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July 17, 1992 - Image 98

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-07-17

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New York (JTA) — A 14-
year battle between the Jew-
ish National Fund and the
World Congress of Gay and
Lesbian Jewish Organiza-
tions has finally been
resolved.
As a result, a plaque bear-
ing the words "Fourth
International Congress of
Gay and Lesbian Jews" will
be posted at the site of a
3,000-tree woodland in
Lahav, Israel, that members
of the group originally
planned to dedicate in 1978.
At that time, there was no
such thing as the World
Congress, which today is an
umbrella group of 42 syn-
agogues, havurot and organ-
izations of gay and lesbian
Jews. Instead, groups of gay
and lesbian Jews worked
together in a loose network
and gathered periodically for
international conventions.
The dispute dates back to
1977, when gay and lesbian
Jews began buying trees
through JNF, earmarking
their contributions to honor
the Fourth International
Congress of Gay and Lesbian
Jews. When they arrived at
the Lahav forest, in the nor-
th-central Negev, a year
later to dedicate the
woodland, JNF officials told
them that it could not he
done and that they could
have their money back, ac-
cording to Barrett Brick, ex-
ecutive director of the World
Congress.
"We told them they
couldn't stop us from per-
forming a mitzvah," he
recalled. And so began a
battle between the two
groups that would go on for
more than a decade.
JNF's policy at the time
was to inscribe a plaque with
a particular group's name
only when one check, for all
the trees, came from that
group, according to Stuart
Paskow, director of com-
munications and informa-
tion for the land reclamation
agency.
But JNF was also under
pressure at the time from
right-wing groups in Israel
to prevent the dedication of
the site to a homosexual
group.
Unable to find a way to
resolve the issue, the two
groups agreed to install a
blank plaque.
After that, "we let the
matter lay fallow for several
years," said Brick. "We
wanted feelings to calm."
In 1988, members of the
World Congress began con-
tacting JNF again, and cor-
respondence back and forth

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