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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-09-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

PURELY COMMENTARY

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Parade Of Notables: Personalities Who Illuminate 5746

Teddy Kollek

William Broomfield

This is an addendum to emphasize
the basics of Zionist aspirations and the
genius of Jerusalem's Mayor Teddy Kol-
lek, who contributes immensely toward
fulfilling a major prophecy uttered by
the founder of the political Zionist
movement, Dr. Theodor Herzl.
For that purpose it is necessary,
even if there are some repetitions, to
utilize a page from the very important
Jerusalem:- Rebirth of a City by Martin
Gilbert (Viking Press), reviewed on this
page last week.
• Dr. Gilbert was referring to the visit
in Palestine in 1898 of Kaiser Wilhelm
of Germany, simultaneous with Theodor
Herz!, when- both met. That's when Dr.
Herz! spoke of the Zionist aims and the
anticipation of great achievements re-
sulting from the movement he had just
created. Gilbert thus records that story
and the Herzl prophecy which he took
from the Zionist leader's diary:
On 1 November 1898 Herzl
wrote in his diary: "We have
been to the Wailing Wall. Any
deep emotion is rendered im-
possible by the hideous, misera-
ble, scrambling beggary pervad-
ing the place. At least such was
the case, yesterday evening and
this morning, when we were
there. We inspected a Jewish
hospital today. Misery and
squalor. Nevertheless I was ob-
liged, for appearance sake, to tes-
tify in the visitors' book to its
cleanliness. This is how lies
originate."
The meeting between the
Zionist leaders and the Kaiser
took place on 2 November 1898,
at the Imperial tent. "The Kaiser
awaited us there," Herzl noted,
"in grey colonial uniform, veiled
helmet on his head, brown
gloves, and holding — oddly
enough— a riding crop in his
right hand. I halted a few paces
before the entrance and bowed.
The Kaiser held out his hand to
me very affably as I came in."
During the course of their dis-
cussion, Herzl noted in his diary,
"I managed to allude to my idea
of their discussion, Herzl noted in
his diary, "I managed to allude to
my idea of restricting the old city
to humanitarian institutions,
cleaning it up, and building a
New Jerusalem which could be
viewed from the Mount of Olives
as Rome from the Gianicolo."
During the audience between
the Kaiser and Herzl, Herzl was
emphatic that the Zionists could
find ,and develop the water
needed to modernize Palestine.
"It will cost millions," Herzl told
the Kaiser, "but it ;vill produce

James Lyons

millions." "Well," the Kaiser re-
plied jovially, tapping his boot
with his riding crop, "you have
plenty of money, more than all of
us."
In the heat of a Jerusalem
morning Herzl did not argue
against his view of Jewish
wealth; he spoke instead of
"what could be done with the
water power of the Jordan," to
the Kaiser's evident approval.
The audience was then at an end.
On the following day Herzl wrote
the final diary entry of his
Jerusalem visit; "I am firmly
convinced that a splendid New
Jerusalem can be built outside
the old city walls," he confided.
"The old Jerusalem would still
remain Lourdes and Mecca and
Yerushalayim. A very lovely
beautiful town could arise at its
side."
Herzl was never to see his
dream; he died eight years later,
at the age of 42. But Jerusalem,
already transformed, already
showing so many of the signs of a
modern city, was now an integral
part of the political conflicts and
emotional longings of the new
century. Jew, Arab and Euro-
pean, Christian and Muslim, in-
habitant and visitor, had built up
the city, and given in its char-
acter. None were to find it per-
fect; each was to seek to change
it few were to leave it in peace;
but all were to cherish its golden
glow.
Mayor Teddy Kollek definitely has
an important share in the fulfillment of
the Herzlian prophecy, and he occupies a
very important place in the parade of
notables in the modernized. history of Is-
rael. He was importantly described in a
leading article by Thomas Friedman in
the New York Times Sunday Magazine
Section. Friedman gave an account of
Kollek's creative tasks, especially the
friendship he established with the Arabs
in the city whose affairs he has adminis-
tered for 18 years.
What Kollek does is adding con-
stantly to the fulfillment of the vision of
Theodor Hem! in the advancement of the
standards of living in Jerusalem.
The Rosh Hashanah message from
"Teddy" had a special salutation and his
personal reminiscence. It stated:

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Blessings and Greetings
from Jerusalem
5ernerfter 1935

,

William Haber

Walter Field

Bill Ellmann

Twenty years ago, when I
was elected mayor, Jerusalem
was a divided city, with barbed
wire and minefields in its midst.
Today, one sees a different
reality. And while untold prob-
lems still must be solved,-untold
needs must be filled, we see a
city whose beauty and historic
heritage form a unique bond, a
city whose diverse communities
have learned to live together as
neighbors, bound by their com-
mon roots in Jerusalem.
This is a confessional that invites
endorsements not only from his con-
stituents but from Jews everywhere who
have learned to admire his courage and
his good sense as administrator of a city
with many differing peoples and reli-
gions, all inviting conflicts he confronts
with dignity and courage.
Much that is very positive is ascrib-
able to Teddy Kollek. An interesting fac-
tor in his success as mayor is that the
Arab constituents, who are entitled to
vote in the Israel elections on a national
scale and refuse to do so in order not to
add recognition of the state of Israel,
nevertheless vote in the Jerusalem city
elections. That's one of the tributes to a
most interesting Israeli leader.
Teddy is a charmer. There are few to
match his leadership, and he earns the
admiration of his generation. The respect
for him will surely be echoed in future
generations.

Two Non-Jews Who
Lead The Parade

Many Christian friends are included
in the personalities parade illuminating
the commencement of the New Year
5746. Principally among them are the
Rev. James R. Lyons and Congressman
William Broomfield.
About Dr. Lyons: As the directing
supervisor nf the Ecumenical Institute
for Jewish, Christian Studies, he has in-
spired Many churchmen, priests' and
ministers, and lay religious leaders to
cooperate with representatives of the
Jewish community, in assuring the coop-
eration that is so vital for a wholesome
community. As a religious leader, he un-
doubtedly could have had the pulpit of
his choice and as a scholar and orator
would have been the success religiously
— ordained persons aspire to. He has
chosen to encourage ecumenism and is
successful in what had' previously been
considered a difficult task.
His leadership, his sincerity, his de-
votion to realism and truth, and many
other qualities have elevated him to sig-
nificance in the ranks he is inspiring.
Without bias, Mr. Lyons has given
encouragement to peaceful efforts in be-

half of Israel. He has visited the Jewish
state and has become a ranking member
in Christian supporting groups for the
Jewish state. He plays an important role
in keeping alive the memory of the vic-
tims of the Holocaust. The Yad Vashem
and Detroit's Holocaust Memorial Center
have his deep interest with the
encouragement he gives to his fellow
citizens to visit both. He is a religious
leader who has risen to high nobility in
his dedicated labors.
There is a way of expressing respect
and admiration for Dr. Lyons: by
encouraging his labors for the Ecumeni-
cal Institute with generous supporting
contributions.
Congressman William Broomfield
earns appreciation for leadership in sup-
port of Israel in the U.S. Congress. As
the ranking Republican on the House of
Representatives Foreign Affairs Commit-
tee, he has consistently supported mili-
tary and economic aid for Israel. He has
often differed with Presidents and White
House staff when such matters were
under discussion by advocating, support-
ing and asking priority for aid to Israel,
consistently speaking in behalf of the
nation he has learned to 'admire. He
therefore rose to the top ranks in the
army of U.S. Christian Zionists.
It was as floor manager and co-
sponsor of the recently adopted foreign
aid bill that he assisted in assuring sub-
stantial new military and economic as-
sistance for Israel. It was one of his
many acts of friendship and it gained
new appreciation for his labors.
Congressman Broomfield often ex-
presses his friendship for Israel and her
aims in messages to his constituents. He
makes personal appearances at pro-
Israel functions, as he did with Mrs.
Broomfield at the recent American Red
Magen David (Israel Red Cross) function
at Knollwood Country Club.
Appreciation for the tasks of Dr.
Lyons and Congressman Broomfield will
never be lacking in Detroit Jewry.

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William Haber Marks
Important Anniversary

William Haber became a symbol of
major world and Jewish human aspects
in the past three decades. A top-ranking
economist with an important role in
industrial arbitration, he earned na-
tional recognition as an authority on
employment as well as industrial prob-
lems. In the Jewish sphere, "Bill" Haber
became the leader first of the American
ORT Federation and then the world
president of World ORT.
As an educator, Dr. Haber had pro-
fessional positions and now is one of the

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