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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-04-11

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48 Friday, April 11, 1975

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israelis Plead for An End to the Dangers

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already encountered seem
to indicate that such a war
is already in progress. The
decline in tourism is one of
evidences of such a develop-
ment.
The Passover week
brought many visitors to
Israel and some of the ho-
tels again teemed with ac-
tivities. But the Christian
pilgrims during the Easter
week declined by 20 percent
over last year's numbers
and the Jewish visitors for
Pesah reduced by half.

This is part of a weapon
resulting to a degree from
Arab threats that may
prove as deadly as bullets
and-every Israeli who has
a voice pleads with his
kinspeople: "Come to us,
encourage us with your
presence, give us your
moral support, your hand-
shake is more effective
even than the vitally
needed dollar."

Meanwhile there also is
the need for the philan-
thropic weapon. A nation
virtually at war keeps func-
tioning. There is a vitality
amazing in all aspects.
Universities are in action.
Despite interruptions when
students are called to full
reservist duty curricula are
not disturbed= and there is
devotion to learning. Re-
search is conducted by the
ablest scientists. New immi-
grants are welcomed and are
trained in absorption cen-
ters • where they are
prepared for jobs and
taught the Hebrew lan-
guage.
No one denies the reality
of an existing crisis in the
land; by the 'same token
there is no shirking of res-
ponsibilities. Everywhere
there are the enrollees in
the HaMishmar- HaEsrahim
movement, the effort to
provide civil guards for
schools, residential quart-
ers, the cities and the vil-
lages.
Even on the Sabbath, men
wearing yarmulkes are seen
emerging from synagogue
services carrying guns, It is
the historic and traditional
obligation to protect life.

on the new battlefield pres-
ently shifted to Washing-
ton.
The appeal from here, the
one expressed in the above
paraphrasing of Winston
Churchill, has every eye di-
rected at the United States.
This outcry for unin-
terruption in friendships is
sounded especially to the
American Jew: "Stand by
us! Give us 'your moral sup-
port! Give courage to a
strengthened and inspired
leadership! The moral sup-
port of Christian and Jew is
needed in time of crisis! We
need your solidarity! With it
will come our peace, peace
for the entire Middle East
and glory for the American
tradition that does not
abandon a people fighting
for life and freedom."

Plea for Tourism
A Cry for Help!

from memory, and we do
not blur realities. We let
Israel speak for herself,
but we provide the guides,
the interpreters, the
knowledge so vitally nec-
essary for a good family
relationship between Is-
rael and American Je-
wries."

Levantin
interposed:
"Indeed, we are like one
family, you in America, we
here. You want a message
from us? It - is simple, in
three words: Come to us!
Give us the courage we
need. By your presence you
uphold our hands."
Perhaps the strongest
appeal for increased tour-
ism was sounded by Chaim
Vinitsky, one of the most
admired United Jewish Ap-
peal and Jewish Agency
staff members in Jerusa-
lem.
"We have the history and
the traditions, we are forti-
fied by the beauties of this
land, and American Jews
must share them with us,"
Vinitsky said. He deplored
the drop in tourism — the
decline of Easter Christian
visitors by 20 per cent, the
drop in Jewish travelers.
"We need you as much as
the dollars that come from
UJA," Vinitsky asserted. "I
know American Jews won't
abandon us, and we do not
want to see any interruption
in the mass movement of
Jewish tourists to our land.
Israel, the Land of Israel, all
of Jewry's treasure, never to
be abandoned."

TEL AVIV — A holiday
brings increased spirit to
this nation that seldom ex-
periences peaceful days.
Passover was an occasion
for a measure of greater re-
joicing. The planes with pil-
grims of all faiths were
filled and th.e hotels
hummed with teeming ac-
tivities. But the major prob-
lem never lost its evidence.
Tourism has suffered im-
mensely in the past 18
months:
Was it all the result of the
Yom Kippur War? Have
Jews succumbed to fears?
That would be an indict-
- The role of El Al, the Is-
ment.

"We do not indict our
fellow Jews," was the
view of Aryeh Levantin,
president of Daphneh
Tours, perhaps the leader
in the industry.

In Rishon leZion a na-
tive Detroiter, Moshe Hey-
man, whose home with his
wife and three children
now is in this pioneering
Jewish city that was
among the first to be es-
tablished with the rise of
Zionist pre-Herzlian tasks
in the 1880s, was among
the organizers of the Mish-
mar Eirahim. Now he is a
leader in introducing new
methods for defense —
utilization of walkie-talk-
ies to assure even greater
security for the Israeli
communities.

"I believe," said Levantin,
"that the prime contribut-
ing factor to the decline of
tourism is the price-. We are
suffering from inflation.
Aren't you in the United
States?", he interjected with
a question.
"Therefore, he' declared,
"our appeal to American
Jewry also has an economic
reality. You are not aban-
doning vacations. Where
else is there the glory of kin-
ship, of visiting the holiest
of sites, of seeing history re-
constructed and in action?"
Yair Hendl had an added
encouraging message for
potential American tour-
ists. "Our headquarters at
114 Yarhon St., Tel Aviv,
have been enlarged," he
stated. He takes the visitor
on a tour of the building.
There are now four floors,
well staffed, ready
promptly to provide the
modern private cars and
buses and well trained
guides.

"We make sacrifices in
time, effort, energy, and we
view it as a must in the obli-
gation to assure that am
yisrael hai, that the people
Israel lives," he stated.
A people with such devo-
tions can not be strangled,
but it must have friends,
and these friends are the en-
gineers of the new, arsenal

"We are obligated to
provide a good image for
Israel and we therefore
make certain that neither
the modern realities nor
the historic backgrounds
are ever hidden from those
visiting us," Hendl said.
"Our schools for guides
produce experts for our
field. Nothing is hidden

rael government airline,
assumes special dimen-
sions in the obligation to
retain priority_for tourism
in support of Israel's econ-
omy. El Al's progress, the
emphasis on security, the
concern for travelers, all
have been given emphasis
in making the airline a
leader in world travel
safety and comfort. '

Concerns Stir
UJA Leaderships

TEL AVIV — Israel's ur-
gent needs, the Middle East
tensions and their accompa-
nying problems, all add to
the burdens placed on Jew-
ish leadership.
Max M. Fisher arrived
here April 3 for emergency
meetings of Jewish Agency
and United Jewish Appeal
representatives. As chair-
man of the world committee
of the UJA, Fisher often
comes here on a day's no-
tice. His current visit was
for three days. On Sunday
he was on the way back
home.
Prior to coming to Detroit
to address the opening din-
ner meeting of the Allied
Jewish Campaign, Dr.
Frank Lauten)erg, national
chairman of the UJA, was
here for the meetings with
Fisher and his associates.
Also here with them was
Philip Bernstein, executive
vice president of the Jewish
Federations and Welfare
Funds, and Charlote Jacob-
son, chairman of the Ameri-

can section of the Jewish
Agency.

Their meetings here cor-
responded with the pres-
ence in the country of
members of the U. S. Sen-
ate — including George
McGovern — and 24 mem-
bers of the U. S. House of
Representatives (Mich-
igan was not represented).
The concerns over the U.
S.-Israel relations keep
mounting, but visiting leg-
islators were cautious not
to *add to the agonies of a
victimized community,
and the emotions of the
spokesmen for American
Jewry seemed to be less
oppressive with time.

Fisher was in a somber
mood, but neither he nor his
accompanying members of
the Jewish Agency were in
total gloom.
"There is the American
tradition for justice and we
never cancel it," was the
mood of the few days of
leadership consultations.
Naturally, the ambassa-
dorial conferences in Wash-
ington and the fact that the
Kissinger and Ford consult-
ants included men who
could not be depended upon
for action in Israel's defense
created added tensions. The
reduction in shuttle diplo-
macy for Israel with the
announcement that Defense
Minister Shimon Peres was
advised not to make the
planned trip to Washington
confirmed the uncertain-
ties.

It had been said that
some Israel cabinet minis-
ters spend more time shut-
tling to the United States
than they do in Israel.

The abandonment of a
search-for-help flight to the
U.S. by Peres was not a
good omen. But the spirit
that calculates a sense of
strength for survival and
progress is never completely
dimmed here.
So often is the Nezah Is-
rael — the eternity of Israel
— heard here — that in
faith, at least, this is a very
devout country.

Bar-Ilan, Israel's
Academic Progress
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RAMAT GAN, Israel
Amidst the anxieties that
have made Israel's life so
somber because the quest
for security is inseparable
from life itself, an uninter-
rupted dedication to the ac-
ademic communities, to re-
search in search- for
progress, keeps adding to.
the glory of a very tiny
country that operates cou-
rageously with passion for
progress.
War threats were forgot-
ten when the Hebrew Uni-
versity began to mark its
50th anniversary this
month.
_Knowledgeable people
spoke with pride about the
fact that in four universi-
ties, the-Hebrew University
in Jerusalem, the Technion
in Haifa, Tel Aviv Univer-
sity and the University of
the Negev there are depart-
ments in the science of med-

icine. And they are produc-
ing physicians and surgeons
that are winning the admi-
ration of medical experts
throughout the world.

Then the visitor is intro-
duced to Bar-Ilan Univer-
sity in this city neighbor-
ing on Tel Aviv, and he is
provided with a new sense
of admiration for the crea-
tive spirit of Israel.

in 1959 through their assist-
ance.
According to Dr. Shlomo
Katz, co-ordinator of the
program, the clinic is basi-
cally used to treat disabled
people who need counseling.
"Bar-Ilan receives refer-
rals from different agencies
for psychological counsell-
ing. Our students treat
them under supervision."
Individual and group coun-
selling are provided.
The clinic also serves a,
base for research programs.
These include a behaviour
modification project and a
rehabilitation study of
young offenders.

For this correspondent,
who has seen Bar-Ilan Uni-
versity grow from its in-
fancy under the presidency
of Dr. Pinhas Churgin,
there was evidence of fulfil-
ment to meet the late Dr.
Churgin's daughter, Batya
Churgin, who now heads the
With the Rehabilitation
musicology department at Department of the Minis-
the religiously oriented uni- try of Defence, there is a
versity. Musicol'ogy becomes far-reaching project, the
a symbol: there are so many first of its kind in Israel, to
departments at Bar-Ilan, provide vocational aid for
covering every aspect of Ju- head-injured war veter-
daism and learning, that ans.
those who have helped to ad-
One of the most remarka-
vance it are justified in their ble developments in Israel
pride.
attributable to Bar-Ilan is
- The visitor starts with the the acquisition and use of an
Stollman administration immense computer system.
building, there to learn that
A new computer, among
the first pioneers in behalf the largest in Israel, has
of Bar-Ilan were three emi- been installed at the Univer-
nent Detroiters: Phillip sity. According to Ezra Ben
Stollman, now chairman of Kochav, Head of the Corn-
the global board of the Uni- puter Center, it is an IBM
versity; his brother Max and 370/168 with a memory
sister-in-law Frieda (Mrs. storage of one million bytes
Max Stollman).
(characters) and a diSk sys-
The plaques are filled tem - unit capable of storing
with names of Detroiters 487 million bytes. The corn-
who share in its growth.
puter has three printers and
To appreciate Bar-Ilan it two card readers.
is necessary to understand
There is a network of 31
its religious aspect.
new terminals connected to
. • As a religious Univer- the computer. Most of these
sity ( every Jewish student are on campus, with others
admitted, apart from spe- in high schools in the Dan
cial cases, is required to at- Region and at Tel Hash-
tend courses in Jewish stud- omer Hospital. With the aid
ies, irrespective of his or her of these terminals, re-
field of specialization. Non- searchers, students, pupils,
Jewish students accepted teachers and doctors can
for study at the University obtain information from the
are not bound by the regula- computer.
tions concerning required
courses in Judaica.
The new computer, ac-
The totality of the univer- cording to a comparison
sity's contributing strength made on the basis of the
in Israel's academic develop- type of work done at the
ment gains emphasis in th e University, is 10 to 24
role shared in the retention times more powerful than
of highest standards in the one being replaced.
medical research and in pro-
In addition, the new com-
viding new measures to- puter will allow research to
wards the protection of be developed to a degree
health and the assurance of unattainable with the for-
retentive moral valueS in a mer one. Mini-computers
land with many rich back- used on campus are con-
grounds in all fields of hu- nected directly to the new
man endeavor.
network, which provides for
The newest of Israel's fresh technological develop-
achievements medically is ment in computer app
the role introduced by Bar- _ tions through terminals.
Ilan for rehabilitative .
A revolutionary service to
science.
students, named "Cafeteria
This is a field that bene- Service", enables them to
fits the average citizen, the obtain, in seconds, a print-
mentally ill and the out of the program they are
wounded who return with feeding into the computer.
oppressive moods from the
Ben-Kochav states the
battlefields.
Computer Center has a staff
Bar-Ilan is the only Is- of 43. The annual budget of
raeli university offering a the computer amounts to $1
rehabilitation counselling million. All computer serv-
psychology training pro- ices at Bar-Ilan are central-
gram.
ized in the Computer Center
The program for the which offers advice, systems
training of rehabilitation analysis and programming
counselling psychologists, for all computer needs on
which is now being extended campus. This encourages
with the, help of Mr. and saving and greater effi-
ciency.
Mrs. Paul Herzog of Israel
and London, was initiated
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