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2--UJF--August 15,1980 Conference Notes Changes In Typical Jewish Family BY BEN GALLOB (Copyright 1980, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.) Delegates to a Los Angeles confer- ence on the Jewish family have con- cluded that there is no longer a "norm" for being a Jewish Family, the primary link for the individual Jew to a sense of community, according to Dr. Max Vorspan, vice president of the University of Judaism and con- ference chairman. More than 200 community profes- sionals, rabbis, lay leaders, educators and generally interested Jews attend- ed the conference at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The conference was sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, the University of Judaism and the Jewish Federation Council of Los Angeles. Key speakers were Dr. Neil Sand- berg, AJC committee western region- al director; Dr. Irving Greenberg, dir- ector of the National Jewish Resource Center; his wife, Blu Greenberg, author and lecturer; and Joseph Giordano, chairman of the coalition for the White House Conference on Families, and director of the AJCom- mittee institute on pluralism and group identity. In addition, Vorspan said, four families, representing the traditional family, and three non-traditional families-the intermarried, the blend- ed and single-parent families-shared their particular problems, anxieties and joys with the delegates. A "blended" family was described as one in which there are children from two or more marriages blended into a new family configuration. Sandberg discussed the findings of a research study conducted in 1979 by him and Dr. Gene Levine of UCLA. Sponsored by the University of Judaism, the study validated much of what is already known about Jews in Los Angeles-high divorce rates, more single-parent families, increasing mixed marriages, a growing singles community, new attitudes toward marriage, the changing roles of women, drugs, delinquency and similar problems. According to the study, fourth- generation Jews are showing concern about inter-married couples because such couples have fewer children, fewer children are raised as Jews, and the children of inter-married parents also inter-marry, while two-thirds of the parents do not convert to Judaism. Sandberg said Jews "may need to change their perspectives and responses, and be more accepting of behavior that does not necessarily mesh with their.own." Rabbi Greenberg told the confer- ence that American Jewish families are facing the "crisis of success" and a drift in values. He said "there is a choice-to recognize the crisis of that success and, as conscious Jews and as a community that begins to plan its own fate, try to cope with the situation." He suggested confronting the Holocaust and the pathology in modern culture which the Holocaust represents. He said that, in con- fronting theHolocaust,"we draw the strength to engage in the kind of social critique, the challenge to values, the willingness to re-evaluate social institutions." Rabbi Greenberg said it would take ; a major new effort in Jewish culture with vast new networks of interlink- ing groups to hold people. In this effort, the Jewish family is the stron- gest resource even though it is facing a He also urged that Jews "overcome our hangups as liberals and recover our primacy as Jews. First and for- emost, a major shift in the Jewish self-image and in the Jewish alliances must take place. Jews in the modern period have overwhelmingly commit- ted themselves to alliances with liberals primarily because liberals were the agents of our emancipation." He said Jews needed "a major counter-force, moral as welI as econ- omic" and that this could come "only from the conservative or traditional sector." The rabbi also called on con- servatives to reassert family values, to offer a critique for "excessive univer- salism" and to reaffirm the work ethic. Gerald Bubis, director of the Los Angeles (Reform) Hebrew Union College communal service school, summarized the discussion and pre- sented a challenge to the Jewish community and to the Jewish Feder- ation. He suggested that communities must begin to look at the internal rather than the external side of their organization. "Instead of looking at the reasons Jews do not affiliate, we should look at the institutions and determine the reasons they cannot attract numbers," he said, and "Jewish or- ganizations and agencies should start developing models if they are serious about Jewish life as it is and ought to be." Bubis proposed that Jewish or- ganizations develop flexible work time arrangements for women who work in agencies and to create part- time positions and the opportunities to share jobs-"all of which impact on the ability of women to manage both family and career." Firm Promotes Henry Zetlin A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., a St. Louis- based investment firm, has announced the promotion of Henry L. Zetlin of the firm's Norfolk office. Zetlin has been named a senior invest- ment broker of the firn He joined A.G. Edwards in 1974 following several years experience in the securities industry. Zetlin received a BA degree in political science and economics from Johns Hopkins Univer- sity and attended the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. He had served on the investment commit- tee of the Norfolk employer's retirement system In 1972 Zetlin received a presi- dential appointment to full colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve. He currently resides in Norfolk with his wife, Betty. The couple are parents of four childrerL A.G. Edwards& Sons, Inc., is a member of the. New York, American, and other leading securities and commodities ex- changes as well as the securities investors protection corporatiorL Their common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Symbol AGE. War Crimes Witnesses The Belgian Embassy has notified the Anti-Defamation League that three indi- viduals Ernst Ehlers, Constatin Canaris, and Kurt Ashe, are going on trial in Kiel, Germany for atrocities committed against Jews during World War IL Anyone who may have been a witness to war crime atrocities committed by any of these individuals are urged to contact your Regional ADL Office immediately at 3311 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230, 804-355-2884. Additonal witnesses are essential to the 00From USSR CRACKDOWN ON YOUNG SOVIET JEWISH MEN OF MILITARY AGE Leningrad--Jewish activists here and abroad are concerned about the apparent crackdown on Soviet Jewish young men who are of military age and who apply to emigrate to Israel. The latest incident, concerning the plight of Grigory Geishis, 20, of Leningrad, indicates that the Soviet government is, once again, using the pretext of"draft evasion" to impi'ison young men who wish to leave the country. In recent years, several young men have been incarcerated for the same reason, the latest one being Boris Kalendarov, also of Leningrad, who is serving a two-year sentence in a labor camp. Geishis is charged with Article 80 of the Russian Republic Criminal Code and faces "the deprivation of freedom for a term of one to three years." SOVIET EMIGRATION CONTINUES TO NOSEDIVE During the month of June, 1,767 Soviet Jews arrived in Vienna, with 31.8% going to Israel. Compared with the same period in 1979, when 4,358 Jews left the Soviet Union, this figure represents a decrease of 59.5%. In the first six months of this year,. 15,087 Jews arrived in Vienna, compared to 24,794 in 1979. This drop signifies a decrease of 39.2%. TEL AVIV (JTA)-Avraham Bo- servants." Iran's ottmml lars news ruchim, a member of a prominent agency reported at that time that Iranian Jewish family which owns two of Teheran's luxury hotels, was executed by an Iranian firing squad in Evin last July 31 on chares of"spying for Israel." The 27-year-old hotelier went on trial last May before an Is- lamic Revolutionary Court in Teher- an on charges of embezzling public funds to build a hotel chain and of "creating an espionage center for American and Israeli agents and their Debate (Continued from page l) should proffer their advice cautiously "because we don't live here and because we don't know enough about Israel's problems." The dialogue devoted considerable dis- cussion to the importance of American aliya. Former Foreign Minster Abba Eban, who told the opening session that "if our partnership is to have vitality it must accept the premises of mutual cri- ticism," gave voice to such criticism when he asserted that "the failure of American Jews to immigrate to Israel in significant numbers is the great tragedy of post-war Jewry." Other Israeli panelists suggested that this failure had diminished the moral right of American Jews to participate actively in Israeli affairs But Henry Sieg- man of New York, executive director of the American ewish Congress, rejected "the suggestion that if you don't live in Israel you're not a full partner in the Jewish enterprise." Aliya, he said, "must remain on the Jewish agenda, whatever the practical result, because it is an essential aspect of Jewish authenticity-but it is not the only one." The AJC Congress leader agreed with a statement by Dr. Eliezer Jaffe of the Hebrew University School of Social work that "we Israelis have the right to in- fluence you and your children to under- stand that Israel is not only a haven for refugees but a Jewish homeland-and that aliya is a major individual and communal goal, worthy of community support." A number of panelists among the Is- raelis urged U.S. Jews to get more deeply involved in helping the Jewish State solve its problems in the area of social welfare. Eliezer Rafaeli, director general of the Jewish Agency's Project Renewal, called for " unlimited participation" by Amer- ican Jews in helping Israel confront "the social and cultural conflicts in our midst"- -a position also supported by Danny Rosolio, a Labor member of Israel's hotel employes had claimed that the Boruchims hosted "continual meet- ings of Iranian Jews in the hotels and organized meeting of Zionists." Av- raham Boruchim was executed de- spite efforts of his 80-year-old father, Izaak, to save him. The father, who was in the United States visiting his sons, rushed back to Iran when he learned of his son s sentence and (Continued on page 5) Jaffe put it more strongly:"It is im- moral and sloppy philanthropy," he said, "for American Jews not to attempt to influence the way we in Israel spend the money they raise." This involvement is necessary, he explained, "not simply because the problems Israel faces are too great to be handled by us alone but because Jewish peoplehood means that Israel is the collective responsibility of the Jewish people." Mervin Verbit, professor of sociology st Brooklyn College, summed up the view oI many dialogue participants when he de- clared: "All parts of Jewry are responsible for the proper functioning of all the Jewish people. Thus, living outside of Israel does not release American JeWS from the obligation to demonstrate the primacy of Jewish identity and to build a Jewish community that strives to embody the highest of Jewish aspirations. "The scandal of Jewish education in the United States is Israel s concern, as the threat of serious crime in Israel is Amer" ican Jewry's." He added: "Our right to involve ourselves in each other's social issues is total." I)JF NEWS " Published weekly by The United Jewish Federation of Norfolk and Virginia Beach 7300 Newport'*Avenue. Norfolk, VA 23505 Phone 489-8040 Robert O. Copeland ......... President Marc Jacobson ......... Vice-President Thomas L. Hofheimer Vice.President Dr. Charles Goldman :::Vice.President Bette O. Kanter ............. Secretary Henry L. Zetlin ............. Treasurer A. Robert Gast ..... Executive Director Rachel Lindenthal... Assistant Executive DirectOr Reba Karp ...................... EditOr Melva Novak Ors Baer ......... 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