THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, December 7, 1984
pposed to have been disbanded;
hat is, the Irgun, the Stern Group
nd the Haganah were all to be
• erged into the official army of
rael. So Ben-Gurion was quite
ithin his rights in insisting that
he Altalena cargo be turned over
• the Israeli army."
Rosenberg has a theory, for
hich he says he has considerable
vidence: the reason Begin was so
ager to get the arms and ammu-
ition ashore at Tel Aviv that
atal morning was that he had
s ent orders to his Irgun followers
surround Tel Aviv and prepare
o stage a coup d'etat against the
en-Gurion government, but his
en were poorly armed and
eeded the guns that were aboard
he Altalena if they were to exe-
ute this seizure of power.
Rosenberg is convinced that it
was not the shooting from the
hore that set theAltalena on fire,
• ut that the crew got orders (per-
1. aps from Begin himself) to do ev-
erything possible to keep the
cargo from falling into the hands
of the Ben-Gurion government
forces, so they put the match to it
His evidence? He says the blaze
started in the fuel tanks three
decks down, but that the largest
shells being fired from the shore
were two-inchers, which could not
possibly have reached that dis-
Rosenberg had another story.
Shortly before Menachem Begin
became Prime Minister he went to
Toronto to deliver a public ad-
dress. At the subsequent recep-
tion the following conversation
Rosenberg: Mr. Begin, you and I
once shared a common experi-
Begin: Tell me about it.
Rosenberg: Remember the Al-
Begin (holding out his hand, his
eyes lighting up): So you were in
the crew of the Altalena?
Rosenberg: No sir. I was com-
munications officer of the
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Whereupon, says Rosenberg,
the future Prime Minister with-
drew his hand and walked away.
Area rabbis hit the road
BY DAN TREVAS
pecial to The Jewish News
There are outreach programs
and then there are outreach pro-
In an example of the latter,
hree Detroit-area rabbis last
month travelled nearly 300 miles
round-trip to promote identity
and awareness among Jewish
Ludents at Central Michigan
University in Mt. Pleasant.
The "Sunday Sundae" discus-
sion and ice cream social was co-
ponsored by the newly-formed
CMU Jewish Students Organiza-
tion and the Machon L`Torah
Center of Metropolitan Detroit.
Rabbi Abraham Jacobovitz,
who has been universities
and colleges for the last four
years, told an audience of approx-
imately two-dozen students that
there is a large amount of ignor-
ance of Jewish heritage among
Jewish Americans today. "I've
noticed many Jews who keep it
(their Jewishness) in the 'closet.'
We need to boost the image and
pride of Jewish people."
Rabbi Jacobovitz was accom-
panied by Rabbis Alon Tolwin and
Reuven Drucker, both of Oak
Park. Rabbi Drucker told the
audience the_loss of the contem-
porary Jew's connection to his
religion is due to modern man's
wish to cut himself off from his
"Jewish Americans today feel
no connection. Everyone knows
when the Constitution was writ-
ten, but how many people know
`when the Torah was written?"
Rabbi Drucker said Jews iden-
tify with their religion, but that it
has no deep meaning for them. He
encouraged those who are serious
', bout their religion to become
knowledgeable, of its origins.
1:"Jews live by the laws of the Tal-
mud, the Torah, and the Bible.
Unless one gets involved with
this, he cannot feel connected," he
Rabbi Tolwin was the last to
speak at this, the first event of the
CMU JSO. He spoke on the ori-
gins of love and the philosophy of
Rabbi Jocobovitz said he feels
his campus visits have been effec-
tive in raising interests of Jewish
students, even those at schools far
from major Jewish population
centers. Along with student
interest, there has been a large
community effort to support these
programs, the rabbi said. He
noted that the program started
four years ago with a budget of
$10,000 and this has grown to
about $80,000 through donations.
"Despite the successful events,
we need to reach many more
young Jews," he said. "The suc-
cess has been enough to encour-
age us to keep on going."
WSU Hillel offers
The B'nai B'rith Hillel Founda-
tion at Wayne State University
will offer WSU students a quiet
place to study for final exams be-
ginning next week.
The Hillel lounge in the Stu-
dent Center will be open regular
hours during study days (Thurs-
day and Dec. 14) and finals the
following week. The cafeteria will
be closed, but coffee, tea, soup and
cookies will be available for those
students using the facility.
In addition, the Dubin Room of
the B'nai B'rith Building in
Southfield will be available for
WSU students studying for exams
Thursday and Dec. 14 from 6 p.m.
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