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May 27, 1977 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-05-27

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Rabbi Harold Gordon Dies,
Board of Rabbis Executive

NEW YORK—Rabbi Har-
old H. Gordon, executive
vice president of the New
York Board of Rabbis; died
May 21 at age 69.
Rabbi Gordon, who came
to the Board of Rabbis in
1946 as general secretary
and as the coordinator of
chaplaincy, became the ex-
, ecutive vice president in
In April 1976 he was hon-
ored on the occasion of his
30th anniversary of his exec-
utive role with the organiza-
e attended the Hebrew
logical College in Chi-
and received his bach-
elor's degree from the Uni-
versity of Minnesota in
1929. Continuing his studies
in Jerusalem, he was or-
dained in 1934. He led a con-
gregation in Waterloo,
Iowa, from 1935 to 1942.
During World War II he be-
came a United Services Or-
ganization director and
then a chaplain at various
military installations in
From 1943 to 1946 he was
an Army Air Force chap-
lain, rising to the rank of
major and logging 250,000
miles in the air on regular
visits to outlying bases of
the North Atlantic Division
of the Air Transport Com-
mand from Iceland to the
In his years with the
board of rabbis he also trav-
eled widely, organizing a de-
legation that visited the So-
viet Union and other East
European countries in 1956.
He returned to the Soviet
Union twice in later years
and also visited Jewish com-
munities in many parts of
South America on behalf of
the board.
Rabbi Gordon also trav-
eled widely in the United
States lecturing on the con-
dition of Jews in the Soviet

He was a co-founder of
the International Synagogue
at Kennedy International
Airport hee.
Although not given to con-
troversy, he made news in
1972 when he left the dais of
a luncheon meeting of the
Jewish Teachers Associ-
ation during the speech of
Rabbi Meir Kahane, head
of the militant Jewish De-
fense League.



Israeli Diplomat
Aviad Yaffa, 54

Yaffa, director general of
the World Zionist Organiza-
tion and its executive arm,
the Jewish Agency for Is-
rael, died May 19 at age 54,
three months after assum-
ing the two posts.
Mr. Yaffa was Israeli con-
. sul in New York between
1958 and 1962 in charge of
Israeli information services
in the U.S. He served under
Prime Ministers Levi Esh-
kol and Golda Meir.
. Yaffa was chairman
e Israeli Chess Feder-
ation and organized the
Chess Olympics held in
Haifa last year.
An accomplished fund-
raiser with world-wide con-
nections, Mr. Yaffa next
went to work for Pinhas
Sapir as manager of the
"Sapir Fund" which is re-
sponsible for many educa-
tional and welfare projects
in Israel. In 1972, he en-
tered the Knesset and quick-
ly gained respect and popu-
larity there, becoming,
under the Rabin govern-
ment, faction whip of the
Labor Aligment.


In 1968 he helped found
the Brit Mila School for
training practitioners of rit-
ual circumcision in coopera-
tion with Mount Sinai.Hospi-
He had served with many
local and national interfaith
organizations and received
many honors, including hon-
orary doctorates of Hebrew
literature and of divinity
from' the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary of America.

Meyer D. Stern

Meyer 13. Stern, retired
shoe executive, died May 25
at age 93.
Born in Russia, Mr. Stern
lived 72 years in Detroit.
He owned Stern Shoes in
Wyandotte from 1916 until
1951. He was a member of
Bnai Brith, president and
co-founder of Cong. Beth El
in Wyandotte, a member of
the Knights of Pythias,
Adat Shalom Synagogue
and Cong. Beth Israel of
Ann Arbor. He resided at
3700 Miller Rd., Ann Arbor.
He leaves a son, • Dr.
Aaron of Arm, Arbor; a
daughter, Mrs. Morton ( Dor-
othy) Hochman; six grand-
children and Six great-

American ZOA Students in Israel


One of the school buildings on the ZOA's Kfar Silver
campus near Ashkelon is shown above. More than 400 stu-
dents are in classes at three high schools for Israelis and
the Mollie Goodman, Academic High School for American

Goodman students share
dormitory space with Is-
raeli students, and side by
side with the Israeli stu-
dents, join in the farm
work which is a part of the
campus life at Kfar Silver.
The good-neighbor project
is one of the new ideas
brought to the campus by
its young director, Eitan
Paldi. It is an all-volunteer
effort and is run by the stu-
dents themselves. Early in

Zionists 'Begin

Petition Drive
for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

NEW YORK—A nation-
wide petition campaign to .
enlist support for the move
of the American Embassy
in Israel from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem, the capital of Is-
rael, is being undertaken
under the sponsorship of
the Zionist Organization of
According to Judge Al-
fred H. Kleiman, chairman
of the National Public Af-
fairs Committee of the
ZOA, the 10th anniversary
of the unification of Jerusa-
lem, "is a highly appropri-
ate day for this campaign.
It is particularly appropri-
ate that this be organized
by the 1204000 member
ZOA, now celebrating its
80th anniversary."
A petition being circu- -
lated throughout the ZOA is
addressed to President
Jimmy Carter. It refers to
the platform of the Demo-
cratic Party, adopted in
New York City on July 15,
1976, which reads in part:
"We recognize and sup-
port the established status
of Jerusalem as the capital
of Israel, with free access

Appeal Is Made
for Victim's Family Lillian Landis, 82

NEW YORK—An appeal
has been made for assist-
ance for the family of an
eight :year-old who was
killed while resisting a
child molester in New
Nathan Scharf i was
thrown from the root of an
apartment building when he
resisted the molester, a
guard at the building.
The parents of the victim,
Rabbi and Mrs. Scharf, 731
Montauk Ct., Brooklyn,
must pay $2,000 funeral ex-
penses. Both are concentra-
tion camp survivors and
there are five children in
the family. Rabbi Scharf
earns $75 per week from a
Brooklyn synagogue.

J oin in Communal Work

ASHKELON—A group of
American and Israeli high
school students at the Zion-
ist Organization of America
Kfar Silver Campus in Is-
rael have joined in a good-
neighbor project that
serves to raise their own
standards of social con-
sciousness while helping the
people of Ashkelon.

The Americans are stu-
dents at the Mollie Good-
ma n Academic High
School. Established in 1967
by the ZOA, it accepts stu-
dents in the 10th, 11th and
12th grades and follows an
American curriculum. It is
not the American orienta-
tion of the school, however;
which makes the Mollie
Goodman School such a
unique learning experience.
That is achieved by the
fact that the Mollie Good-
man Academic High' School
shares its 520-acre Kfar Sil-
ver campus with the Kfar
Silver Agricultural High
School and the Sylvia and
Alexander Hassan Techni-
cal High School, both of
which are attended by Is-
raeli students. The Mollie

Lillian Landis, who with
her late husband Albert
owned and operated the
Omena Inn near Traverse
City from 1945 to 1959, died
May 23 at age 82.
Born in Russia, Mrs.
Landis was an active mem-
ber of Pioneer Women who
honored her "for dedicated
service" when she resided
in Florida. She also was a
member of the Sholem Alei-
chem Institute for more
than 50 years.
She leaves a son, Harold;
a daughter, Mrs. Robert L.
(Shirley) Cohen; a sister,
Mrs. Zalman (Balya) Fin-
kelstein of Israel; four
grandchildren and three


to all its holy places provid-
ed to all • faiths. As a sym-
bol of this stand, the U.S.
Embassy should be moved
from Tel Aviv to Jerusa-
The ZOA has invited the
support of all interested
Americans in its petition
campaign. Other Jewish or-
ganizations and Jewish
youth groups are expected
to join in the effort.
The petitions will be gath-
ered at ZOA House, 4 E.
34th St., New York, N.Y.
10016, for forwarding to
President Carter.

Nuclear Ban

United States, ,Canada and
Australia are' working in
concert to prevent sup-
plying uranium to any coun-
tries which refuse to agree
not to produce atomic weap-
ons. A spokesman for the
Canadian Prime Minister
declared that Canada is the-
initiator of this cooperative
effort, becauSe it believes
"that it is her duty to pre-
vent the destruction of hu-
The Canadian press is
pointing out that among the
states which refuse to make
a commitment not to pro-
duce atomic weapons are:
Brazil, India and Israel.
The agreement between
America, Canada and Aus-
tralia is expected to have
far reaching repercussions,
since 70 percent of the
world supply of uranium is
concentrated in the three
countries mentioned.

Friday, May 27, 1977 53

the school year, they de-
cided to devote at least one
afternoon and one evening
each week to tutor children
in neighboring Ashkelon.
Since beginning this proj-
ect, they have also helped
apartment house residents
organize clean-up- com-
mittees and have even con-
verted an unused building
into the beginnings of a
community club house.
Though the Mollie Good-

man program conforms to
the American curriculum,
even to the point where Mol-
lie Goodman students can
take their American college
entrance exams in Israel,
there is also an enrichment
program that covers a full
range of Israel related sub-
jects such as Zionism,
Judaism, general knowl-
edge of Israel, trips through-
out Israel, seminars and, of
course, Hebre-w.
A program of Israel fos-
ter families has also been
established in order to in-
volve the students even
more fully in normal life in
the country.
The Zionist Organization
of Detroit annually sends
students to Kfar Silver on
scholarships. The fund is
augmented by the A.J. Cut-
ler Fund.
Applications for admis-
sion for the 1977/78 academ-
ic year are now being ac-
cepted. For registration
and scholarship information
write the Zionist Organiza-
tion of America, Dept. for
High School Education in Is-
rael, ZOA House, 4 E. 34th
St., New York, N.Y. 10016.

Latin Inter-Faith Meeting Praised

_ NEW YORK—The Ameri-
can Jewish Committee
hailed the recent fifth Jew-
ish-Catholic meeting held in
San Jose, Costa Rica, as
"an important event that
holds great promise for fu-
ture cooperation."
Jacob Kovadloff, director
of the American Jewish
Committee's South Ameri-
can office, reported to AJC
headquarters that the meet-
ing, sponsored by the
Ecumenical Section of the
Latin American Episcopal-
ian Council and the Latin
American Jewish Congress,
benefited by the "suit-
ability" of the site. He
praised Costa Rica as one
of the most democratic

countries in Latin America.
The appointment of Fa-
ther Jorge Majia as secre-
tary of the Vatican Com-
mittee for Religious Rela-
tions with the Jews, made
public shortly before the be-
ginning of the meeting pro-
ved timely.

"This created a special at-
mosphere," Kovadloff
stated, commenting that
"the Argentine Jews, who
for years worked together
with Father Majia, wel-
comed his appointment
with great pleasure." He
pointed out that Father
Majia had frequently de-
nounced Peronist anti-Semi-
tism and Nazi publications.

Children's Books Focus on History

NEW YORK—Children's
books that have been pub-
lished in the last five years
show increased concern
with the desire to know
one's heritage and history.
In addition, greater atten-
tion is being paid to serious
social issues, such as inter-
group tensions, poverty and
This analysis is contained
in an introduction by Ann
G. Wolfe, program consult-
ant for the American Jew-
ish Committee, to the latest
edition of the book, is the
latest in a series which was
begun in 1949.
The new book, which was
compiled after a review of
more than 600 volumes pub-
lished between 1972 and
1976 by a panel of 25 read-
ers who are members of
the AJC, was made possible
through the assistance of
Hannah Hirschhorn Bau-
mann, of Rye, N.Y. Mrs.
RABAT (ZINS)—Egypt is Baumann, a member of the
accusing Israel of floating AJCommittee's Board of
counterfeit Egyptian bank- Governors and former chair-
notes and Saudi Arabia man of its Westchester
claims that Israel is dis- Women's Campaign Board,
tributing false copies of the last year established a col-
Koran in Africa and In- lection of more than 500
books and periodicals on

American Jewish life,
thought and history at- the
Jerusalem office of the AJ-
Among the subjects that
Mrs. Wolfe lists as being
treated with greater inter-
est, concern and sensitivity
in Fecent children's books
are the Holocaust, inter-
group- tensions and the
struggles of minority
people, and Jewish folklore
and tradition.

New Magazine
for Kosher Homes

NEW YORK — Kosher
Home, a magazine geared
to the kosher products con-
sumer will premiere this
fall with a projected circula-
tion of 500,000. The first
issue will contain a direc-
tory of all products certi-
fied as kosher.
Kosher Home will circu-
late free of charge, and
members of synagogues
whose membership rosters
have been submitted to
Kosher Home will qualify
for free subscriptions.
For information, write
Kosher Home, 405 Lexing-
ton Ave., New York, N.Y.

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