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July 17, 1981 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-17

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JWB Record of Service Told

NEW YORK — What's in
a name? What's in a sym-
bol? What's in the name
Jewish Welfare Board
(JWB)?
On April 9, 1917 — three
days after America
entered World War I —
JWB was created by the
American Jewish commu-
nity to serve the religious,
morale and welfare needs of
Jews in the U.S. armed
forces.
At that time, what JWB
was doing was considered
"welfare work," and that
was part of JWB's name.
Later the name was
changed to "Jewish Welfare
Board, U.S. Army and
Navy."
But JWB's function ex-
panded, and the concept
of "welfare" changed. In
1921, JWB became the
national service body for
both YM-YWHAs (later
Jewish community cen-
ters) and Jewish person-
nel in military service.
JWB continued to ex-
pand. It added Jewish cul-
ture, amateur sports, camp-
ing and Jewish scouting to
its already broad range of
services. In 1944, the name
was officially changed to
"National Jewish Welfare
Board."
Other organizations are
known only by letters —
why not JWB?
Still the question per-
sists: "But what does JWB
stand for?"

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The best answer is
"Jewish well-being."
That is what JWB really
stands for — the well-
being of all Jews,
whether they be in the
civilian community or
military community.
The slogan of JWB is "In-
volved with the quality of
Jewish life . . . worldwide.".
That says it all: JWB is cen-
tral to the preservation and
quality of Jewish life as the
association and major serv-
ice agency for about 300
Jewish community centers,
YM and YWHAs, and
camps in North America
serving more than one mil-
lion Jews; as the U.S.
government-accredited
agency for providing the
religious, Jewish educa-
tional and moral needs of
Jewish military personnel,
their families, and in Vete-
rans Administration hospi-
tals; as the sponsor of the
Jewish Media Service, JWB
Lecture Bureau, Jewish
Book Council, and Jewish
Music Council; and as an
agency that conducts a vast
array of programs designed
to strengthen the bonds be-
tween North America and
Israel.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

assistant to the chairman of
the World Zionist Organiza-
tion (WZO) settlement de-
partment said. "But that is
the price of peace."
The WZO has built new
settlements at Pithat
Shalom. Coordinators es-
timate that about half of
the 1,000 rural North
Sinai families will move
to the settlements, al-
though they concede a
much lower rate among
Yamit urbanites.
Due to the mental and
physical difficulties of re-
settlement, many area resi-
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Fisher Writes With Confidence
About Future Status of Detroit

Drawing upon Charles
Dickens' titular novel "Tale
of Two Cities" as a
guideline, Max M. Fisher,
recognized nationally for
industrial leadership and as
an authority on the eco-
nomic development of his
home city, expressed confi-
dence in a happy future for
Detroit.
Writing in a New York
Times Op-Ed Page article
under the title "Detroit — A
Tale of Two Cities," Fisher
acknowledged the current
difficulties while express-
ing faith in the approaching
better days. He states:
"So what is the bottom
line for Detroit during the
next 10 years?
"Is there really suffi-
cient reason for long-
term optimism in the face
of the massive problems
facing Detroit?
"To me the answer is ob-
vious. There are abundant
reasons for confidence in
our future success. Our
physical revitalization will
continue; thousands of
housing units will be built
downtown; we will have a
subway and people-mover;
there will be an enclosed
shopping mall downtown; a
new Cadillac plant will
open in the central indus-
trial district as we rebuild
our industrial base.
"We also offer a tremen-

Yamit Residents Celebrate Decade
in Sinai Amid Preparations to Move On

YAMIT (JNI) — Over-
shadowed by impending
withdrawal from Sinai,
residents of the Yamit
region gathered earlier this
month to celebrate a decade
of settlement in the region.
More than 10,000 people
from throughout Israel met
at the week-long memorial
in Yamit, which is
scheduled to be returned to
Egypt in 1982.
"It pains us greatly to
leave the Yamit area. Our
young people invested 10
years to develop a product-
ive and valuabe region from
desert," Yaakov Leket,

Friday, July 11, 1981

compensation offered by the
government and will move
to Central Israel.
Social workers will ac-
company agricultural and
economic planners to help
re-establish the unique ag-
ricultural system which has
made the Yamit area
famous. Israeli innovations
in vegetable breeding and
cultivation of a nutrient-
rich spray in place of soil
were developed in Yamit.
Meanwhile, Israeli
President Yitzhak Navon
said he feels poor neighbor-
hoods in big cities, not de-
velopment towns, consti-
tute Israel's main social
problem. Navon's com-
ments came on the 25th an-
niversary of the founding of
Mitzpe Ramon.
The central Negev de-
velopment town has dou-
bled its population to 3,400
during the last two years
and expects an influx of
army personnel and their
families in the wake of the
withdrawal from Sinai.

WJC Official
Cited by ICCJ

NEW YORK — Dr.
Gerhart M. Riegner, secre-
tary general of the World
Jewish Congress, was pre-
sented this year's "Interna-
tional Humanitarian
Award" by the Interna-
tional Council of Christians
and Jews, "for outstanding
services in the field of
human relations."

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