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October 19, 1984 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-10-19

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Blanchard awarded

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For Michigan Supreme Court


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Honoring Gov. .Blanchard were Ed R osenthal, Jack Zwick ,Dr . Samuel
Cohen with Blanchard, Franklin J . Elias and Dean Richardson. - 1

representatives from industry
and the Jewish community,
Blanchard said he was "thril-
led" to receive the honor and
added that his continuing
support for the State of Israel
has been "a labor of love for
He cited the following as his
reasons for his support of the
Jewish state:
• "It helped that Israel was
the only really consistent ally
we had in the Middle East in
an incredibly volatile part of
the world."
• "It helps that Israel is one
of the few of a vanishing spe-
cies — democracies. . ."

planting trees, establishing
roads, draining swamps and
"transforming what was Q
barren desolate frightening
land to a land of life, a land of
opportunity, a land of hope."

He said that only 25 percent
of Israel's land is developed,
but the challenge to the JNF
to change the ratio "to 70-30
and so on over the years."

Cohen said that to date, 160
million trees have been
planted by the JNF. A total of
195,000 acres of land have
been reclaimed and 3,000
miles of roads, highways araH
access roads have been
created. He added that 5 mil-
lion trees are planted an-
nually by the agency.

• It helps, obviously, that
historical justice is on Israel's
In presenting the award to
Blanchard enumerated
Cohen called thJ
Michigan's resources, includ-
"one of th e
ing forest land and fresh
the State
water, among others, and
added that we didn't have a
JNF or state of Michigan or
Proceeds from the dinnr '
anyone else to create them. We
will be used to establish the
have a solemn obligation to
Gov. James J. Blanchard For
est in Israel.
preserve and protect it (the
state) and never take it for
Master of ceremonies Jack
Zwick, president of the JNF of
He paid tribute to the JNF
Greater Detroit, thanked the
when he concluded his re-
governor for his "dedication to
marks by saying "cooperation
the State of Israel." Robert 1-1-, -
is the key to marshaling
Naftaly, director of manage-
human resources for the ad-
ment and budget for the state
vancement of mankind and
of Michigan, lauded the gov-
the JNF demonstrates that in
ernor in his introduction, cal-
every way possible."
ling him "righteous and just
and a true humanitarian."
Guest speaker, Dr. Samuel
I. Cohen, executive vice
Rabbi Irwin Groner,
president of the national JNF
spiritual leader of Cong.
office, gave a capsuled history
Shaarey Zedek, delivered the
of the JNF.
invocation. Cantor Max
Shimansky of Cong. Beth
The land of Israel was
Achim sang the anthems and
bought with nickels and di-
led the Birkat.
mes, rubles or whatever it is
that was collected for 83 years.
The dais was completed by
Inch by inch, virtually every
Mrs. Blanchard; Mrs. Naftaly,
piece of land that's part of the
who served as arrangements
territory of Israel was ac-
chairman; Mrs. Groner; Mrs , .
quired through this land ac-
Zwick; Dean Richardson, a
quisition process."
dinner chairman; Mrs: -
Cohen said the monies col-
Richardson; and Ed Rosent :
lected over the years have
hal, executive director of the
been used- for buying land_ - .INF of Dptrnit



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