Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1975-10-23, page 01
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. .M^*'.*f<l~w^.rLL«u£fc£_ffi_£e)!!*..i wv.-< . «.(* •■» *^h..l. __o_j___s_t___m_s_. ' .' ohiojewI BROMCLE 2i\\yy Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over SO Years ^ LIBRARY, OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY 1932 VELMa. aye4.- 00L3. 0, -43211- EXOH A VOL. 53 NO. 44 OCTOBER 23, 1975 - CHESHVAN 18 cracy In Jewish Life" Campaign Calls irect Erection Of Jewish Leadership JERUSALEM - Maj. Gen. Herzl Shafir (righO, chief of the Israeli General Staff, operations branch, and Avraham Kidron (second right), director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, sign the final document of the new Sinai accord with Egypt at the United Nations Jerusalem headquarters. At left is Lt. Gen Ensio Siilasvuo, U.N. Mideast commander. The signing set in motion the process that will lead to Israel's withdrawal from some 1,900 square miles of occupied Egyptian territory over the next five months. RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE PHOTO By Yitzhak Rabi ~" NEW YORK, (JTA> - Under the slogan, "one Jew, one vote" Rabbi Meir Kahane opened a new' campaign Oct. 14 for "democracy in Jewish life." Addressing a press con¬ ference at the Summit Hotel, here Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League, called for a "direct and open election" of an American Jewish representative body that would "truly speak for American Jews." He said the campaign will be Coordinated by a group now in formation, Democracy for Jewish Life, which is not connected with the JDL. Calling the present umbrella Jewish organizations "tyrannical and feudal baronies that bar any minority views and any opportunity for the American Jewish masses to decide any vital issues that affect their own future and survival," Kahane declared: "We believe that the time has come for the direct, popular and open election of a national body that will be representative of the total thinking of American Jewry, We believe that this should be" followed • by the democratic, direct election of local Jewish federations." Announcing that a national preparatory conference of rabbis, synagogue leaders, Jewish intellectuals and youth representing all segments of the Jewish community in America will be held Nov. 24 at.the New York Hiltons, Kahane said it will be the first step for a democratic election for Jewish leadership based on the-principle of "one Jew, one vote." Presently, on the national scene, "there does not exist one group that is directly elected by members •ICONTINUED ON PAGE S) Showing Nazi Films Creates Controversy Visiting Scholar Believes That American Jews Should Strengthen Jewish Life Here •'genuine sympathetic feeling toward the people of the United States.'.'. "By. and large,' the average Israeli identifies with what America stands for," Dr. Pinchuk said. "He sees the U.S. as the defender of freedom- in the world — not as a world policeman but with the thought that while there is a mighty America, there is a chance for Democracy in the world." Other comments by Dr. Pinchuk: — On Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: "There are very mixed feelings. Many admire him for his energy and intelligence. But views ' are polarized. A (CONTINUED ON PAGE 5) By Bob Tenenbaum Chronicle Special Reporter A visiting Israeli scholar^ believes that American Jews-' can best help Jews in Israel and elsewhere in the world "by strengthening Jewish life and the Jewish com¬ munity." Dr. Ben-Cion Pinchuk, acting director of the Russian and Eastern , European Center of the University of' Tel Aviv, is completing a two-week visit to Columbus under spon¬ sorship of the United Jewish Federation. The visiting scholar program is designed , to give the Columbus Jewish community insight into the situation in Israel. By meeting with diverse elements of the local Jewish community, Dr. Pinchuk" said, he hoped "to get a feel of Jewish life here" and to "give an immediate im¬ pression of the situation in Israel today." In an exclusive Chronicle interview, Dr. Pinchuk said Israel was undergoing "one of its most critical times, with much soul-searching.'.' "The Israeli people are burdened with many - obligations — military service, high taxes, a . strenuous life," he said. "There certainly are no dull times, although we could use some." "An outsider visiting Israel would be surprised at how normal we look," he said. "You can hardly feel any tension on the street." But Dr. Pinchuk said the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War is still felt by every Israeli citizen. He said military reserve units meet Dr. Ben -Cion Pinchuk more often, and terrorist activities have forced creation of a volunteer civil guard. "All of these .things add to the feeling that we must be on guard all the time,"' Dr. Pinchuk said, , "Security is our greatest problem, and it affects every phase of Israeli life. Maintaining security now requires about 40 per cent of the gross national product. We pay much higher taxes. Many services were cut, such as educational programs, health programs, housing, and the cuts have not been restored." Dr. -Pinchuk said a majority of Israelis supports the recent Mideast disengagement, • "but even those like me who support it bear it is not the way Jo achieve eventual peace." "We have the feeling Israel is being pressured — not necessarily for our own good but to advance American interests in the Middle East." But while Israelis are ' somewhaf suspicious of the motives of current U.S. Mideast policy, he said, the Israeli people have a ATLANTA, (JTA) - The booking of two Nazi propaganda films by Leni Riefenstahl for screening at a film festival sponsored in part by the city and private funds, has embroiled this community in a bitter controversy and brought charges of censorship against the southern office of- the, B'nai B'rith Anti- Defamation League, which hasdemandectthat the films' be withdrawn. The films are "Triumph of Will," a documentary on a Nazi mass rally in Nuremberg, produced in 1934, and "Olympiad," a film on the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin during which Hitler deliberately snubbed Jesse Owens the Black American track star. The films by Riefenstahl, who was a close friend of Hitler, have been acclaimed by film experts for their camera technique. Stuart Lewengrub, director of the ADL here, said, "We would have absolutely no objection to the films if they were being shown at, say, a seminar on film technique." He observed, however, that "what's involved here is the praising of a woman who helped the Nazis at a festival meant to honor 'humanistic' achievement.'' . Louise Wiener, director of the festival, agreed with Lewengrub that "the con¬ text" was the issue. "It was an oversight, ■ a lack of communication, and when 'ITiepeoplefrom the"c'ify and the museum v started choosing Alms they reached out In every direction," she said. But Gudmund Vigtel, director of the High Museum of Art, one of the sponsors of the film festival, charged that the ADL "put the pressure on us very hard, but we will not be subjected to any form of censorship." Mayor Maynard Jackson said he personally found the films "disgusting and repugnant, in complete opposition to the principles upon Which a humane society is based and un¬ worthy of celebration." However, Jackson said that after consulting with Jewish community leaders and (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10) Community Leaders To Meet - The Columbus Jewish Federation will hold a Community Leadership Meeting on Wednesday evening, October.29,1975 at 8 p.m. at the Esther C. Melton Community Services Building, 11.5 College Avenue. Invited to the meeting are the leadership of the local affiliated agencies of the Colum,bus Jewish Federation, organizations of the Council of Organizations, congregations, campaigners examine and contributors. Sidney I. Blatt, President of the Columbus Jewish Federation, announced the meeting, stating that its purpose is: "to provide an opportunity for key elements of the community to be made aware of the financial needs of the beneficiaries sup¬ ported by the annual drive of the Federation in preparation for the 1976 campaign. It is intended to permit, those present to participate in a discussion of these needs so that Federation can prepare as soon as possible its' Pre-- Campaign Budget Formula which relates to the distribution of the 1976 campaign achievement." It has been the Columbus Jewish Federation practice each year to review and carefully, and thoughtfully the Pre- Campaign Budget Formula so as to be assured that it sets up guidelines which are as equitable as possible in determining the distribution of funds in the Regular Campaign (exclusive of the Israel Emergency Fund of the United Jewish Appeal) (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10) Mizrachi Dinner Is Sunday Mrs. Samuel Rubenstein, past president of the Columbus Chapter of Mizrachi Women and past, president of Raanana will be mistress of ceremony for the dinner Sunday, October 26,6 p.m. at the Ahavas Sholom Social Hall. Mrs. Rubenstein, wife of Rabbi Samuel Rubenstein, spiritual leader of Agudas Achim Congregation, served on the National Board of .Mizrachi Women and was an active participant' on its speaker's bureau. She has been the' educational. -director of Agudas Achim , Religious School, conducted numerous adult education groups for her sisterhood, Hadassah, Heritage House . and~other organizations. She holds a master's degree . from Ohio State University. She is the mother of two -sons, Martin Dev and Joel Alan and a daughter, Sharon Freed. • Mr. and Mrs. Sol Gold¬ meier will cater the dinner. Young women of Raanana will serve as hostesses. Music will be provided during the dinner hour. The program, will begin promptly. The participating rabbis.will .bring greetings from their respective ' congregations. Rabbi Joseph Vilenski of Ahavas Sholom Mrs. Samuel W. Rubenstein Congregation will give the opening prayer; David Abrams, the Motze and Birkat Hamozon by Cantor Herman Blonder. Rabbi David Stavsky, long af¬ filiated with Mizrachi,.will give a capsule history of the Columbus Chapter for the last fifty years and will present citations to the- past presidents and outstanding workers. Rabbi Samuel Rubenstein, who, on his frequeht visits to Israel, took tourists to observe first hand the work of Mizrachi, will present the Mother-in-Israel awards to those women who . signed up again for 1975-76 Mother-in-Israel con¬ tribution of $54.00. Mrs. Rubenstein will handle the - sale of candles, which is a tradition of the organization.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1975-10-23|
|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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|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1975-10-23, page 01|