Jewish Welfare Federation Allocates Campaign Funds
With a projected 1983 Allied Jewish Campaign achievement of $18.5 million, the
Jewish Welfare Federation Board of Governors has approved allocations to its local,
L national and overseas beneficiaries for 1983-1984.
While the overseas allocation, $9,977,700, was level with the preceding year's, an
additional $4.1 million was raised by Detroit through the special Israel Emergency Fund,
- and $145,000 in new dollars went to Project Renewal (a total of more than $6 million to
c– the program over the past four years).
Federation President Avern Cohn said the always difficult process of
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budgeting was compounded by the effect of Detroit's depressed economy.
Central to the budgeting decisions were the health and welfare needs of those in
the community hardest hit by economic conditions, Judge Cohn said.
Community Services Division recommendations for its agencies were approved at
$1,314,513, an increase of $154,860 over last year. In the case of some agencies, such as
Jewish Family Service, the increased allocation will restore staff positions that had been
reduced during previous budget cutbacks and will help alleviate long waiting lists.
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Relations Have New
in UN Venom
A Reunion with
a Sad Note
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1,Canadian Anglicans Confirm
E-- - Duty to Battle Anti-Semitism
TORONTO (JTA) — A series of resolutions adopted by the General Synod of the Anglican
Church of Canada calls on all church members to reject expressions of anti-Semitism and to
acknowledge "the reality that the Nazi regime executed millions of Jewish people and members
of other racial groups from 1937 to 1945 on account of race."
The General Synod also urged that "courses of study in World War II in all school systems
For one Jewish history. scholar, an eight year
include reference to the acts of genocide by the Nazi regime" and that copies of this resolution be
search for a print that many of his colleagues believed never existed
sent to the premiers and leaders of opposition parties in all 10 provinces of Canada as well as to
ended recently in Yeshiva University's Mendel Gottesman Library.
the ministers of education in the provinces and territories.
There, Dr. Sid Z. Leiman, adjunct professor of Jewish history and
This resolution was seen by some observers as an allusion to what has become known as the
literature at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University
affair in Eckville, Alberta. James Keegstra, a teacher in the town of Eckville, of which
and chairman of Brooklyn College's De
mayor, has been instructing his students that the mass extermination of Jews during
partment of Judaic Studies, discovered
the war was a highly exaggerated story — part of an international Jewish conspiracy.
a picture of Rabbi Saul Levi Morteira
The Anglicans' commitment to combat anti-Semitism was emphasized in a letter to
the leading rabbinical figure in 17th
Rabbi Robert Sternberg, director of the national
Century Amsterdam who taught and
later excommunicated the philosopher
religious department of the Canadian Jewish Con-
Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza (1632 1677).
gress, by the Rev. Brian Prideaux, ecumenical officer
of the Anglican Church. Prideaux wrote:
Rabbi Morteira (1596 1660) was
"It is shameful that such statements (the resolutions)
the chief rabbi of the Sephardic commu
should still be necessary, but we want to assure the Jewish
nit y in Amsterdam. (Sephardic Jews
id nt of the Hebrew
community in Canada of our wholehearted supp ort
are of Spanish, Portuguese or Oriental
Theological College, and Dr. Rolf
descent.) He also headed the academy
against bigotry and racism in our society. "
Weil, president of Roosevelt Uni
where Spinoza studied as a boy.
In Amsterdam; the majority of the Dutch delegation
versity, have announced an agree
participating in the sixth assembly of the World
In 1656, Rabbi Morteira served
Council of Churches in Vancouver in British Columbia has
as head of the beth din (rabbinical
Beginning this fall, students
demanded that the University of British Columbia which
court) that excommunicated the
earning a baccalaureate degree in
is hosting the conference dismiss convicted Nazi war crim-
t 23-year-old Spinoza because of his doubts about religion. The
Judaic studies from the Hebrew
writ of excommunication, dated July 27 of that year,. noted
final Jakob Luitjens from its faculty.'
Theological College will be eligible
Spinoza's "wrong opinions and behavior" that amounted to
Luitjens was sentenced to death in absentia by a
to be accepted directly into any
tribunal in 1948 for his participation in the
master's degree program offered at
Soon after his excommunication, Spinoza moved to The Hague,
death of Dutch resistance members during World War II
where he made a living as a grinder of optical lenses and wrote his
and for his collaboration with the Nazi occupation forces.
an existing consortial agreement
philosophical works, including his best-known treatise, the "Ethics."
After the war, Luitjens settled in Canada where
He died of tuberculosis at age 44. -
he got a job as a botany lectuere at the University of
Within the Jewish community, Rabbi Morteira was widely known sity by increasing the options
Rare Picture of Spinoza
Teacher Found at Yeshiva
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available to HTC students.
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A U.S. Marine Lauds JWB Role in His Military Career
(Editor's note: The following is part of an exchange of letters between U.S. Marine Sgt. Ted
Isaacson and officials of JWB. The letters appear in the late summer edition of "JWB Circle.")
I would be honored to have my story appear in "JWB Circle," as would anyone — particularly any
serviceman who knows what JWB is and what it does for Jews in America's armed forces. I'll try to write the
i facts, and you can use what you need.
My home town is Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. After high school, I joined the Marine Corps, and began my
recruit training — "boot camp" — at Parris Island, S.C., on Sept. 8, 1976.
I became a very familiar face at the Parris Island Jewish Chapel! During my entire three months at boot
camp, I went to services every week.
During the rigors of our merciless, rigid Marine Corps training, no matter how much sweat and
pain, I always had that to look forward to — that calm, quite, peaceful hour at the Jewish Chapel. It
, was one place where I could shuck off the culture shock of boot camp, relax a bit, and feel somewhat
at home. It meant a great deal to me then, as it still does now.
Because of the effect the Parris Island Jewish Chapel had on me, I made a decision that I've lived by
throughout the years: that no matter where I would go or what I would do, I would never forget that I'm a Jew. I
vowed to be an active participant in the local Jewish community wherever I found myself— a big city, a ship at
sea, a lonely Marine outpost — no matter what.
After boot camp, I was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where I trained as a heavy vehicle operator. It was
my home for three years, during which time I learned and experienced a great deal, rising through the ranks
from private to sergeant.
At Lejeune, again the Jewish Chapel played a very great role in my life. It was there that I learned to be a
responsible, adult Jew. There, too, my Jewish values and principles were reinforced; I became an active
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Marine Sgt. Ted Isaacson, left, shows Rabbi David Lapp his
most recent duty stations, the U.S. embassies in Pretoria, South
Africa and Jeruslalem, Israel. Rabbi Lapp is chairman of the
JWB Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy and Isaacson had
worked with Rabbi Lapp at Camp Lejune, N.C.