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January 04, 1985 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-01-04

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

let your words
do the taking
in the

PROFILE

tlrchitect for Israel

ontinued from Page 64

aking aliyah is to try to co n-
ince him that the situation in
rael is maybe bad, but t he
tuation in the United Stat es
an change and is going to be
aybe worse in terms of n ot
my the economic situati on
u in terms of anti-Semitis m
nd all kinds of other thing s."
Asked to elaborate, Schwa rz
u ggested taking a look at
Jewish history. For examp le,
he cited the situation of Je ws
in Europe, especially in Ge r-
:navy, in the earlier part oft he
oentury. They were assim i-
ted and enjoying the benefi ts This avacado processing plant in Israel was designed by Benny
f the country, when all of a Schwarz.
dden the situation chang ed ten individuals and families
interviewed him, and three
nd they became the targets of have approached him since
selected
him to be their
ate, prejudice and worse.
August about making aliyah.
shaliach. Detroit was the win-
He linked that to the an ti-- Administrative Assistant
ner.
emitic diatribes of Rev. Lou is Esther Tal estimates that
"I was sent here (Detroit)
arrakhan, saying that such a about 100 families from De-
because of the special combi-
erson gaining power cou ld troit have made aliyah in the
nation (dealing with the
ring destruction on the hea ds last five years. There are 250
Habonim and aliyah). They
f U.S. Jews.
Detroit families currently liv-
though it was suitable for me."
"When you hear people li ke ing in Israel. She said only
Yet, it is not only the train-
v. Jesse Jackson or whe n three have returned.
ing and knowledge that make
u hear people that really a re
Tal, who has been associ-
a good shaliach. There is an
t able to hide their ant i- ated with the Israel Aliyah
added dimension, Schwarz
mitism, you feel that th at Center office at the Center for
says.
ing (Holocaust) can als O eight years, distributes infor-
"He has to be a human be-
ppen here. I don't think th at tuation on aliyah, does the ac-
ing. He has to be 'humanistic'
ws all over the world, als o tual paperwork and helps new
about people. He has to think
sre, can take democracy fo ✓ olim with any special needs.
that in his hand is the fate of a
ranted." He added that if
'The Israel Information and family that is going to make
,merican Jews think th e Resource Center, coordinated
the major step of their life. He
tuation will remain the sam e by Shelly Komer Jackier, acts
has to be aware of the fact that
r the next 300 years, the 11 as a referral service for per-
every detail that he is trying to
ey should just take a look a t sons needing information on
give them in a different way is
swish history to know tha t Israel. The IIRC's annual
going to influence their atti-
le idea doesn't hold water.
"Step Up to Israel " conference
tude toward the whole thing
Schwarz says that in this re - is held to stimulate interest in
and also later on to influence
pect, Israel is a safer place t o Israel, she said.
their life.
icve, but he doesn't want Jews
Stimulating interest in Is-
"He has to be very honest
) look at the Jewish state as a rael is a personal goal of and he has to be accurate as
ace of rescue, of escape. In - Schwarz's. A successful ar-
much as possible about the de-
ead, he wants Jews to look a t chitect attached to the plan-
tails he is giving to the
rael for what it is, a Jewis h ning department of the kib- people."
meland. "We must mak e butz movement, Schwarz de-
And what is the shaliach's
vyah a part of the Jewish
cided to try for a shaliach's ultimate goal? "We have to
enda here in the States."
post "to stop the procedure of maintain the connection be-
The son of survivors of Au - Jews walking away from tween Jews here and in Is-
witz, who immigrated t o Judaism."
rael."
ael from Czechoslovakia, in
Although he is very in-
49, Schwarz said that aliyah volved in what he calls his
es from the United State s combined shlichut, Schwarz
re level, with a downward
would still like to be active in
end. Evaluating monthly
the architectural sphere. The
Restaurant
es, Schwarz said that the
1975 Technion graduate has
(Formerly Gus' Steak House)
esent is not conducive to at-
planned a new neighborhood
Serving Metropolitan
acting olim.
in his kibbutz, planned other
Detroit Over 50 Years
"The situation in Israel is
kibbutzim in the north of Is-
801 W. Lapeer (M-24) 6 Miles
ot exactly in favor of shlichut rael, as well as halls, swim-
N. of 1-75, Exit 81 • Lake Orion
migration). It's not easy to
ming pools, homes, apart-
603-8882
nvince people these days to
ments and factories.
to Israel." Schwarz added
He was trained as a shaliach
Specializing In
at in 1967 there was all
at workshops in Israel. He
Fresh
Fish, Veal
nds of enthusiasm on the
attended a school specially
And
Steaks
i.rt of Jews to go to Israel.
aimed at training schlichim
'here was enthusiasm about
and took courses and attended
Private Facilities
le country, a pride about
lectures. Usually, com-
Available For All
ing a Jew, about being an munities send representatives
Occasions
raeli. Israel was really an at-
to Israel to interview prospec-
Up To 80 People
action. People really wanted tive shlichim. Emissaries from
go."
St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincin-
Your Host: Dante Vannelli
Schwarz said, however, that
nati, Pittsburgh and Detroit

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Vannetti

d

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