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November 11, 1983 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-11-11

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Friday, November 11, 1983 15


Boris Smolar s


`Between You
. . . and Me'

Emeritus, JTA

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

THE CJF ASSEMBLY: The Council of Jewish Fed-
erations is opening its annual General Assembly next
Wednesday in Atlanta under the slogan "1984 — A Year of
Challenges." The challenges will be reflected in the keyn-
ote address of Detroiter Martin Citrin, CJF president.
The CJF General Assembly is looked upon as the par-
liament of the Jewish communities of North America.
What are the challenges that the Assembly anticipates?
Central among them is the growing crisis in Lebanon and
its possible consequences for Israel. This presents a chal-
lenge to the United States which seeks to solve the Lebanon
problem. To American Jewry — which is deeply interested
in events and forces that may potentially affect Israel's
survival, security and future — it presents a challenge to
prevent appeasement by the U.S. of Syria under pressure
from other Arab countries.
The importance of the CJF Assembly to Israel is em-
phasized by the fact that no less a personality than Chaim
Herzog, the president of Israel, is coming to Atlanta to
address one of its plenary sessions. Also coming from
Jerusalem to address the Assembly is Leon Dulzin, chair-
man of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization
DOMESTIC CHALLENGES: Among the domestic
challenges of "an uncertain future" that the Assembly will
‘12 discuss is the impact which the federal budget cuts have on
Jewish welfare and other human services conducted by the
federations, and on programs of Jewish agencies.
A hearing by a U.S. congressional committee — at
which representatives of the Jewish community will pre-
sent testimony — is scheduled to be held. The Council of
Jewish Federations firmly opposes any additional cutbacks
in the human service programs that provide a lifeline to the
neediest. It argues that they are already bearing an unfair
portion of the burden of budget reductions that were
enacted. The programs about which the organized Jewish
communities have the greatest concern are the health care
of the aged, nutrition for elderly and children, Medicaid,
rent subsidies for elderly, food stamps, single parent
families, and families with marginal income.
JEWS ON THE MOVE: "Jews on the move" is
another challenge- which the Assembly
will discuss. It is a challenge of organizing an
increasingly mobile Jewish community. The Council of
Jewish Federations considers it important to develop a
system which would show who is coming, from where to
where, and what happens to those families. Are they con-
tinuing for Jewish causes or are they avoiding contact with
the organized local community in their new place of resi-
dence? Are they resuming membership in Jewish organiza-
tions and synagogues, or do they keep to themselves? Are
they sending their children to Jewish schools in the new
community? In other words, are they remaining part of the
total Jewish community or are they becoming "drop-outs"?
A new look will also be taken by the CJF Assembly
regarding the critical situation of Jewish education
strengthening Jewish family ties. Included will be the
question of how to integrate the growing number of singles
into Jewish life, to establish why there are more singles
today, who are they, what are their life styles, what can the
Jewish community do for singles, the role of federations in
meeting some of the needs of the various categories of
singles, whether to establish dating services for them,
whether to apply the old-country system of "shadkhonim"
by establishing communal marriage bureaus.
A variety of other major problems will be discussed at
the plenary sessions and at the more than 90 workshop
sessions of the Assembly. They will reflect every aspect of
Jewish life in this country — from federation - UJA
fund-raising to action for Soviet Jewry and for the Jews in
Ethiopia; from the role of Jewish women in communal
leadership to the federation's role in confronting the "new
anti-Semitism" in groups, in the media, and in institutions.
clarification will be sought as to which actions are appro-
priate and which are inappropriate by people holding dis-
senting views in a voluntary community. Raymond Eps-
tein, the noted Jewish leader and former president of the
Council of Jewish Federations, will be the principal
Special attention will be paid to the university campus
as a testing ground for the Jewish future. The char-
acteristics of today's Jewish students and the emerging
patterns of the 1980s will be explored with implications for
the future of the Jewish community. The impact of world
affairs on their concerns and interests will similarly be
explored. One forum at the Assembly will be devoted to
reports from college students about Arab propaganda -on
the campus.

Group to Hear
Gordis and Son

Robert Gordis and his son,
Dr. David M. Gordis will
present a duo-keynote lec-
ture, "The Past, Present and
Future of Conservative
Judaism," at the biennial
convention of United
Synagogue of America Sun-
day in Kiamesha Lake,
More than 2,000 dele-
gates from nearly 800 North
American Conservative
congregations are expected
to attend the gathering
which runs through Thurs-

Strange clients

A government spokesman
has confirmed a report in
Yediot Ahronot that Israel
is selling agricultural
equipment, mainly irriga-
tion systems, to China and
Saudi Arabia through
European intermediaries.



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