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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-05-04

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

6 Friday, May 4, 1919

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Retirement Tribute to CJF's Phil Bernstein

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Editor-in-chief emeritus JTA
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American Jewish commu-
nity is now losing one of its
most able executives in the
field of Jewish community
organization: Philip Berns-
tein, executive vice
president of the Council of
Jewish Federations.
A pleasant personality
and excellent organizer,
alert and imaginative, al-
ways enthusiastic about the
work he is doing, "Phil" has
been the "spark plug" of the-
Council of Jewish Federa-
tions for decades. -
During the more than 35
years of his association with
the CJF, he kept his finger
on the pulse of the federa-
tions — large and small —
and assisted them in solving,
their problems. He knew
the strong and weak spots of
every organized Jewish
community in the U.S. and
Canada and of all the major
Jewish organizations.
Constantly developing
new programs, he was
greatly instrumental in

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making the federations
the backbone of the
entire Jewish commu-
nity. The CJF, their col-
lective body, became a
major and effective force
in American Jewish
communal life.
He also concentrated on
attracting leaders of the
communities outside of
New York to aspire to be-
come CJF presidents, thus
making the CJF a truly
representative national
body of the entire American
Jewish community. Per-
sonalities like Max M.
Fisher of Detroit, Raymond
epstein of Chicago, Jerold C.
Hoffberger of Baltimore and
other non-New Yorkers
were most active presidents
who became pillars of na-
tional and international
Jewish leadership.
Bernstein has brought
other new dimensions. To-
day, the federations' inter-
est is no longer limited to
health and welfare activi-
ties. The federations par-
ticipate actively in
strengthening Jewish iden-
tity, in Jewish education
and culture, in developing
Jewish leadership, in im-
proving the quality of
Jewish life, in helping to
fight anti-Semitism, in
seeking - to strengthen
American action against
harassment of Jews in the
Soviet Union, in planning
and arranging the reset-
tlement of Soviet Jews ar-
riving in this country and in
various other areas of
Jewish _communal life, not
to speak of increased activi-
ties in caring for the Jewish
aged and family needs.
In his position as the CJF
executive vice president,
Bernstein also played a con-
spicuous role in cementing
the relations between the
federations and Israel.
These relations no longer
find their expression merely
in formal giving through
the United Jewish Appeal
to Israel the larger part of
the $500 million they raise
yearly, but also in active
participation of federation
leaders in the reconstituted
Jewish Agency: A large
proportion of the American
members of the Agency's
Board of Governors are
members of the CJF Board
of Directors. Max Fisher is
chairman of the Board of
Governors.
Bernstein's decision
came as a surprise to
many. A Phi Beta Kappa
graduate of the Univer-
sity of Michigan, he was
recently elected chair-
man of the Coalition of
National Voluntary
Organizations. He is a
member of the Advisory
Committee on Public
Welfare to the U.S. Secre-
tary of Health, Education
and Welfare and he
served as president of the
National Conference of

Jewish Communal Serv-
ice for a number of years.
Before joining the CJF he
held executive positions in
the Cleveland Jewish
Community Federation and
in the Cleveland Jewish
C ommunity Council.
With his retirement be-
coming effective in Sep-
tember, he will be succeeded
by Robert Hiller, who is cur-
rently executive vice

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president of the Associated
Jewish Charities and Wel-
fare Fund of Baltimore, and
who has also established for
himself an enviable record
of achievements in the field
of Jewish communal work.
Hiller served earlier as
executive vice president of
the Pittsburgh Jewish Fed-
eration. He also held execu-
tive positions in Cleveland
and Detroit.

Seedy Sinai Town
Will Change Hands

nas bristle over many of the
EL ARISH — The legend
mudbrick houses. Accord-
of El Arish — "capital of
ing to the municipal
Sinai" — is soon to add a few
authorities, there are sev-
more chapters. On May 26,
eral thousand refrigerators
it will revert to Egyptian
and enough cars to warrant
control aftei 12 years of Is-
a few traffic police officers.
raeli occupation.
Hoping that the Egyptian
According to Jonathan
government will attempt to
Kandel of The New York
Times, there are four outdo the Israelis, Mayor
Tanger has already drawn
crumbling establishments
that pass for hotels in El ,up a long list of requests —
for paved roads, sewer
Arish. Municipal
facilities, water wells and
authorities say that only 50
more electricity.
telephones serve the 30,000
The optimism is contagi-
inhabitants, and no one hag
ous. Ali Geshawl, the
yet tried to place an over-
municipal engineer, talks of
seas call.
rehabilitating abandoned
A sign in English point-
seashore villas in prepara-
ing to s a "colorful market"
tion for the return of the
leads to a dusty lot where
wealthy Cairo residents
Bedouins sell used clothes.
who formerly used them.
Children and others in the
•Local fishermen, whose
market surround visitors
small fleet has grown dur-
and stare in disbelief.
ing the last decade, are look-
Israeli and United Na-
ing forward to bigger
tions soldiers stationed here
catches after the lifting of
recommend only one res-
restrictions placed by the
taurant, called the Helton,
presumably amisspell ing_of Israeli military onfishing
trips.
the name of the hotel chain.
"With peace, we'll be able
There is only one long table
to sail anyplace," said Selim
and patrons unhesitatingly
Matar, a 40-year-old
describe the restaurant as
fisherman. "I'll buy a boat
cozy.
big enough to go to Europe."
In preparation for the
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transition, the red, white
and black flag of Egypt
Israelis - Will Be
adorns many buildings and
portraits of President Sadat
Asked to Leave
are a big-selling item.
JERUSALEM (JTA) —
"We will give a warm
Several small Israeli-owned'
welcome to His Excellency
factories in El Arish will
President Sadat," said
have to close down and
Mayo- Ahmed el-Tanger,
move out by May 15, it was
who 18 months ago gave a
reported, Tuesday. This is
warm welcome to Begin
because the • Egyptians, in
when the Israeli Prime
talks on the return of El
Minister visited a nearby
Arish to Egypt, have made
Jewish settlement and
it clear to Israel that they
vowed never to return
would prefer it if no Israelis
northern Sinai to Egypt.
remained in the areas that
Like many of his fellow
are to become Egyptian
citizens, Mayor Tanger
territory again.
sounds credible when he
El Arish is to be handl/
voices hopes of coexistence.
back on May 27, and
Almost everybody has rela-
Menahem Begin and Anwar
tives in Egypt whom they
Sadat are scheduled to meet
have not seen for a dozen
years. At the same time, \there for talks on the sub-
sequent stages of the nor-
3,000 El Arish inhabitants
malization
process.
are employed in Israel,
mainly as construction
The Egyptians have
workers or farm laborers.
agreed, however, to permit
The prospects of cheaper
the 3,000 El Arish residents
Egyptian goods and
who work in Israel proper or
higher-paying Israeli jobs
in the eastern part of Sinai
are enticing.
to continue doing so for the
time being. Arrangements
Despite its outward ap-
pearance, the town has not will have to be worked out
regarding their crossing the
stagnated under Israeli oc-
cupation. Television anten- new demarcation lines.

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