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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-07-29

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38 Friday, July 29, 1977

10th Maccabia Ends With U.S. as Top Medal Winner

10th Maccabia Games
ended last week when a
highly favored Israel basket-
ball team lost in the finals
to the underdog U.S. squad



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by 92-91 before 7,000 fans.
The contest had the fans on
their feet for the full 40 min-
utes of play.
Considered too young and
immature for the inter-
nationally tested Israelis,
the boys from the States,
led by high school All-
Americans Dan Schayes
and Willie Sims, together
with Syracuse University
freshman Hal Cohen and
Maryland's yearling Brian
Magid, led at half time 42-





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41 after trailing byas many
as nine points. In the sec-
ond half the Americans
built up a ninepoint lead
but blew it as the game
came down to the wire.
With three seconds remain=
ing and Israel leading 90-89,
Sims drove for the hoop
and was fouled. While the
panting fans from the U.S.
cheered, the Israelis booed
to distract the Black Jew
from Long Island City High
After an Israeli time-out,
Sims stepped to the foul
line, took a deep breath and
calmly caged two foul shots
giving the U.S. a point
edge. The host quintet
couldn't get the ball in play
with three seconds left on
the clock thereby giving
America its first basketball
championship in three Mac-
The U.S. for the first
time in Maccabia history,
emerged as overall top
medal winner with a total
of 192 compared to Israel's
190. The other competing na-
tions were far behind the
leaders in winning the cov-
eted hardware.
The U.S. swimmers fin-
ished their stint for the
games July 19 by adding
four more golds to their
staggering numbers. Three
new Maccabia records
were created by the Ameri-
cans, including one by the
400-meter free-style men
relay team, of 3 minutes
and 34.36 seconds, beating
the 1969 time of Mark--
Spitz's quartet.
Wendy Weinberg started
the day with a win in the
800-meter free-style
women's event in record
time of 9.03.46 breaking
Nancy Spitz's 1969 mark on
9.40.5. Weinberg headed a
U.S. sweep that saw Gayle
Berkowitz and Norma Bar-
ton finish second and third.
Steven Pomerantz took the
gold medal in the men's
100-meter free-style.
Americans continued to
dominate the highest brand
of swimming ever wit-
nessed here by making a
clean sweep of gold medals
July 17. Sam Franklin of
Stanford University won in
56.70 in the 100-meter but-
terfly to erase Mark Spitz's
record. Two teammates, Po-
merantz and Richard David-
son grabbed the silver and
bronze medals, behind
Hilary Bergman of the
University of Alabama, won
the 200-meters free-style in
1.55:01, his third gold medal
to establish himself as the
best free styler in the
games. Norma Barton, 15-
year-old Californian, beat
out Olympic star Wendy
Weinberg of Baltimore in
the 100-meter butterfly in a
new Maccabia time of
The other two victories,
Maccabia records, were
turned in by Lisa Denaburg

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of Florida, in the 400-
meters individual medley in
5.16:62 with U.S. Sue
Grodsky, second. The fifth
record fell to the American
male relay swimmers.
In the diving competition,
Michael Taber and Tony
Scott of the U.S. ran 1-2 on
both the three-meter and
10-meter boards, setting
game records in the proc-
ess. Julie Bachman of the
U.S., took golds in both
women dives, also estab-
lishing new records for her
board work.
The runners and field
men dominated the track
events witnessed by 15,000
spectators. American athlet-
es took an edge in gold with
five medals to Israel's four
as France and Australia
took one each.
John Citron of the U.S.
won the 110-meters hurdles,
Buddy Kring high-jumped
2:05 meters, and Joe Gould,
the shot putter, defended
his title successfully. In the
3,000-meter walk Bob Rose-
nkrantz took the title away
from Israeli veteran defend-
ing champion, Shaul La-
dany who was disqualified
for running on the last lap,
after leading all the way.
Dov Djerassi broke his
own 1973 distance three
times in ultimately winning
the hammer throw. Jay
Pushkin of Arizona, led the
U.S. in a sweep of the
discus event, in creating- a
new games record.
Manny Rosenberg swept
to a scintillating win in the
200-meter sprint with Mi-
chael Seitz taking down
third place. In the 400-
meter hurdle event John Cit-
ron came up with his sec'
and win of the meet as Rich-
ard Rothschild beat the
field in the 1,500-meter run.
.. Top-rated Steve Krulevitz
of the U.S. whipped team-
mate Larry Nagler in the
men's tennis finals 6-3, 6-2.
Despite their excellent play
the men had to yield to the
women for suspense in the
double finals. Here in a
tough two-and-a-half-hour
match, South Africa's de-
fending duo.;-; Ilana Kloss
and Helen Weiner eked out
a win over U.S. players
Jodi Applebaum and Dona
Robin, who led in the third
set 5-3 and then blew the
In the women's final, un-
rated Dana Gilbert beat her
doubles partner Stacy Mar-
golin in a brilliant display
of two-handed backhand
from corner to corner, run-
ning Margolin ragged. In
six previous matches be-
tween these two, Margolin
prevailed, but in this match
she couldn't cope with Ms.
Peter Rennett and Joel
Ross of the U.S., were
sharp and swift in disposing
of Israel's Haim Arlosoroff
and Reuven Porges 6-3, 6-4,
in the men's double final.
Rennert then teamed with
Margolin in mixed doubles
to down South Africa's
Ilana Kloss and Graham Sil-
verman 6-3, 7-5, for the gold
The U.S. judo team won
its second consecutive Mac-
cabia title with__ sixgold
medals gleaned by Greg
Halpern, Glen Goren, Steve
Cohen, Irwin Cohen, Andy
Blumenthal and Berbie Lep-
kover, competing in his
fourth set of Jewish games.
Altogether, the U.S.
snatched 10 gold, two silver
and two bronze medals.
, Rabbi Alex Sternberg, ka-
rate coach, withdrew the

U.S. from the competition
after one day due to the
fact that the games organiz-
ing committee changed the
rules governing the sport.

Months ago, the rabbi
was advised karate would
be played under one set of
rules only to find that pres-
sure from European nations
forced the games com-
mittee to switch playing
rules on the eve of the

Sternberg refused to go
along with the change and
with the approval of the
U.S. Committee Sports for
Israel which sponsors the
American athletes, with-
drew his team from the
The American wrestlers
took nine medals in Greco-
Roman wrestling and seven
in free-style grappling. Is-
rael didn't win a gold in
this area while Canada sur-
prised with four.

Op inionated Aliza Begin Frec'

Talks About Past, Status Quo

NEW YORK—With no
holds barred, Aliza Begin,
wife of Israel's prime min-
ister, is quick to offer her
thoughts on her past and
about the present.
In a recent New York
Times interview, reporter


Howard Blum found Mrs.
Begin, to be outspoken and
opinionated. She spoke of
her past and that of her, hus-
band, when they fled Po-
land when it was occupied
by the Germans in World
War II, when he was impris-
oned in a Siberian labor
camp and when she es-
caped to pre-state Israel
where she and her husband
were reunited.
She recalled that between
1943 and 1948 when Israel
became a state, "she
changed her name and iden-
tity five times, living under-
ground as the wife of the Ir-
gun. "

them. As long as you can
fight back, you can learn to
respect an opponent. The
Nazis just slaughtered us.
There was never an opportu-
nity to fight back.
" 'The same apples to the
English, Our people were
put in prison. Our people
were brought to the gal-
lows. But after war comes
" 'Look,' she adds with a
smile, 'times change. Two
weeks ago on Her Majes-
ty's birthday my husband
and I attended a party at
the British Embassy and
shook hands with the Brit-
ish Ambassador. Nobody
would have thought that
only 30 years ago, there
was a mice of 10,000 good
English pounds on my hus-
band's head.' "
Her forthrightness shone
through to the end of the in-
terview when she invited
the reporter to Israel be-
cause " 'there are lots of
nice girls there.' "

Bomb Injures 11
in Tel Aviv Market

en persons were injured
Wednesday today when a
bomb exploded in the busy
Carmel marketplace just
off Allenby Rd. in the heart
of Tel Aviv. Police detained
several suspects, including
a youth said to have tossed
the bomb into a coffee-
roasting shop while fleeing
pursuers. An investigation
is underway.
The incident was the
third in recent weeks in
which shoppers were in-
jured. Earlier bombings oc-
curred in the Petah Tikva
marketplace and in a Na-
hariya supermarket, in-
dicating that the per-
petrators intended to cause
maximum casualities.
Wednesday's victims includ-
ed a number of housewiN—g
doing . their pre-Sabt
According to eye wit-
nesses, the 13-year-old son
of a vendor noticed a youth
of about 18 trying to shove
a parcel under a cart. He
alerted his father and neigh-
boring vendors who pur-
sued the youth. The latter
threw the parcel into the
coffee shop where it ex-

"When she talks about the
past, Mrs. Begin's tone and
mood change. Her sen-
tences rapidly spoken and
cheerfully offered, suddenly
become terse and emphat-
ic. gshe no longer seems
like a soft-spoken, carefully
dressed grandmother, but
rather a woman with very
definite opinions that have
been shaped by very pain-
ful memories.
" 'Never again will we be
without means to defend
ourselves,' she says, rapid-
ly pounding her small fist
on the coffee table for em-
phasis., 'The most hor-
rifying aspect of the
Holocaust is that the Jews
were just slaughtered. We
were not prepared to fight
back.' "
Mrs. Begin said she tried
to avoid politics, however,
explosion in an open mar-
she was quick to explain
ket in Beersheba Thursday
her concept of the Israeli
injured 25 persons. It was
the third terrorist bombing
" 'We don't hate the
incident in Israel ,in 24
Arabs,' she says.: 'We would
like to be at 'peace with c hours.


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