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April 18, 1975 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-04-18

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Friday, April 18, 1975 39

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

The Labor Party Loses Liberal Eliav

Funeral Director's Lively
Art—Making Miniatures

What kind of hobby
would a funeral director
,have?
Making doll furniture, of
course.
Harold Goldman of Oak
Park, funeral director at Ira
Kaufman Chapel in South-
field, has been creating doll-
house size copies of period
c-furniture in his basement
for. the past eight months.
Among the items he has
created so far are Queen
-Anne chairs, bonnet-top
high-boys, a three-inch cello
- with strings made of thread
a,--L-1 stereopticon viewer
as a real view.
'working with walnut or
cherry wood, Goldman
creates his miniature mas-
terpieces with jeweler's
_tools and some tiny chisels
which he created himself.
Pieces are glued • and
pegged with steel pins.

Finished pieces are rubbed
with oil.
Prior to building the
pieces, Goldman measures
and photographs the origi-
nals in museums or copies
photographs of them from
books.
He often displays his
creations at the Doll Hospi-
tal in Berkley, and he has
received orders from all over
the world for the minia-
tures.

-

ACLU Branch
to Have Meeting

The Metropolitan Detroit
Branch of the American
Civil Liberties Union will
have its annual meeting 9
a.m. Saturday at the South-
field Civic Center, Parks
and Recreation Building,
Room 115.
Michigan's new mental
health code will be dis-
cussed by Judge Joseph Per-
nick of the Wayne County
Probate Court, Larry Owen,
legislative Service Bureau,
state of Michigan; and Peter
Alter, ACLU cooperating
attorney. Adrienne James,
chairperson of the ACLU
branch committee on men-
tal health laws and proce-
dures, will be moderator.
Refreshments will be
served, and the public is in-
vited at no charge.

Students in Israel
for Bible Contest

IT'S BRICKER'S
FUR STORAGE TIME
FOR ALL YOUR
PRECIOUS —
GARMENTS!

NEW YORK — Six Bible
students, first and second
prize winners of last'year's
National Bible Contest here
are in Israel to take part in
the International Bible Con-
test held annually in Jerusa-
lem as part of the Yom
Ha'atzmaut — Independ-
ence Day — celebrations.
The students will spend- a
week in study at a special
Bible camp in Israel in prep-
aration for the contest
which is sponsored by the
World Jewish Bible Society
of Israel.

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Workmen's Circle
Observes Warsaw
32nd Anniversary

The Workmen's Circle
Center will hold an observ-
ance of the 32nd anniver-
sary of the Warsaw Ghetto
uprising 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The memorial will feature
ghetto songs and folklore, a
candlelighting, recitations,
speakers and musical selec-
tions. There is no admission
charge.

By UZI BENZIMAN

(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

JERUSALEM — Aryeh
Eliav, who ended his 30-year
career in the Labor Party by
resigning in March, is a
Zionist idealist of the old
school who believes that
public figures — especially
those in a Labor govern-
ment — should roll up their
sleeves at least once a week
and join in physical labor
alongside the people they
represent.
He himself devotes.thred
days a week to duties as an
unpaid hospital orderly. He
recalls that 25 years ago,
Cabinet ministers, many of
them kibutz members,
considered it a matter of
self-respect to go home pe-
riodically to work on the
soil. Why shouldn't the Wel-
- fare Minister work one day
a week at a welfare center in
a slum quarter he asks?
Why shouldn't the Defense
Minister go on guard duty
once a week — without
presence of TV cameras?
It is a commentary on
the changes wrought in
Israeli society over the
past quarter century that
for these views — and
other unorthodox opinions
in the political and social
spheres — Eliav has been
labeled a "maverick."
He quit the Labor Party
in disgust — at age 54 —
over what he considers in-
competence and political
confusion on the part of its
leadership. He claims that
the party and the govern-
ment is isolated from the
realities of social problems
and the social-ethnic gap in
Israel; that in foreign af-
fairs its policy is one of con-
tinuing procrastination --
"deciding not to decide."
Eliav, a former secretary
general of the Labor Party,
a deputy Cabinet minister
in the government of the
late Premier Levi Eshkol
and a member of the Knes-
set since 1965, retains his
Knesset seat. He now com-
prises a one-man indepen-
dent faction — a phenome-
non not uncommon in
Israel's 120-member parlia-
ment.
Born in Moscow in 1921,
Eliav was raised in a Zion-
ist family milieu. In 1924 his
parents immigrated to Pa-
lestine. He spent his youth
in the Hagana (the Mapai-
oriented para-military or-
ganization formed to pro-
tect the Jewish population
from the Arabs, which later
executed the Jewish Agen-
cy's "activist" policy against
the British Mandatory ad-
ministration). As a Hagana
member Eliav was imbued
with Socialist ideas and in-
tense patriotic feelings.
These two qualities molded
his subsequent life and pol-
itical career.
He,was a devoted mem-
ber of the Labor move-
ment. In its various politi-
cal metamorphoses he
always remained a faithful
member of its pre-state- .
hood spiritual and organi-,
zational core.
Eliav was one of the
"darlings" of the veteran La-
bor leadership. He worked
under Levi Eshkol at the
Jewish Agency when Eshkol

.

ARYEH ELIAV

headed the absorption de-
partment in the State's
early years and then fol-
lowed Eshkol to the Trea-
sury.
In 1953 Eliav went to the
Negev to instruct newly ar-
rived Cochin (Indian) Jews.
A year later he was chosen
to head the team which set
up the Lachish region (a
large and highly successful
settlement project in the
northern Negev which built
up some 40 settlements and
the town of Kiryat Gat).
During the 1956 Sinai
campaign he participated in
a secret operation aimed at
evacuating the Jews of Port
Said.
Two years later Eliav-
became first secretary in
the Israeli Embassy in
Moscow, where he dealt
mostly with Jewish af-
fairs. In 1961 he returned
to Israel to head a team
which established the
Arad Regional Project —
another notable success in
rural-urban development.
Eliav began to play a role
in Israel politics in 1964
when he became a leading
supporter of Levi Eshkol in
his struggle with David Ben-
Gurion over the premiership
and over . , the notorious
"Lavon Affair."
Following Eshkol's vic-
tory, Eliav was appointed
head of Mapai's organiza-
tion department. In 1965 he
was elected to the Knesset
and later held two deputy
ministerships — commerce
and immigrant absorption.
After the Six-Day War,



'

Eliav submitted a plan for
the rehabilitation of the
Arab refugees in the admin-
istered territories. Moshe
Dayan, the then Minister of
Defense, rejected the pro-
posals. Next he wrote a dov-
ish policy platform, called
"New Goals for Israel," but
none of his party's leaders
paid much attention to it.
In 1970 Eliav was e _ lected
secretary general of the
Labor Party — a powerful
post usually leading to a
ministerial appointment.
But he resigned after 18
months, dedicating him-
self to writing his famous
book "Eretz Hatzvi".
(Land of the Heart).
Long before Eliav's . resig-
nation • from the -Labor
-Party, he called for an Is-
raeli readiness to discuss
Middle East problems with
everyone — including the
Palestine Liberation Organ-
ization, on condition that
the PLO recognize Israel,
renounced its resolve to de-
stroy the Jewish State and
ceased all terror activity.

Jewish Population
in United States

Three percent, or six mil-
lion people in the United
States are Jewish. Jews are
represented far beyond
their number in such serv-•
ice-related professions as
law, science, teaching and
medicine.
More than 54 percent -of
Jews 25 or older have some
college training, compared
to 25 percent of the general
population in this country.

He who is whole in his life
and clean frdm sin need not
fear the future.
—Horace

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