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December 14, 1979 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-12-14

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Friday, December 14, 1919 33

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

`Israel to the Rescue' Is the Recognition
Given Activities of Homeland Building

A "Convocation of Sol-
idarity" held last Friday af-
ternoon at Lincoln Center,
as one of the major events of
the UJA conference, was a
demonstration of strong
identificaiton with Israel
and devotion to the Zionist
ideal.
The more than 1,500 in
attendance were deeply
moved by three factors in
this demonstrative recogni-
tion of Israel as the haven
for homeless and oppressed
and as the spiritual center
of Jewry.
The event marked the
presentation of the 1979
UJA David Ben-Gurion
Award for "excellence and
valor" to Jacobo Timerman,
who has been released after
three years of confinement
and house arrest in Argen-
tina and has found a home
for himself and his family in
Israel. UJA President
Frank Lautenberg made
the presentation.

Ben-Gurion Award, made a
strong appeal that the Rus-
sian Jews emigrating on
visas intended for Israel
should make that an obliga-
tion not to be shirked.
There was no pulling of
punches by Penson. He de-
clared a a press conference
preceding the demonstra-
tion for solidarity that Jews
should be helped to get to
Vienna from Russia; there-
after they should either be
on their own or should
adhere to the pledge of
going to Israel on which
basis they secured their
visas. The new Israel policy
is that reunion of families
be recognized as a right to
go to the U.S.
Penson, denied painting
materials during his nine
years in Soviet prison
camps, has achieved inter-
national recognition for his
etchings and watercolors
since reaching Israel. In
appreciation of American

Timerman, now a jour-
nalist in Israel, described
his ordeal and deplored
the anti-Semitic tenden-
cies which make the Jew
unsafe everywhere. He
pointed to Israel as the
haven of welcome for all
Jews and advised that
while this year is one of
"Being Together" for
UJA leaders they should
make 1980 "A Year of
Aliya." He invited those
BORIS PENSON
coming there to be his
Jewry's support of his
guests.

Then there was the ap-
pearance of Boris Penson,
for years the "Prisoner of
Conscience" in Russia. Pen-
son, the Soviet Jewish artist
who last year received the

struggle for freedom, he
presented the United
Jewish Appeal with a book
of his poignant series of
etchings entitled "Prison
Views."

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is talked about most and
serviced least.

As people concerned
with others, you have a
heavy responsibility. Part
of your job will be keeping
alive the spirit of generos-
ity, the spirit of caring. Per-
haps all of us can draw
strength from one of the
heroines of World War H.
Despite all of the objective
facts to the contrary, de-
spite all of the persecution
and tragedy of her life,
Anne Frank died believing
in the goodness of people.
"What you are doing in
the UJA brings us closer to
the world Anne Frank de-

There were many mo-
ments of inspiration and
there was one which
called for faith and con-
fidence in the aims of the
conference participants.
It was expressed in the
oneg Shabat lecture by
Yehuda Avner, Prime
Minister Begin's adviser.

Of significance also was
the Louis Pincus Memorial
Lecture on Saturday after-
noon which concluded the
conference. It was delivered
by Shimon Peres, who heads
the Labor Party opposition
in Israel. He avoided talk-
ing politics, elaborating on
the history of Israel's 30-

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Shown at the UJA "Convocation of Solidarity" in
New York last Friday are, from left, actor Lou Jacobi,
UJA President Frank Lautenberg, UJA Chairman
Irwin Field, UJA Humanitarian Award recipient
Jacobo Timerman, Falasha activist Baruch Tegegne
and actor Joseph Wiseman.

He called on American
Jews to continue their ef-
forts "to free Russian Jewry
from spiritual slavery."

sive reading, "Vision of Dry
Bones," by actor Lou Jacobi.

The audience at the
"Convocation of Solidar-
ity" also heard an im-
passioned plea by
Falasha liberation leader
Baruch Tegegne, asking
for immediate action on
behalf of the Jewish
community of 28,000 in
Ethiopia.

WISH ALL THEIR FRIENDS
AND CUSTOMERS
A HAPPY, HEALTHY
HANUKA

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"Jewish people are dying
now in Ethiopia," he de-
clared. "They cannot wait
years until help will 'come
one day. We have reliable
information that the Ethio-
pian government is now
ready to let our people go to
Israel. Won't you save
28,000 Jews from sure
death? The time is now."
In addition to selections
by the Russian Emigre Fes-
tival Orchestra composed of
Jewish emigres from the
USSR, there was an impres-

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Our Best Wishes
for Health, Peace
and
Happiness

UJA-CJF Covenant: New Goals

(Continued from Page 80) served to have. With her
Asserting his interest in generosity of spirit in mind,
I gratefully accept your
the UJA, Ford declared:
"Tonight, I applaud the award, and wish you
UJA and all of you as you Godspeed."
A challenging note was
begin your annual confer-
ence. I wish you success in struck at the conference by
Jewish
Agency Treasurer
your workshops and solidar-
Akiva Lewinsky. Pointing
ity in your discussions.
to
the
great
needs in Israel,
"Above all, I wish you
well in sustaining your the urgency of the regular
leadership. Philan- campaign and Project Re-
thropy, like almost every- newal funding, Lewinsky
thing else, needs nourish- asked his audience how
ing. With the exception of they can seriously treat the
present company, relationship between the
philanthropy is neg- Diaspora and Israel as a
lected as science and un- partnership when funds
developed as art. It is often either do not arrive or
probably the one are late in coming. He
endeavor of society that pleaded for a ture solidarity.

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Mrs. Sol Drachler, Mr. and
Mrs. Philip Slomovitz, Ruth
Broder, Mr. and Mrs. Mar-
tin Citrin, Stanley Frankel,
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hon-
igman, Edie Mittenthal,
Jane Sherman, Shelley
Tauber, Barry Yaker, Mr.
and Mrs. Johathan Jaffa,
Michael Berk, Barbara
Satinsky and Lillian Berns-
tein.
The Friday morning ses-
sions were dedicated to the
100th anniversary of ORT.
Detroiters registered as
delegates at the UJA con-
ference included Mr. and
Mrs. Max M. Fisher, Mr.
and Mrs. Sol Eisenberg,
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