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August 27, 1993 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-27

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A fresh look at some recent stories in the headlines.


uan and Eva Peron had
an ambiguous attitude
toward Jews. They per-
mitted Nazi leaders to
escape into Argentina after
the war, but they also held
clothing, toy and other dri-
ves to help the new State of
Now the former dictator's
nation has expressed inter-
est in teaching, for the first
time, one of the most diffi-

cult periods in Jewish histo-
ry: the Holocaust.
Leaders in Argentina,
Chile and Uruguay all told
B'nai B'rith International
President Kent Schiner that
they are interested in
obtaining Holocaust curricu-
la for their countries'
Mr. Schiner and B'nai
B'rith Executive Vice
President Sidney Clearfield

olice are still trying to
determine who broke
into Bais Chabad of
Farmington Hills and
stole nine computers and
computer programs some-
time during the night of
Aug. 9.
Although police have no
suspects, according to
Detective Charles Hubbard
of the Farmington Hills
Police Department, they do
have the computers'serial
numbers, which could help

them locate the thief if an
attempt is made to sell the
The computers and pro-
grams are valued at about
$4,000 and were taken from
the basement of Bais
Chabad, where Bais Chaya
Mushka Girls Middle-High
School is located.
Several businesses near
Bais Chabad, on Middlebelt
north of Northwestern, also
have recently reported
stolen computers, but

Detective Hubbard does not
believe these cases are
Meanwhile, an arrest was
made for a separate bur-
glary that occurred outside
Farmington Hills. Detective
Hubbard would not give any
details about the arrest
because he is trying to
determine if the person is
responsible for stealing Bais
Chabad's computers.

a number of volunteer pro-
jects to help the people dev-
astated by the recent floods
in the Midwest.
Earlier this month,
Council of Jewish
Federations Executive Vice
President Martin Kraar pre-
sented a check for $15,000
to Elaine Steinger, execu-
tive director of the Jewish
Federation of Greater Des
Moines, the area hardest hit
by the flooding.
The CJF/Midwest Flood
Relief Fund has raised more
than $200,000 in contribu-

B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional's flood relief effort
has included mobilizing
9,000 members throughout
the Midwest to recruit vol-
unteers with labor skills —
like plumbers and carpen-
B'nai B'rith also has initi-
ated a "Campaign Clean-
up," in which volunteers col-
lect and distribute buckets
of supplies, such as mops,
detergents and pails, to help
clean homes, churches and

The Jewish Federation of
St. Louis, meanwhile, has
raised more than $100,000
toward flood relief.
Temple Israel in West
Bloomfield also is assisting
in the relief effort. The con-
gregation is collecting clean-
ing materials to be dis-
tributed to flood victims
through the Salvation
Army. Bring buckets, boxes
of garbage bags, sponges
and bottles of cleaning and
disinfectant. products to
the temple's Tyner

n executive from pub-
lic television's WTVS
Channel 56 said pres-
sure from a local
Jewish group catalyzed the
station's efforts to air an
Abba Eban television series,
Israel: A Nation Is Born.
La'Asote, a 100-person
group founded last year to
take action against per-
ceived anti-Semitism, spoke
out against a program aired
in January called, "Journey
To the Occupied Land."
Many group members
thought the program was
biased against Israel.
Dr. Jerome Kaufman,
issues chairman for
La'Asote, approached Jerry

Trainor, vice president of
programming for Channel
56, and asked that the sta-
tion broadcast another pro-
gram presenting an unbi-
ased view.
Dr. Kaufman first sug-
gested a piece called "Golan
Heights," which the station
turned down. When Dr.
Kaufman recommended the
five-part Abba Eban series,
Channel 56 executives pre-
viewed and approved it for
broadcast hopefully some-
time in mid-October.
"We'd been looking at the
series since it was produced
about eight months ago,"
Mr. Trainor said.
He said that while



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recently returned from
meetings in several Latin
American nations.
Uruguay, meanwhile,
already has begun fund
raising for a Holocaust
memorial, which will be the
first to be built in Latin
America. Uruguayan
President Luis Lacalle initi-
ated the idea, while
Uruguay's parliament
donated land for the project.

Vice President Al Gore tours
Grafton, III.

La'Asote did not influence
the station's decision to air
the piece, the group did play
a part in causing the station
to air the piece sooner than
Dr. Kaufman described
relations with Channel 56
as friendly.
Berl Falbaum, La'Asote
founder, said he is also
impressed with the outcome
and hopes to target
National Public Radio and
television in the future.
"It's not just one show, it's
what we envision as a pat-
tern of one-sidedness in
public broadcasting, not just
on Channel 56. We're talk-
ing nationally," he said. Ell


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