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March 27, 1981 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-03-27

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14,566 Initial Contributors Boost 1981 Campaign
Into High Gear in Support of the Pressing Needs

Blum Urges Support
for Israel in Opposition
to 2nd Palestinian State

Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign - Israel Emergency Fund drive
opened Tuesday evening with a record total of $15,119,305 pledged. But
few of the 400 AJC-IEF leaders at the opening dinner at Temple Israel
Al ir.e willing to accept those laurels as they began the six-week Campaign
W reach the vital goal of $19 million for Jewish causes locally, nationally
and overseas.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Yehuda Blum added to the
urgency of the evening's theme by calling for even more intensive support
for Israel and her opposition to the establishment of a second Palestinian
state. He said Jordan contains two-thirds of the land and the majority of
the Palestinians from the Palestine Mandate.
The urgent Jewish needs on all fronts were emphasized by Jewish
Welfare Federation President George M. Zeltzer, who spoke of "expanding
needs from the shores of Israel to here at home." Zeltzer said 1981 was
going to be a most difficult Allied Jewish Campaign because of the eco-
nomic conditions and the needs. "Our obligation is great," he said.
Zeltzer pointed to rising Arab propaganda in the U.S. as well as
increasing local needs for the elderly, the youth, single families and
divorced families as responsibilities the Campaign must address.
"We need every bit of effort that we as a community can give to this
Campaign," he said.
Campaign General Chairmen Marvin H. Goldman and David S.
Mondry introduced the Campaign leadership and added humor to the
program with a comic opera discussion of their fund-raising partnership
and soliciting techniques.
Division reports were announced by Emery I. Klein, Harry L. Silver-
man, Earl Grant, Joel D. Gershenson, Irving Laker, Dr. Harris W. Mains-
ter, David Levine, Benjamin F. Rosenthal and Jane Sherman.
Mrs. Sherman, chairman of the Women's Division, challenged the
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A Weekly Review


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March 27, 1981

Senator s Criticize
Promised Saudi Sales


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eighteen Senators — 11 Republicans and seven Democrats —
spoke out in the Senate on Tuesday against the Reagan Administration's intention to provide
Saudi Arabia with equipment to enhance the combat capabilities of the 62 F-15 warplanes
they have purchased from the U.S.
The Administration has not yet- formally notified Congress of its proposed sale of extra
fuel tanks and air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia that critics say would create an additional
threat to Israel. The Administration contends that the purpose of the equipment is to
strengthen indigenous forces against Soviet penetration of the Middle East oil fields.
The Republicans who spoke in opposition to the sale were Bob Packwood (Ore.); Larry
Pressler (S.D.); Bob Casten (Wis.); David Dyrebberger (Minn.); Rudy Boschwitz (Minn.);
Slade Gorton (Wash.); Bob Dole (I;an.); Alfonse D'Amato (N.Y.); Arlen Spector (Penn.); John
Heinz (Penn.); and Charles Mathias (Md.).
The Democrats were Bill Bradley (N.J.); George Mitchel (Maine); Gary Hart (Colo.);
Dennis Deconcini (Ariz); Daniel Moynihan (N.Y.); Carl Levin (Mich.); Quentin Burdick
(N.D.); and Lawton Chiles (Fla.)
Packwood said the Administration's package for Saudi Arabia is an example of
U.S. willingness "to barter integrity
for energy." Noting that the pro-
posed equipment will improve the
range of the Saudi planes by 80 per-
cent, more than enough to attack Is-
WASHINGTON (JTA) — St. Teresa of Avila, a
rael, Packwood recalled that he had
revered leader of the Discalced Carmelite Sisters in
opposed the original sale of the
16th Century Spain who will be commemorated by
F-15s to Saudi Arabia in 1978 be-
the Catholic Church on the 400th anniversary of her
cause he sensed at that time that
death next October, was of Jewish ancestry, accord-
they would be a threat to Israel.
ing to an article appearing in the current issue of
Carmelite Studies.
Packwood recalled that at the time he
The article, by Father Teofanes Egido, noted that
had warned that the Saudis would not
St. Teresa was a reformer of the Carmelite Order in
end their demands with the purchase of
her day and one of two women honored as a doctor of
the F-15s as then constituted. "At the
the church.
time our willingness to enter into the
In 1944, a 16th Century lawsuit was found which
sale of the F-15s was posed as a test of
revealed that St. Teresa's father and paternal
our goodwill and friendship with Saudi
grandfather were Jews who converted to Catholicism
Arabia," Packwood said. "They (the
during the Inquisition. St. Teresa knew of her ances-

Catholic Priest Claims
Sainted Nun Was Jewish

Shown at the Allied Jewish Campaign opening dinner Tuesday
night are, from left, Jewish Welfare Federation President George
Zeltzer, Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Yehuda Blum,
and Campaign General Chairmen David Mondry and Marvin

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JDC Ships Tons of Passover
Supplies to Small Communities

NEW YORK — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has shipped 390,000 pounds of
Passover supplies to small Jewish communities throughout the world, including a shipment to Falasha Jews
• Ethiopia, according to JDC President Henry Taub.
Passover, which commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt and their wander-
- __,s throtgh the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land, will begin this year on Saturday
evening, April 18.
"The small Jewish communities, in their isolation, symbolize the need for all Jews to reach out to help one
another to preserve Jewish tradition and to assure spiritual and physical survival. This," said Taub, "is the
traditional role of the JDC as the arm of the American Jewish community concerned with rescue, relief, and
rehabilitation of Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world."
JDC Executive Vice President Ralph I. Goldman noted that JDC is shipping matzot to Falasha
Jews in Ethiopia, which will be distributed in Ethiopia by ORT, the Organization for Rehabilitation
through Training. "The greatest problem in reaching the Falashas is their widespread dispersal, as
most of them live in small villages which are geographically dispersed," said Goldman.
He said that Passover supplies will also be distributed to the small Jewish community in Egypt for the
fourth consecutive year. "For 31 years before that, Passover supplies were distributed by the International
Red Cross," he said.
Officials estimate that there are 400 Jews in Egypt, divided between Alexandria with 250 and Cairo with
Goldman said that wherever possible JDC provides matzot manufactured in Israel. He added that of all
the communities receiving Passover supplies, Romania receives the largest amount, nearly 270,000 pounds.
Tunisia receives 47,000 pounds and Poland 43,000 pounds.
Other communities receiving Passover supplies were in Greece, Italy (for Soviet emigrants),
Yugoslavia, Melilla and Cueta in Spanish Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Lebanon.
In addition to the shipment of Passover supplies, JDC provides cash grants to the needy so that in
countries where Passover supplies are available, those with limited financial means may also participate.
Romanian workers prepare matzot parcels provided by the
Education and welfare programs are mainly provided by Jewish federations through the United Jewish
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Appeal, such as Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign.


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