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September 17, 1976 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-17

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Ford Tells Bnai Brith Convention That
He Will Continue His Support of Israel

President Ford pledged
anew his support for a
"strong Israel" in outlin-
ing his views on the Mid-
dle East "negotiating
process" and promised
"legislation if necessary,"
to oppose the Arab
economic boycott.
Addressing 1,500 dele-
gates at the Bnai Brith
International Conven-
tion at the Washington
Hilton Hotel, Ford also
said he was working with
-...Soviet Communist Party
Secretary Leonid I.
Brezhnev and key mem-
bers of Congress to re-
store Soviet. Jewish emig-,_
ration to its previous
He also said he was
supporting "interna-
tional action to stamp out
terrorism wherever it oc-
curs," and promised U.S.
support for Israel against
"attempts to deny Israel
her full rights of member-
ship in the United Na-
On domestic issues, he
said that he sees "no ex-
•cuse whatsoever for ar-
bitrary quotas on the
basis of race, religion, na-
tional origin, employ-
ment and education." On
this point, Ford said "in
the name of justice for
some, we must not do in-

justice to others. Oppor-
tunity should, be open to
all Americans on an equal
Meanwhile, Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissinger,
making an unscheduled
speech before the Bnai
Brith International Coun-
cil, said "there is no disag-
reement in our purposes
and those of Israel - in "the
main direction of our pol- -
icy" both in goals and tac-
tics. Kissinger had ac-
cepted an invitation five
weeks ago to .address the
convention but he was oc-
cupied with his South Af-
rican diplomatic mission.

The Secretary em-
phasized, "I do say that
theprospects for
negotiating toward peace
in the Middle East seems
to me never to have been
better. And as we
negotiate we will always
keep in mind that first it
must be based on Israel's
strength" and second
that "it must be based on
our common purposes."
Replacing Kissinger as
chief speaker at the ses-
sion was the Assistant
Secretary of State for
Near Eastern Affairs,
Alfred Atherton. He said
that the progress for
Mideast peace would re-
quire "difficult decisions
by Arab and Israeli lead-

ers" and "the putting
aside dreams of absolute
objectives for the sake of
achieving realistic com-
In other developments
at the convention, the
threat of a stormy floor
debate was averted when
a committee dealing with
the controversial issue of
"combined membership
units" — a departure
from the tradition of sex-
separated men's lodges
and Bnai Brith women's
chapters— recommended
a compromise proposal
that was readily accepted
by the 1300 delegates.
The convention action
formally established in-
tegrated units as an option
for single men and women
in urban areas and for both
single and married
couples in communities of
250 or fewer Jewish
The "combined unit"
structure provides that
its male members are en-
rolled in a unit of Bnai
Brith, its women' mem-
bers in a unit of Bnai
Brith Women.
Also during the con-
vention, David M. Blum-
berg, Bnai Brith presi-
dent, dedicated an addi-
tion to the Bnai Brith
headquarters building in
Washington that will
double'its size.

Among the features of
the $2.5 million building
are additional exhibit
Space for the Philip and
Ethel Klutznick Museum
which already attracts
some 100,000 visitors an-
nually; an international
youth center, with offices
for Bnai Brith's youth or-
ganization, the Hillel
Foundations and Career
and Counseling Services;
and a conference center
that will be made availa-
ble to other groups in
Washington. A chapel in
memory of Bnai Brith
victims of the Holocaust
will have access to the
street so that passers-by
can enter and meditate.

Friday, September 17, 1976 11

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JTA Re-Elects William Landau

William M. Landau, who
was re-elected president
of the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, announced the
election of five new board
- They are-eharles Bick
of New York, William L.
Frost of New York, Philip
Granovsky of Toronto,
Leonard Kesten of New
York and Mrs. Annette
Shapiro of Beverly Hills,
In addition, Landau
announced the re-
election of Robert H.
Arnow as chairman of the
board, and Raymond
Epstein, Martin S. Fox
and Philip Slomovitz as
vice presidents. Also re-
elected were Julius Ber-
man, secretary, and Ab-
raham Goodman, trea-
surer. Melvin Swig, a
member of the board, was
elected vice president.
Bick, who studies at
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theological Seminary,
joined the Zionist move-
ment in 1932 as a member
of Hapoel Hamizrachi. He
was the movement's na-
ional president from 1951
to 1952 and- a member of
the national board of Miz-
rachi Hapoel Hamizrachi.
He is a national board
member of the American
Zionist Federation and
honorary vice president of
the Jewish National Fund.
He is a certified public ac-
Frost, a graduate of
Harvard College, Yale
Law School and Harvard
Graduate School of Public
Administration, was a
foreign service officer
with the Department of
State from 1952 to 1959 in


various European coun-
An attorney in New
York since 1959, he is a n
officer of numerous legal
and civic organizations,
including chairman of the
library committee prog-
ram for the Harvard
Center for Jewish
Granovsky, a business
executive, is national
president of the United
Israel Appeal of Canada,
member of the board of
the Jewish Agency,
chairman of Campaign
Services Committee of
the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare
Funds, a vice president of
the JNF of Canada and
vice president of the To-
ronto Jewish Congress.
Kesten is chairman of
the United Jewish
Appeal-Federation of
Jewish Philanthropies in
northern Westchester,
member of the campaign's
cabinet, UJA Missions
chairman,, and was New
York project chairman for
the UJA national "This
Year in Jerusalem" con-

During her many years
of what she describes as
"my career of volun-
teerism," Mrs. Shapiro
has served on numerous
committees within the
Jewish Federation-
Council of Greater Los
Angeles, including
chairman of the Women's
Division of the United
Jewish Welfare Fund-
Israel Emergency Fund
Campaign in 1974 and
1975; chairman of the
fund campaign in the San
Fernando Valley in 1970
and 1971; chairman of the
Jewish Federation Bicen-
tennial Commemoration
in 1976; and coordinated
several art exhibits for
Adat Ari El.

Rightists Propose
Monument to Nazi

monument to a Nazi war
criminal near the former
concentration camp at
Dachau is being planned
by the West German
ultra-right-wing German
People's Union.
Gerhard Frey, head of
the group, said that the
GPU intends to erect the
monument to former SS
Col. Joachim Peiper,
whose charred and
bullet-ridden body was
found last July in the
burned-out ruins of his
house in the Burgundy
district in France.
Frey said the Dachau
site near Munich was
selected because Peiper
had been convicted there
of ordering the execution
of 71 American POWs in
Belgium during World
War II.

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