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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-05-13

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1988


for a canceled trip to Israel.
"It's a relief. It's finally
over," said Hershkovitz, who
was in the Detroit area for a
hearing in Gage's chambers.
He has been living in Atlan-
ta with his wife, Haya, with
permission from the courts
since his arrest.
"The whole thing was
blown out of proportion," Her-
shkovitz said. "It should have
been over a year ago."
Hershkovitz's attorney,
Mark Kriger, asked Gage to
review the case after Bloom-
field Hills District Judge Gus
Cifelli ruled in February that
Hershkovitz must stand trial
on charges he embezzled
more than $100.
After a lengthy review,
Gage said she couldn't find a
single piece of evidence that
would justify a criminal trial.
She said the case was no dif-
ferent from any civil breach of
"I'm very happy for Mr.
Hershkovitz," Kriger said. "I
have maintained from the
beginning that there was no
criminal wrongdoing."
Hershkovitz said he will
continue to live in Atlanta,
where he and his son operate
a vending machine company.
"I have mixed feelings
about coming home," he said.
"Everybody has been poin-
ting fingers. I don't blame the
people, but they said I did
things I never would have
'dreamed of doing. I never had
$1 million. My business went
under because of the cir-
cumstances in Israel."
The temple members
canceled their trip in April
1986 after terrorists attacks
on the Rome and Vienna air-
ports and the Achille Lauro
cruise ship. The group cancel-
ed the tour two weeks before
scheduled departure. Kriger
said the members knew that
full refunds were not
guaranteed if they canceled
the trip less than 30 days in
Jimm White, a Temple
Israel board member who
represented the group, said he
sent a letter to temple
members asking them to
respect the judge's ruling.
White has not filed any civil
cases against Hershkovitz,
but has said that the 20
couples still are short about
$26,000. Insurance, he said,
covered most of the losses.
At least 27 civil cases
against Hershkovitz have
been filed in Oakland Coun-
ty Circuit Court, claiming
millions of dollars in unpaid
business loans.
In most cases, the court
issued default judgements
against Hershkovitz. He said
he has not filed for protection
from his creditors with the

U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Hershkovitz, who came to
the United States from Israel
in 1969 to work for El Al
Airlines in New York, moved
to Detroit in 1972. In
Michigan, he was sales direc-
tor for El Al Airlines. He
became a U.S. citizen while
living in Michigan.
He and Haya opened B & H
Travel in 1978, which
specialized in tours to Israel.


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Shimon Peres:
Visiting Detroit.

to Chicago for private
meetings with Jewish com-
munity leaders. After
Chicago, the Labor Party
leader was to leave for Los
Angeles, where he will speak
at a festival in honor of
Israel's 40th birthday.

On Monday and Tuesday,
Peres is scheduled to be in
Washington, where he will
hold talks with Reagan and
Shultz. He also will meet
with representatives of the
United Jewish Appeal, the
State of Israel Bonds
organization and the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish
On Monday, Peres will
speak before the 29th Annual
Policy Conference of the
American Israel Public Af-
fairs Committee in
Washington. The event is ex-
pected to attract some 1,700
participants including AIPAC
members, pro-Israel activists,
members of Congress and
representatives from the
White House and the State
and Defense Departments.
Peres will make a brief stop
in Ibronto before returning,
on May 18, to New York,
where he will participate in a
rally for Israel's 40th anniver-
sary. The rally, which is being
sponsored by various Jewish
organizations, will be held at
the Stephen Wise Free

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