Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-05-13, page 01
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HRONICLE LIBRARY, OHIO H ISTOF? ICAL, SOGi&T^ 1082 VELMA AVE* COLS,. 0, 43E11 -. . EXOH Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over 60 Years $m VOL.60 NO. 19 MAY 13,1982-1 YAR 20 Devoted to American and Jewish ideals. Large Crowd Gathers At Jewish Center For Celebration Of Israel's Anniversary On Sunday, May 2, "Rejoice 34," a celebration honoring Israel's 34th anniversary, was held at the Jewish Center. Beginning at 1 p.m. with the annual Walk-A-Thon, it also featured an Israeli Food Festival, "DizCngoff Square," (top photo left) where Karen Her- stig, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Al Herstig, and hundreds of others enjoyed the wide array of foods offered. Tours of the Center's partially completed new facility (top photo right) were also conducted by. Center staff members. Participants, many still carrying blue and white balloons from the Walk-A-thon (center photo), gathered in small groups to be . taken through the building where they viewed such areas as the roughed-in racquetball courts (bottom photo left). Jay Jacobs, Director of Health and Physical Education and one of the tour guides, shows a youngster (bottom photo right) the new indoor pool. eal Threat To Argentine Jewry n, Not Anti-Semitism BUENOS AIRES (JTA)- Assimilation, not anti- Semitism, poses the long- term threat to the integrity of the Jewish community of Argentina, according to communal leaders here. No one interviewed underestimated the seriousness of anti-Semitism in this country, torn by political and economic crisis. But practically everyone agreed that assimilation is the real danger. "It is our main worry," said Mario Gorenstein, the president of DAIA (Delegation de Asociaciones Israeli- tas de la Argentina), which represents the community in its political dealings with the military junta. "Anti- Semites won't make the community disappear. But assimilation, together with anti-Semitism, will weaken it." The vice director of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, Rabbi Mordecai Edery, believes that the intermarriage rate is about 70 percent—a figure which seems high. Edery, a native of Morocco, insists that it is accurate, and he points out that "the University of Tel Aviv recently estimated that a mere 50,000 Jews will be left in Argentina within several decades if current patterns of assimilation— and emigration—persist. "Assimilation, by far, is the biggest problem we face," he said. There are an estimated 350,000 Jews in Argentina today. But, once, there were probably more. If Gregorio" Faingiiersch, the general manager of the weekly Mun- do Israelita, is right, approximately 100,000 Jews have left the country in the past 30 years, mainly for economic reasons. Up to 50,000 of the emigrants have gone to Israel, and the reminder have immigrated to other Latin American nations, North America and Europe. In the last decade, as a result of the political and economic turmoil that grips this essentially European outpost in South America, about 2.5 million Local Women Plant Trees To Honor Ingrid Bergman Two local women were so impressed by actress Ingrid Bergman's portrayal of Golda Meir on the April 28-29 television special—A Woman Called Golda—they felt they simply had to find a way to express their gratitude. Frances Kopp and Judy Swedlow, both active in the Columbus Jewish Community, urge all women to plant a tree in Israel, through the Jewish National Fund, to honor Ingrid Bergman in recognition of her presentation of "Our Golda." Both of these women, personally dedicated to Israel, ask the cooperation of the Columbus Community. Swedlow stated, "The endeavors of women all over .the United States who love and support Israel will bring to fruition beauty matching that of Miss Bergman and Golda." "I "feel we should honor this woman who, in ill health, came out of retirement to portray Golda. Trees give life to Israel," Kopp said, "and Miss Berg- man's excellent performance brought Golda Meir to life for those who remember her and hold her dear to their hearts." Swedlow added, "All women can relate to Golda's struggles for her beloved Israel, and. Miss Bergman (CONTINUED ON PAGE 17) Argentines have left their homeland in,despair. Two Seemingly Contradictory Impulses Jews in Argentina must cope with two seemingly contradictory impulses. This is a highly nationalistic country which has been suspicious of foreigners but which expects them to integrate once they decide to settle here. Lip service is paid to the notion of cultural pluralism* yet minorities, Protestants and Moslems included, are only tolerated and are expected to renounce glaring group traits. In this monolithic, Hispanic-inspired, Catholic- oriented society, assimilation—as total as possible—is the desired goal of most inte- grationists. It is no coincidence that the regime recently tried, but failed, to introduce a curriculum on Catholic religious values to state secondary schools. The Jewish community opposed the plan. Because of their traditions, religion, distinct communal life and solidarity with Israel (which has good relations with Argentina), a great many Jews have tried to resist the allure of a homogeneous society. But, in in- . creasing cases, they succumb, given the high mixed marriage rate. "We have tried to integrate outselves, in the general cultural life of the country without losing our religious, cultural and spiritual particularities, a rather difficult task where cultural pluralism is not rooted," explained Nehemj- as Resnizky, the former president of DAIA. Community Has Withstood Assaults In this very traditional society, which has historically swung between democracy and authoritarianism, anti-Semitism has seldom been absent. Recently, for example, a Jewish cemetery (CONTINUED ON PAGE 17) Cabinet Grounds El AFs Operations On The Sabbath, Religious Holidays JERUSALEM (JTA)- The Cabinet, at the strenuous urging of Premier Menachem Begin, decided today that Israel's national airline, El Al, is to cease operations on the Sabbath and religious holidays. It empowered an ad hoc ministerial committee to work out a new "timetable and other arrangements" with the management of the State-owned carrier and set a three-month deadline for the Sabbath ban to go into effect. ! The ban oh Sabbath flights was one of the concessions to religion the Aguda Israel party exacted from Begin as the price for joining his coalition government. Begin, who is himself observant, argued for the ban on religious and moral grounds and^insisted that. coalition agreements must be honored, Cabinet Secretary Dan Meridor told reporters. In effect, Begin rejected the majority report of a government-appointed committee which found that the suspension of service on the Sabbath and holidays would cost the financially shaky airline about $40 million annually. But a major fight loomed between El Al employes and the government over the Cabinet's decision. Eli Ben- Menachem, a spokesman for the airline's workers committees, said the employes would consider what action to take but indicated nothing immediate. However, he branded the Cabinet decision a violation of the law which stipulates that government-owned corporations must operate strictly in accordance with . (CONTINUED ON PAGE 17)" Concern Expressed Over Soviet Jews Immigrating To U.S. WASHINGTON (JTA)- The Reagan Administration is concerned that the percentage of Soviet Jews opting to go to the United States is feeding Soviet propaganda and leading to a clamp down on emigration, a U.S. official said here. But Ambassador Eugene Douglas, coordinator for Refugee Affairs, told the Leadership Conference of the World Assembly of Jewish War, Veterans, that the U.S. could accommodate ; any Soviet Jews who wanted to come to this country after leaving the Soviet Union. He noted, however, that the Russians claim to be angered that Soviet Jews given visas for Israel end up (CONTINUED ON PAGE 17) .' ji I>J.^JU1U s.^r.^Ts^jssj*. a.. v.«^sn I'.. i^Vi.'au'AJ^a Ka-au.N.Jtk,iB **.»-«.-» ar4»i4..sg.».ov*. ■* »**. h*s*^. «*—>— fe.w.w.viv.T. 1 \i.^.jbj~0-,:*. >£■- -•'
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-05-13|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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