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February 21, 2003 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-02-21

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Jewry's Role in

Human Affairs

AT THE CROSSROADS OF GOVERNMENT

Whether in the corridors of government or on pathways to it, Jewish
leadership and political persuasiveness have helped shape the future of
nations.
GOLDA MEM
(1898-1978) b. Kiev, Russia Founder and Fourth
Prime Minister of Israel She was born to an
impoverished family which emigrated to
Milwaukee, WI, in 1906, to improve its fortunes.
Although graduating as a teacher from what
would evolve into the University of Wisconsin,
she was diverted to political activism and the
Zionist movement. Married at age nineteen to
Morris Myerson, she and her sign painter husband resettled in Palestine in
1921—an event that became-the defining moment of a life given to creatin g
a Jewish homeland and to its quest for survival.
Respected for her plainspoken sincerity, steadfast honesty and
political dexterity, Meir (her adopted Hebrew surname) forged her early
career with vital posts in the Jewish Agency, the key Jewish organization
in British controlled Palestine. During and after World War Two, she
forcefully argued the Zionist position with the English occupiers, and in
1946 served as the "acting prime minister" of the Yishuv (the Jewish
community). Two years later, Meir was a signatory of Israel's
independence proclamation, the only woman in the Jewish state's first
legislature, and Israel's first ambassador to the Soviet Union.
Step by deliberate step, she rose in her nation's hierarchy: as
minister of labor, minister of foreign affairs, and secretary general of the
Mapai party. Meir succeeded Prime Minister Levi Eshkol after his death
in 1969 and presided during the Yom Kippur War. In the stunned
aftermath of that conflict, she left office troubled by hardships in forming
an effective coalition government--although not before sowing the seeds
for the Egyptian peace pact. As a mark of her courage and strength, the
much beloved "team" leader had suffered leukemia during the last twelve
years of life.

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2003

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BERNARD BARUCH
(1870-1965) b. Camden, SC Financier and
Confidant of Presidents
Opposite the White
House in Lafayette Square stands a park bench
which memorialized the most prominent and
esteemed unofficial presidential adviser in our
: country's history. While seated on the tree-shaded
bench, Bernard Baruch would hold court and
confer with government officials on matters of
economic and political=policy. His direct influence within the Oval Office,
as well, touched even) administration from that of Woodrow Wilson
to that of John F. Kennedy.
Bernard's father, Simon (1840-1921), was equally distinguished in
his time and profession: as a doctor who served in the Confederate Army,
as author of a standard text on military surgery, and as the first to correctly
diagnose and successfully remove a ruptured appendix--a technique he
pioneered. But his son was drawn to another calling, humbly launching his
career as an office boy. While still young, he entered Wall Street brokerage
and amassed a personal fortune as a stock market analyst and speculator.
Baruch retired from finance to chair the War Industries Board
which mobilized America's economy to fight World War One. As an
advisor to the American Peace Commission meeting in Versailles, he also
counseled President Wilson on peace terms. His relationship with FDR
was enduring and fruitful. Baruch advanced plans for New Deal programs,
and again counseled on economic controls that helped win the second
world war.
In close collaboration with the Truman administration, he was said
to have framed the President's atomic energy control strategy. More than
any other American of his day, Baruch embodied the non-partisan integrity
and wisdom that earned the trust of presidents and high honor as the
nation's "elder statesman."
-Saul Stadtmauer
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Sisterhood Hosts
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Young Israel of Southfield Sisterhood
will hold the first of a series of good-
health seminars on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Dr. Julius Garden and Dr. Philip
Goldrneier will address "What You Need
To know About Screening for Colon
and Heart Health." Men and women
may attend. The cost is $5 for YIS
Sisterhood members and spouses, and
$7.50 for all others.
Later seminars will focus on breast
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ABC's Of Judaism
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"The ABC's of Judaism" featuring
Rabbi Alon Tolwin,
educational
director of the
Birmingham-based
Aish Center, taped
at a lunch and
learn session.
The program
includes B'nai
B'rith Great Lakes
Regional President
Rabbi Tolwin
John Rofel inter-
viewing Joel S.
Kaplan, the international president.
"B'nai B'rith Presents" is a weekly
series produced by Steve and D.D.
Fisher of A.A.A. Productions in Oak
Park. It is cablecast on a regional pub-
lic-access cable network. For dates,
times and channels, call your cable
provider or the local B'nai B'rith
office, (248) 646-3100.

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