44 Friday, December 18, 1981
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Lubavitch Contribution Is Appreciated
at Recent White House Aging Conference
By DAVID FRIEDMAN
(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)
The special insight of the
Lubavitch Movement was
present at the recent con-
troversial White House
Conference on Aging in
Washington. Seven Or-
thodox rabbis were ap-
pointed by thd White House
as delegates to the four-day
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But Abraham Shemtov, that anyone can walk into a
Washington representative synagogue and see a 13 year
of the American Friends of old studying Torah with his
Lubavitch and one of the grandfather. He said there
delegates, was quick to has never been any genera-
point out that the Hasidic tion gap in Judaism. He said
movement is considered the elderly among Jews
apolitical by the White have been regarded tradi-
House and that Lubavitch- tionally as a resource to
ers, including some of those learn from, not a burden.
attending this conference,
Hollander said that his
had been named by Demo- committee adopted a resolu-
cratic and Republican tion offered by him that the
Presidents to previous elderly receive the same
White House conferences on treatment in hospitals as
the family and on children.
the young. He charged they
At the same time, Shem- do not. "Old age is not sup-
tov ackndwledged that the posed to be a crime that is
seven delegates were punished by death," he said.
among those named by the
Hecht's committee dealt
with the private sector and
which had brought about he said he spoke about the
charges by many of the "private sector — the indi-
other delegages that the vidual." He said he stressed
Administration was at- that man should try to "ele-
tempting to "stack" the con- vate" himself and rather
ference to prevent it from , than kill time he should try
opposing the Administra- to use his time well.
tion's budget cuts.
Posner said that on a
Rabbi Nissan Mindel, voluntary basis com-
secretary' to the munities could do much.
Rebbe, He said the elderly could
Menahem be involved in educa-
Schneerson, and editor of tional programs because
Lulaavitcher publica- they still can and want to
tions in English, poihted learn.
out that Schneerson has
The conference also gave
opposed cuts in any of the the rabbis an opportunity to
programs for the elderly. do what the Lubavitchers
He said the Lubavitcher enjoy — reaching out to
rebbe believes that the others. Shemtov said that
government should not when some of the other
take anything away from Jewish delegates found they
the elderly and should were getting kosher food
increase programs where while dining with the other
delegates they asked if they
The other five delegates could join them. By the last
were Rabbi Moshe Feller, of evening some 20 people
Minneapolis; Rabi Zalman were eating kosher meals.
Posner, of Nashville, Tenn.; The rabbis also answered
Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, of Los many questions on kashrut
Angeles; Rabbi Jacob from both Jews and non-
Hecht, executive vice Jews.
They also answered many
president of the National
Conference for Furtherance questions, from why they
of Jewish Education; and were wearing kipot to more
Rabbi David Hollander, of philosophical questions on
Brooklyn, N.Y. Only Cunin Judaism. It seems that
was not present in the whatever the White House
interview conducted at the conference on Aging accom-
Washington Hilton during plished, some Jews and
non-Jews went home with a
Shemtov and Mindel little more knowledge and
stressed that Schneersen understanding of Judaism.
has always preached that
Jews have a debt to society
as well as to the Jewish ADL Offers
community. Mindel said Tabloid, Guide
this was to strengthen the
"moral resources" of the on Jerusalem
family and of society.
NEW YORK — A 20-page
Mindel said that in the newspaper tabloid on
committee in which he was Jerusalem is being distrib-
a member he emphasized uted by the Anti - Defama-
the need for religious and tion League of Bnai Brith to
spiritual programs for the schools, churches and com-
elderly which he said was munity groups throughout
essential for their physical the country.
and mental health. Each of
Entitled "The Record:
the seven Orthodox dele- Jerusalem, City of David,"
gates served on a different it tells the story in text and
committee. There were 14 photographs of the sacred
committees and members city from Biblical to modern
were selected by a com- times.
Also available as a com-
The rabbis stressed panion piece is a discussion
that Judaism has always and activities guide. Copies
taught that the elderly of the tabloid and study
should not only be re- guide may be obtained from
spected but they should the Anti - Defamation
play a useful part in League of Bnai Brith, 823
society as long as they are United Nations Plaza, New
able. Posner noted that York, N.Y., 10017.
Schneerson has opposed
The Dead Sea is known in
for the elderly.
Hebrew as Yam Ha-
Hollander pointed out Melakh, or the "Salt Sea."
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