6 Friday, December 2, 1983
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Irwin Field Placing Aliya on American Jewish Agenda
By DR. DAVID GEFFEN
the major Jewish migra-
tions involved 'going away
from something.' Thank-
fully, in this day and age
with the birth and growth of
the state of Israel, aliya is
an option for Jews who.
choose it, 'to go to some-
Sharing his thoughts on
aliya during the fall quar-
terly board meeting of the
Jewish Agency Board of
Governors in Jerusalem
was former Detroiter Irwin
Field of Los Angeles, the
dynamic chairman of the
United Israel Appeal.
Active in Jewish life for
many years without seeing
aliya as a central issue, he is
now the chairman of the
Aliya Commission of the
"Caesarea Process" for the
revitalization of the Jewish
for changing the perception bership in the AACI.
of aliya are contained in the "The AACI is not sitting
for your party
proposals of the Aliya back waiting for olim to
Commission of the come to it. Representa-
Caesarea Process. They and tives of the AACI are at
other aspects of the the airport waiting to
Caesarea Process were greet new olim.
major topics during the
"AACI counselors, known
Jewish Agency Board of to be the best informed on
Governors and assembly immigrants' rights, visit
meetings in October. The new ohm regularly in ab-
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"When we, the leader-
Field has been one of the spirit of volunteerism to Is-
ship of the Jewish key leaders of the American raeli society. We American
Agency and the World Jewish community during Jews pride ourselves on our
Zionist Organization, the past decade, serving as accomplishments in the
began the Caesarea de- national campaign chair- sphere of volunteerism and
liberations in 1981 I took man for the United Jewish we believe that this is a
it upon myself to lead the Appeal, national president quality North Americans
discussions on aliya. of the UJA and from 1983
can contribute to Israeli life.
Caesarea was chosen be- chairman of the United Is-
"Every wave of olim has
cause for three days we rael Appeal. The UIA has
left its impact on Israeli
could talk in a quiet and the responsibility for al- society. We should do the
thought-provoking at- locating, appropriating and same. A dramatic example,
mosphere. We were sur- monitoring all of the funds
in recent years, is the qual-
prised to discover in the made available to the ity of life projects of the
course of our sessions Jewish Agency from the AACI, which have already
that the topic of volun- UJA campaigns in the had an impact in various
tary aliya from the free United States. Last year the
and diversified aspects of Is-
countries (as against sum allocated, including raeli life, including cam-
those of distress) had the special campaign and paigns for no smoking and
never been a subject on Project Renewal, was over
cleanliness in buses, clean-
the agendas of the major $300 million.
liness in streets and public
Jewish organizations in
"We believe that we places, help for old people,
those same free coun- have created a climate scholarships for the chil-
for the consideration of dren of soldiers who fell in
"What did become clear to aliya as a viable option action, tutoring for pupils in
the members of the commis- for American and Cana- underprivileged areas, etc.
sion," Field continued, "was dian Jews in particular
"No one can predict the
the extent to which aliya and world Jewry in gen- future," Field says can-
had the potential to satisfy eral."
didly. "I am convinced
the needs and aspirations of
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Field chaired a major ses- that in North America
Jews in the democratic sion on aliya at the Council there can and will be a
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"There are two distinctive under way, and not only
Field's recommendations parts to the aliya process in the U.S."
Though the figures are
once the decision has been
made. First, there is the ac- still out of proportion com-
MR. & MRS. JOSEPH SPITZER and staff
tual act of making aliya. pared to the North Ameri-
wish everyone a
Secondly, there is the proc- can Jewish community, it is
ess of becoming a part of Is- expected that while nearly
rael society. Through the 3,000 came on aliya in
years, the Israel .govern- 1982-1983, the numbers
ment and the Jewish will reach about 4,000 this
Agency have worked to- year.
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However, in our Bias Response
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Aliya Commission meet-
ings," Field noted, "we Premier Pierre Mauroy on
realized that an actual Sunday night pledged that
model for successful inte- his government will fight
into Israeli society with the utmost energy the
existed for North American slightest manifestation of
including decorations, signs,
I olim via the Association of racism or anti-Semitism.
Mauroy, who was inau-
I Americans and Canadians gurating
gift wrapping, cards, dreidels
a new Jewish
communal center in the city
and menorahs (50 different styles)
1 A comprehensive selection of Roman I I monumental step," Field of Lille, said, "Western
says. "What is needed to European and France have
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