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OfflOM LIBRARY, OHIO 1982 VELMrt AVE. COLS. Or /r32U HiSTOR EXOH .asz* VOL.60 NO.32 AUGUST 12,1982-AV 23 Devoted to American and Jewish Ideals. ion Lea .1 -i In the top photo, Bernard Ruben addresses those present at the Israel Bond Cocktail party held Aug. 4 at the home of Alvin and Beverly Schottenstein. Discussing the plans for the Aug. 19 Tribute Dinner are (top photo, 1. to r.) Alvin Schottenstein, Bernard R.. Ruben, Akiva Baum and Harlan G. Ruben. The Israel Bond message was delivered by Akiva Baum at a cocktail party held Wednesday night, Aug. 4, at the home of Alvin and Beverly Schottenstein. This meeting served to kickoff an intensive Israel Bond campaign to culminate with a Tribute Dinner honoring Bernard Rl." Ruben on Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. In his message to a group of 70 people, Baum discussed the current situation in Lebanon. He indicated that a real peace will be possible if Israel remains strong. "Sadat didn't make peace with Israel because it was weak. While it is impossible to predict the outcome of the Lebanese action, it should be the beginning of a new era for peace and security for Israel." Baum also discussed the tremendous expenses which Israel incurred as a result of the Camp David Accords. "Can you name one other nation in the world that would give up 85 percent of its oil fpr a treaty of peace? This treaty will cost the people of Israel billions of dollars," He specifically discussed the construction of the Negev air bases which severely restrict the mobility of the Israeli Air Force. He said that Israel must continue tp have the support of world Jewry to offset the tremendous costs of peace. This can best be done through the purchase of Israel Bonds, he explained. Baum has spoken for Israel Bonds and UJA throughout the U.S. and Canada. He stated to Harlan G. Ruben, General Chairman of Tribute Dinner, that he was very impressed with Columbus, not only because of the good turnout, but also because of the large number of young people that attended. In his message following Baum's address, Ruben urg: ed everyone there to attend the dinner honoring Bernard R. Ruben. Reservations may be made by contacting the Israel Bond office, 239-7212. By Judith Franklin, Chronicle Staff Writer You can't always believe what you read in the papers or see on TV. At least that's the lesson learned by Charles Schiffman, Executive Director of the Columbus Jewish Federation, who, accompanied by Judith Swedlow, Vice President of the Federation, and Merom Brachman, Edwin Ellman and Melvin Schottenstein, Board Members,were part of an Aug. 1 Prime Minister's Mission To Israel. One^hundred eighty-four. leaders, donors and staff members from Federations in intermediate-sized cities across the nation participated in the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) sponsored Mission. In addition to viewing the Lebanese War first-hand, members of the Mission were apprised of the economic impact of the War on Israel, heard an address -delivered by Prime Minister Menachem Begin to the Knesset and were given an opportunity to discuss plans for their 1983 Fund Raising Campaigns. According to Schiffman, in an exclusive interview with the Chronicle, they were only the second group of Americans to spend a full day in Lebanon. At Sidon, he said, they saw that, contrary to media reports, only two blocks of that city had been destroyed. The group then proceeded to Damour. This city, south of Beirut, became a PLO stronghold for training terrorists and storing arms and ammunition in 1976 when the PLO killed 6000 of its Christian inhabitants and drove the rest away, Schiffman explained. There they saw huge caverns, 50 feet high, carved from rock with Russian machinery, which had been full of PLO weapons when the Israelis captured the city. According to Mrs. Swedlow, there were so many arms that it is taking 80 i Israeli trucks 24 hours a day for 30 days to ship them back to Israel. .Before returning to Jerusalem, the group was briefed by an Israeli Defense Force Colonel at a position in sight • of the Beirut .Airport, but this briefing was cut short, Schiffman noted, when fighting broke out. .. .we're that's how act." i Jews and we have to In answer to charges that the Israelis are fighting an inhumane war, Schiffman related, that at Tel Ha Shomer Hospital, where 80 percent of the patients in the burn unit are Lebanese, a young Israeli soldier, now a paraplegic, was asked how he felt about Syrian POWs receiving the same care as he was when the Syrians either kill or torture their prisoners. His reply? "Yes, I know that, but we're Jews and that's how we have to act," he said. Schiffman feels that the media have been totally off base, especially in the reporting of casualty figures, which are, he said, much Al McGuire Featured Speaker At Sports Spectacular Al McGuire, colorful basketball analyst and master sports storyteller, will be the featured speaker,at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center Sports Spectacular next Monday, Aug. 16 at Winding Hollow Country Club, McGuire, who is currently Enjoyed by millions of people across the country on NBC, will highlight the evening portion of the day-long event. Four legends of sport —golfers Byron Nelson and Ed Sneed and tennis players Roy Emerson and Fred Stolle—will join program participants in a day of clinics, exhibitions and friendly competition to benefit the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center. Following the daytime events, which begin at noon, Sports Spectacular Chairman Ron Feerer feels that the outing will be the greatest sporting event in the history of the Columbus Jewish community. "Response has been excellent, and reservations are coming in daily. However, since attendance is limited, those interested in making a reservation should call David Valinsky right away at the Center, 231-2731," he notes. lower than those reported. He attributed this to a general dislike, by members of the press, of the Israeli Prime Minister. As an example, he cited accounts of a speech Begin delivered to the Knesset' which was attended by members of the Mission. When the group returned to New York on Aug. 5; the reports they read in the local papers bore little resemblance, Schiffman noted, to what they had actually heard. "The PLO has a romantic, underground, guerilla fighter image, out, in fact, the PLO are the same people who went into a school and slaughtered 22 children..." In addition,. he feels that the PLO takes advantage of the press' ignorance of its tactics. "The PLO has a romantic, underground, guerilla fighter image, but in fact, the PLO are the same people who went into a school and slaughtered 22 children, the PLO are the same people who stopped a bus on the Tel ■ Aviv-Haifa' Road and killed all of the people inside it, the PLO are the same people who, on a little kibbutz, beat a five-" year-old girl to death in front of her father," he said. "I have seen it said, in various editorials," he continued, "that this situation was not life-threatening to Israel and so their response was out of proportion. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn't. I happen to think the PLO would have invaded Israel in force pretty soon,, but I also think that even if the PLO had not, the kinds of things they did were intolerable, and a country has to protect its citizens with the degree of force necessary." What most concerns Mrs. Swedlow, as a result of her experience, is that too many people, Americans and Jews included, have no better information about what is happening in the Middle East than what they can glean from the news media, which she feels, because of what she has seen, is grossly distorted and inaccurate. To remedy, this, she said that members of the Mission are going to try to bring eyewitness information to their Al McGuire will be a cocktail party, prime rib dinner and McGuire's presentation, , , Urgent Rally-Aug. 15 Lebanon situation For more information, see page 3. Charles R. Schiffman own communities. "We don't ask that every Jew in America agree with everything that Begin has done, but we do ask that they keep their minds open enough to listen to what eyewitnesses from their communities observed," she said. A rally will be held Sunday, Aug. 15, at Congregation Tifereth Israel at 8:30 p.m. to disseminate, the information gathered on the trip, ■>.-; " '.'.- a country has to pro-, tect its citizens with the degree of force necessary." . V' - : . . ' ;; As far as finances are concerned, Schiffman pointed- out that the costs of the war are high—$4-5 billion. Therefore, the Israeli government has asked the Jewish Agency to assume financial responsibility for social programs, which it can no longer - finance, totalling $300 million, $200 million of which must be raised by North American Jewry, through . the UJA. This represents a figure 40 percent above the usual amount raised during a campaign, he said. To meet this need, Schiffman explained, many Federations, including Columbus, are considering adding a second line on their pledge cards, asking donors to pledge an additional 40 percent of their original pledges. ity," stressed Schiffman. "The people of Israel are being taxed to the breaking point, not to mention that over 300 good people have been killed and 1400 wounded. So we, hopefully( can take care of some of the need in terms of dollars." Moreover, • according to Ellman, "This is probably another of those historic moments within recent Jewish history in which it has been necessary to mobilize the Jewish community, not only with dollars but with people going to Israel." .'!
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-08-12|
|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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