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November 22, 1974 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-11-22

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Phillip Stollman:
A Belief in Education

A

Philanthropist, educator and concerned Jewish citizen,
Phillip Stollman.

By ALAN HITSKY
Phillip, Max and Frieda
Stollman have donated a kin-
dergarten to Akiva Hebrew
Day School, which will be
dedicated Dec. 8.
The pre-fabricated build-
ing on Young Israel of South-
field property on Lahser
south of 12 Mile, will be dedi-
cated in memory of the
Stollmans' brother and sister-
in-law, the late Mr. and Mrs.
Sam Stollman.
Active in Jewish philan-
thropic a n d educational
causes for many years, Phil-
lip Stollman downplayed his
family's generosity in a re-
cent interview.
"Don't give me any credit,"
he said. "P 1 a y up the
schools." He said the day
school graduate's are the
force of the future in Jewish
life in America.
"These 80,000 students in
the U. S. are our leaders of
tomorrow. They are commit-
ted-Jews, not afraid of show-
ing that they are Jewish, or
to live as Jews. Their educa-
tion will make them leaders."
Stollman, who is co-founder
and chairman of the global
board of Bar-Ilan University
in Israel, has actively sup-
ported with both time and
money Jewish education in
the U. S. and Israel.
His family's interest in
education stems from their
upbringing. Stollman said his
father was a devout Jew,
"apd as I grew up - I came to
_ realize that unless we know
what our heritage is and why
we are Jews, we will not un-
derstand what our problems
are."
Returning from Israel for
the dedication ceremonies
will be the Stollmans' bro-
ther, Rabbi Isaac Stollman,
who emigrated to Israel nine
years ago. A nephew, Rabbi
Samuel Stollman, lives in
Windsor. Dec. 8 barks the
yarzheit for Stollman's fa-
ther, and is the first night of
Hanuka.
The Stollmans formed a
construction company with
their father which eventually
grew into Biltmore Construc-
tion and affiliated companies,
and pioneered the city of
Troy's development in the
1960s.
Their square-mile Somer-
set Apartments and shopping
malls sparked other develop.
ments in the city.
Stollman, active for years
in the Allied Jewish Cam-

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12 Friday,. Nov. 22, 1974



paign and other Jewish phil-
anthropy, said, "It's not what
you give that is important.
Money alone is not the cure.
What a persbn gives of him-
self in time and effort is
what is important."
"Listen," he explained, "I
am not making any sacrifice.
I still have a nice home, a
nice office. This is the least
I can do," he said, as he re-
called the pogroms in Eur-
ope as he grew up, and the
hate speeches of Gerald
Smith and Fr. Coughlin in
the United- States.
"Jews have survived for
2,000 years, and I am confi-
dent they will continue to
survive. But the existence of
Israel and these young Jew-
ish students allow us to hold
our heads high, so that a
Coughlin or a Smitn can not
make us ashamed to 'be
Jews."
Stollman is president of
Young Israel Oak-Woods, and
active in community affairs,
but says he devotes most of
his time to Bar-Ilan, which
has grown- to 7,000 students
in 20 years.
On the day of this inter-
view he had spoken to Israel
at 6 a.m., and was traveling
to New York in the afternoon
on behalf of the university.

Defense Summarizes Capucci
Trial, Challenges Prosecution

JERUSALEM (JTA) — De-
fense attorney Aziz Shehade
challenged the legal basis for
the prosecution of G r e e k
Catholic Archbishop Hilarion
Capucci in Jerusalem dis-
trict court but did not at-
tempt to refute the charges
against his client.
The Arab lawyer from Ra-
mallah, summing up for the
defense, also defended Ca-
pucci's refusal to testify on
his own behalf. He said the
archbishop, who heads the
Greek Catholic church on the
West Bank, was committed
to certain principles that did
not permit him to recognize
the authority of an Israeli
court of law in what he re-
gards as Arab Jerusalem.
Shehade claimed that Ca-
pucci's silence should not be
interpreted as grounds for
conviction. Presiding Judge
Miriam Ben Porat said the
court was puzzled by his re-
fusal to testify but agreed it
did not add weight to the pro-
secution's case.

The state's case was sum-
med up by prosecuting at-
torney Givriel Bach who said
Capucci refused to take the
witness stand to answer
charges of smuggling arms
to terrorists out of- fear. He
said the cleric knew he would
have to admit to the charges
of perjury.
.Capucci, who was arrested
last August, pleaded not
guilty on three counts of
transporting arms to ter-
rorists in Israel and perform-
ing services for illegal or-
ganizations. He repudiated
confessions he had signed
while under police interroga-
tion.

JeWish Population

JERUSALEM (Z I N S) —
The Jewish population of
Israel now numbers 2,860,--
000, which is about one-fifth
of the world Jewish popula-
tion estimated at 14,750,000.
Of this total about 6,060,000
are said to be living in
America, with 3,000,000 resi-
dents in the Soviet Union.

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Rabin Is Advised
on Gearing for War

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A
series of recommendations
to put the government on an
immediate war footing in the
event of a sudden outbreak
of hostilities was presented
to Premier Yitzhak Rabin.
They call for the transfor-
mation of the ministerial se-
curity committee into a tem-
porary war cabinet headed
by the premier. The deputy
prime minister would pre-
side at regular cabinet ses-
sions.
The recommendations were
prepared by a special min-
isterial committee headed by
Justice Minister Haim Zadok.
The committee was the out-
come of proposals made by
the Agranat Committee to
apply the lessons of the Yom
Kippur War.
Among other things, it
recommended that in case a
surprise attack made it im-
possible to convent the. full
cabinet, the premier and de-
fense minister would be
authorized to order a general
mobilization.

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