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54 April 16, 1976


Alton Says Lebanon Events
Carefully Observed by Israel

Foreign Minister Yigal Al-
Ion told the Knesset that
events in Lebanon are being
watched by Israel "with the
fullest preparedness and
readiness." He said, how-
ever, that the "decisive fac-
tor" was the effect of devel-
opments in Lebanon on
Israel's security and Israel's
actions and policies would
be guided mainly by that
Allon assured the Knesset
that Israeli authorities have
"taken all the necessary
steps" warranted by the
changing situation in Leba-
non. He said, however, that
because the situation was so
delicate and volatile he
could not go into any de-
Meanwhile, Israeli offi-
cials denied a Washington
Star rep-ort that the U.S.
was effectively mediating
between Syria and Israel
with a view to enabling lim-
ited Syrian intervention in
Lebanon without incurring
Israeli military reaction.
The paper said this had been
going on since January and

that Syria's steps were in ef-
fect coordinated with Israel
through the U.S. embassies
in Tel Aviv and Damascus.
In Beirut, meanwhile, a_
leftist Lebanese Moslem
leader claims that up to
6,000 Syrian troops already
are in Lebanon along with
7,000 Palestinian guerillas
of the Saiqa organization,
which Syria finances and

Stevenson Hits
Rabin Leadership

— U.S. Senator Adlai Ste-
venson, III, addressing the
leadership of the Jewish
community in Chicago re-
cently, said he was skeptical
about Israel Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin's capacity to
lead Israel at this time, say-
ing that in his most recent
encounter with the premier
in Israel he found Rabin to
be "very nervous."
The senator declared that
the incumbent regime does
not seem able to lead the
country, especially under
existing conditions.

Controversial Golan. Volume
Printed; Kissinger Criticized

journalist Matti Golan has
published his revised "The
Secret Conversations of
Henry Kissinger," which
appears to be an attack on
the U.S. Secretary of State.
Published by Quadrangle,
the book provides what am
pears to be revelations
about some ,of Kissinger's
more candid sessions with
Israeli leaders. Golan said
he based his material on
secret Israeli government
records of the negotiations,
but does not reveal his
According to Israeli
sources, Kissinger protested
on several occasions about
the apparent leak to Golan
of sections from the Israeli
stenographic transcripts of

his meetings. However,
when asked for a comment
on the book, a State Depart-
ment spokesman said that
the Secretary "does not in-
tend to read it."
The original book,
banned by Israeli censors
in May 1975, included sec-
tions of verbatim manu-
scripts from Kissinger's
Golan said the book was
banned because it was based
on secret and top secret in-
formation. It caused Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin to
call a Cabinet meeting to in-
vestigate the source of the
leaks. Rabin said that if the
book was published it would
be damaging to Kissinger
and to Israel's relations
with the U.S.

A Bicentennial Feature

Exhibit Marks Anniversary
of Jews Delaware Arrival

This Bicentennial year
marks the 321st anniversary
of the arrival of Jews to Del-
In honor of that event, the
Jewish Historical Society of
Delaware held an exhibit at
the Town Hall in Wilming-
ton and published a booklet
entitled "Jewish Delaware:
History, Sites, and Com-
munal Services 1655-1976."
The exhibit featured docu-
ments, photographs, cos-
tumes, and ritual objects
from the Jewish Historical
Society of Delaware's collec-
Some of the important
dates in the history of the
Jews in Delaware, which
were highlighted in the ex-
hibit, are: 1655 — when
Isaac Cardozo and Isaac Is-
rael landed at Fort Casimir
on the South River (today's
Delaware River) to trade
with the Indians; 1751 —
when Abraham Judah
bought a house in Wilming-
ton, making him the first
Jew to live in the city. 1814
— when Jacob and Daniel
Solis came to Wilmington
and opened a dry goods
store and advertised in the
Delaware Gazette: "No busi-
ness transacted on the sev-
enth day"; 1815 — when the
first Jewish child, Esther
Solis, was born in Delaware.
1843 — Captain Henry
B. Nones, the son of Revo-
lutionary War patriot
Benjamin Nones, was sta-

tioned in Wilmington by
the U.S. Navy. Captain
Nones was cited for brav-
ery displayed during the
Mexican War. The exhibit
included his portrait and
his military commissions,
signed by Presidents An-
drew Jackson, Martin Van
Bureh and Abraham Lin-
In 1872 the first Jewish
congregation was organized
in Wilmington. An an-
nouncement about the new
congregation from a Wil-
mington newspaper was in-
cluded in the exhibit.
Some other items of his-
torical interest which were
exhibited included: the only
existing picture of Revolu-
tionary War physician
Philip Moses Russell, a
photographic history of the
Jewish community of Dela-
ware from the 1880's to the
present, and the suffragette
costume of Mrs. Charles
Schagrin, a Jewish woman
who led the Delaware fight
to win the vote for women.
A second part of the ex-
hibit showed how the Jews
of Delaware celebrated
their holidays. In the ban-
quet room of the Town
Hall Museum a table was
set With a Passover seder
arrangement. Another
-room, normally a 19th
Century study, featured a
display of Hanuka objects
used in the 19th Century
by the Jews of Delaware.

JWB Holds Creative Seders

for Jewish Military, Families

Room and Library of Con-
gress House in New York,
headquarters of the Amer-
ican Jewish Congress. She
is membership chairman
of the Association of Jew-
ish Libraries and a board
member of the Women's
Press Club of New York.
The JWB Jewish Book
Council is the national spon-
sor of Jewish Book Month
and presents National Jew-
ish Book Awards annually
in a variety of categories.
The Council also awards
citations to Judaica librar-
ies of Jewish Community
Centers, Jewish schools,
synagogues and other insti-
tutions if they meet specific
criteria. As the sole educa-
tional agency devoted to
Jewish books, the JWB
Council participates in pro-
jects and exhibits of the
American Library Associa-
tion and in the observance of
National Library Week.

Myra Wolfgang, the first labor protests against man-
woman vice president of the agement.
480,000-member Hotel and
Restaurant Employes and
Bartenders International
Union, AFL-CIO, died April
12 at age 61.
She came by her labor
affiliations as a family in-
, heritance. Her parents were
pioneer Labor Zionists.
-They were among the lead-
ers in Poale Zion in Detroit
and many of the most im-
portant meetings of the
movement in the 1920s and
the early 1930s were in their
home on Fenkell Ave.
Her father, Abraham
Koenig began grooming
Komaroff, was active in ef-
forts for a Jewish national her as his successor, and
home in what was then Pa- she became recording sec-
lestine, and always dreamed retary of Local 705, now
of going there to live. Her Local 24 of which she was
mother, Ida, was a founder chief executive officer
of Club One of the local Pi- from 1960 until her death.
A daring crusader, Mrs.
oneer Women organization.
According to friends of Wolfgang would appear at
the family, the late Mrs. the best restaurants to
Komaroff was active in check her members' pay-
cultural projects, espe- checks to make certain the
cially Jewish education. boss wasn't cheating on con-
She was active in efforts tract terms.
She was a crusader for
for Sholem Aleichem Insti-
tute and raised funds for women's rights, calling for
child care centers and job
its Yiddish school.
For a number of years training programs for
Myra also took a personal mothers more than a decade
interest in the Zionist cause ago.
Among her labor related
and in Israel. She was coop-
erative in assuring labor activities were fighting for
support for Israel. She was Sunday liquor sales, the
often at the head tables of state minimum wage law
important labor Movement and negotiating for pension
dinners and special gather- and health care plans. She
ings and•in support of Israel initiated her local's first
strike fund.
She established a wait-
However, she was known
as one of the most outspo- er-waitress training
ken and active union organ- school, and critiqued the
izers of the labor movement, performances of its gradu-
a fiery speaker and clever ates when they served her.
Mrs. Wolfgang is survived
She began her career in by two daughters, Martha
the labor movement in 1933, and Mrs. Laura Christian-
when she went to Louis son, both of Chicago; and a
Koenig, head of the old De- granddaughter. Funeral ar-
troit Waiters Local 705, rangements are incomplete,
seeking a job as a waitress. however, a memorial service
She stayed to answer Ko- will be held 6:30 p.m. Mon-
enig's telephone. Later she day at the Detroit Institute
was to be a major figure in of Arts.

Engineer Ira D. Maxon,
Designed Products, Tractor

Jewish Book Council Picks
Its First Woman President

Charles Schwartz, New
York communal leader who
has devoted more than 20
years to promoting an inter-
est in Jewish books, has
been elected the first
woman president of the
Jewish Book Council of the
National Jewish Welfare
Board, succeeding Dr. Eu-
gene B. Borowitz.
Mrs. Schwartz is a mem-
ber of the Task Force on Art
and Literature in Jewish
Life of the Federation of
Jewish Philanthropies. Un-
til her election as president
of JWB's Jewish Book Coun-
cil, she had been a vice presi-
dent. She is a vice president
of the National Women's
League for Conservative
Judaism and chairman of
its bookshop, library and
publications committee.
Mrs. Schwartz was the
founder of the Charles and
Bertie Schwartz Reading

Myra Wolfgang, 61
Leader in Unionism

This creative seder at a naval base attracted 300
persons — members of Jewish military families, chap-
lains, National Jewish Welfare Board, Armed Services
volunteers and guests. The increasing number of Jewish
military and-naval families requires new dimensions of
service from JWB. This seder was described as being "in
keeping with the changing times."

JPS Sets Annual Meeting

The 1976 annual meeting of
the American Jewish His-
torical Society will take
place April 30-May 2 at the
society's headquarters/li-
brary on the campus of
Brandeis University.
The meeting will be high-
lighted by an 80th birthday
presentation to Dr. Jacob R.
Marcus, a former president
of the society, and currently
the director of the American
Jewish Archives.
Other events scheduled
for the weekend include an

"American Synagogue Ar-
chitecture" and an address
by executive council chair-
man, Rabbi Malcolm H.
Stern on "Colonial Ameri-
can Jewry." Prof. Isadore
Twersky Of Harvard Univer-
sity will deal with
"American Jewish Intellec-
tual History" while Prof.
Lawrence Fuchs of Bran-
deis University and Prof.
Stanley Rothman of Smith
College will present papers
on the "Jewish Family in

Ira D. Maxon, an engineer
for more than 50 years, died
,April 11 at age 71.
Born in Moline, Ill., Mr.
Maxon lived 20 years in De-
troit. He earned a BS degree
in mechanical engineering
at the University of Illinois
and was elected to the Tau
Beti Pi and Pi Tau Sigma
scholastic engineering fra-
He worked for 17 years
for Deere and Co., where he
was superintendent of the
Moline Tractor Works
which manufactured a trac-
tor he invented.
For 16 years he designed
products for the Dura
Corp. in Southfield and
Zanesville, Ohio, where he
was chief engineer. Fol-
lowing his retirement from
that company in 1970, he
founded and directed
Maxon Engineering Asso-
ciates, an engineering con-
sulting firm and was ac-

tive in Deborah Maxon
Co., a cooperative man-
agement concern in Lafay-
ette Park.
He taught industrial
management at the Detroit
College of Applied Science
and mathematics at the
Wayne County Commis*-'`
College. He was an ac.
member of the Society
Automotive Engineers and
other professional engir
ing societies. He wa40
member of Cong. Shaarey
He resided at 1330 Nicolet
He is survived by his wife,
Deborah; a son, David; two
daughters, Mrs. D. Gary
(Judith) Gutierre of Toledo,
Ohio, and Mrs. Richard
(Jane) Guglomo of Youngs-
town, Ohio; two sisters,
Mrs. Sam (Edith) Covich of
Chicago and Mrs. Emanuel
(Ruth) Brentan of Los An-
geles, Calif.; and five grand-


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