lied Jewish Campaign Meets the Challenge,
Sets Its Highest Philanthropic Record in 1982
Detroit Jewry is meeting the challenge and the 1982 philanthropic record is certain
to exceed all previous fund-raising results in the community's history. A total of $19.1
million is projected for the 1982 Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emergency Fund.
This was the anticipation Thursday night, at the closing Campaign gathering held
at Cong. Shaarey Zedek, based on $16.5 million already pledged.
The result is a rejection of pessimism, an affirmation of the community's high
standards of support for the 60 local, national and overseas causes included in the 1982
_jappeal, with emphasis on Israel.
Campaign General Chairmen Jay M. Kogan and Joel D. Tauber are recogniz-
ing the unflagging enthusiasm of Campaign workers at every level. They cite the
fact that they achieved tremendous results during a particularly difficult eco-
nomic time. The efforts of key campaigners are being applauded, including
division chairmen and those responsible for major gifts and special Campaign
" Dr. Harold T. Shapiro, president of the University of Michigan, was guest speaker. In
art advance text of his remarks, he praised the Detroit Jewish community for its
-yement while talking about "The Jewish Tradition of Charity." A recognized
n\ aal authority in economic forecasting, he commented on the current recession and
its impact an the Jewish Welfare Federation's member agencies.
In putting the meeting in historical perspective, Federation President Avern Cohn
cited the anniversary date of the establishment of the state of Israel and the recent
withdrawal from the Sinai. He attributes the community's unwavering support of the
Campaign to its understanding of Jewish history. Cohn expresses confidence that the
community has met and will continue to meet growing challenges to financing local
agency services, maintaining humanitarian programs in Israel and preserving
worldwide freedoms for Jews.
Sol Drachler, executive vice president of the Federation,
projected the final Campaign total, based on 25 years' experience
with the Campaign. Drachler will leave his executive position at
the end of this month.
The invocation was to be delivered by Rabbi Richard
C. Hertz of Temple Beth El. Following the business meeting,
musicians were to play Israeli music during the champagne
A special treat was provided for the attendees at the closing
rally. Arrangements were made for a special display in the ad-
joining hall of the historical exhibition of 120 years of Cong.
Shaarey Zedek. Scores of the workers, Shaarey Zedek members
and their friends, had an opportunity to see in the display much
in their own lives as fellow citizens in this community.
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Knesset OKs Settlement
Policy El Al Sabbath Ban
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset voted 58-54 on Tuesday to
approve "in all its parts" the statement by Premier Menahem Begin
that Israeli settlements will never again be removed, even in the
context of peace treaties with Arab eeuntries, and that El Al, Israel's
national airline, will cease Sabbath flights within three months.
Begin also stated that Israel intends to lay claim to the West Bank
and Gaza Strip after the five-year autonomy transition period. He
denounced the opposition Labor Party for applying a "double standard"
to settlements. Labor is opposed to Jewish settlements in heavily Arab
Begin claimed there was no difference between the 38 Jewish
settlements his government has established on the West Bank and the
Labor Kibutz Hanita established in Galilee in the 1940s when that
region was predominantly Arab.
Israel issued a low-key response on Wednesday to tough
public criticism by Egypt of the Knesset resolution against re-
moval of Jewish settlements and of Begin's insistence that the
autonomy talks not "boycott" Jerusalem.
"Israel would prefer it if these issues and disputes were discussed
at the negotiating table and not in public statements," said officials in
As for the talks venue, the officials said it was standard practice
throughout the world that international negotiations are held in the
parties' capitals and "we cannot agree that through Egypt's refusal
Israel is boycotted in this way."
Egyptian Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Kamal Hassan
Ali said Israel's resolution had no validity. for Egypt and said both
Egypt and the U.S. regard the Israeli settlements as illegal. Ali main-
tained that at Camp David, Israel has undertaken to freeze new build-
ing of settlements (a claim that Premier Begin has consistently de-
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's top political aide,
Osama el-Baz, also reacting to Begin's Knesset speech, said
Egypt continued to object to Jerusalem as a-venue for the au-
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Jewish Retarded Association
Defies Arson and Objections,
to Open Pleasant Ridge Home
The board of directors of the Jewish Association for Retarded Citizens, meeting one day
after an arson fire caused $50,000 to a soon-to-be opened home in Pleasant Ridge for six retarded
women, has spoken out strongly that it will correct the damage and open new homes whenever
"The board was terrific," said JARC President Norman Wachler. "We are really dedicated
to expand our entire program and open additional homes whenever we can." Wachler added that
the JARC is dealing with the insurance adjustor this week. "We will rebuild the fire damage as
quickly as we can. The residents had been expected to move into the home by June 15. We now
hope that we will be .delayed no later than the end of July."
The fire in the nearly-empty home was discovered by a neighbor shortly before 5
p.m. Sunday afternoon. Arson investigators say gasoline was spread through the first
and second floors of the home at 107 Elm Park and ignited. A JARC employee living
temporarily at the home had left the
facility at 8:30 a.m. Sunday to go to
JARC Executive Director Joyce Kel-
ler said the facility is now being
watched by security guards.-The Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation has been
called into the case because of possible
civil rights violations and because of a
similar fire in Livonia last month. In-
vestigators have said they do not be-
lieve the two fires were set by the same
A group of Pleasant Ridge residents
to opening a home for the re-
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Lag b'Omer Breaks Sad Seven-Week Period
By DR. DAVID GEFFEN
World Zionist Press Service
JERUSALEM — As soon as the celebration of Israel's Independence Day concluded, the wood-hoarders went to work
,throughout all the neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Children of all sizes and from all walks of life can be seen dragging old logs
and misshapen planks of wood-through the streets. Squirreling these treasures away in hundreds of hiding places, those
wood-boarders are preparing for the Lag b'Omer bonfires. Lag b'Omer, the 18th day of Iyar, will be celebrated Tuesday
Each year I am astonished anew as the collection proceeds. Lag b'Omer, when I was a lad in the United
States, was a day of athletic contests. In Jerusalem the night of Lag b'Omer is aglow with bonfires, which dot
the hillsides and the empty lots in the various neighborhoods. The biggest, annually, is in Bayit Vegan, where
the base is about two stories high before it is lit. Then the flames literally leap up to the heavens.
In many Jerusalem neighborhoods the Lag b'Omer bonfire is a time for families to get together and to have a leisurel:,
cookout. The kids plan the menu and do all the cooking- ---- the parents are their guests. Sitting around the medura
(campfire), singing fills the air and it's a time to reminisce and to plan, a time to be joyful and wistful. The Lag, b'Oiner
bonfire provides a wonderful opportunity for all these feelings and is a time of togetherness.
The lighting of fires on Lag b'Omer relates to the tradition that this day marks the anniversary of the death of Rabbi
A three-year-old ultra-Orthodox child is shown
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receiving his first haircut on Lag b'Omer.