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October 14, 1983 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-14

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Future of Women's, Children's Programs
on the Priority Lost of Naamat Activities

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Perpetuation is the high-
est priority of Naamat,
Pioneer Women's sister or-
ganization in Israel, accord-

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volunteer organization.
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the Greater Detroit Council
of Pioneer Women in ad-
vance of her appearance
next week at the women's
national convention in Bal-
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"Our main goal is to con-
tinue to go on — to keep
what we have," Ms.
Lubelsky said. "We want to
improve the quality of life
and we want to see more
women in Parliament
(Knesset)."
The 750,000-member
women's organization is
moving full steam ahead
in working toward that
goal. The status of
women in Israel is of
major concern to
Naamat, and the organi-
zation is doing much to
benefit women.
For example, it is en-
couraging women to join the
labor market. Ms. Lubelsky
estimates that 40 percent of
the work force is comprised
of women, but "I don't think
it is enough. We wish for
more."
One of the ways this is
being done is with the estab-
lishment of day care cen-
ters. Ms. Lubelsky said
about 43,000 Israel children
are in day care centers •
throughout Israel, 21,000 of
them in Naamat-sponsored
facilities. These Naamat
centers receive a govern-
ment subsidy as well as
funds from Naamat. The fee
for working mothers is less
and she has more disposable
income for herself, Ms.
Lubelsky said.
In addition to the day care
centers, there is a Naamat-
sponsored network of voca-
tional training centers for
girls age 14-18. Aimed at
female dropouts age 14-18,
the vocational schools offer
smaller classes and em-
phasize the individual's
needs, she said.
Ms. Lubelsky added
that following their train-
ing at the vocational
schools, the girls are en-
couraged to go to the
army, and look for jobs
following their military
service. Ms. Lubelsky
said there are some joint
Naamat-Isiael army
programs, such as that
which trains girls to work
on Israeli aircraft.
Agriculture is another
area of emphasis in the
Naamat program. Boys and
girls age 14-18 from under-
privileged families are
trained in the Naamat ag-
riculture program for jobs in
that field or they can get
technological training.
The major focus of
Naamat, however, is wo-
men. A variety of cultural
programs are offered by the
women's service organiza-
tion in 250 clubs all over the
country. Arab, Druze and
Bedouin women, of whom
50,000 are members of
Naamat, join their Jewish
counterparts in the availa-
ble activities.

Legal assistance also is of
major concern to Naamat
and its legal department
works closely with the Is-
rael defense minister to
support war widows and
those with children. The
group lobbies to change
legislation to improve the
status of women in Israel.

Ms. Lubelsky said that
Naamat plays a major
role in integrating Jews
from Arab lands into the
Israeli lifestyle. She said
that women who came to
Israel as children from
Arab lands are today
among the leaders of
Naamat.
Asked about the link be-
tween Naamat and its
American counterpart, Ms.
Lubelsky said that there is
strong cooperation between
the sister organizations.
"We are being supported in
a marvelous way by our sis-
ter organization in the Un-
ited States. Without
Pioneer Women, we
couldn't carry out our work
in Israel."
She added that dollars are
important, but identifica-
tion also is necessary.
Two Detroiters have
helped strengthen the link.
Emma Schaver has estab-
lished a community and day
care center in Rishon leZ-
ion. Frieda Leemon, who
counts national leadership
among her Pioneer Women
duties, has sponsored a day
care center in Detroit's sis-
ter city of Ramle, and the
Leemon family is expected
to dedicate the facility next
June.
Although the interna-
tional links to Naamat are
strong, Ms. Lubelsky hopes
to impress upon her Ameri-
can sisters the need for in-
creased efforts. -

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, October 14, 1983 29

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