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July 01, 1983 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-07-01

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22 Friday, July 1, 1983


Begin Snubs Jewish Agency After Appointment Squabble

The Jewish Agency's an-
nual Assembly ended last
• • • • • • • • • • •

Thursday night, marred by candidates, Raphael Kot-
rumblings of anger and dis- lowitz and Eli Tavin, was
appointment that Premier not for objective reasons but
Menahem Begin failed to because of the overseas
to deliver the closing leaders' "antipathy toward

have them
• appear
address as he 'had been Herut." Kotlowitz, who has
'II REMEMBER YOUR AFFAIR' • scheduled to do.
chaired the department for

The official explanation the past 5 1/2 years was de-
• •
• was that the Premier was nied reappointment on
heavily occupied with grounds that he was "un-
• pressing duties to make an suitable." Herut's alterna-

Framed Pictures,
• appearance before the more tive nominee, Eli Tavin,
• Posters, T-Shirts, Etc. • than 800 Diaspora Jewish was also rejected.

• leaders and others who
It was reported at the
• BANQUETS, PARTIES • attended the three-day ,assembly that Jerold
• WEDDINGS, SHOWERS • gathering. The unofficial Hoffberger of Baltimore,

• word was that Begin delib- who was elected chair-
• erately stayed away be- man - of the Jewish

cause he was angered that Agency Board of Gover-
the overseas Jewish fund nors, succeeding the re-

• PHOTOGRAPHIC • • raisers had rejected two tiring Max Fisher of De-
candidates for the troit, led the opposition to
chairmanship of the Jewish both Kotlowitz and Ta-
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• Also located in Tally Hall • Agency's aliya department. vin. Nevertheless, Begin
According to sources close was not expected to
Farmington Hills
• • • • • 0- • • • • • • to Begin, the veto of the two "boycott" the assembly.
' Menahem Savidor,
Speaker of the Knesset, ad-
dressed the assembly in Be-
gin's stead. He was well re.-
ceived but anger at the
Begin snub was not con-
One delegate remarked
(313) .353-1300
Across From Tel-12
that the Prime Minister
"did more of a disservice
than a service by making
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served, "There are a lot of
important contributors here
who expected Begin to ad-
dress them tonight."
The assembly adopted a
general resolution express-
ing "outrage at Soviet dis-
crimination and its trampl-
ing of human rights." It also
expressed sorrow at the ill
-treatment of Jews in certain
Islamic countries and reaf7
firmed the assembly's com-
mitment to aliya and
Jewish education.
Meanwhile, Leon Dulzin
was elected chairman of the
Jewish Agency Assembly.
Akiva Lewinsky was
elected treasurer and Harry
Rosen was elected secre-
tary. The membership of the
board of governors was in-
creased to 72.
A new Jewish Agency
executive was an-
nounced Wednesday
after seven months of
inter-party wrangling
following the
World Zionist Congress
last December. Dulzin of
the Likud-Union of Gen-
eral Zionists was named
Levinsky of the Labor
Zionists was named trea-
surer. Raanan Weitz of
Labor and Matti Drobless of
Likud-Herut were named
joint heads of the settlement
department. Uri Gordon of
Labor 'heads youth aliya.
Yitzhak Meir of Miztachi
heads traditional education
and Avraham Katz of
Likud-General Zionists
heads youth and hehalutz.
Others named are Eli
Tavin of Herut, head of edu-

Seek to Ban
Protests Outside
Begin's Home

The coalition will give top
priority to a Knesset bill
banning demonstrations
outside private residences.
The measure was drafted
as a result of weeks_ of
anti-war demonstrations
and pro-government
outside Premier Menahem
Begin's residence on Bal-
four St. in the Rehavia sec-,
tion of Jerusalem.
Begin is not known to
have complained, but some
of his neighbors are an-
noyed by the constant hum
of conversation and occa-
sional arguments under
their windows in what is
normally a quiet neighbor-
hood. The demonstrations
have been peaceful."
_ The anti-war group
displays a daily "score"
of Israeli casualties in
Lebanon which currently
stands 501 dead. The
government supporters
also display a scoreboard
showing 13 months of
"Peace for Galilee."
Begin is not known to
have had any dialigue with
the demonstrations. On one
occasion he is reported to
have sent a messenger to
the anti-war group protest-
ing that it was "not nice" for
a boy and girl to camp out
during the night under the
same blanket.

cation, Avraham Shenker of Agency Board of Governors
Mapam-Labor, community
in October. Meanwhile,
services, Eliezer Sheffer of Raphael Kotlowitz remains
Mizrachi heads the young as head of the aliya depart-
leadership department.
ment and, at the same time,
Yitzhak Warshawski of the the opposition to him on the
World Confederation of part of American members
General Zionists heads the of the board of governors
organizing department. remains implacable.
David ' Avayou of the
Dulzin, who was re-
Sephardim heads the de-
partment of sephardi com- elected chairman without
munities. Avraham Avihai opposition at the December
of Confederation of General Congress meeting, formally
Zionists is Keren Hayesod announced the make-up of
chairman. Moshe Rivlin of the Executive. The an-
Labor is Jewish National nouncement followed a
meeting of the Jewish
Fund chairman.
Agency Executive at which
Mordehai Dayan of Herut the dispute over Kotlowitz
was named deputy JNF was high on the behind-
chairman. Bernice Tan- the-scenes agenda.
nanbaum of Hadassah
The refusal of the Ameri-
(Confederation) was named
head of the American Sec- can members to support
tion of the World Zionist Kotlowitz, reportedly be-
cause they feel he does not
The posts for Gordon communicate well with
and Sheffer were a key to Diaspora communities, and
the interparty jousting on their refusal to accept Tavin
appointments. The post in his stead sparked bitter-
for Dayan was estab- ness between them and Is-
lished to assuage - raeli Likud leaders.
Kotlowitz reportedly will
'Likud-Herut grievances.
The focal dispute on the continue to head the aliya
aliya department has been department because the as-,
put on ice until the next sembly ended without
meeting of the Jewish choosing a successor.

Max Fisher 'Retires'

The Jewish Agency Assembly announced
new elections' and appointments. Max ,Fisher of
Detroit, who has served as chairman fo the
Jewish Agency's Board of Governors since 1970,
is retiring: He has been succeeded by Jerold
Hoffberger of Baltimore. Fisher has been named
chairman of the new committee implement the
"Caesaria Process," the program adopted by the
Jewish Agency at Caesaria three years' ago. '
Fisher was awarded the "Medal of Israel" for
his many years of devotion to Israel and the
Jewish people and his '13 years of service to the
Jewish Agency.
(The proposed re-organization of the Jewish
Agency and the change in leadership was
analyzed in two articles on Page 72 of the June 17
Jewish News.)

Report Soviet Jews Anxious'

NEW YORK (JTA) — was fascinating to me
Mary Travers, of the ding- since the 80 or so souls
ing group Peter, Paul and that I had met were still
Mary, said last week, after there."
returning from a 10-day trip
Travers' trip, which in-
to the Soviet Union, that the cluded meetings in Moscow
mood among Soviet Jews
and Leningrad with Soviet
was "very anxious."
Jews who had applied for
Travers, who visited the exit visas, was sponsored by
Soviet Union and then Is-
the NCSJ. She was accom-
rael last month, addressed a panied by Rabbi David
meeting of the board of gov-
Saperstein, Washington
ernors of the National Con-
representative of the
ference on Soviet Jewry
UAHC, and Albert Vor-
(NCSJ) held at the Union of span, vice president of the
American Hebrew Congre-
Union, and his wife.
gations (UAHC) headquar-
The Anti-Zionist Com-
mittee "had just been
formed a month before we
arrived," Travers told a
U.S. Army publication Cur-
group of reporters after the
rent News carried an inter-
meeting. `They had re-
view with Israeli General
leased a paper in Moscow
Amos Gilboa, who com-
and Leningrad, and
plimented the Syrian Army.
everyone was talking about - Gilboa said the Syrian
it," she said. "No one really
soldiers have always been
knew what direction this
well-organized and there
new organization was going
has only been one incident
to take."
in Syria's wars ,with Israel
Two days after she re-
where a unit has fled the
turned to the United
States, the committee re-
Gilboa added, however,
leased a statement that
that Syria's armored units
all Jews who wanted to
and air force do not compare
emigrate had done so al-
with their Israeli counter-
ready, she said. "This

ID,F General
Praises Syria

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