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June 24, 1994 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-06-24

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If you're losing hope

of losing weight .. .

JNF Alters Mission
To Meet New Needs

"How much do I weigh? I really don't know. I've stopped
weighing myself."

"Food? Honestly, that's all I ever think about!"

"My weight? I can talk about anything — but not that."

Over four million Americans suffer from severe obesity.
Their lives, and the lives of their families, are painfully
affected by it. Because while the cause is unknown, we do
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surgery is indicated because of obesity-
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For more information, an evaluation, or the
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Thorn Hospital is a non-profit community hospital dedicated to an obesity surgical program.

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Jerusalem (JTA) — The Jewish
National Fund is constantly re-
fining its mission to remain rele-
vant and to meet Israel's
changing needs, said Moshe
Rivlin, world chairman of the
JNF board of directors.
But, worldwide contributions
are not keeping up with the work
being done by JNF, he added.
Mr. Rivlin made these re-
marks in an impassioned formal
address to roughly 150 delegates
who were in Jerusalem last week
for the World Conference of JNF
Leaders.
While JNF's budget for land
reclamation and development
has doubled in the past three
years, from $64 million to nearly
$130 million, donations dropped
11 percent from 1992 to 1993, he
said.
While "more people are realiz-
ing that Keren Kayemeth is not
just (planting) trees," he said, that
realization is "not being trans-
lated into donations." Keren
Kayemeth is the Israeli name for
JNF.
The drop is, in part, a reflec-
tion of profound changes in the
world Jewish community, said
Rivlin. The new generation of
leadership, he said, increasingly
views the State of Israel as "a nat-
ural existing fact and not as a
miracle of the Jewish people."
This new leadership has
turned increasingly inward to in-
vest in Jewish education, he said.
The younger generation
"doesn't understand what Israel
means" in terms of "Jewish re-
sponsibility and security for every
Jew in each community," he said.
"And then people say they're con-
cerned about Jewish continuityT'
Mr. Rivlin said Jewish educa-
tion is important but should not
come at the expense of Israel. "I
don't believe in education (on)
Jewish continuity unless the
country of the Bible and the lan-
guage of the Bible is a central el-
ement of that education," he said.
The delegates to the JNF con-
ference were occupied this year
as much by questions of Jewish
identity and Israel-Diaspora part-
nership as by the finances and
achievements of the agency,
which has an annual budget this
year of roughly $172 million.
About 22 percent of the budget
comes from worldwide contribu-
tions.
Paul Jeser, national campaign
director ofJNF-America, was one
of the delegates who said it is "im-
perative" for JNF to sharpen its
message and make an interna-
tional "push" to invest in
"younger, future leadership."
The younger generation is sim-
ply not involved in Israel "the

Moshe Rivlin:
'We will remain relevant.'

way my parents and grandpar-
ents were," he said. In fact, Israel
has been "divisive" for the chil-
dren of many major JNF donors,
he added.
The Jewish Agency is also cur-
rently under pressure to make
dramatic changes following the
stepping aside of its chairman,
Simcha Dinitz, amid charges of
financial misconduct.
Mr. Rivlin told the delegates
that JNF has not abandoned its
original commitment to af-
forestation and land reclamation
for rural settlement and agricul-
ture.
But it has in the last few years
also invested in preparing hous-
ing sites and infrastructure for
the recent immigrant wave,
cleaning polluted rivers, devel-
oping tourism and building reser-
voirs to cope with Israel's chronic
water shortage, he said.
And it will work with the gov-
ernment in its current efforts to
solve the problem of affordable
housing in the center of the coun-
try, said Mr. Rivlin.

Palestinians
Fire On IDF

Jerusalem (JTA) — Militant
Palestinians fired on an Israel
Defense Force vehicle and on a
car belonging to the Shin Bet in-
ternal security service in the
West Bank town of Hebron.
An Israeli soldier was slightly
injured in the attack, which was
launched by members of the Izz
a-Din al-Kassam, the aimed wing
of the Islamic fundamentalist
Hamas movement.
A curfew was clamped on the
center of the town and a man-
hunt was launched to capture the
attackers.
The incident took place at a
time when Israeli authorities
were initiating measures to ease
tensions in Hebron.

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