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October 16, 1987 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-10-16

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THE ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA

METROPOLITAN DETROIT DISTRICT

devotes space to dialogues
between Israeli and Diaspora
intellectuals.
But he concedes that he
does this in the teeth of op-
position from some of his
editors because "most of our
readers are really not too in-
terested in what goes on in
the American Jewish commu-
nity—or anywhere else in the
Diaspora."
Nevertheless, he insists on
covering the subject—not
because his readers are in-
terested, but because he
believes that they should be.
According to Dissenchik, it
is vital that Israelis get in-
volved in Diaspora-Israel rela-
tions "in the hope that
somehow we'll be able to
create a new framework for a
genuine working partner-
ship."
It may hurt, but it should
come as no surprise that the
average Israeli-in-the-street is-
not greatly exercised by is-
sues that concern American
Jewry. As far as many Israelis
are concerned, American
Jews are rich, pampered,
privileged creatures without
a real care in the world.
Yoel Marcus, who is ar-
guably Israel's leading
political commentator and
social critic, offers this opin-
ion: "If American Jews don't
send their sons to fight for
this country, we don't need to
take their etzes (advice) on
security matters seriously."
This sentiment is one that is
shared by many, if not most,
Israelis.
Which raises yet another
question: If Israelis are
disinterested in what Ameri-
can Jews have to say, to whom
are the American Jewish
leaders talking? Them-
selves?
Gabi Sheffer regards the
AJC declaration—and the al-
most total indifference with
which it was greeted in Is-
rael—as a new stage in a pro-
cess that has been developing
for some time; one which car-
ries within it the seeds of
grave consequences for Israel-
Diaspora relations.
Moreover, says Sheffer, the
indifference is not altogether
one-sided. He points to a re-
cent poll among American
Jews which indicated a grow-
ing alienation from Israel,
and he worries that the
Israeli establishment has not
begun to recognize the
phenomenon, let alone deal
with it. "The whole business
of Israel-Diaspora relations is
in the hands of a small group
of people who feed the public
with the official view that

The most exciting musical event of the year
SUNDAY, NOV. 1, 1987 7:30 P.M. • FORD AUDITORIUM
Celebrating Israel's 40th Birthday with an
ALL STAR SHOW

Master of Ceremonies-the Inimitable Max Sosin

GIORA FEIDMAN and his trio from klezmer to the classics. The

brillant master of the clarinet who is a principal with the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra.
"Long Live Giora And His Clarinet..." Leonard Bernstein.
"He Starids Without A Peer Today..." Zubin Mehta.

VARDENA, in concert.

Israel's young and exciting musical
talent who has charmed and
captivated audiences in Israel, the
capitals of Europe and in the U.S.A,
New York, Los Angeles Chicago
and Miami.

Musical Conductor Mack Pitt.

HONORING

In recognition of his outstanding service as a civic
and community leader and his achievements on behalf of the
State of Israel, the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan and the
legal profession.

JUDGE AVERN COHN

will be presented with the prestigious

JUSTICE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS AWARD

Of The Zionist Organization Of America.
Milton Shapiro
Rabbi M. Robert Syme, President
National President
Metro Detroit District

Richard Sloan
Chairman, Tribute Committee*

ASSOCIATE CHAIRMEN

Paul Borman
William Davidson
Alfred B. Deutsch
David Handleman
David Hermelin
Hon. Carl Levin

Hon. Sander Levin
Milton J. Miller
David Mondry
Alan E. Schwartz
Phillip Stollman
George M. Zeltzer

*Tribute Committee in formation.

JUDGE AVERN COHN

Former Brandeis Award Recipients - Philip Slomovitz 'and Max Fisher

RESERVATIONS

ZIONIST CULTURAL CENTER

18451 West 10 Mile Rd.

Phone

Southfield Mich. 48075

569-1515

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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