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December 02, 1983 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-02

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12 Friday, Decider 2, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

HAPPY 90TH
BIRTHDAY
MEYER COOPER

Your Friends At

Mercury Paint Company

Dorothy Wender
•Nancy Harvey
David Novak
Walter Yeikowski
William Passeno
Joyce Ziegler
Carol Skora
Gertrude Wislinski
Betty Mackey
Edward Williams
Ronald DeCumen
Richard Laney

Charles Williams
Charles Linahan
Vic West
Mervin Jacobson
Robert Jones
Jerry Appelman
Ben Mostyn
Morse Shiffman
George Wertz
Gordon Ryan
Ralph Tucker
Sylvester Blanton

Gerald Cole
Kevin Wesffall
Keith McArthur
Edward Lotoczky
Dwayne Jackson
Keith Jamerson
Charles Harris
Saeed Banooni
Clarence Cheatham
Gary Kennedy
Tom Dabakey
Leonard Malach

Housing Lack
Is Hurting Aliya

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Israel's continuing housing
shortage is holding up
potential aliya from various
parts of the world and caus-
ing hardship for thousands
of immigrants already in Is-
rael, according to associa-
tions of immigrants from
Western and Oriental coun-
tries.
Spokesmen for both
groups said that some
25,000 immigrants have
been stuck in absorption
centers for the past 3-4
years, unable to move into
flats of their own despite re-
peated promises by the
Ministry of Construction
and Housing.
They claimed that some
3,000 potential olim from
Latin America have been
forced to postpone their de-
parture for Israel because of
the lack of proper housing.
The immigration of
"thousands of Jews" ' from
Soviet Georgia is being held
up for the same reason, the
spokesmen claimed.

NY Bill Adopted

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Gov. Mario Cuomo kept a
campaign promise, for
which he has been severely
criticized by Orthodox
Jewish and fundamentalist
Christian clergymen, by
signing an executive order
to protect homosexuals in
New York from discrimina-
tion in state employment
and in providing of state
services.

PAUL MAXWELL:

Born in Frost Prairie, Arkansas, 1925.
Presently residing in Dallas, Texas.

A well-known artist, recognized
nationally and internationally as a
sculptor, painter and printmaker in
several media. His work is included in
extensive museum, private and
corporate collections.

It is especially interesting that Maxwell
invented and patented his own
printmaking medium, an acrylic casting
process by means of which he is able to
achieve unusually heavy relief designs
on paper and other surfaces. Since he
was granted the patent in 1975,
Maxwell's graphics have received world-
wide attention.

Maxwell graduated from Principia
College in 1950 with a B.A. degree in
Art. He continued his academic
education at Claremont Graduate
School in California and at the
University of Houston, where he was an
art instructor for several years. During
this time, Maxwell achieved much
recognition as an art educator.

The world's first educational television
station enlisted Maxwell to produce - and
host a weekly televised program
designed to help the general public to
better understand contemporary art.

Maxwell has been a much sought after
lecturer—speaking on many art related
subjects at universities and private
institutions throughout the United States
(and in Europe, under sponsorship of
the United States Information Agency).

ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1983
1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

GALLERY ART CENTER
18831 W. 12 MILE ROAD
LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI
557-0595

Boris Smolar's

`Between You
• . . and Me'

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

JDC AT 70: The two-day annual meeting of the
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee next week
in New York — attended by Jewish community leaders
from various parts of the country — marks the JDC's entr-
ance into the 70th year of its existence.
Formed in 1914, when World War I broke out, the
organization has spent about $1.5 billion on rescue, relief
and rehabilitation of millions of Jews in many countries
around the world. Today it conducts operations in about 30
lands and spends annually about $48 million of which ap-
proximately $10 million are spent in Israel where the JDC
is involved in more than 100 programs.
The organization started its relief activities im-
mediately after the outbreak of World War I by sending
funds to the early kibutzim and the many yeshivot in Pales-
tine, then a part of Turkey.

DECADES OF ACTION: The story of seven decades
of service by JDC to millions of impoverished, distressed
and imperiled Jews in various parts of the globe is part and
parcel of contemporary Jewish history. However it is not
known fully to most middle-aged and young Jews born in
the U.S. who are proud of JDC's reputation. This is because
almost all of them were born after the end of World War II
and had not witnessed the colossal relief and rehabilitation
activities conducted by the JDC between World War I a-nd
World War II.
Many have a vague knowledge of the tremendous aid
programs carried out by a unit of about 30 American ex-
perts in Jewish social work whom the JDC sent to Poland
immediately after World War I ended. The unit found the
great majority of the more than thi-ee million Jews literally
starving. It opened soup kitchens for adults and milk sta-
tions for children. It provided the impoverished Jewish
population with food and clothing on a grand scale. It set up
hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, sanatoria and a school to
train Jewish nurses. It assisted thousands of Jews to emig-
rate to the United States which had no immigration quotas
at that time.
A most important achievement by the JDC in the early
years of its relief work in Poland was the reconstruction of
post-war Jewish economic life there by establishing more
than 1,000 credit cooperatives and loan ventures Which
granted low-interest loans to artisans and shopkeepers,
enabling them to remain in business in the face of boycotts
and harassments conducted by anti-Semitic Polish political
parties after Poland won its independence.

JDC NEW GOALS: To its present annual meeting the
JDC leadership is coming with a goal to educate current
and future Jewish communal leaders to the historic and
contemporary role of the Joint Distribution Committee; to
identify those individuals in local communities who have
an interest in JDC and to recruit and enlist these individu-
als as members of the JDC constituency; to encourage local
commitment to overseas needs and to enhance the UJA
campaign as JDC's primary advocate. The UJA is the
fund-raising arm of the United Israel Appeal and the JDC.
At the annual meeting, there will also be a discussion
on the results of a review of the JDC policy with regard to
its religious-cultural program in Israel. JDC spends about
$1.4 million a year on this program. The major part goes to
subvention of 170 yeshivot which have an enrollment of
about 27,000 students, including 10,000 who are attending
yeshiva high schools, yeshiva vocational schools and senior
yeshivot. The others study in 80 traditional yeshivot and in
community service yeshivot where half of the time is
spent helping children. Forty percent of all the students are
Sephardim.
A review of the health and welfare activities of the JDC
in Israel has also been conducted. Proposed guidelines for
the next five years in the field of health, education and
social welfare will be submitted to the annual meeting by
Ralph Goldman, executive vice president of the JDC.
Priorities for the immediate future are given in these
guidelines to two areas of activities — the area of aid for the
aged and the area of child and youth health. These two
priorities do not foreclose, however, the prospect of other
priorities which may evolve as the JDC explores new direc-
tions in Israel.
AID TO COMMUNITIES: The most important part
at a JDC annual meeting are the reports on the relief
activities of the organization in various countries during
the current year and consideration of proposed programs
for the next year. Of special interest are the reports on the
aid which the JDC provides for Jews in countries of Eastern
Europe — Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland and
Yugoslavia — where the JDC is permitted to operate
through the Jewish communities there. These reports re-
flect the Jewish communal life and needs in these coun-
tries.

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