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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-25

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Jewish
world
from
philanthropy.
"Israel's three-and-a-half
million Jews carry the burden
of the remaining billions,
while all of world Jewry
represents only two percents
of the budget," said Avineri.
He maintained that
overemphasis of the financial
link has added to the conflict
between Israeli and Diaspora
Jews, and said the "cash
nexus" needs to be replaced
by a "people nexus!' A "peo-
ple nexus," he said, demands
that aliyah becomes a priori-
ty in America and Israel,
with Jewish students and
families being encouraged to
spend at least a year in Israel.
Avineri appeared forthright
in des- cribing Israel's
drawbacks — saying it was
neither the safest nor the
most pleasant place to live.
But he said that Israel offered
what no other country could:
Jewish autonomy and a
Jewish population "whose
lives don't depend upon the
goodwill of others!'
"Jews in Israel have self-
determination," he continued.
"Whatever is wrong is wrong
because of us. We have no one

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israelis Start Stemming
Tide Of Family Violence

LEILA MUSTACHI

Special to The Jewish News

n an interview

included
in Behind Closed Doors:
Violence in the American
Family (Anchor Books), the
author heard a woman's story
of how her husband had
beaten her in a jealous rage.
When asked her religion, she
refused to tell. Asked again,
she finally replied, "We're
Jewish!" When asked why
that was so difficult to say,
she replied, "Jewish families
are not supposed to have hit-
ting."
Well, they do, and people
here and in Israel have begun
to do something about it.
"What remains,significant is
that spouse abuse has been a
known phenomenon in the
Jewish communities for cen-
turies gone by, and is not new
in the modern era, or in
America after the women's
movement," writes Julie
Ringold Spitzer in her
Hebrew Union College or-
dination thesis, Spousal
Abuse in Rabbinic and Con-
temporary Judaism. "Sanc-
tions do exist against
mistreatment of wives. Why
then, are there so many rab-
bis who are unaware of this?
Why are so many people in

I

Happy holidays from Israel.

else to blame."
At the Tuesday afternoon
session, novelist Oz echoes
Avineri's words, but with a
stern twist. "Yes, it may be
dangerous to live in Israel,
but to live in the American
Diaspora can be spiritually
disastrous," said the author of
In the Land of Israel and A
Perfect Peace.
Oz said that while
American Jewry produced
outstanding Jewish in-
dividuals — writers, artists
and scholars — as a communi-
ty it could not match the "col-'
lective creativity" of Israel,
whose elements include the
Hebrew language and the
kibbutz.
In response, sociologist
Cohen stood up for achieve-
ments by American Jews, in-
cluding their political
sophistication and influence
on Washington's foreign
policy.
But Oz, like the other
Israelis at the symposium, re-
mained firm. "Israel is the
Jewish stage, while the
diaspora is the auditorium,"
he said.

the Jewish community afraid
to speak out?"
How serious a problem is
wife beating in Israel? Ronit
Lev-Ari, head of Naamat's
Center for the Prevention of
Family Violence, did a study
of 596 families in her center's
caseload and found that in
over 30 percent of the
families, violence occurs at
least once a week and more
than 50 percent of the women
needed medical treatment as
a result of injuries from
beatings. Miscarriages due to
violence at the hands of their
husbands numbered 17.2 per-
cent, and others had given
birth to brain damaged
babies as the result of such
treatment.
What happens in such cases
in Israel? Dr. Jeffrey L.
Edelson, associate professor
at the University of Min-
nesota School of Social Work
and director of evaluation and
research for the Domestic
Abuse Project of Minneapolis,
described the situation. He
had just returned from Israel
where he had given his fourth
series of workshops to profes-
sional people who deal with
the problem there.
Who are these men who
batter their wives? There are

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