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September 29, 1978 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-09-29

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Reflections and Anticipation for a New Year

yet

By MARTIN E. CITRIN

President, Jewish Welfare
. Federation

Renewal. No word better
sums up the meaning in our
lives of the High Holy Days.
As Jews, we are obligated
to reflect on our actions
toward our fellow man. If we
are found wanting in this
self-evaluation, we resolve
to improve our conduct, to
"turn over a new leaf."
As each individual strives
toward improvement, so too
must the community. No
matter how well we fulfill
ur obligations, we must
nstantly renew our corn-
. itment.
Perhaps this is a reason
why, historically, Jews
always have helped im-
prove the societies in
which they have lived.
"And Israel shall be a
light unto the nations" is
no empty phrase. It is a
moral imperative.
How we treat our aged,
our poor and our handi-
capped reflects on each
member of our community.
How our fellow Jews in
North Africa and Asia are
enabled to sustain their
Jewish communal life says
a great deal about us.
And, how Israel performs
in a hostile world as the so-
cial democracy envisioned
by her founders is a chal-
lenge in which we share.
In the coming year, and
into the 1980s, we will be
called upon to join in an act
of Jewish renewal — at
home and overseas. It will
be an historic opportunity
that we dare not miss.
On the domestic front,
it will mean even greater
effort to meet the needs of
our people, from new-
born to aged. An increas-
ing population of older
adults will require more
housing and auxiliary
services; the specter of
assimilation will mean
greater attention to
Jewish educational
needs. And the list goes
on.
Abroad, the pitiable rem-
nant of Jewish communal
life in Eastern Europe, the
dangers posed by political
crises in Iran and Argen-
tina, the continuing saga of
the courageous Russian "re-
fuseniks" — all will require
our help on a scale that we
cannot even now predict.
And what of Israel?
There, we will share in the
greatest experiment since
the formation of the Jewish
state — Project Renewal. It
will require the efforts of
each of us to ensure the suc-
cess of this massive pro-
ram on behalf of Israel's
isadvantaged.
The fact is, no free society •
— the United States in-
cluded — has demonstrated
more than a partial ability
to move vast numbers of the
economically and educa-
tionally deprived into the
mainstream of society. With
Project Renewal, world
Jewry will help the people of
Israel attempt the "im-
possible."
There is every reason to
L.,
believe that we can do it to-
gether.
I For together we did the

tion, I extend to you and
your dear ones the sincere
wish that these High Holy
Days will mark the begin-
ning of a new era for our

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impossible in 1948 when a
valiant Jewish nation
was born. We did the im-
possible again in 1967.
And in 1973. Over three
decades, the rescue of
hundreds of thousands of
refugees was never too
great a task for us to
undertake.
And, now, we speak of
internal rescue, building.up
the lives of Israel's 45,000
slum families. Are we up to
this task as well? I believe
that Detroit again will do its
share.
On behalf of the officers
and Board of Governors of
the Jewish Welfare Federa-

HIAS Helps
More People

NEW YORK — During
the first half of this year,
HIAS assisted 6,659 Jewish
men, women and children to
find new homes in the
United States and other
Western countries, it was
reported by Gaynor I.
Jacobson, executive vice
president of the worldwide
Jewish migration agency.
According to Jacobson,
this is an increase of 32 per-
cent over the corresponding
period of 1977 when 5,039
refugees received migration
aid.
Of the 6,659 assisted,
5,875 (88 percent) came to
the United States, 289 (four
percent) were resettled in
Canada with the help of the
Jewish Immigrant Aid
Services (JIAS), 322 (five
percent) went to Australia,
24 to New Zealand, 32 to
Latin America and 117 to
Western Europe.
Of the total number as-
sisted by HIAS, 6,473 (97
percent) were from the
Soviet Union.

Leshona Tova

May Peace and Prosperity Be Yours

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Death Penalty

JERUSALEM — Israeli
MK Samuel Flatto-Sharon
has proposed that Israel in-
voke the death penalty
when a terrorist is convicted
of killing an Israeli citizen.
The bill is pending before
the Knesset.

According to the Mishna,
there are four New Year
days on the Jewish calen-
dar: the first day of Nissan,
the Civil New Year; the
15th day of Shevat,the New
Year day for trees; the first
day of Elul, New Year day
for cattle and for tithes; and
the first day of Tishri, the
"Birthday" of the world and
the New Year for mankind.

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