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October 07, 1983 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-07

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Evolution-Creation Battle Erupts in Israeli Schools

By YITZHAK DINUR — World Zionist Press Service

JERUSALEM — A controversy is brewing in Israel
about the teaching of evolution in the schools. The issue
may even be taken to the Supreme Court by religious pa-
rents who object to the non-religious school system teach-
ing evolution. The objectors believe that the Darwinian
theory of evolution is untrue and want creation to be given

Middle East's
Big IF:

Obstructive Delays

in Peace


an equal place in the syllabus.
The non-religious schools constitute the largest of Is-
rael's three school systems. They teach general subjects
and Jewish subjects such as Bible, some Talmud, Jewish
history, folklore, literature, etc., without stressing religi-
ous attitudes or demanding religious observance by the

The other two systems — the state religious sys-
tem and the more extreme "independent" religious
system — teach differing brands of Orthodox
Evolution is not mentioned in the religious schools
except to be condemned. The biblical creation account is
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A Weekly Review

Editorial, Page 4

of Jewish Events

Story on Page 72

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Noted U.S Spokesmen Seek
Camp David Pact Adherence

Home of Jewish Pioneer
Excavated at Straits Fort

Archeologists for the Mackinac Island State Park Commission,
which is under the direction of Detroiter William M. Ellmann, spent 10
weeks this summer excavating the basement of what was once a
rowhouse occupied by Michigan's first Jewish resident, Ezekiel Sol-
, omom
Ellmann told The Jewish News that the row house site is inside
Fort Michimilimackinac, in Mackinaw City, at the northern tip of
Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
Solomon and his family lived in the rowhouse from 1755 to 1781-
1782, when the British abandoned the fort for the more secure one on
Mackinac Island. -
Dr. Donald Heldman, director of archeology for the park
commission, said the-excavation was exciting because the area
(Continued on Page 6)


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Members of both houses of Congress have
mounted a drive to convince President "Hosni Mubarak of Egypt to
change his attitude about returning an Egyptian ambassador to Israel.
Mubarak left Washington Monday after making it clear that he will not
be sending back an ambassador to Israel any time soon.
Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Committee, during the committee's meeting with Mubarak, urged
him to have the Egyptian ambassador returned to Israel. Mubarak
replied that it was not possible at this time, according to a Percy aide.
Meanwhile, Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) is circulating
a letter urging Mubarak to send the envoy back to Israel. An aide
to Metzenbaum said 22 Senators have signed the letter and at
least 30 signatures are expected before the letter will be given to
the Egyptian Embassy.
Rep. Lawrence Smith (D-Fla.), a member of the House Foreign
Affairs Committee, presented Mubarak with a similar letter signed by 22 Congressmen during
the House committee's hearing with the Egyptian president Monday.
U.S. officials said that Mubarak gave no new assurances on the ambassador when he met
with President Reagan at the White
House last Friday. The Egyptian
president told a delegation from the
Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations
Monday that Egyptian public opin-
UNITED NATIONS (JTA) — Israel called on the
ion was not yet ready to accept the
Arabs Monday to turn a new leaf and live side-by-side in
ambassador's return to Israel.
peace with Israel. "The government of Israel is prepared
today, as it has always been, to negotiate with the
Prior to leaving Washington,
neighboring Arab states an equitable solution to the Arab-
Mubarak also met with leaders of the
Israel conflict," Yehuda Blum, Israel's Ambassador to the
House and the House Foreign Affairs
United Nations, declared in an address to the 38th General
Committee. House Majority Leader
James Wright (D-Texas) told repor-
Noting that in 35 years of war and bloodshed in the
ters after the closed-door luncheon
Middle East, no problem has been solved, Blum asked the
that Mubarak said efforts to bring
Arabs: "Are we better off as a result of so many years of
peace to the Middle East and to
conflict than we would have been had our nations lived
side-by-side in peace? Could not the billions squandered on
achieve a lasting solution in Lebanon
arms procurements have been put to better use in solving
will fail if the question of a homeland
urgent domestic problems such as poverty, hunger, illiter-
for Palestinians is not resolved.

Blum Asks Arabs
to End 35-Year War


William Ellmann and archeologist Beth Scott examine the
Ezekiel Solomon homesite excavation at Fort Michimilimac-
kinac in Mackinaw City.

acy and the widening social gap between rich and poor?" he
In his 19-page speech, Blum said that Israel stands for
(Continued on Page 12)


Mubarak also rejected the no-
tion of a partitioned Lebanon and

(Continued on Page 17)


Federation Initiates $100 Million Endowment; Cites Fisher, Citrin

Permanent Fund for Jewish Needs

Leaders' Global Roles Are Praised

The Jewish Welfare Federation has announced a $100
million endowment fund drive to aid Detroit's Jewish
community in meeting its needs in years to come. The plan
was announced at Federation's annual meeting Tuesday
Federation President Avern Cohn said the program's
goal is to raise $100 million in new funds. He noted that it
represents an affirmation of the strong communal link
between United Jewish Charities, Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion and its member agencies.
The endowment program is under the direction of
George M. Zeltzer and Anna Chapin.
Zeltzer has been involved with UJC and Federa-
(Continued on Page 14)

Max M. Fisher, who has held leading Jewish and civic
positions on the world, national and local scenes, and Mar-
tin E. Citrin, who gained a similar status locally and na-
tionally, were honored by the Jewish Welfare Federation
Tuesday evening at the Federation's annual meeting.
Fisher, who was among the major associates of the late
Louis Pincus in the reorganization of the Jewish Agency for
Israel. was honored with the re-naming of the Jewish
Community Foundation in his name.
Citrin was given the Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award,
the Detroit Jewish community's hightest honor for leader-
ship and service.
Fisher has been named founding chairman of the
(Continued on Page 14)

Federation President Avern Cohn, left, and hon-
orees Max Fisher and Martin Citrin are shown during
the presentation of the Butzel Award to Citrin on

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