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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-02-18

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24 Friday, February 18, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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NEW YORK (JTA) — A
42-year-old pastor of a
2,000-member San Antonio,
Texas church, described as a
denominationally non-
aligned, is the organizer of a
growing movement which
raises funds and "love and
support" for Israel and the
Jewish people through a
project he calls "A Night to
Honor Israel."
John Hagee, pastor the
Church of Castle Hills, says
he was shocked into action
for Israel and for Jews by
the hostile general media
reaction to Israel's bombing
of Iraq's nuclear reactor in
Baghdad in June 1981.
Hagee, who said his
father, a Methodist minis-
ter, taught him that Jews

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BROTHERHOOD

is giving to others the rights and respect
we want for ourselves.
Dear Member and Friend,

You are cordially invited to attend our 1983 BROTHERHOOD NIGHT PROGRAM.
This event is the highlight of our years' activities in community relations. We will present this Annual
Progran on Thursday Evening, the 24th of February, 1983, at 8:00 p.m., at the Jewish War Veterans
Memorial Building, 16990 West Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan.
The topic of discussion for the evening will be BROTHERHOOD — 1983. Our program will include the
following outstanding Community Leaders and Personalities as our honored Guests:

William M. Brodhead — Retired member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Joseph Forbes — Member of House of Representatives, State of Michigan
Jack Kelly — Councilman, City of Detroit
Samuel Miller — President, Allied Veterans Council of Wayne County
Charlotte Rothstein — Mayor, City of Oak Park

Other Veteran Organizations will be in attendance. The Jewish War Veterans will serve as Hosts for the
evening. The Moderator for the evening will be Department Commander of J.W.V., Norman Berkley —
assisted by Jack Berman and Jack Schwartz Past Department Commanders. A Question and Answer Period
will follow the program.
A special Brotherhood Award will be presented to Danny Raskin, a columnist of The Jewish News for
his many years of outstanding contributions in Community Relations.
Your families and friends are welcome to attend this outstanding event.
Following the program, refreshments will be served by the J.W.V. Ladies Auxiliary, Department of
Michigan.

Co-Chairmen

Jack Berman, PDC
Jack Schwartz, PDC

Norman Berkley

Department Commander

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were God's chosen people,
also said the hostility ex-
pressed over the attack on
the reactor spurred him to
conceive of the idea of the
program of a night to honor
Israel. He proceeded to or-
ganize the project after the
idea was approved by the
church's executive board
and its board of deacons.
The outspoken young
minister has asserted
publicly that "if the
Arabs ask us to crucify
the Jewish people on a
cross of oil, then we will
tell them to keep their oil
and we'll ride bicycles."
Hagee has been described
as being just as fervent
about Jerusalem remaining
the undivided capital of Is-
rael, asserting that "God
specified the land bound-
aries, including Jerusalem,
for Abraham and his seed,
forever."
He said he and his church
had sent a letter to
President Reagan protest-
ing the sales in 1981 of five
AWACS reconnaissance
planes to Saudi Arabia.
The minister has also
publicly declared that "it is
not possible for a man to
read the word of God and
say that he hates the Jews."
Another "unquestioned
truth" for him is Israel's
absolute right to exist.
He has described him-
self as a "pre-
millenialist," a term to
describe Christians who
believe that the creation
of the state of Israel is a
fulfillment of prophecy
and indicates the second
coming of Christ is near.
He said the Christian
community had been guilty
of silence during the perse-
cution of the Jews, particu-
larly by the Nazis. His asso-
ciates reported his views
have brought him death
threats from Arab factions
and white power advocates.
The "Night to Honor Is-
rael" project was organized
by Hagee and the content of
each event is determined by
Christians. But Hagee has
hired Saul Silverman, a
former director of the
Jewish Federation of San
Antonio and an early ad-
mirer of Hagee's efforts, to
serve as national director
for the programs.

Curacao Jew
May Be Rabbi

NEW YORK
Eighteen-year-old Nathan
De Castro Serphos says
more and more young Jews
are leaving the Dutch-held
island of Curacao. But the
Yeshiva University
freshman says he may re-
turn to Curacao as a rabbi to
help "strengthen" what lit-
tle is left of the island's
Jewish community.
De Castro Serphos is cur-
rently studying economics,
but he's also giving serious
thought to attending the
university's Rabbi Isaac El-
chanan Theological Semi-
nary.
Curacao currently has
one rabbi and a Jewish
population of 800.

The format for each
"Night to Honor Israel" is
ecumenical but dominated
by Christian elements. Sil-
verman reported, in a letter
to the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, that the program
began more than a year ago
in San Antonio and that last
Sept. 12, a second "Night"
was held in San Antonio be-
fore a standing-room-only
audience.

He reported that since
the first event in San An-
tonio, the program has
been presented in Hous-
ton, Fort Worth, Tulsa,
Dallas, a second time in
San Antonio, and in
Phoenix.
Silverman reported each
"night" is held in the major
auditorium of the city, fol-
lowing a basic format.
There is no admission
charge but a "love offering"
is taken, in accordance with
the fact that it is a Christian
group sponsoring the event.
All proceeds go to an Israeli
beneficiary. The be-
neficiaries to date have
been the Hadassah Hospital
in Jerusalem and the Israel
Emergency Fund.
Referring to the 75 per-
cent Christian make-up of
the 2,800 member audience
for the "Night" presentation
at San Antonio on Sept. 11,
1981, the first of the pro-
grams, Silverman, then the
San Antonio Federation
executive director, com-
mented, "If I hadn't seen it
myself, I wouldn't have be-
lieved it."
Hagee credits part of his
passion for justice for Jews
and Israel to the fact that
"as a young man, in my de-
veloping years, Jews were

major contributors in my
life," including the first
football coach in a Houston
junior high school.
He was the first non-Jew
to receive the San Antonio
Bnai Brith Council
Humanitarian of the Year
Award. He also was honored
by the Hadassah Texas
region with its Henrietta
Szold Award and by the San
Antonio Hadassah chapter
as a founder of Hadassah
Hospital in Jerusalem.

A TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR
AND LOVELY FRIEND
A DEDICATED MEMBER
OF THE ZOA TEAM

MRS. NORMA T. HUDOSH

Mrs. Norma T. Hudosh has been a loyal and
hard working member of the Zionist Organ-
ization of America in the Detroit District for
over 15 years. She has participated in sev-
eral national conventions as well as the
Zionist National Convention in Jerusalem. In
addition to her dedicated service as Israel
Bond Chairwoman for the Zionist Organiza-
tion, Mrs. Hudosh has worked as our Finan-
cial Secretary in 1981 when THE CHOSEN
was played. in 1982 during the National
Executive Convention, and during our re-
cently successful Balfour Concert. Mrs.
Hudosh is presently Treasurer of the Zionist
Organization of Detroit. She also finds time
to act as a delegate to the Jewish Commu-
nity Council.

Norma Hudosh is a devoted member of the
Zionist Organization and has worked
endlessly and tirelessly for the success of
the Organization's various programs. It is
an honor and privilege to know this wonder-
ful lady. We are grateful to our dear friend
and give her our heartiest accolades.

By: Irving Laker, President
Zionist Organization of America
Detroit District

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