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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-03-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

16 Friday, March 21, 1980

Democratic Movement May Bolt
Boris Smolar's
Likud Government's Coalition
`Between You
• • . and Me'

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JERUSALEM — The
secretariat of the "Demo-
cratic Movement" will dis-
cuss proposals from mem-
bers Sunday that the
movement pull out of the
Likud coalition. The issue
will be raised despite
movement chairman Yigael
Yadin's stated wish that the
discussion be deferred.
Several leading Demo-
crats, including WZO
Executive member Eli Eyal
and secretariat chairman
Yisrael Granit met with
Yadin in Jerusalem Tues-
day night to ask him to take
the party out of the govern-
ment "in the national inter-
est." They cited the gov-
ernment's failing popular-
ity, its settlement policy (to
which the movement stead-

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ily objects, but without any
effect), and the continuing
economic crisis.
But Yadin used the same
arguments of national
interest to counsel postpon-
ing a decision for the pre-
sent He said the nation
faced tough times in the
weeks and months ahead,
both on the international
diplomatic front and on the
economic front at home. The
Democratic Movement,
Yadin argued, should not be
the factor responsible for
bringing down the govern-
ment and forcing it to face
these problems as a
lameduck 'transitional gov-
ernment' pending election-
s.Under Israeli law 100
days must elapse be-
tween the dissolution of
the Knesset and the hold-
ing of new elections. Dur-
ing that period the gov-
ernment continues to
function as a 'transi-
tional' administration.
But the secessionist dele-
gation was unconvinced and
pressed for the issue to be
aired by the secretariat.
Yadin summoned home fel-
low DM Minister (of justice)
Shmuel Tamir who is pre-
sently in Canada, and the
two of them are expected to
rally their supporters to
head off the move to take
the DM out of the coalition.
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theless the secession pro-
posal may win a majority in
the secretariat. If that hap-
pens, Tamir would probably
insist on a session of the
wider "central committee"
where he and his followers
control a sizable proportion
of the votes.
Likud circles say that
even if the DM councils
order the movement out,
that would not necessarily
spell the end of Menahem
Begin's government. At
least two of the DM mem-
bers (Tamir and Akiva Nof),
and perhaps more, would
join the Likud, these circles
predict.
Labor-
But the
affiliated daily news-
paper Davar claimed
Wednesday that two DM
knesseters, Zaidan Atshe
and Shlomo Eliahu had
put out feelers towards
the Labor Alignment
with a view to joining
should the DM finally fall
apart. Eliahu is publicly
on record as favoring the
DM's secession from the
government.
The Democratic Move-
ment unrest follows hard on
the heels of a near-secession
move in the National Reli-
gious Party. Veteran party
leader Dr. Yosef Burg spoke
publicly last week about the
prospect of early elections,
but, at a Knesset faction
meeting this week he ap-
peared to back away, saying
that the NRP should not be
the factor that brings about
the government's downfall.
The other two NRP
ministers, Hammer and
Abuhatzeira, joined with
Burg in urging that the
party defer any further dis-
cussion of the "malfuntion-
ing of the government" for
the time being. Only two
faction members (out of 12)
hawk Yehuda Ben-Emir
and dove Avraham
Melamed, dissented from
this line and advocated a
heart-searching discussion
right now.

Group Fighting
Religious Sexism

NEW YORK — A
nationwide network of
Catholic, Jewish and Pro-
testant women has been
formed to combat sexism in
religion.
The organization will
serve as a clearinghouse for
the gathering and exchange
of information, according to
Annette Daum, a consul-
tant to the Union of Ameri-
can Hebrew Congregations,
which is sponsoring the
group.
Mrs. Daum said the net-
work's members would con-
duct research to correct mis-
interpretations of women in
biblical and religious his-
tory, work to eliminate
church and synagogue prac-
tices and policies that dis-
criminate against women,
and seek to expand the em-
ployment of women in or-
dained and other profes-
sional posts in churches,
synagogues and other reli-
gious institutions.

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1980, JTA, Inc.)

THE "THREE-WAY COMPETITION": National
Jewish organizations depending to a certain extent on allo-
cations from the Jewish federations, find themselves in
financial difficulties. They are compelled to introduce au-
sterity in their programs. They are in a three-way competi-
tion for federation funds needed and sought by local groups
and institutions, the United Jewish Appeal and then`
selves.
In some federations a view is advanced that the sup-
port of national agencies is the obligation of "somebody
else." This is completely contrary to the policy of the Coun-
cil of Jewish Federations and far from the attitude of the
Large City Budgeting Conference that reviews the budgets
of 32 major national agencies and recommends allocations
for them by the federations. The LCBC, comprised of 29
largest communities in the country, is aware of the difficul-
ties some communities face in providing sufficient re-
sources for all concerns of the federations. However, this is
a consensus of opinion among the LCBC members — who
are also top leaders in their communities — that in the
process of budgeting a way must be found by the federations
to provide for the national agencies without pitting them
against local agencies.
FEDERATION ALLOCATIONS: Some of the na-
tional mass-membership agencies are also having difficul-
ties in maintaining their membership rolls. This is believed
to be due to the changing demography in some areas of the
country.
For 1980, the LCBC recommended to the federations
that they allocate to the American Jewish Committee
$1,440,000 compared with 1979's $1,220,000. This equals
about 15 percent of the total contributions the AJCommit-
tee expects this year. For the Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith, the 1980 allocations recommended by the
LCBC are $1,455,000, compared to $1,398,000. This would
make 14 percent of the total contributions anticipated by
the ADL this year. For the American Jewish Congress,
allocations by federations totalling $760,000 in 1980 were
recommended, compared with $650,000. This constitutes
about 13 percent of the total income from contributions
expected by the AJCongress in 1980, including income
from tours which its women's division conducts.
Allocations of $1,202,000 were recommended for 1980
to be made by federations to the Jewish Welfare Board. In
1979, $1,114,000 was recommended. The LCBC recom-
mendation does not include other community income of the
JWB, as well as the funds which the agency receives from
the New York Jewish community.
In general, the LCBC advised the mass-membership
agencies not to incur this year any deficits and to balance
their fiscal operations by having their expenditures match
the available income.
SPECIAL AID TO "YIVO": There are two kinds of
national agencies which present their budgets to the LCBC
for analysis and for recommendation of allocations. One is
the independent national agency, such as the American
Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, the
Anti-Defamation League. The other is made up of the na-
tional agencies created by the Council of Jewish Federa-
tions, like the National Jewish Community Relations
Advisory Council — the roof organization of 11 national
Jewish bodies and 106 local Jewish councils fighting
bigotry — and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture
which administers the Joint Cultural Appeal on behalf of
nine national cultural organizations.
The CJF has created the agencies of the latter category
at the request of the federations. They have no fund-raising
mechanisms and the federations feel a special obligation
toward them. The communities do not wish to see the ef-
forts of these agencies dissipated in fund-raising activitic-
The NJCRAC requested from the federations $570,000 f
1980.
For the Joint Cultural Appeal, the LCBC recom-
mended a 1980 total federation allocation of $701,000 f
operating requirements of the nine agencies which the-
Appeal represents. In addition, the LCBC was advised of
the critical reduction in the assets of YIVO — one of the
nine agencies — as it sought to cope with a past cumulative
deficit.
In view of the communal heritage represented by
YIVO archives, it was the opinion of the LCBC that a
special funding campaign should be developed to relieve
the YIVO's financial emergency.

Books, like friends,
should be few and well cho-
sen. Like friends, too, we
should return to them again
and again — for, like true
friends, they will never fail

us — never cease to instruct
— never cloy. Next to ac-
quiring good friends, the
best acquisition is that of
good books.
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