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May 14, 1976 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-05-14

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Avrunin Awarded Federation Medallion; Retiring
Director's Continuous Service Emphasized at Dinner

Speakers at Monday's community dinner honoring William Avrunin included, J. Miller, Irwin Shaw, and the honoree, Avrunin. Avrunin is shown at right with
from left, Max Fisher, Paul Zuckerman, Sol Eisenberg, Carolyn Greenberg, Milton Fisher and Federation President Martin Citron with the Federation Medallion.

What does an active per-
son plan for retirement?
William Avrunin, retiring
as executive vice president
of the Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration, has more than an-
swer: he has a program of
action which received ac-
claim at the testimonial din-
ner in his honor at the Jew-
ish Community Center
Monday evening.
Continuity is the word
and Avrunin himself al-
luded to it after hearing a
laudatory address in behalf
of the more than 400 guests
by Max M. Fisher.
Fisher's speech and
Avrunin's reply conjointly
served as a recapitulation
of Detroit Jewish com-

munal experiences.
Both reminisced. Both
referred to the activities, the
devoted services, of scores of
communal leaders.
Both recalled the rise in
standards of the social and
educational services of De-
troit Jewry, of the progress
that was made by the Jew-
ish Welfare Federation.
Fisher presented to
Avrunin, as a mark of ap-
preciation for his services,
the Federation Medallion,
usually given only to Allied
Jewish Campaign chairmen.
Fisher called attention
to the student days when
both he and the honoree
were at Ohio State Uni-
versity, when Fisher was

on the football team while
Avrunin was reporting for
the Lantern, the OSU col-
lege paper.
Both addresses could be
rated as a Who's Who in De-
troit Jewry's communal
services, Fisher and
Avrunin having recalled the
labors of many, from Fred
M. Butzel, Julian Krolok
and the Henry Winemans to
the present-day leadership.
They recalled the con-
structive efforts,• the cam-
paigns and the construction
of monumental achieve-
ments like the Jewish Cen-
Fisher recalled that when
he began participation in
Allied Jewish Campaigns as

a solicitor he was prompted
by Avrunin to cover his
pledges quickly and the re-
lationships between the two
grew •in a strong communal
Martin Citron, president
of Federation, who shared
the chairmanship of the
evening with Fisher, led a
virtual chorus of encomia
for Avrunin delivered by
spokesmen for the profes-
sionals of community
agencies, local and na-
tional movements.
Paul Zuckerman ex-
pressed the gratitude of the
United Jewish Appeal and
related agencies for Avrun-
in's cooperation. He espe-
cially praised Avrunin's or-

ganizational efforts in
behalf of a UJA-formulated
task within Israel.
Irwin Shaw spoke for the
professionals; Carolyn
Greenberg, who is slated to
head the Federation Wom-
en's Division, for the women
in the community; and Sol
Eisenberg as president of
Sinai applauded Avrunin's
guidance and encourage-
ment in health tasks.
Mandell Berman, leading
in the communal cham-
pagne toast to the honoree
and his wife Frieda, added
emphasis to Avrunin's re-
maining in Detroit as a lay-
man to continue participa-
tion in the social welfare
and related commitments of

the Greater Detroit Jewish

A lampooning speech by
Milton J. Miller, president
of the United Jewish Char-
ities, gave a touch of ligh-
ter vein to the event.

As rabbi of Temple Israel,
the affiliation of William
and Frieda Avrunin, Dr.
Leon Fram recited the invo-

A noteworthy encomium
was a message of greeting
and commendation to
Avrunin from his predeces-
sor as the Federation execu-
tive, Isidore Sobeloff, who
now makes his home in Los

Controversy Still Brewing Over Cabinet's West Bank Decision

Premier Yitzhak Rabin said
Monday night that it was
strategically more impor-
tant to strengthen Jewish
settlements in the Jordan
Valley than to plant new
settlements in the Samarian
Hills. There is "no point"
settling in Samaria, he said,
because with the Jordan
Valley settled by Jews, set-
tlements in Samaria would
foreclose any credible op-
tions for peace.
Rabin made his remarks
at a meeting with the Labor
Party's Knesset faction in
which he explained Sun-
day's decision by the Cabi-
net to remove the Gush
Emunim squatters from
Kadum in Samaria to an
alternative site. He recalled
that when Gahal, the old
Herut-Liberal alignment,
was a member of the na-
tional unity government of
1967-70, it had, in effect, en-
dorsed a policy barring set-
tlements in the Samaria
region of the West Bank.
Rabin's statement appar-
ently reflected the majority
view of the Cabinet. But it
did not eliminate the possi-
bility of a serious rift within
government ranks over the
issue of settlements in Sa-
maria and the fate of the
Gush group at Kadum. De-
fense Minister Shimon
Peres, who has appeared to
support the Gush demands
that Kadum be made a per-

manent settlement, urged
the Cabinet to plan its set-
tlement policies on the basis
of defense considerations
rather than on the possible
substance of an eventual
peace settlement since there
was no partner in sight to
talk peace with.
Peres said it would be
"no disaster" if the
Kadum encampment was
left where it is. He also
thought that western Sa-
maria, overlooking Is-
rael's coastal plain, should
be settled by Jews. The de-
fense minister joined the
Cabinet majority Sunday
in supporting the formula
that would evacuate
Kadum and offer the
squatters an alternative
site. But most observers
felt that Peres was keep-
ing his options open for a
possible future showdown.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet
as a a whole seemed deter-
mined that if its compro-
mise attempts failed, the
Kadum camp would be
closed, by force if necessary.
Israel Galili who heads the
ministerial settlement com-
mittee, said the Kadum epi-
sode raised the question of
how Israel was to govern it-
self — by parliamentary
democracy or by anarchy.
The Cabinet's four-point
statement of settlement pol-
icy and the future of the
Gush Emunim encampment

at Kadum said: "The gov- rally was organized by Ma-
ernment will encourage set- pam and Moked in coopera-
tlement on both sides of the tion with the Movement for
`Green Line' in accordance a Sane Policy.
with its decisions, which
In New York, an ad hoc
will be in accordance with coalition of some 100 promi-
its basic policy platforms."
nent Jews signed a state-
The "Green Line" is the ment supporting the demon-
demarcation line between stration. The group included
Israel and the administered Rabbi Balfour Brickner,
Arab territories.
Phyllis Chesler, Prof. Leo
The statement added: Diesendruck, Betty Frie7
"The government will dan, Rabbi Everett Gendler,
prevent settlement at- Herbert Gold, Vivian Gor-
tempts without its ap- nick, Irving Howe, Moshe
proval. Decisions on set- Kagan, Robert Loeb, Rabbi
tlement will continue to be David Polish, Rabbi
made by the Ministerial Joachim Prinz, Morris U.
Settlement Committee Schappes, Stone, Rabbi
subject to Cabinet ap- Max Ticktin and Prof.
proval. No settlement George Wald.
shall be established at
In London, Britain's
Chief Rabbi, Immanuel
"At a date in the near fu- Jakobovits, described the
ture, to be determined by campaign of the Gush
the Cabinet, the Kadum Emunim for Jewish settle-
group will be transferred to ment throughout Biblical
a permament place of settle- Israel as contrary to the
ment that will be offered to highest Jewish tradition
it within the framework of and a threat to the Jewish
the government's approved people's attachment to its
program. Until such time, religion.
nothing shall be done at
The Gush Emunim
Kadum to transform it into blasted the Cabinet's deci-
a permanent settlement."
sion to block their perma-
The Cabinet decision was nent settlement attempt.
adopted after a nine-hour
Hanan Porat, declared
debate Sunday. Prior to the that they "cannot accept"
debate more than 15,000 and "will not agree to" any
persons marched through move to evacuate the squat-
central. Tel Aviv in a vigor- ters from the site where
ous but orderly demonstra- they have been living since
tion against illegal settle- November under army pro-
ments on the West Bank by tection. He declared that the
the Gush Emunim. The encampment outside the

Kadum military base would
continue to be built up and
developed into a permanent
In Israel over the week-
end, writer Haim Guri pub-
lished an "Open Letter to
Gush Emunim" in effect
charging the group with
breach of faith.
The group's threats now
to oppose their forcible
removal from .Kadum,
should the government
decide upon it, contrav-
ened a December agree-
ment, Guri wrote. In De-
cember, all parties had
agreed to abide by a Cabi-
net decision to be taken
after a full-scale debate on
West Bank settlement.
Disturbances on the West
Bank continued last week,
and four Arabs were
wounded by Israeli troops.
Two other Arabs were also
injured. The six-day curfew
on the Nablus "Casbah" was
lifted Thursday, and there
were no incidents in Israel
on Independence Day. There
were several stone throwing
and tire burning incidents
in Jenin, however, and pol-
ice prevented dgmonstra-
tions in Ramallah.
Chaim Herzog told the UN
Security Council last week,
during its debate on Israeli
practices on the West Bank,
that an investigation is un-
derway concerning the pro-
posal by a West Bank resi-

dent to a foreign TV crew to
organize incidents such as
the burning of tires or set-
ting up road blocks for a
payment of $300.
An NBC-TV crew was
detained in Jenin by Israeli
authorities last Thursday
after their presence sparked
a "staged" demonstration.

Arabs Boycott
Israeli Speech

NEW YORK — Arab and
some African nations
walked out of the UN Con-
ference on Trade and Devel-
opment in Nairobi, Kenya,
Wednesday, as the Israel
delegate began making a
Mayer Gabry, dire(
general of Israel's Ministry
of Justice, ignored the walk-
out and earlier Egyptian
statements on the Middle
East and Palestinians
concentrated on econo
He advocated a code of
conduct to govern the trans-
fer of advanced technology
from the West to the devel-
oping Third World nations.
An Egyptian spokesman
said his country was not
part of the Arab effort to
oust Israel and South Africa
from the conference and
seat the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization. The PLO
has observer status at the

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