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April 02, 1982 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-04-02

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Friday, April 2, 1982 43

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Call to Justice on Passover

By AVERN COHN

President,
Jewish Welfare Federation

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Jews are deeply sensitive
when it comes to justice.
And because Passover re-
presents a watershed in the
growth of justice and free-
dom in human history, our
observance takes on a spe-
cial importance this year.
The Haggada's injunction
to "let all who are hungry
enter" demands of us the
most basic justice of all: a
justice that places the wel-
e of fellow human beings
arely on the shoulders of
ch of us. In a time of eco-
nomic distress that has af-
fected Detroit more than
any other major city in the
United States, this respon-
sibility falls heavily on our
Jewish community.
We are on the threshold of
major changes in our society
and our economy. If in the
past we thought that the
Jewish community was
exempt from these kinds of
changes, we have to rethink
our position.
As the emphasis shifts to
private sector funding for
human services, Federation
agencies will be pressed to a

AVERN COHN

greater extent than ever to
answer the call of troubled
families, the aged, new im-
migrants and youth serv-
ices.
How will we answer? How
will we make the decisions
that will simply assure con-
tinuation of vital services in
one area while expanding
services in another? The an-
swers call for sacrifice; all of
us will be put to the test.
Even as we concern our-
selves with the economic
challenge, we are troubled

Founder of Agudat Israel
Is Subject of New Volume

NEW YORK — The life of
the 20th Century JeWish
statesman, Rabbi Eliezer
Silver, is the subject of a
newly published biography
by Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-,
Rothkoff, of Yeshiva Uni-
versity's Gruss Institute in
Jerusalem.
"The Silver Era" (Fel-
dheim Publishers), offers a
detailed look at Rabbi
Silver, founder and
president of the American
branch of Agudat Israel and
president of the Union of
Orthodox Rabbis.
During World War II,
Rabbi Silver's efforts helped
Jews leave Europe. He in-
dependently established the
Vaad Hatzala Emergency
Committee, which handled
the enormous costs of sub-
orning bureaucrats
throughout Europe when
Jews fled.
Such funds directly
aided the 1,000 men and
boys of Mir Yeshiva who
escaped eastward to
Kobe, Japan and later to
Shanghai. The group
survived, made it to

Congress Gives
$12.5 Million
for Resettlement

WASHINGTON (JTA)
_ ne Reagan Administra-
tion is asking Congress to
provide $12.5 million to as-
sist in the resettling of
Soviet and East European
immigrants in Israel for the
1983 fiscal year. The money
will be given to the United
Israel Appeal.
The Administration is
also asking for $72 million
as the United States contri-
bution to the United
Nations Relief and Works
Agency for Palestine refu-
gees in the Mideast (UN-
RWA).

America, , and
re-.
established themselves in
1947 as the Mir Yeshiva of
Brooklyn.
Author Aaron Rakeffet-
Rothkoff was educated at
Yeshiva Univerity, where
he received a doctoral de-
gree and rabbinic ordina-
tion at the Rabbi ISaac El-
chanan Theological Semi-
nary.
He lives in Jerusalem,
where he serves as in-
structor in Torah subjects at
Yeshiva. University's Gruss
Institute. He is the author of
"Bernard Revel: Builder of
American Jewish Or-
thodoxy."

by other forces at work that
threaten our value system.
They are forces of darkness
— bigots who would exploit
hard times; terrorists who
would destroy synagogues;
hostile nations who mock ef-
forts to build a lasting peace
in the Middle East. In the
name of justice, and as
Jews, we must stand firm
against efforts to under-
mine our fragile, civilized
free society at home, abroad
and in Israel.
The concerns we share for
Israel's welfare, our prom-
ises to our newcomers and
those yet to be absorbed that
we will not tire, remain a
priority in our scheme of re-
sponsibilities. The coming
months will indeed be dif-
ficult. But our support of so-
cial and humanitarian pro-
grams has never been con-
ditioned on politics or eco-
nomics. -
Our commitment -to our
fellow Jews overseas and
here at home is based on the
awareness that a commu-
nity is only as strong as each
of its members' willingness
to support it. That aware-
ness is more vital than ever.
Surely, this should be a
Passover theme to be re-
membered around each
Seder table.
Knowing Detroit Jewry
as I do, we will do justice.

During the 16th Century,
a Marrano, Hernando
Alonso, fought in Mexico
with Cortes. When it was
discovered that he was a
Jew he was burned at the
stake as a heretic.

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Extremists Hit
Christian Office
in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — The In-
ternational Christian Em-
bassy in Israel was van-
dalized with swastikas by a
group of ultra-nationalist
Jews last month.
The embassy was estab-
lished in 1980 by Christian
groups from several coun-
tries as 'a sign of protest
against countries that had
moved their embassies from
Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Many ultra-nationalist
Jews feel that members of
the embassy are "disguised
missionaries" who seek to
convert Jews.

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Day School
Parley in May

NEW YORK — Some 500
Hebrew day school princi-
pals and educators are ex-
Rected at the 26th annual
convention of the National
Conference of Yeshiva
Principals in Tamiment,
Pa., from May 6-9.

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