Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-07-15, page 01
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ilHROMCLE .1: I II 1:1 ii 2j[\\yservlng Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over 60 Years VrJAR U^AHYr OH40 ^ ■■V.982 VELMA--AVE. EXCH VOL.60 NO.28 JULY 15,1982-TAMMUZ 24 Devoted to American ancf Jewish [deals i imI »•» »jf ti £».«(*■: Extradition Of Terrorists Sought BONN (JTA)—A West German lawyer has asked the Justice Minister to seek the extradition of three Palestinian terorists reportedly captured by Israeli forces in Lebanon recently. The three, believed to have participated in the 1972 massacre of Israeli Olympics athletes in Munich, would not be given a fair trial in Israel, according to attorney Wilhelm Schoettler. Schoettler represented the Palestinians when they were briefly imprisoned in Germany several years ago. Civil Measure To Help 'Agunah' Obtain 'Get' Approved By The New York State Legislature Indian Congregation Plans Project BOMBAY. (JTA)—The oldest synagogue of the Bene-Israel Jewish community in India has launched a fundraising effort to prepare a souvenir reference book and a pictorial display of the history and culture of Indian Jewry. Initially planned for March 1982, the project was postponed for lack of funds. The congregation, Gate of Mercy synagogue, celebrated its 185th anniversary last December. India Ousts Israeli Diplomat JERUSALEM (JTA)—Political sources here said last week that Israel's limited diplomatic relations with India would continue despite the ouster of the Israeli Consul General in New Delhi for "unacceptable intervention in the affairs of India." The Counsul, Yossef Hasson, was asked to leave after an interview in which he criticized India's negative attitude toward Israel. NEW YORK (JTA)-A civil measure designed to ease a centuries-old disability imposed on the observant Jewish wife whose husband refuses to give her a Jewish divorce decree, called a "get," has been approved by both houses of the New York State Legislature. The bill, believed to by the first of its kind in American law, is awaiting certain signature by Governor Hugh Carey, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, author of the measure, said last week. The measure will become state law when the governor signs it, expectedly before the end of the month. Silver, a Democrat-Liberal representing Manhattan's Lower East Side, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the bill was the product of months of careful drafting to avoid any possibility of Yitzhack Rager To Address Bonds For Israel Gathering Yitzhack I. Rager, President of the worldwide Israel Bond Organization; will speak at a cocktail party on Wednesday, August 4, at the home of Beverly and Alvin Schottenstein in behalf of the State of Israel Bonds. This will be an advance meeting for the Bernard R. Ruben Tribute Dinner, which will be held Thursday, August 19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Rager is an Israeli with many achievements in a long career of service to the Jewish State and the Jewish people. He worked for the freedom of Jews in countries of distress, including the Soviet Union. ■ A noted journalist, he was the editor of the national Hebrew daily "Hayom," Secretary-General of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and news editor of Kol Israel (The Voice of Israel). As a member of the diplomatic service, he served as a Consul in New York as well as a Consul at the Israeli Embassy in London. He has fought in all the wars of Israel. During the Six-Day War, he commanded the batallion which liberated Gush Etzion and Beit Lechem, including the site of Rachel's Tomb, and remains a Colonel in the Israel Army Reserves. , Before coming to Israel Bonds in January, 1980, he served as General Counsel to the Chairman of the Jewish Agency in Israel for three years with the rank of Deputy Minister, which in Israel is the equivalent of Under-secretary. The Israel Bond Organization is the major source of development capital for Israel. Since its founding in 1951, the Israel Bond program has provided over $5 billion to help build every aspect of Israel's economic infrastructure. Now that a peace treaty with Egypt has been signed, thousands of military and civilian personnel must be redeployed from the Sinai to the Negev. Industries, jobs, roads, communications, energy and transportation, along with the necessities of everyday life, must be provided within a short period of time. Israel looks to Israel Bonds to help provide solid economic .?Jt>X- Yitzhack I. Rager foundations both for the development of the Negev and the building of a peacetime economy. conflict with the Constitutional church-state separation doctrine. Approval of the bill in the assembly was by 132 to six. The measure was introduced in the State Senate. "A matrimonial action is an action in equity. One of the doctrines of equity is that the court should leave the parties with equal status." Under Jewish religious law (halacha), a wife refused a "get" has the status of an "Agunah," and may not remarry religiously even after winning a civil divorce. Principle Behind The Bill Silver explained that the principle behind the bill is that "a matrimonial action is an action in equity. One of the doctrines of equity is that the court should leave the parties with equal status." He added that the measure permits one party to allege that "if this (divorce) court dissolves this marriage, civilly I will have a barrier to remarriage." The barrier will be the husband's refusal to' give his wife a ■ "get," though the measure makes no reference to that religious action. The measure provides that when one party to a civil divorce action complains of a barrier to re-marriage imposed by the other party, the issue may be submitted to a fact-finding and mediation panel which will have the function of determining whether such a barrier exists and, if it does, whether either party can remove it. The measure provides for the judge hearing the divorce case to name the panel which can make recommendations for removal of the barrier. The panel is Sot| TStow Toiuik' Ta Tlee £nii*e fywhk Ccwwuwnj Place Your New Year Greeting In The Offl0.reWI§«fi-lgHROMCLE Sfffi Wvirn C***"wtw» —1C«»k*lOW**«■*■*^Owtwyiiliy Iw Ow WTwn \QQB New Year Edition See Page 9 For Further Details thus an agency of the court. The court may, at its discretion, withhold a final judgment on the civil divorce if the party seeking the divorce—in such cases, the Jewish husband—fails to comply with the recommendation of the panel—presumably to give his wife a "get." The panel has 30 days to make its" recommendation. To avoid legal problems, the measure was written to with- hold intentionally any authority for the judge to hold in contempt the divorce party rejecting the panel's recommendations. The clout the judge can exercise for the wife of a recalcitrant Jewish husband is to refuse to give him and his wife a civil divorce. Orthodox leaders said that only in recent years have marriages in the cohesive Orthodox community begun to break up in significant numbers, bringing an increase in complaints of unethical conduct by parties to divorce, mostly on the part of husbands. ' "We hope this bill will have the effect in the Orthodox Jewish community of discouraging coercion and blackmail in divorce procedures." There have been widespread reports that such husbands are denying "gittim" to their wives, sometimes out of spite, and sometimes to coerce wives to sign away rights to property, child support and maintenance of civil divorce actions. Silver said there are an estimated 150,000 Orthodox Jewish women in New York State alone, who are civilly but not religiously divorced, adding that some have been waiting as long as two decades for a "get." He said the new measure will not help any of the 150,000 "but it may help others" in the future. It may also help a much smaller number of Orthodox husbands, who assert they are denied religious divorces by wives who refuse to accept a "get" Rabbis said women also are using the "get" for leverage in civil settlements, though halacha provides options to men not available to women. Rabbi Moshe Sherer, Agudath Israel president, said "we hope this bill will have the effect in the Orthodox Jewish community of discouraging coercion and blackmail in divorce procedures." , Prof. Aaron Twerski, a Hofstra law professor who is chairman of the Commission on Legislation and Civic Action of Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox agency, helped draft the legislation. Calling the measure "a low profile resolution to a high profile problem," Twerski said the drafters "very studiously stayed away from the question of a court-coerced 'get' to avoid getting into. the thicket of halachic questions." Also consulted on the measure were such rabbinical authorities as Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, president of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, a world authority on halacha; Rabbi Jacob Kame- necki, dean of Yeshiva .Torah Vodaath of New York; and Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and expert on civil liberties law. S.E.E.D. Program Congregation Ahavas Sholom's fifth annual S.E.E.D. (Summer Learning) program will begin this Sunday evening. The opening program will feature noted lecturer, author, educator and philosopher, Rabbi Mayer Schiller, who Rabbi Mayer Schiller will speak on the topic "From Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad to Torah." Rabbi Schiller is presently a member of the staff of Mesivta Ohr Torah and Ohr Sameach Institute. He is the author of two recently. published books. One on Jewish philosophy is entitled The Road Back. The other work deals with political philosophy and is entitled The Guilty Conscience of a Conservative. It is a major selection of the Conservative Book Club, Rabbi Schiller has lectured extensively throughout the United States and has been heard on numerous radio talk shows. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the lecture at Congregation /Vhavas Sholom Sunday evening July 18 at 8 p.m.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-07-15|
|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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