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December 23, 1983 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-23

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12 Friday, December 23, 1983

• THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israelis Living in Winnipeg
Form Own Cultural Group

By BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

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Israelis Barred

CAIRO (ZINS) — Accord-
ing to the Egyptian maga-
zine October, Israel has
been barred from the Inter-
national Book Fair in Cairo
in January for the second
straight year. The maga-
zine said Egypt - "neglected"
Israel's request to partici-
pate in the fair.
Last week, Egypt barred
Israel from the World
Amateur Karate Cham-
pionships in Cairo because
of "the political situation in
Lebanon."

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Hamizrachi said that, at
that meeting, a "misun-
derstanding" developed
with some Y staff members,
particularly on whether
specific activities of a re-
vived Tzavta should be car-
ried out in Hebrew or in
English. He said "the
biggest dispute" was on
whether there should be a
cultural program entirely
in Hebrew, or one partly in
English, adding that "most
Israelis want a program of
their own in Hebrew."

After the Y meeting,
Hamizrachi and several JDC Names 3
other Israeli Jews tele-
NEW YORK — The
phoned about 50 other Is- American Jewish Joint Dis-
raeli Jews living in Win- tribution Committee
nipeg and polled them about adopted a budget of $46.5
creating a new organization million at its annual meet-
to be operated exclusively ing Dec. 7, and re-elected
for and by Israeli Jews. He several Detroiters to key
complained that "The positions.
Jewish community never
Martin Fisher and Max
reached out to organize us to Fisher were re-elected to
discuss our problems. Now the JDC Executive Com-
it's time to do something mittee, and Fisher and Paul
about it."
Zuckerman were re-elected
Hamizrachi filed an ap- to the board of directors.
plication for use of Win-
nipeg's International Cen-
ter as a meeting place for
JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
the new association and Some 4,300 Egyptians vis-
plans to register it as a ited Israel in 1983, corn-
non-profit corporation. He pared to 1,800 in the first
said it will seek to help local nine months of 1983. Some
Israelis to deal with the spe- 30,000 Israelis visited
cial problems and needs Egypt in 1982, and 25,000
they have as a distinctive have visited Egypt in the
group in Winnipeg.
first nine months of 1983.

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A rare glimpse of the
bumpy road to integration
into local Jewish com-
munities of Israelis settled
in North America has
emerged in Winnipeg where
a number of Israeli Jews
have formed a "Hebrew-
Israeli Association" to pro-
vide a meeting place and
provide other services for
several hundred Israelis
now resident in Winnipeg.
Yorah Hamizrachi,
interim president of the new
group, told the Winnipeg
Jewish Post that he and
several other Winnipeg Is-
raelis began organizing it
partly because they differed
with the staff of the YMHA
Jewish Community Center
about a program provided
for another group of Israelis
at the center, called
"Tzavta."
The Y operated Tzavta ir-
regularly for several years,
offering Israeli cultural
evenings and other • events
at which Israelis could meet
indigenous Winnipeg Jews.
But Tzavta halted opera-
tions more than two years
ago when the Israeli Jew
who was directing it de-
parted from Winnipeg.
Hamizrachi said Y staff
members approached
him in November to get
Tzavta back in action and
to coordinate its activi-
ties. Interested Winnipeg
Jews were invited to a
meeting in November de-
signed to get the pro-
posed new group started
to plan a Hanuka party.
About 16 Jews, mostly Is-
raelis, showed up for the
meeting.

Hamizrachi, acting as
interim president, said he
hopes the new organiza-
tion will create a commit-
tee to welcome Israeli
newcomers to Winnipeg
and help them in dealings
with the Israeli govern-
ment and Israel Defense
Force. He said members
of the new association
would continue to par-
ticipate in the cultural
life of the Winnipeg
Jewish community and
would try not to dupli-
cate Tzavta's cultural ac-
tivities.
Les Marks, the Y center
executive director, ex-
pressed disappointment at
the plans of the Israeli Jews
to organize their own group
at a time when the Y was
trying to revive Tzavta. He
said he could understand Is-
raeli residents wanting to
have and operate an organ-
ization catering to their
special needs but, he con-
tended, they could do that in
partnership with the Y.
Marks said there was a
Russian Jewish group
"cooperating with the Y,
and the Winnipeg Jewish
Community Council helps
fund them." He added that
he had hoped that "this was
what would happen with
the Israelis."
He said that the Y had no
objections to Tzavta offering
most of its programs in He-
brew but that Y center staf-
fers had hoped some Tzavta
programs about Israel
would be conducted in
English so that non-
Hebrew-speaking Win-
nipeg Jews could attend
them.

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