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September 04, 1987 - Image 120

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-09-04

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Youth Aliyah
To The Negev

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 1987


Baltimore (JTA) — Youth
Aliyah, which began as a
movement to rescue Jewish
youngsters from Nazi Ger-
many and restore them to the
soil of their ancestral home, is
returning to its roots with a
new project to bring a vast,
sparsely settled expanse of
the Negev desert to flower.
The project, headed by a
near-legendary figure in the
settlement of Israel, Arie
(Lova) Eliav, recalls the spirit
of Zionism's pioneering days
in Palestine when the founda-
tions of the future land of
Israel were being laid, Eli
Amir, Youth Aliyah director-
general, told delegates at the
recent 73rd National Conven-
tion of Hadassah.
Its goal is to reclaim a bar-
ren, one-million acre tract of
the Negev — whose popula-
tion of 2,500 is spread across
ten settlements — by in-
troducing a new generation of
Jewish youth to the soil, Amir
said. In October, the first
group of Youth Aliyah
youngsters will mvoe into an
abandoned kibbutz called
Nitzana. Around them a new
settlement will spring up,
dedicated to teaching young
Israelis about desert
agriculture and their nation's
Eliav, who built the town of
Kiryat Gat and its 55 sur-
rounding settlements and the
town of Arad overlooking the
Dead Sea, said that he was in-
spired to undertake the Nit-
zana project after touring 40
Youth Aliyah villages and
"I thought that we could at-
tract them to the ideal of
redeeming the desert," Eliav
has been quoted as saying. In
practical terms, this means
the first group of 100 boys and
girls will sleep three to a
room in prefabricated cot-
tages hastily built seven
years ago and attempt to
make the settlement bloom
as they study the region's
history, topography and
climate, Amir said.

B'nai B'rith
Writing Contest

B'nai B'rith Hillel Founda-
tions have begun a national
contest for poetry and short-
story writers. Eligible to
enter the 1987 competition
are college undergraduate
and graduate students in
North America.
The deadline for all entries
is Nov. 15. Poems are to be
sent to Poetry Contest,

Shirim, do Hillel Macor, 900
Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles,
Calif. 90024, • _ _


Dr. M. Morrison

Dr. Martin Morrison, chair-
man of the department of
biochemistry at St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital
for 20 years, died Aug. 22 at
age 65.
A nativer Detroiter, Dr.
Morrison served in the Army
Air Corps as an officer during
World War II, receiving a
number of decorations, in-
cluding the Purple Heart.
Dr. Morrison received his
doctorate in biochemistry
from Wayne State University
in 1952. He was affiliated
with California's City of Hope
National Medical Center, but
left to form the biochemistry
department at St. Jude
He is survived by his wife,
Joyce; three daughters, Janet
of Philadelphia, Pa., Eleanor
of Boston, Mass., and Julie of
New Haven Conn.; a son, Dr.
Roger of Berkeley, Calif.; and
two brothers, Ray of Phoenix,
Ariz., and Bernard of Farm-
ington Hills.

Dorothy Chaleff

Dorothy Chaleff, an ad-
vocate on behalf of senior
citizens, died Aug. 13.
A former Detroiter, Mrs.
Chaleff resided in San Jacin-
to, Calif., for the past 30 _
years. She was actively in-
volved in senior citizens ac-
tivities and was instrumental
in obtaining a federal grant
for the addition to a senior
citizens building in San
Jacinto. Mrs. Chaleff was a
fund raiser for the center and
often acted as a
troubleshooter for the other
residents there. She leaves
a daughter, Mrs. Irving
(Beverly) Laker of Southfield;
a son, Samuel of California;
seven grandchildren and one

Boris Khankin

Boris Khankin, a shoe
designer, died Aug. 29 at age
Born in Russia, Mr.
Khankin lived in the Detroit
area for nine years. He was a
member of Cong. Shaarey
During World War II, he
served in the Russian Air
Force. He was twice wounded
in action.
He leaves his wife, Vera; a
son, Efim; a brother, Nacham
of Russia; and two

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