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November 16, 1979 - Image 72

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-11-16

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72 Friday, November 16, 1919


Emigre Begins New Career

Aboard Ship

touch with the Israel
Maritime League's re-
cruiting department
When the Israeli con-
which handles special
tainer ship M.V. Alon
programs for immigrant
docked at its Haifa port
trainees. They also offer
berth after a month-long
low interest loans and
cruise to ports around the
free hostel facilities until
Mediterranean, a short,
the immigrant has found
sunburned ship's officer was
permanent lodgings and
standing, pencil and clip-
intensive Hebrew lan-
board in hand, to supervise
guage courses — aboard
the unloading when the
hatches were opened.
In the last seven years the
His name is Clive Shelter
organization has helped
and his job is second officer
more than 750 new immig-
in the Israeli Merchant
rants earn their seamen's
"I never thought I'd make
"It was the Israel
my living from the sea," he
Maritime League who fi-
explained to me, waiting for
nally convinced me to join
Clive's train that would
the merchant marine," adds
Clive, "and helped me over
the first difficult period."
Clive set sail as a seaman
aboard a cargo ship on a
six-month cruise that in-
cluded a course in basic He-
When his ship finally re-
turned, his Hebrew was
good enough to begin train-
ing as a ships officer. He
went back to sea as a third
Officer and after several
voyages was promoted to
Sailing for Zim Lines
has taken him to virtually
all the main ports around
the world. He is espe-
cially partial to the Far
One of the Zim Lines' container ships, the Zim East and likes what he
Geonova, is shown loading industrial cargo in Haifa calls "the informality of
relations between offi-
for export.


Israel Maritime League

take him home to his wife
and apartment in Kfar Saba
on one of his precious
three-day leaves. He grin-
ned ruefully in after-
thought. "I always did,
however, have a bad case of
When Clive arrived in Is-
rael in 1971, he, like many
other immigrants, had no
clear idea of what he wanted
to do. A long-time resident
of England, Clive spent his
first nine months at
Maagan Michael, a lovely
seaside kibutz. There, he
met many seamen and the
idea of himself going to sea
slowly grew.
• He was able to get in

Shipping for Israel's Exports


Report Says Europe's Jews
Share Bonds, Not Ideologies

The Jews of Western
Europe share a common his-
torical memory, of which
the Holocaust is the domin-
ant event and face many of
the same problems of con-
temporary life.
But they are separated by
national borders and a di-
versity of languages, cus-
toms and ideologies and
even cultural attitudes
which stem from their many
different places of origin.
They are, for the most
part, an unknown quantity
to American Jews whose
own communities, though
widely separated by geog-
raphy, enjoy a homogeneity
of attitudes and ideas.

Those observations
were contained in a de-
tailed survey of Western
European Jewry by
David Zeff, published re-
cently in the Jewish
News of New Jersey.
Zeff is a consultant to the
Jewish Community Federa-
tion of Metropolitan New
There is "a sense of
sadness," the report said,

"in finding out how little
interest American Jews
have in the contempor-
ary Western European
Jewish condition" which
leads to a number of mis-
conceptions on their
part. One of these is that
"assimilation is ram-
According to Zeff, "In
some smaller Jewish com-
munities, particularly
where the general society is
especially open, such as in
the Scandinavian countries,
the rate of mixed marriages
is dangerously high. How-
ever, for 90 percent of West-
ern European Jews, those in
France and Great Britain,
the rate is lower than our
Another misconception,
Zeff wrote, is that "Euro-
pean Jews are affluent. The
fact is that there are some
wealthy Jews in Europe but
most Jews live with quite
modest incomes, in addition
to which there are many
who are outright poor."
The most notable fact
about European Jewry
today is that it is a commu-
nity of survivors, Zeff noted.

cers and crew on Israeli
Clive receives a high sal- ,
ary by Israeli standards.
But he works double the
number of hours of the av-
erage worker and in foreign
ports also needs to stand
shifts of up to 16 hours to
supervise unloading and
loading of cargo.
Aboard ship often with
him is his new wife, Aviva.
As an officer's wife, she-ac-
companies him on many
voyages, a practice unusual
in most merchant marines.
She, too, likes the life even
though it takes them away
from their home in Kfar
Clive, however, is not
completely satisfied with
his present standing. He
plans to do more studying to
obtain the rank of first offi-
cer and hopes eventually to
become a captain.
The Israel Merchant
Marine has acquired sev-
eral new cargo and con-
tainer ships after selling
12 vessels of its old fleet.
There are temporarily no
openings for ratings, but
qualified engine, radio
and deck officers as well
as electricians are in de

For information, write
the Israeli Maritime
League, 72a Hanassi Ave.,
Haifa, Israel..

Forty Kfar Silver Students
Study for Nursing Careers


Two student nurses at the Zionist Organization of
America's Kfar Silver campus in Israel are shown at
work in Ashkelon's General Hospital.

novative high school pro-
gram designed to provide
Israel with sorely needed
trained nurses will bear
fruit this year as the first
graduating class of 18
nurses completes its educa-
tion at the Zionist Organ-
ization of America spon-
sored Kfar Silver Youth and
Educational Center near
The Kfar Silver campus is
a largely residential facility
located on a 550 acre farm.
Among the growing 600-
member student body is a
group of 40 future nurses.
The 18 high school
seniors spend two days a
week gaining practical
clinical experience in the
various departments of
the nearby government
hospital in Ashkelon. The

hospital, like many
others in Israel, suffers
from a chronic shortage
of qualified nurses.
The graduating class, the
first for the new nursing
program, will serve as
nurses in the Israel Defense
Forces after their induction.
The Kfar Silver Campus
of ZOA has students from
the United States at the
Mollie Goodman Academic
High School and new im-
migrants from Russia,
South America and Iran,
as well as large groups of
students from the
Ashkelon-Ashdod area of
southwestern Israel.
Scholarships for Detroit
students have been pro-
vided at Kfar Silver by the
Philip Slomovitz Schol-
arship Fund of the Zionist
Organization of Detroit.

Yamit: An Area Being Sacrificed for Peace


Israel Bonds

YAMIT — In September
1977, shortly after he be-
came prime minister,
Menahem Begin sent Yamit
"best wishes from
Jerusalem," proclaiming
that the town should be de-
veloped "for the joy of our
people." A year later, World
Zionist Organization
chairman Arye Dulzin was
describing Yamit as "an
important city in Israel,"
and Knesset Speaker Yit-
zhak Shamir called it "the
door to a big future."
But Yamit's "big future"
had only a few more months
to run. Early this year, de-
spite all assurances to the
contrary, Yamit and the
settlements which surround
it fell victim to world
events. By September 1982,
in return for peace, Israel
will withdraw from the
Yamit area and hand over
to the Egyptians 15
flourishing settlements
coaxed out of a wilderness.
"For us, the peace brings
with it personal tragedy,"
says David Hartov, secre-
tary of the Yamit residents'
committee. "We built our
community out of the desert

and we're very happy with
our life here. We don't fully
understand why peace
means that we must move,
but because we're a demo-
cratic society we'll move
whether we understand
why or not."
Jenny Ilan of nearby
Moshav Sedot adds, "If it's
for peace, real peace, then
it's not a sacrifice."
A fact sheet which the
settlers of Yamit put out
in 1977, two years after
founding the city, reflects
their pride and hope.
"The place where you are
at present was a desert
only two years ago . . .
Nobody lived and
created here until we
came along ... The gov-
ernment decided to set up
a city of 100,000 inhabi-
tants . Once peace is
achieved, Yamit will be-
come an international
But peace has created
new facts, and 3,500 settlers
of the YaMit area are being
asked to make a major sac-
rifice for the sake of peace.
"I recognize that peace is
very important for us," says
the owner of a successful
Yamit ice cream parlor,
"but if will be hard to start
all over again as a pioneer."
In addition to the cost in
human discontent, the eco-
nomic cost of resettling the
inhabitants of Yamit and
other Sinai communities
will be enormous. An entire
new infrastructure — in-
dustry, jobs, roads, trans-
portation, communications,
energy and all the neces-

sities of everyday life —
must be provided in the
In order to help Israel
meet the tremendous ex-
pense, estimated at many
billions of dollars, the Israel
Bond Organization has
launched a $1 billion Eco-
nomic Development for
Peace Loan.
The authorities are
examining several loca-
tions in which to rebuild
Yamit and its satellite
moshavim, and govern-
ment compensation for
the residents is now
under discussion. But
however generous the
compensation, it cannot
equal the years of build-
ing and hope.
Members of Jenny's
moshav recently went to see
the area to which they will
be moving. "It's an abso-
lutely magnificent place,"
she reports. "You'd think
that we'd have some joy that
we're to be moved to this

beautiful area, but we're all
sitting around as though
we've come to the funeral of
our best friend, because the
idea of being there means
we're leaving our home in
Sedot .. .
"All the same, the peace
treaty means to me what it
means to almost every other
Israeli and to most Jews in
the Diaspora. It's something
we all hope for and hope will
come true."
For the Yamit settlers,
news of the peace has in-
evitably evoked mixed feel-
ings. No one in Israel dis-
putes the value of a true
peace to a country which
has had to look to her bor-
ders for 30 years, and
everyone is prepared to
make their contribution
toward it.
In the case of the 'fa
settlers, that contribt
consists of their homes
their livelihood — all that
they have worked toward
during the last decade.

This uncompleted residence in Yamit is an exam-
ple of the magnitude of the sacrifice that Israel is
making for peace.

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