Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1986-12-11, page 01
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■~*4>£*in»f^-- *;v,->". il -"I ClBRARY, OHIO HiQTortiOAt, soc^i/tY I L M;>. A'VF . V- I 1-0.02 VELMA AVE. .oo'us..'0»' 43311 EXCH Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over to Years VOL.64 NO.51 DECEMBER 11,1986-KISLEV 9 Devoted to American and Jewish Ideals. Mubarak Message Expresses Hope For Mid-East Peace JERUSALEM (JTA) - President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has sent a message to Premier Yitzhak Shamir expressing hope that Egypt and Israel would continue to cooperate to "promote peace in the area." The message was conveyed to Shamir last week by Energy Minister Moshe Shahal. In Cairo, meanwhile, Mubarak told reporters that he expected Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir Arafat to be in Egypt soon to discuss "further steps toward peace." He said Egypt was trying to solve the issue of Palestinian representation at an international peace conference on the Middle East. Mubarak is scheduled to visit Iraq shortly for a meeting with President Sadam Hussein; What Is Fievel The Jewish Mouse Doing On A Christmas Ornament? er joined with other rabbis as they proceeded down Michigan Avenue in a rally held on behalf of Soviet Jewry in Chicago on Nov. 13. Rabbi Alan Ciner Leads March For Soviet Jewry Thousands of Chicagoans joined with thousands of delegates attending the recent Council of Jewish Federations General Assembly in Chicago in support of the Jews of the Soviet Union. The march and mass rally for Soviet .Jewry, held on Nov, 13, began yvith a blast Bill Passed By Ohio House To Protect Those Who Object To Performance Of Autopsy A bill was passed in the Ohio House of Representatives last week that protects members of the Jewish community who want to object to the performance of an autopsy on a deceased friend or relative. Substitute Senate Bill 283, sponsored by Senator Stanley J. Aronoff (R-Cincinnati) and passed in the Ohio Senate last spring by a vote of 29 to 0, was successfully moved through the Ohio House last week by a '.'. vote of 90 to 3; with concurrence on amendments by the Ohio Senate. The bill awaits Governor Richard Celeste's signature. Sub. S.B. 283,. initially drafted by the Agudath Israel of America, Ohio Chapter, and supported by the Government Affairs Committee of Ohio Jewish Communities, w^as developed to protect members of religious groups who object to the performance of autopsy. The bill gives a family member or friend the right to halt an autopsy for 48 hours if it is contrary to the deceased person's religious beliefs. In that time, the family members or friend have the opportunity to get an injunction halting the county coroner from performing an autopsy. The 48 hour waiting period is instituted by notice to the county coroner but is waived in the case of murder, suspected murder, manslaughter or suspected manslaughter. The bill, sponsored in the House by Representative Judy Sheerer (D-Shaker Heights), received broad- based support from legislators across the state of Ohio. David M. Deutsch, president of the Government Affairs Committee, stated, "The passage of the autopsy bill, which we worked so diligently on, speaks well for the responsiveness of Ohio's legislators, We explained (CONTINUED ON PAGE 4) of the shofar. Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, spiritual leader of the Agudas Achim Synagogue, was asked to join with lotf rabbis who led the march as they proceeded down Michigan Avenue to Grant Park where a really was held. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres joined with Mayor Harold Washington along with other dignitaries in addressing the group. The purpose of the rally was to make the American public aware of the Situation of the Jews, Jii|t!j^gpyiet; Union, who, iii violation of Soviet law and the Helsinki agreement, are prohibited from leaving the country, teaching their language, culture and religion. The rally was the culmination of a nationwide petition drive for one million signatures on behalf of Soviet Jewry. EARLY DEADLINE NOTICE Deadline For ihe Dec. 25 Chronicle Is Noon, Thursday. Dec. 18. Deadline Tor The Jan. 1 Issue Is , 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23. The OJC Ol'lice Will Be Closed. Thursday, Dee. 2">, \- Thursdav, jail. 1 By Andrew Muchin NEW YORK (JTA) - What's a nice Jewish char- toon character like Fievel Mousekewitz doing in places like these? The rodent star of Steven Spielberg's new animated film An American Tail is the centerpiece of two major Christmas sales promotions, both apparently with Spielberg's blessing. At more than 7,000 McDonald's restaurants across the United States, Fievel is pictured on four facsimile-stocking Christmas tree ornaments, each given free to purchasers of a $5 book of gift certificates. The books also contain a coupon for $5 off a $25 Fievel doll at 801 Sears department stores nationwide. Sears has exclusive rights to sell merchandise based on the movie's characters, according to James Podany, director of marketing communications for Sears Roebuck & Co., Chicago. v Sears is placing the characters on a variety of children's products as a draw for sales during the Christmas season; however, Podany insisted that Fievel is not pictured on any Christmas-related items such as a wreath or tree ornament. 'Ill Advised' And 'Tacky' The use of an identifiably Charity Newsies Provides Clothing For Needy Columbus School Children Members of Charity Newsies will be selling the Columbus Dispatch throughout the city on Saturday, Dec. 13, to raise funds for clothing for needy school children. Theme of this year's drive is "Keeping School Children Warmly Clothed Since 1907." Members of the -Jewish community participating in the drive this year include: Garry Beim, trustee; Ron Gurvis, Hamilton and Main; Meyer Hoffman, Frank and High; Harlan Ruben, Broad and Hamilton; Marvin Grossman, Broad and Hamilton; David Madison, - Drexel and Main; Dr. B. B. Kaplan, Drexel and Main; Bert Charles, Trabue and Rt. 33; Dr. F. Sobolewski, Brice and Livingston; Sam Weiner, Gold Pride Hamilton Rd.; Alan Rosen, Hamilton and Broad; Geoffrey Stern, Hamilton and Main; Ron Friedman, Broad and Hamilton; Bernard Hirsch, Frank and High; Sheldon Schwartz, Broad and Hamilton; Stuart Grossman, Hamilton and Broad; Howard .Lewinter, Hamilton and Main; Rabbi Nathan Zelizer, Highland Beach, Fla.,; Barney Greenbaum; Rabbi Samuel Rubenstein; Michael Hurwitz; Harry Silberstein; Sandy Schwartz, Ariz. According to drive chairman John Mullin, "The purpose of the Newsies is to see that no children are kept out of school for lack of adequate clothing. For the past 80 years, the Charity Newsies has been successful in reaching the monetary gtial set each year." This year, the Newsies are attempting to raise over $400,000. The Chronicle ^ammammmmmammmmmmmmm Comntuntty Calendar k*;; -i J^pHl*t^ft»t^res ;,',** k,a ^y*aik&g»>.-:, V« *•»«>* J* • »<' 4 Market Pj&ee, U ,«wf»-' i ..-IS Obituaries,..*./,;•;•.,'.-..>; :& Soda)News ,.,',,..,:..,, >* Synagogue Services ;.„*. j ijjl Jewish character to boost Christmas Sales is incongruous to say the least, isn't it? "I think it's ill-advised" and "tacky," said Dr. Eliot Spack, executive, director of the Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education. He noted that he was expressing his own opinions, not his organization's policy. However, he told JTA that the Fievel campaigns did not pose major assimilation problems for Jews. "I'm not personally worried that we're going to lose thou sands of Jews over it," he said, explaining that children won't easily identify the mouse as Jewish, since Fievel is an uncommon Jewish name. He chalked up the Fievel promotions to capitalism. "Chanukah and Jewish linkages have clearly been exploited for many years" in the promotion of Christmas and non-religious events, he added! Spokespeople for the companies involved, in inter- (CONTINUED ON PAGE 12) Israeli High Court Nixes 'Convert' On I.D. Cards JERUSALEM (JTA) - A Supreme Court panel ruled unanimously last week that the Interior Ministry may not inscribe the word "converted" on the identification card of a person converted to Judaism. The decision, hailed in liberal and secular circles and angrily condemned by the Orthodox estblishment, is seen likely to revive the bitter debate over the' 'Who is a Jew" issue because it involved a conversion performed by a Reform rabbi in the U.S. The court ruling is considered a landmark because it makes clear the supremacy of civil law in Israel. ■'■' .'■■'.•,-'.,. The ruling was handed down by a panel of three justices — Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar, Menahem Eylon and Miriam Ben-Porat. Eylon, in an addendum to the ruling, stated that the word "converted" on an identification card was contrary to religious law. A number, of leading rabbis agreed with him on halachic grounds, though others have ruled differently. A storm is centered on Interior Minister Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz of the Orthodox Shas Party whose resignation was demanded Dec. 2 by ' Orthodox leaders. The court acted on an appeal by Shoshana Miller against the Interior Ministry. Miller was converted to Judaism in 1982 by Rabbi David Klein of Colorado Springs, Colo., and immigrated to Israel three years later, claiming citizenship. The Interior Ministry refused to register her as a Jew. But when she appealed to the Supreme Court last year, Peretz agreed to register her as a convert. He explained to the Knesset at the time that to register her simply as Jewish withoitf the qualifying "converted" could mislead other citizens and officials as to her standing under Jewish law. But Miller continued to press her appeal. Orthodox Establishment Is Irate The ire of the Orthodox establishment: focused on Peretz for registering Miller as Jewish even with the qualification that she was a convert. Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapiro said in a statement Dec. 2 that "The Chief Rabbinate opposed the (Peretz) proposal all along ... in our view, a Reform conversion is just a joke because it does not require acceptance of mitzvot- It is impossible, indeed immoral, to accept such a convert whom a large part of the Jewish people does not accept as a Jew." (CONTINUEO ON PAGE 13) Conservative, Reform li< NEW YORK (JTA) -The Conservative and Reform Judaism movements of America have hailed as a victory for pluralism the Israeli Supreme Court decision barring the label of a convert on identity cards, but the Orthodox say they have merely lost the battle, not the fight. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled last week that the Interior Ministry may not inscribe the word "converted" on the identification card of any person converted to Judaism. The landmark ruling is just one small step towards resolving a bitter and emotional conflict between Jewish religious factions over the question of "Who is a Jew?" The Orthodox establishment has contended for years that Reform and Con- (fONTINUED ON PAGE 51 \'*'
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1986-12-11|
|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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