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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-03-27

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Reception for Ben-Gurion at City Hall Monday;
Entire Community Is Invited to Greet Him


Detroit will be host to Israel Prime Minister, David Ben-
Gurion, Monday, at a series of events scheduled for prominent
officials as well as the entire community.
Arriving here by plane early Sunday evening, Mr. Ben-
Gurion will be accompanied by nearly 200 cars in a parade that is
being arranged in order to enable all Detroit Jews to see him and to
welcome him. The parade route will be: From Willow Run Air-
port, via Expressway to Michigan Avenue; Michigan to Wyoming,
Wyoming to Davison, Davison to Dexter, Dexter to Chicago Blvd.,
Chicago to Linwood, Linwood to Davison, Davison to Third, Third
to Bagley, Bagley to Hotel Statler.
Mr. Ben-Gurion will arive here from Chicago on a specially-
chartered plane with a staff of 22. The eight special cars are being
provided for them by the Ford Motor Co.
On Monday morning he will visit the Kaiser-Frazer plant.
From there he will be taken to the City Hall for a reception by
Governor Williams, Mayor Cobo, the City Council and leading
state and city officials. At 1 :30 p.m. he will be guest at a luncheon
arranged by the Ford Motor Co.

Welcome to

Detroit,

David Ben-Gurion

Israel's' Heroic

Anticipating the visit to Detroit of Israel's Prime
Minister, the City Council on Tuesday acclaimed the state
of Israel on her third anniversary, officially expressed wel-
come to Mr. Ben-Gurion and urged wide support of the Israel
bond drive. The resolution was introduced by Councilman
Charles Oakman. The Prime Minister will address the City
Council upon his arrival at the City . Hall on Monday.

At 11 :30 a.m., Monday, the. Israel Prime Minister will be
accorded the city's public reception at the City Hall and will speak
briefly from the steps of the City Hall.

An Detroit Jews who are able to attend are urged
to come to the City Hall on Monday morning to join in the
welcome to Israel's leading citizen. It will be the only
opportunity for Detroit Jews to hear the eminent guest.

A private dinner, attendance at which will be by invitation s
will be held in Mr. Ben-Gurion's honor on Monday evening. The
dinner is.being arranged by the Detroit Israel bond committee in the
interests. of the Israel bond drive. Max Osnos ; local bond chairman,
will preside. Mrs. Morris Schaver will be the soloist.

THE JEWISH NEWS

A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

708 David Stott Bldg.—Phone WO. 5-1155 Detroit, Michigan, May 18, 1951

Remarkable

Three-Year

Record

Read Commentator's
Column on Page 2

Prime Minister

VOLUME 19—No. 10

Israel's

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Allied Drive Exceeds $4,000,000
Mark; Certain to Beat '50 Goal

B-G's Home Position
Strengthened by U.S.
Communities' Acclaim

By PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

NEW

YORK—Israel's brave Prime Minister, David
Ben-Gurion, now in the midst of a triumphant tour of the
United States, emerges more popular than ever from his
well-planned public relations contact with the strongest de-
fender and leading supporter- of the infant Jewish state—
the Jewish community of America.
Not only this City—Queen of the world's receptionists
—but all the centers he has visited, Washington, Philadel-
phia, Princeton, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Boston, and places
en route, have accorded him royal greetings as indications
of the esteem in which he is held everywhere. It is evident
that Jewry is not forgetting the historic role this brilliant
leader has played in the re-creation of Jewish statehood.
The visit to this country of Ben-Gurion—popularly
known as B-G—has not failed to attract attention to the
political conflict in Israel which compels the distinguished
guest upon his return to his country early next month im-
mediately to plunge into an election campaign. The lime-
light thrown on the religious issue in Israel at appearances
of B-G in American communities is not of his ow& doing. It
is an organized campaign fomented by the religious elements
and at the impressive Madison Square Garden reception
here on May 10 it took the form of picketing and of a public
demand for religious education in the schools in Israel.
Small groups paraded in front of Madison Square Garden
prior to B-G's arrival, leaflets signed by a Committee for
Freedom for Religion in Israel were distributed and at the
end of the rally the audience was showered with a flood of
mimeographed circulars to the accompaniment of shouts
that it was an act of the Religious Youth Movement.
Already possessing the most popular role in Israel,
B-G is believed, by his firm stand against the injection of
religious issues in Israel politics, by his emphasis that
Israel never will be a jheocracy, by the popularity he is
gathering anew in this country, to be acquiring strength
in his major aspiration: not only to defeat the religious
bloc in the July elections but possibly even to attain a ma-
jority for his own Mapai party.
A study of reactions to B-G in this country appears to
indicate that his American visit, intended primarily to
boost the sale of Israel bonds, may turn out to be a personal
triumph for him in Israel. His every move in this country
is being reported in Israel, and it is doubtful whether picket-
ing in front of Madison Square Garden and the showering
of an audience with literature' in this country in behalf of a
political struggle in Israel will do B-G's opponents any good.
(Continued on Page 24)

With the Allied Jewish Campaign past the $4,000,000 mark, trade and professional
workers will make another report at noon today (Friday) in the English Room of the
Bopk Caslillaq_Hotel at a _meeting to honor campaign pioneers.
Henry Wineman, honorary chairman of. this yeac'...s campaign, has inyitgd to the
meeting men who campaigned with liiiri when he was chairmanof the first drive held
in 1926 and veterans of the 1936 and 1941 campaigns.
Impressed with the growing community response to the campaign, Wineman mar-
veled at the growth in the number of contributors — from 3,000 to 30,000 since the
first drive under the auspices of the Jewish Welfare Federation. "I am pleased to note,"
Wineman added, "that thus far in 1951, among our 18,000 pledges already in, more
than 3,000 of them are from new givers."
A bright note for workers in all divisions of the campaign—trades, professions,
women's juniors and organizations — will be the evening of May 24 at the main build-
ing of the Jewish Community Center, when Harry Hershfield, popular humorist, will
appear.
Guest at the first annual Detroit Service Group Day, last September, where he
told his famous stories, Hershfield will make a welcome return engagement.
In looking over the reports for the week, Abe Kasle, campaign chairman, an-
nounced that 1951 pledges were averaging a 12% increase. Kasle was able to cite his
own division—Mechanical Trades—for its position of leadership among the trades
and professions. Division C is reporting over 95% of the money it raised last year.

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Welcome to Detroit, David Ben-Gurion

MARCH 27, 1992

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