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December 17, 1976 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-12-17

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56 Friday, December 17, 1976


HUD Allocates $2.5 Million for Additional Federation Apartments

Federation Apartments has received a "reservation of funds" from
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totalling $2.5
million for the construction of 100 senior citizen apartment units, accord-
ing to president Mark E. Schlussel.
The agency's board of directors accepted the reservation of funds
from HUD under provisions of Section 202, which provides financing for
the development of senior citizen housing.
Plans for the additional 100 senior citizen apartment units are now
underway. "A committee, headed by former Apartments president
Samuel Hechtman is now preparing plans for the project to best serve the
community's needs," Schlussel said. Hechtman initiated the request to
Washington before retiring as agency president last fall.
Other members on the committee are William Avrunin, Mrs. Henry
Krolik, Jack 0. Lefton, Leslie Rose, Gilbert Silverman and Sheldon Win-

The committee will submit final plans to Jewish Welfare Federation's
Community Services Division and the capital needs committee for
further consideration.
Federation Apartments presently provide housing for 200 senior citi-
zens 62 or older, who wish to remain independent but would like the
companionship of others with similar interests in its 168-unit high-rise
structure on Ten Mile Rd. in Oak Park.
Federation Apartments, a member agency of the Jewish Welfare
Federation, was built in 1971 with the assistance of a government loan
and funding from the United Jewish Charities.
"We are quite aware of the need for added senior citizen housing in
the Jewish community," Schlussel said. "As our older Jewish population
increases more housing becomes essential. It should now unquestionably
receive our top communal priority."

Allied Jewish Campaign Initial Gifts Reach $6,523,00


More than 100 particip-
ants in the second major
gifts meeting of the 1977
Allied Jewish Campaign-
Israel Emergency Fund
helped boost the 1977
AJC-IEF pre-Campaign
total to $6,523,000 on
Combined with the
funds raised at a meeting
three weeks ago, also at
the home of AJC-IEF
general chairman Daniel
M. Honigman, and the
Women's Division pre-
Campaign phase, the
$6,523,000 represents an
increase of 8-8 1/2 percent
over the large-gift
pledges of the 1976 Cam-
Honigman told the
meeting of major donors
Sunday that their
pledges have a serious af-
fect on the upcoming
Campaign, and that the
substantial increases al-
- ready reported augured
well for the 1977 Cam-
He said that an incom-
plete review of pledges
being conducted by a
committee under the di-
rection of Philip T. Warren
will help the Campaign,
and that "Operation Re-
covery" under the direc-
tion of Phillip Stollman


has added 500 former and
new donors to the list of
pledgers for 1977.
In urging major in-
creases over their 1976
pledges, Honigman re-
minded the audience
Sunday of ever increas-
ing needs at home and ab-
road. "War does not exist
today," he said. "but the
threat of war is ever pre-
sent. Israel is isolated,
and will be increasingly
isolated by Arab
economic power."
Guest speaker Aharon

Yariv, former Minister of
Information and former
chief of intelligence for
the Israeli army general
staff, in outlining Israel's
needs and predicting the
diplomatic pressures she
will face in the coming
months offered• no ex-
cuses for the troubled
image at home that Israel
is currently projecting.
"We were never super-
men. We have all the fail-
ings and all the strengths
of a human, democratic
society," the general said.
"You are aware of our in-
ternal difficulties and it is
a fact we have to live and
work with. Unfortu-
nately, there are external
difficulties at the same
Yariv predicted an end
to the diplomatic "respite"
for Israel in the Middle
East. He said Arab rival-
ries will not permit stabil-
ity in the region. He said
the Lebanese crisis has
more or less been solved
on the basis of the follow-
ing formula: Syrian pre-
dominance in Lebanon, the
continued functioning of
the Palestine Liberation
Organization and accep-
tance of the Egyptian
strategy regarding Israel.
The Egyptian strategy,
he said, would be to push

for a major diplomatic
"peace" effort shortly
after the inauguration of
Jimmy Carter as U.S.•
President, with the con-
tinued role of the U.S. as
diplomatic broker.
Gen Yariv_ predicted
that the Carter Adminis-
tration will have basi-
cally the same foreign
policy as the Ford Admin-
The former Israeli in-
telligence chief gave a
scathing review of Egyp-
tian President Anwar
el-Sadat's current "peace
offensive," citing news-
paper articles of the last
two months and historic
precedents of the past 25
"There are no differ-
ences in the Arab world
between radicals and
moderates in the context
of Israel," Yariv said. He
pointed to recent news-
paper and magazine inter-
views given by Sadat
which indicated no nor-
malizing of relations be-
tween Israel and Egypt in
the event Israel accepts
the Arab version of peace.

quo of 1967, but with a dif-
ferent name. "We face a
tough political battle. We
have not played it well up
until now, but we still
have a good case," he
said, and predicted that
Israel faces "critical and
fateful tests" during the
next 2-3 years.

Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emergency Fund
leaders gathered at the home of general chairman
Daniel Honigman Sunday for the second major gifts
meeting of the 1977 pre-Campaign are, from left, pre-
Campaign chairmen Norman Wachter and Jack Robin-
son; Honigman; Campaign co-chairmen Philip T. War-
ren and Irving Seligman; guest speaker Israeli General
(Ret.) Aharon Yariv; and associate chairman David S.

Ex-American Israeli's Project
Is Creation of a Desert Oasis

watered from the Bssor,
the biggest springs in the
It has taken several northern Negev, histori-
cally known as the ideal
years, and it will take at
least another four, but place for shepherds.
Joseph Ezekiel, 46, prom-
This, said Joe, as if he
ises that as sure as he was was recounting an event
born in Bryan, Texas, a that took place last week,
basin just west of is the site of the quarrel
Beersheba will one day between Abraham and
become one of Israel's Abimelech, at the early
most beautiful and stages of Abraham's set-
greenest parks. Never tlement in the Promised
mind that now it is just a Land. It is also the site of
spot in the Negev desert. David's pursuit s of the
Ezekiel, for 26 years a Amalekites which ended
member of Kibutz Gvulot, with the burning of the city
heads the development of of Ziklag, Joe reminds us.
Ezekiel plans to create
the Levi Eshkol Park,
named after Israel's late a 7.5 acre artificial lake,
Premier. It is a joint proj- surrounded by 12.5 acres
ect of the Jewish National of greenery, a potential
Fund, the National Gar- attraction for both Is-
dens Authority and the raelis and tourists. Arti-
Regional Council, ficial waterfalls will sup=
adopted by Pioneer Wo- ply the water for a swim-
men. Although plans call ming and a water sports
for the park to be opened area.
Apart from the mate-
by 1980, Ezekiel is as im-
patient as if the inaugu- rial pleasures, Ezekiel
ration ceremony will take pins his hopes on the
place tomorrow.
spiritual pleasures.
Joe has been working Standing on top of the hill
on the project since 1969. which was the site of a
Often he is frustrated by Byzantine church and
the knowledge that with a will serve as an observa-
slightly larger budget tion post in the future,
this man-made oasis Joe said: "You cannot im-
would materialize sooner. agine what a pleasure it is
Close to 1,000 acres are to stand here with a
pTanned here to be group of youths and de-


(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

Jewish Welfare Federation Women's Division lead-
ers at the second Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel
Emergency Fund Advance Gifts meeting are shown in
the top photograph talking with guest speaker Annette
Dulzin, third from right. Shown from left, Mrs. Reva
Taubman, $2,500 Section chairman; Mrs. Paul Borman,
associate chairman; Mrs. Max Stollman, vice chairman;
Mrs. Dulzin; Mrs. Norman H. Rosenfeld, Women's Cam-
paign chairman and Mrs. Paul Zuckerman. Mrs. Irwin
Green, left, in the bottom photograph, is shown greeting
Mrs. Lewis B. Daniels, former Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion Women's Division president and Mrs. Ivor J. Kahn,
former Women's advance gifts chairman, at her home
where she hosted nearly 100 women at the meeting.

Yariv explained, "We
are not talking of bound-
aries and territory, not of
three million square
miles, but whether the
Arabs will accept a
Jewish state in their
He said the Arabs want
to return to the status

scribe to them the mili-
tary moves of David
against the Amalekites,
being able to point at the
actual locations."
Indeed the place is rich
with history. Turkish sol-
diers were stationed here
in April, 1917 in a desper-
ate effort to block the
British. During their stay
they accidentally exposed
a mosaic floor, but did not
realize the archaeological
importance of the find.
Only after the site was
captured by Australian
units in the British Expe-
ditionary Force did they
inform archaeolog;
the finding. A grc
volunteers began digg.
up the place. They un-
earthed the mosaic floor of
a Byzantine church built,
according to an inscription
between 561-562 AD.
Another archaeological
site in the park's area is
the Bssor Spi_ngs where
remains were found of the
early Bronze Age of the
Third Millennium. Joe is
determined to make this
site the first artificial
oasis in the Negev. But
money is slow in coming.
If he must depend on de-
termination alone, he
fears, work will not be
completed even by 1980. .

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