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Friday, January 18, 1980

Agudat Israel to 'Reach Out' to Masses


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tion in Jewish life and culti-
vate the response it feels
exists among the grass roots
population, an American
leader of the Orthodox
movement said here.
Lubinsky, director of gov-
ernment and public affairs
of Agudat Israel of America,
also believes the Aguda will
seek to further ties with the
secular Jewish community.
In an interview with the
Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Lubinsky, who was
here attending the Sixth
World Congress of Agudat
Israel which ended Monday,
said the conference was
"more color than sub-
stance." But, he believes the
participants will return
home from the conference
with an enhanced sense of
the growing strength of
Agudat Israel. Some 30,000
persons attended the con-
gress, including 2,000 dele-
gates from abroad.
The congress passed a
series of resolutions de-
signed to decrease the
gap between the Or-
thodox and secular
communities. These in-
cluded: a call to curb
lavish spending, espe-
cially for weddings, so
that the less affluent do
not feel the pressure to
emulate such extrava-
gance; support for a fund
to help impoverished
large families and a re-
quest that the Israel gov-
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turn of many secular Jews
to "authentic Judaism,"
Lubinsky noted.
The congress also
adopted a series of reso-
lutions dealing with polit-
ical issues. These ex-
pressed concern that the
new open borders be-
tween Israel and Egypt
would stimulate assimi-
lation and intermarriage
for Israeli Jews; urged
the Soviet Union to re-
spect the Helsinki
agreement with respect
to the reunification of
families; and called on
the USSR to release Pris-
oners of Conscience, par-
ticularly Yosef Men-
delevich who is an Or-
thodox Jew.
One resolution reaf-
firmed "Jewish sovereignty
over all of Eretz Yisrael as is
outlined in the Bible." The
Council of Torah Sages,
however, decided not to take
up the question of the re-
turn of the West Bank "at
this delicate juncture in the
peace process."
The conclave elected
Rabbi Moshe Sherer from
New York as a co-chairman
of the International Agudat
Israel movement. Sherer is
the president of Agudath Is-
rael of America. Rabbi
Yehuda Meir Abramowitz,
a member of the Knesset
and deputy chairman of the
Knesset, was also elected

Gaza Autonomy Proposal
Tabled by Israeli Cabinet

agreements did not call
The Cabinet decided to for two separate au-
defer to a future session any tonomies but for a single
discussion of President political framework to
Anwar Sadat's proposal apply to both Gaza and
that autonomy be im- the West Bank.
plemented in the Gaza Strip
In any event, Begin made
before it is extended to the it clear that autonomy
West Bank.
would not be implemented
Sadat, who first proposed in Gaza before an overall
this in 1978, raised the mat- autonomy plan was agreed
ter again during his summit to by Israel and Egypt.
meeting with Premier
Another point raised
Menahem Begin at Aswan against the Gaza first idea
last week.
is that it could open the way
Begin promised to take it for the return of Egyptian
up with his Cabinet. In the influence in that territory
course of his overall briefing which was under Egyptian
on the Aswan talks he men- control from 1948 to 1967.
tioned the proposition but Not all Israelis are op-
reportedly showed a singu- posed to Sadat's idea, how-
lar lack of enthusiasm for it, ever. Some believe that a
an attitude said to be shared strong Egyptian presence in
by other ministers. the territory would neut-
The strongest argu- ralize demands for a Pales-
ment against the pro- tinian state, at least in that
posal is that it would re- heavily Arab populated
present a deviation from region, and would encour-
the Camp David accords age King Hussein of Jordan
and, therefore, might set to try to regain his influence
a precedent for other de- on the West Bank which
viations inimicEll to Is- would be a further barrier to
rael. The Camp David a Palestinian state.

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nity at large undertake
new social welfare pro-
grams on their behalf,
and a call for new philan-
thropic support by the
Jewish community for
Jewish education.
The congress also voted to
fight new efforts by the Re-
form and Conservative
movements to gain recogni-
tion in Israel; intensify pro-
grams against assimilation
and intermarriage; work for
legislation to amend the
Law of Return which would
recognize only those con-
versions performed accord-
ing to Halakha; and rejected
the suggestion by Union of
American Hebrew Congre-
gations President Rabbi
Alexander Schindler that a
child from a Jewish father
also be recognized as Jewish
even if the mother is not
Jewish, since this is con-
trary to halakha.
In its resolution to "reach
out to the Jewish masses,"
the conference also an-
nounced a new "adopt a
family" scheme in which
Orthodox Jews would be re-
quired to introduce an un-
committed Jewish family to
Orthodox Judaism. Based
on a Jewish family to Or-
thodox Judaism. Based on a
pilot program which proved
successful in the United
States, movement members
hope it will result in
stronger ties between the
two groups and in the re-


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The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) is plan-
ning a documentary on the efforts of Raoul Wal-
lenberg in saving from 20,000-50,000 Hungarian
Jews from the Nazis during World War II. The
BBC would like to talk to persons who were
saved by Wallenberg.
Persons who were aided by Wallenberg
should write or call The Jewish News with their
name, address and telephone number, or for-
ward the information to Alan Patient, BBC-TV,
Kensington House, Richmond Way, London W14

Israel, Egypt
Trade Periodicals

first real step towards nor-
malization of relations be-
tween Israel and Egypt was
made Tuesday when bun-
dles of Israeli newspapers
were sent — by land route
via El Arish — to Egypt.
The first to make use of
this route were the
Jerusalem Post, which has
issued a special supplement
for the event, including ar-
ticles in Arabic, and the
Arab-language newspapers
published in Israel.
As of Wednesday — all Is-
raeli newspapers in Hebrew
too will send newspapers to
Egypt — 30 of each. The
Hebrew newspapers are
mainly used by research
and intelligence agencies
which hitherto used to get
the newspapers in a round-
about way.
Egyptian newspapers
were sold in Israel as of

U.S. Declines
Offers of Bases
in Egypt, Israel

bassador Samuel Lewis told
Israelis last weekend that
the U.S. has decided to de-
cline the offers of both Israel
and Egypt for the use of
military bases on their
territory, but did not rule
out military cooperation
with either country in the
future if the situation calls
for it.
The American envoy also
explained that U.S. mili-
tary cooperation with Israel
at this time might hinder
rather than help Washing-
ton's efforts to mobilize as
much support as possible
from the moderate coun-
tries of the Islamic world.
Commenting on the use of
an Egyptian air base by
American aircraft, Lewis
said this was for training
purposes and nothing else.
He spoke of the Soviet
threat in the region, but
said he was not sure
whether the Soviet invasion
of Afghanistan will have a
direct impact on U.S.-
Israeli relations.

Fenelon Protest

Schwitz survivor Fania
Fenelon told a protest
demonstration on Sunday
that she would ask CBS-TV
affiliates not to air "Playing
for Time" when it is com-
The TV film will star
PLO-advocate Vanessa
Redgrave in the role of Miss
Jewish Defense League
members at the demonstra-
tion burned an effigy of Miss

Hospital Drops
Kosher Charges

The University Hospital of
New York University,
which had been accused of
discriminating against ob-
servant Jewish patients by
charging them for kosher
meals, terminated that pol-
icy last week.

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