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May 18, 1984 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-05-18

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Friday, May 18, 1984






Salutes planned for the JDC

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Jewish communities
around the world will pay
tribute to the American
Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee, marking its
70th anniversary with a
variety of observances be-
tween this week and the end
of the year.
It will be a period of ex-
pression of global Jewish af-
fection for the most popular
Jewish organization in the
world which is called by
non-Jews "The Jewish Red
Cross" and is greatly re-
spected by the governments
of 30 countries in which it
conducts its operations of
assistance to needy Jews.
In Washington, a special
plenary session in honor of
the JDC anniversary will be
held today by the national
leaders of the United
Jewish Appeal and the
leadership of the Council of
Jewish Federations. A
two-day semi-annual con-
ference of the JDC will be
held next week in New
York. Congress will adopt a
resolution marking the JDC
anniversary.- In Israel, the
government will issue a
postage stamp in June hon-
oring the JDC and an ex-
hibition on JDC's activities
and achievements will be
staged by the Museum of
the Diaspora in Tel Aviv.
ORT institutions in Israel
in which some 75,000 stu-
dents receive industrial and
professional training will
salute the JDC. The JDC al-
locates $4.7 million a year
to ORT for vocational edu-
cation. Other institutions in
Israel receiving financial
aid from the JDC, including
more than 100 yeshivot and
other institutions benefit-
ing from the 102 various
projects which JDC con-
ducts, will also celebrate
JDC's anniversary.
In the United States, the
United Jewish Appeal is
planning a traveling ex-
hibit depicting JDC activi-
ties worldwide. The UJA
will also issue a brochure on
JDC to educate current and
future Jewish communal
leaders to the historic and
contemporary role of the
JDC in helping millions of
needy Jews overseas. Pro-
grams on JDC's role in pro-
viding life-saving and life-
sustaining aid to needy
Jews abroad will be con-
ducted this summer and fall
by Jewish communities in
the U.S. using audio-visual
material and video tapes.
In Europe, JDC obser-
vances are planned by the
European Council of Jewish
Communities, the central
organ of Jewish com-
munities in 20 European
countries. In most of these
countries Jewish corn-
munities were liquidated by
the Nazis during the occu-
pation years. With aid from
the JDC they were restored
after the fall of Hitler. JDC

observances will also be
held in Morocco, Tunisia,
Argentina and Chile.
The worldwide obser-
vances will culminate in
New York with a festive
dinner at the two-day an-
nual JDC meeting in De-
cember, attended by Jewish
community leaders from the
U.S., Canada and overseas.
An outstanding event will

The three R's of
JDC: 70 years of
relief, rescue and

be a "Founders Reunion" in
the fall for descendants of
all those who participated
in the founding of the JDC
in the Warburg Mansion in
New York.
The JDC operates on the

principle of "mission ac:
complished." Once it suc-
ceeds in enabling a Jewish
community to stand on its
own feet and provide wel-
fare, education and medical
aid to its needy, it hands
over the mission of main-
taining the JDC-aided/– -
stitutions to the local c
munity, subsidizing the
transition for a limited
number of years. It was the
dream of the JDC founders
after World War I that the
"emergencies" would be
over and the JDC would be
able to "go out of business."
That dream was shattered
by the furious pace of his-
tory. The JDC has become
the vital instrument of the
American Jewish commu-
nity, reaching out in service
to millions of Jews, aiding
Jewish communities in
need and in distress. During
its 70 years, there has been
a JDC presence at one time
or another in 70 countries.

Moroccan parley could lead
to new peace initiative: MKs

Rabat (JTA) — Several
Knesset members who
attended the first national
conference of Moroccan
Jewish communities which
ended here Monday night,
expressed cautious op-
timism this week that the
event could herald a new
Middle East peace initiative
encouraged by King Hassan
of Morocco.
The conference, which
opened Sunday, drew some
500 participants and obser-
vers representing the
Moroccan Jewish commu-
nity and Jewish com-
munities in the United
States, France and other
countries. A 35-member Is-
raeli delegation, including
11 Knesset members, also
The Israelis were invited
with the express permission
of King Hassan, the first
time a group of Israeli par-
liamentarians have visited
an Arab League member-
According to Meir Shit-
reet of Likud, the most im-
portant result of the confer-
ence could be to pave the
way for a new peace initia-
tive. It would be welcomed
by Israel if it came from
Morocco, he said, adding
that King Hassan's prestige
will be enhanced in the U.S.
and among Jewish corn-
munities all over the world
for having the conference in
his capital.
Yossi Sarid, of the labor
Alignment said he was con-
vinced that the Moroccan
king could play a key role by
inducing Palestinians and
Jordanians to join the peace
process. He saw the
presence of Israelis in Rabat

as a first step toward peace
in the Middle East and the
promotion of a dialogue be-
tween Arabs and Jews.
Aharon Abu-ZHatzeira,
the Moroccan-born leader of
the Tami party, a partner in
the Likud-led coalition,
noted that the leader of the
Israeli delegation, Labor
Mk Rafael Edri, had ex-
tended an unofficial invita-
tion to the King to visit Is-

Linking abortion
to Holocaust
is protested

Washington — B'nai
B'rith Women has ex-
pressed "great distress"
about recent articles and
statements that liken abor-
tion to the Holocaust.
"While we respect the
right of all to express their
opinions on abortion, we
strongly object to the use of
this false comparison," said
Beverly Davis, president of
B'nai B'rith.
"The analogy trivializes
the suffering of those who
died and those who survive-1\
the horror of the Nazi c
centration camps," Mrb.
Davis said. "The differences
are profound. Whether or
not abortion constitutes the
taking of a human life has
been the subject of raging
controversy involving per-
sonal, theological and moral
judgment. Hitler's systema-
tic slaughtering of 12 mil-
lion people (including six
million Jews) was an act
that was politically expe-
dient. No one has ever
sought to argue it on moral
or theological grounds."


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