekiel 11:17.

York at a meeting held in the hope that the World Con-
the offices of Ambassador I ference would reach out to
David Rivlin, consul - general ! touch the many thousands in
of Israel in New York.
the Jewish community "who
The meeting was held at are not now conversant with
the initiative of leaders of the riches of Yiddish."
the Yiddish cultural move-
ments in America, Israel and Jerusalem Town
other Jewish centers, in the
belief that the language was Plan Is Published
facing a crisis. Former
An account of the "town-
Knesset member Yitzhak planning scheme," based up-
Korn, secretary general of on the vision of a living city
the World Labor Zionist which preserves a balance
Movement and chairman of between past and present,
Yiddish Culture Committee is provided in "Planning Jer-
in Israel, flew here to attend usalem: The Master Plan for
the meeting. •
the Old City of Jerusalem
As a result of a series of and Its Environs," edited by
meetings held in New York Arieh Sharon, to be published
with representatives of all by McGraw-Hill.
Prepared by the municipal-
Yiddish cultural organiza-
tions, the participants an- ity of Jerusalem in collabor-
nounced the formation of an ation with the Israel Minis-
American Committee for the try of Interior, this volume
World Conference in Israel was designed to preserve
for Yiddish and Yiddish Cul- and honor the past, events
ture. The conference has and cultures and the person-
been scheduled for mid- alities who have created the
summer 1975 in Jerusalem. Old City and whose influence
Isidore Breslau, co-chair- prevails to the present.
Some 300 illustrations, in-
man of the American Corn-
mittee together with Dr. cluding full-color maps,
Judah J. Shapiro, expressed photographs, 'plans and re-
productions of ancient maps,
lithographs, and etchings,
Mapam Movement
are included in the book. A
number of fold-out illustra-
Votes to Establish
tions and maps with overlays
New-Golan Kibutz
also are featured.
Earlier town-planning
TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
Kibutz Haartzi Council voted schemes, the walls and gates
200-100 to establish a kibutz of Jerusalem, the landscape,
and such projects as the
on the Golan Heights.
The Mapam-backed kibutz Hebrew University of Jerus-
movement will set up the alem, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
National Park and Zahal
kibutz at Geshor.
During the meeting at Square Are among the topics
Kibutz Beth Zera, there was discussed.
Arieh Sharon is director of
unanimous agreement that
Israel should negotiate a the planning team of town
border with Syria that would planners and architects of
run through Golan Heights. Jerusalem.
But those opposing the estab-
lishment of the kibutz argued Czech Jewish Body
that settlements represent Rejects Book 'Deal'
accomplished facts and con-
LONDON (JTA) — An
tradict the movement's con- offer by Artia, the Prague
tention of "no preconditions foreign trade corporation for
for negotiations."
Supporters of the decision the export of books, to pro-
led 'by veteran leader Yaacov mote the distribution of a
Hazan said that the Yom limited number of books of
Kippur War proved the es- Jewish interest in the West
sential need to settle the has been rejected by the In-
ternational Council of Jews
Golan.
from Czechoslovakia.
The council told Artia that
13 Languages at Yeshiva
Thirteen languages are it would not be prepared to
taught at Yeshiva Univer- accept its proposal because
sity: Akkadian, Arabic, the council had been the tar-
Aramaic, Syriac, Latin, get of a number of attacks
Greek, Hebrew, French, Ger- by the Czech media.
Furthermore, the books of-
man, Russian, Spanish, Uga-
fered the West were all
ritic and Yiddish.
heavily censored and pre-
Classifieds Get Quick Results sented a distorted picture.

sprout only at the surface of
the soil, find no water there
and hence do not appear.
Then, too, because the
weeds do not grow, they need
not be killed with expensive
and dangerous herbicides, a
distinct advantage in an in-
creasingly polluted world.
The treatment itself has no
harmful side-effects, accord-
ing to Prof. Hillel, simply
because the chemicals used
are perfectly safe with
proper handling, and because
the process dilutes them in
the soil to only a few parts
per million.
Early field results which
proved the dry layer effect to
be beneficial were submitted
to the journal, Soil Science,
in the United States, and
quickly accepted for the
August issue. These findings
will also be formally pre-
sented to the American So-
ciety of Agronomy and to
the International Society of
Soil Science in Moscow.
This new development is
the result of an international
effort carried out by a re-
search group at the Hebrew
University's department of
soil and water sciences in
Rehovot, together with Bel-
gian scientists working under
Prof.- Marcel De Boodt at the
University of Ghent, part of
the bilateral scientific ex-
change agreement between
Belgium and Israel. Prof.
Hillel's- Israeli colleagues in-
clude Dr. Ernest Rawitz and
graduate student Pedro Ber-
liner.
But, according to Prof.

Hillel, "We still do not know
much of the information
which muse be known in
order to make this a com-
mercially fool-proof process.
We have proved the effect is
useful, but as yet we do not
know what the optimal con-
centration of chemicals must
be, nor the optimum size of
the clods, nor the depth of
the treated zone, nor the
length of time the clods will
remain stable under sun,
wind, rain, tractor wheels
and other normal wear and
tear." Another problem: •
this experimental stage,
of treatment is high. Using
materials which are now
commercially available Prof.
Hillel estimates the cost of
treating a dunam ( 1/4
acre) of land at about 200
Israel pounds, about $200 an
acre. Still, he is working
with a large American chem-
ical firm to lower the cost.
Even at the higher price,
the payoff may be a big one,
a dream come true for the
farmer. "Imagine," says
Prof. Hillel, "an orchard
which is kept absolutely
weed-free with a single
spraying of the soil, which
at the same time makes for
zero evaporation, cuts down
erosion and eliminates the
need for tilling again."

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