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Homeland 'not enough': Yael Dayan calls for Israeli 'excellence' by Kent Swigard To thrive in the future, Israel must develop her economy, raise her standard of living and, in every field of endeavor, strive for excellence. These were the words of Yael Dayan, daughter of the late Moshe Dayan, as she spoke recently before a local audience of 65 sponsored by Federation's Young Leader- ship Group. The meeting was called to introduce young Jewish leaders to Dayan during her visit to Seattle and to provide information regarding two major upcoming Federation events -- a Nov. 21-23 retreat at Alder- brook Inn Resort on Hood Canal and an April 26-May 10 Young Leadership mission to Poland and Israel. On the subject of Israel, Dayan stressed that having established a Jewish homeland "is not enough." "Unless we excel, unless we make Israel a nation that's different and special, what's the point? What will we have accom- plished?" Dayan asked. "After all, many Jews don't have it so bad in the Diaspora. "The point is that we must make Israel great so that Jews will make aliya not just because they have nowhere else to go but because they want to come," she said. "And if you look around Israel today, you'll see that Israel is achieving greatness in many areas." Dayan said too many Jews in the Dayan addresses Young Leadership Group  !i: !!:!! ii il : !i !!iii!iiiiiiii iii!  i! i ii!ii!i':iii!iiiiii!iiiii: ii iiii!ii iiii!i !iii !i  Diaspora today have the impression that Israel is still a "poor little country that's struggling to survive under constant threat of attack from its hostile Arab neighbors." What's more, she said, such Diaspora Jews sometimes come to Israel looking to see nothing but military airplanes and tanks, or perhaps "young, poor Israelis with Uzi machine guns dancing a hora." "The truth of the matter is that we're past all that. The swamps, after all, were drained 20 years ago and our borders today are more secure than ever," Dayan said. "Israel has become a place where terrific things are happening. "People coming to Israel today should be doing so with the intent of seeing our Jewish imaginations and inventiveness at work," she said. "They should be visiting our hospitals and universities and agricultural projects and research facilities. The question today is not how to get Israel out of poverty, but rather, how to continue to make it a better place to live." Dayan stressed that by far, the most im- portant issues facing Israel today are economic in nature, noting that measures taken during the past year to bring inflation under control have forced most Israelis to endure substantial economic hardships. The future, however, is promising, Dayan said. She said that in many areas -- from high technology to agricultural research -- Israel is making "remarkable gains." "Equally important, lsraelis are happy and excited about what's happening," Dayan said. "Now that inflation is under control, people are consuming less and they're actually beginning to save money. Credit and installment buying, for the first time, are for real." Following Dayan's talk, persons atten- ding were invited to take part in Federa- tion's retreat at Alderbrook Inn Resort. Participating in the retreat will be scholar- in-residence Rabbi Reuven Kimelman, chief program associate of Cial. Those attending also were encouraged to take part in Federation's Northwest Young Leadership Mission to Poland and Israel. The mission, structured around the theme, "From Holocaust to Redemption," will in- clude two days in Warsaw, Crackow and Auschwitz and nine days of intensive tour- ing in Israel. Persons interested in taking part in either of these events were asked to contact Michele Rosen, 723-0389, Stan Rosen, 455- 1777, Dr. Michael Spektor, 643-3746, or Barry Goren at the Federation, 622-821 I. [] Anti Anti-Aparth Aid concert Gortler receives local endorsements to address Career Women During the past week, numerous civic and religious leaders have lent their names as endorsers of the Nov. 23 "Anti-Aparth Aid" concert, a fundraising event designed to help end South Africa's racist system of apartheid. Those heading the list of endorsers in- clude Seattle Mayor Charles Royer and U.S. Reps. Mike Lowry and John Miller. Tia Cohen Other endorsers include King County Ex- ecutive Tim Hill, King County Councilman Ron Sims, Seattle City Councilman Nor- man Rice, Rabbi Norman Hirsh of Temple Beth Am, Hubert Locke, dean of the University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs; the Rev. Dr. William Care, director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle; the Rev. Samuel McKinney of Mr. Zion Baptist Church, and State Sen. George Fleming. Endorsements also have been received from the local chapters of the World Without War Council, the United Nations Association, B'nai B'rith, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle. The concert will feature local Black and Jewish performers on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, formerly the Bikur Cholim Synagogue, at 17th and Yesler. Funds raised will be used to help send Black South African trade union and com- munity leaders to study in Israel at the Histadrut's Afro-Asian Institute. The Seattle Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Histadrut (Israel's Na- tional Federation of Labor), and the Com- munity Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle are sponsoring the event. The project, which organizers say is designed to help promote peaceful and democratic change in South Africa and the abolition of apartheid, entails sending Black trade unionists and community ac- tivists from South Africa to train at Histadrut's Afro-Asian Institute in Tel Aviv. The Institute's course of study focuses on trade unionism, economic collectivism, community organization and social work organizational skills -- all subjects viewed as critical preparation for power sharing in South Africa. An initial group of 20 Black South, Africans have already completed the two- month training program, created jointly by Histadrut and the Los Angeles-based Center for Policy Options. Local Black and Jewish performers are donating their time for the cause. Already scheduled to perform are the Total Ex- perience Choir, Steve Banks and the Seatown Orchestra, the Franklin Jazz Band, Allen Youngblood, the Gwinyae Dance and Sukutai Mirimba Ensemble, Linda Assouline, Chutzpah, Gina Funes, Tia Cohen, and Bertram Levy. Concert sponsors said they hope to raise $5,0(X), enough to send one Black South African to the training program. Expenses include transportation, housing, food and tuition. Rabbi Anson Laytner, director of Federation's Community Relations Coun- cil, said general admission tickets for the concert are for sale for $10; $8 for seniors and students. Patrons, he said, are also be- ing sought. For more information and to order tickets, call the CRC office at 622-8211. [] Joshua Gortler, executive director of Caroline Kline Galland Home since 1969, will be the featured speaker at the second Career Women's forum of the year on Thursday, Nov. 13. The forum, entitled "Challenge for the 1980s: Planning for the Care of the Elderly in the Jewish Community," will be at the Kline Gailand Home, 7500 Seward Park Avenue South. Registration will begin at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start at 7:30 p.m. Dietary laws will be observed. Under Gortler's leadership, the Kline Galland Home has more than doubled the number of its residents to 145. Gortler also is credited with having instituted an Adult Day Center Program for the community's elderly, and a community nutrition pro- gram which prepares more than 900 meals each month for delivery to the Jewish aged throughout the city. Gortler received his B.A. and M.S.S. degrees from Yeshiva University. His pro- fessional associations include membership in the National Association of Jewish Homes for the Aged, the Gerontological Society, and the National Association of Jewish Communal Workers. He is a fellow of the American College of Nursing Home administrators and serves as a clinical instructor of the University of Washington's School of Nursing. Persons interested in attending should contact Merrily Cordova at the Federation at 622-8211. [] Page 10 The Jewish Transcript November 6, 1986