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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-07-29

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Morris Abram's
Policy Statement
on Affirmative
Action and
Race Quotas


A Weekly Review

Commentary, Page 2

Democracy and
Its Aches

When Hatred is
Rooted in Lies

of Jewish Events

Editorials, Page 4

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July 29, 1983

U.S. Won't Pressure Israelis
on Lebanon Troop Pull-Back

Ex-Detroit Woman,
Named Solo Rabbi
by NY Congregation

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Reform-ordained woman
rabbi, whose application to become the first Conservative
woman rabbi was rejected in April at a convention of Con-
servative rabbis, has been appointed rabbi of a Conserva-
tive synagogue in Clifton Park, N.Y.
A source at the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the associa-
tion of Conservative rabbis, said Rabbi Beverly Magidson,
a native of Detroit, was named solo rabbi of Beth Shalom of
Clifton Park, effective Monday, her first pulpit. She is leav-
ing her current post as associate director of the Hillel Foun-
ration at Washington University in St. Louis and interim
chaplain at Jewish Hospital to take the Clifton pulpit.
The term "solo rabbi" is used to refer to a congregation
too mallto need or to be able to afford more than one rabbi.
The Clifton Park congregation is made up of slightly more
than 100 families, the RA source said.
Rabbi Magidson's application to become a
member of the RA was rejected by narrow margins in
two roll-call votes at the 83rd annual RA convention
in Houston on April 12. She was ordained in 1979 by
the New York school of Hebrew Union College-
Jewish Institute of Religion. She is also a graduate of
Brandeis University.
Beth Shalom is an affiliate of the United Synagogue of
America, the central agency for American Conservative
According to Dr. Lewis Morrison, president of Beth
Shalom, Rabbi Magidson's appointment marks the first
time that the Conservative movement has placed a woman
rabbi with a congregation that is only a member of the
Conservative branch of Judaism. There are women rabbis
in congregations affiliated simultaneously with the Con-
servative and Reconstructionist movements.
Rabbi Magidson is married and has a nine-month-old

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reagan Administration has apparently decided not to press Israel to
postpone its planned troop redeployment but instead is urging that it be seen as the first phase of the
withdrawal of all Israeli troops from Lebanon.
This was indicated Tuesday night after Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Defense Minister
Moshe Arens met for some five hours at the State Department with Secretary of State George Shultz and
Robert McFarlane, President Reagan's new special envoy to the Middle East.
"There was no pressure on Israeli deployment," Arens was quoted as saying after the meeting. "The
Americans did not ask the Israelis to delay."
This position was also made clear by-Reagan when he was asked about the redeployment at
his nationally - televised press conference Tuesday night. "I am very hopeful that if this partial
withdrawal takes place that it will be recognized and admitted to me by the Israelis as one phase
of their agreement to withdraw," the President said.
He noted that he would be discussing the issue with Shamir and Arens at the White House on
Wednesday. The deployment issue was the center of talks the two Israeli ministers had at the State
Department with Shultz and others on Wednesday and-Thursday. Arens also conducted separate meetings
with Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger at the Pentagon.
Reagan said Tuesday night that if Israeli redeployment is part of a phased withdrawal "it will
certainly give us a better chance for breaking the roadblock that has been established by Syria and
persuading them to keep their original promise that when others withdrew, they would withdraw."
But Reagan warned that there is a -fear
"that if the Israelis move to simply a with-
drawal toanother line and then a digging-in
and fortifying along that line, that this would be
what it looks like Syria is doing, and that is
NEW YORK — The American Jewish Committee has
simply trying to partition Lebanon, reduce
urged two Congressional committees to investigate how an
Lebanon and grab off some territory for them-
Arab-American organization obtained a classified gov-
ernment document dealing with U.S. aid to Israel, which it
However, Reagan quickly added that
then proceded to distribute to the press and to members of
since Israel has signed an agreement with
Lebanon for the withdrawal of all Israeli
The document was an early draft of a report on U.S. aid
forces, "I don't think Israel has that in
to Israel, subsequently issued in a shortened form by the
mind." When the two Israeli ministers ar-
General Accounting Office. Some sections had been deleted
rived in Washington, Shamir stressed that
"for security reasons," according to a GAO spokesperson.
the redeployment "is in the context" of the
Howard I. Friedman, AJCommittee's national
president, said the deleted sections "contained information
May 17 Israeli-Lebanese agreement.
and comments on Israel's relations with the Arab world
Reagan also stressed that the U.S. would
that would be appropriate to diplomatic discussions, but
consider the partition of Lebanon "as foreign
were not considered suitable for general release, and were
occupation of that country and the U.S. will do
therefore omitted from the final report."
it can to help prevent this from occurring. We
"It seems to us," Friedman declared, "that all Ameri-
out to help Lebanon after all these years of
cans should be concerned when a private organization
strife, regain sovereignty of its own land, pro-
takes it upon itself to obtain and then release a classified
tection of its own land, protection of its own
government document."


Investigation Asked
on GAO Document

(Continued on Page 6)

Ground Broken at Tel Aviv University-
to Ease the Shortage of Israel Dentists


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TEL AVIV — A groundbreaking ceremony for the new building at Tel Aviv University's School-of Dental
Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine was held recently, providing added impetus for the drive to
complete the addition to the school. The expansion of the Tel Aviv University School of Dental Medicine will
have a significant impact on Israeli dental medicine, allowing for the doubling of the number of dentists
trained by the school who, upon graduation, commit themselves to three years of service in development towns
and other areas in urgent need of dental care.

The new building is a joint project undertaken by Tel Aviv University and Kupat Holim, the health
services of the Labor Federation, and the government of Israel. Major supporters of the drive to complete the
new addition are the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, the American Friends of the Tel Aviv
University Dental School and Sigma Epsilon Delta Dental Fraternity.

The building, which will be patterned on modern dental schools in the Western world, will
contain 100 student operatories, 50 each on two floors, and will include special areas for oral
diagnosis, oral medicine, oral radiology and oral surgery. It will also contain a pre-clinical
(Phantom-head) laboratory, and modern teaching and technical laboratories. An auditorium capa-
ble of seating the entire student body and faculty is also planned. None of these facilities is available

Shown at the recent groundbreaking ceremonies for the new
building of Tel Aviv University's School of Dental Medicine are,
Israel currently suffers from a severe shortage of dentists, and the training of additional dentiSts has been
from left, TAU Dental School Dean Amos Buchner, Alpha Omega given the highest priority by Israel's Council of Higher Education. Currently there are only 1,500 qualified
Dental Fraternity President Dr. Gordon Perlmutter, and Dr. Leo dentists serving four million Israelis, 90 percent of whom suffer from dental diseases. In addition, a large
Shipko of Detroit, past president of the fraternity and chairman percentage of Israeli dentists currently practicing do so in major urban centers, and many of these dentists are
of its fund-raising drive for the school.
(Continued on Page 6)

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