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Fort Worth Plans J.C. Center Poll
Fort Worth: Front And Center
Differences For Israel Seen
Between Dag’s And US Plans
The Jewish community of Fort Worth has an excellent opportunity at hand to decide1
democratically whether or not it wants a Community Center. Following a special Center Committee
meeting held last Tuesday night it was decided to recommend that a poll of the entire Jewish Commu-
nity be made to decide if Fort Worth wants and will support a Community Center.
A Community Center is not a building alone. If it were, it would be an empty shell without a heart.
The! heart of the Center is in the Program it can provide lor all groups and people in Fort Worth.
A vibrant Community Center is based upon a program that provides cultural, educational, social and
athletic activities. The needs, wishes and responsiveness of the people will determine the success or
failure Df a Community Center.
A Center can provide the means for the people to engage in some of the following activities:
A Day Camp for children and pre-teens.
Arts and Crafts classes for all ages.
Specialized programs for Teen-agers, Young Married Couples, Golden-Age Groups
Cultural programs headed by speakers and artists of reknown.
Discussion and Great Book Groups.
Classes in Languages and other studies.
An Athletic program for all ages, including a year-round swimming poo^ handball court, gymnasium,
and the possibility of a Health Club for men and women.
Kitchen facilities for luncheons, community meetings, parties.
Facilities for dances.
The Community Center would be operated on a non-sectarian basis.
A Center Program and a Center Building will cost money and will require the support and sus-
tained interest of the entire community.
There is a good possibility that the Fort Worth Jewish Community may be able to obtain funds from
a Trust to help finance the construction of a Community Center building as a memorial to a humanitar-
ian who died recently.
Before this can be accomplished there has to be some indication of the wishes of the Jewish people
of Fort Worth.
The poll will soon be coming your way.
Community Centers have been successfully operating in many cities across the country for decades.
New Centers have recently been built in Atlanta, Savannah, Nashville, St. Louis and Birmingham.
In Texas, Jewish Community Centers are located in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas has its Jul-
ius Schepps Community Center under construction.
Fort Wprth is one of the few communities of its size in the nation which does not have a Center
Do you want one?
Will you support a Center? /
Does Fort Worth need one?
It’s up to you.
If you want to find out more information or join with those who are planning to organize a Commu-
nity Center Association now is the time to act.
Call Maurice Rabinowitz, Community Center Chairman at PE 7-5469 or ED 6- 4856.
At any rate, whatever your feelings, this is your chance to express them. When the poll and letter
on the Community Center reaches you in the next week, express your feelings and return it in the
postage paid envelope.
The' future of a Community Center depends on YOU!
And it’s your chance to come up FRONT & CENTER!
IN OUR TWELFTH YEAR
VOLUME XII — NO. 33 THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 1958 8 Pages 15c Per Copy
Golda Meir In London Stresses Arms For Israel
LONDON (JTA) Foreign Mini-
ster Golda Meir of Israel warned
here today that her country
would have “seriously to weigh
the new situation and the mea-
sures to be taken for the security
of its frontiers and its integrity”
in the event that the United Arab
Republic takes over Jordan.
She declared that the situation
required a collective guarantee
to all the countries of the Mid-
dle East by “the greatest number
of countries interested in the
peace and stability of the area.”
The Israeli Foreign Minister’s
warning came after she had met
with Selwyn Lloyd, the British
Foreign Secretary, in a long ex-
change of views which was offic-
ially described as “useful.” Israel'
circles here stressed the signifi-
cance of the meeting as the first
time that Anglo-Israel relations
had been discussed on so high a
level. The 90-minute meeting at
the Foreign Office was followed:
by a luncheon tendered by Mr. i
Lloyd at Carlton Gardens, the
Foreign Secretary’s official resi-
Acdording to the official com-*
munique, the tw<o foreign mini-
sters discussed problems “of in-
terest to the two countries, par-
ticularly those of the Middle
East,” but it is understood that
Mrs. Meir made a strong plea for
arms for Israel, particularly anti-
submarine equipment capable of
dealing w'th the submarines Ool. i
Nasser recently received from the J
UNITED NATIONS (JTA) — Major differences from the point
jyf view of Israel’s security were seen here today between the plan
on the Middle East proposed to the emergency session of the United
Nations General Assembly last Friday by UN Secretary General Dag
Hammarskjold and the plan which will be proposed by the United
States when the Assembly resumed its meeting on Wednesday.
Although the details of the American plan have not yet been made
public, the American proposal is expected to suggest the protection
against aggression of all Middle East countries, including Israel. Mr.
Hammarskjold’s proposal calls for a pledge by the Arab countries
not to attack each other. The Hammarskjold plan evoked much dis-
satisfaction in Israel.
The American delegation here consulted today with other dele-
gations on the plan which was presented to the General Assembly
by President Eisenhower personally. High points of the plan, it was
indicated, are: 1. A collective guarantee by the United Nations of the
territorial integrity of all the countries in the Middle East; 2. This
guarantee! to be supervised by a United Nations police force. 3. The
establishment of some form of arms control to prevent an armaments
race between the Arab countries and Israel; 4. The establishment of
a Middle East Economic Authority through which economic assistance
would be given to Israel and the Arab countries.
The economic aid suggested by the American plan would be financ-
ed to a very great extent by the United States, officials of the Ameri-
can delegation indicated today. It wsuld concentrate on regional pro-
jects, such as development of the water resources of the Jordan
River, the Nile and Euphrates.
American circles here anticipate that Soviet Foreign Minister
Andrei A. Gromyko will, in his speech at the General Assembly, also
suggest some form of economic aid to Middle Eastern countries, but
will insist on a United Nations ban on the shipments of arms not
only to Arab countries, but also to Israel and Turkey.
Jaw In Italy —
Copyrig:ht-1958 Texas Jewish Post
Jimmy Wisch, Texas Jewish Post Ed-
itor-Publisher, returned fr^'m Israel JeWS In Itctly
recently. This is the 32nd in a series en-
titled, “NINE DAYS IN ISRAEL.”
It was raining and cold in Rome while we searched for Signor Vi-
terbo, one of the leaders of the Italian Jewish Community. We finally
found his biulding at Corso Vittorio Emanuele 173 after a chase
through Rome’s traffic. Signer Viterbo was a mild mannered man
whose family has lived in Italy since the Roman Legionaires started
making their marches into England and the Middle East. He is presi-
dent of the Zionist Federation of Italy and was on his way to a con-
vention in Leghorn when we finally met him, before he left Rome.
Viterbo explained that in the early days of the Roman Empire people
were forced to take a family name. “My family chose the small town
they had been living in,, Viterbo, and that’s how we got our name.”
Jewish communities in Italy have 'official recognition by the gov-
ernment. In any matters concerning religion, or relations with the
Jews of Italy, the central body of the organization, called the Unione
de la Community, similar to our Council of Welfare Funds and Fed-
erations, is called in to discuss problems that may arise. The Signor
said that Rome has four synagogues, all orthodox and composed of
Jews of Italian, Sephardic and Ashkenazie origin. He said that inter-
marriage exists as a current problem but that he was not pessemistic
about the future of Italian Jewry “because we are serving the Dias-
pora in Italy. We have good Jewish schools in Rome, Florence, Milan,
Turin and Venice. All principal communities have elementary schools
which teach in Italian and have instruction in Hebrew lessons. In
Rome, Milan and Turin there are High Schools which do the same.
In Rome one Hebrew School has tover 650 students. The only Jewish
paper published in Italian, “Israel” which Viterbo edits, was sus-
pended during World War II and began publishing following the end
of hostilities. None of the international Jewish News Services arc-
used by the paper and it uses Hebrew in its columns from time to
Signor Viterbo regarded the rain outside while he packed hi»
briefcase, and said, “Excuse me, but I have to catch my train. My
meeting in Leghorn is waiting.”
We wished him good luck and entered into Corso Vittorio Emanu-
Rome had an interesting experience waiting for us, too.
But more of that later.
CAPITAL SPOTLIGHT - - By Milton Friedman . . . Israel Crisis To Come If Jordan Falls
Israel would be drawn from the edge into the center
of the turbulent Near East vortex by the disentegration
of Jordan. Thaet is the view if U.S. offici.als
The concern of these officials has been made known
to members of Congress. They privately predict that
Israel’s hour is about to come on the center of the world
stage. They are worried lest open Arab-Israel warfare
erupt when British forces evacuate Jordan.
Should Nasser forces seize Jordan, will Israel stand
idly by? That is the current question at State Depart-
mient staff meetings. It is seen as a key to the next
Some officials feel that Israel must receive firm bor-
der guarantees and modern U.S. arras. It is thought that
such support would reassure Israel despite the move-
ment of hostile UAR forces all along its longest and most
But on the other hand, there are those in the ranks
of Washington officialdom who feel that now more than
ever Israel must be “restrained.” They fear American
support of Israel would completely alienate Arab na-
tionalism and facilitate further Soviet penetration. Their
view is that the United States must deny arms to Israel
because such arms might encourage the Israelis to go
into action. It is thought that the more dependent Israel
Is on America for support the more “cooperative” Israel
Therefore, the bait of military assistance may be used
to tempt Israel. But that bait may be kept tantalizingly
out of reach. The same would apply to an iron-clad
U.S. security commitment.
Meanwhile, the State Department would seek a form-
ula for United Nations neutralization of Jordan under
international agreement. A constructive plan for Jor-
dan has not yet been formulated here. The chances are
that the kingdom will collapse after British forces de-
part. Chaos would ensue.
Israel Premier David Ben Gurion will then be faced
with a grave situation. Israel would be in even greater
jeopardy than when it was forced to launch the Sinai
operation in 1956.
If warfare broke out between Israel and UAR forces,
how far would Russia go in supporting the UAR? Would
America actually commit forces in support of Israel?
These are questions that keep diplomats up at night.
The t^Hth is that Israel expected more from the United
States than what has emerged. Since American opposi-
tion to Nasser’s “indirect aggression” was proclaimed,
Israel hoped it would really be taken into the anti-Nas-
ser family. U.S. troops landed in Lebanon. Israel per-
mitted use of its airspace for delivery by the U.S. Air
Force of military supplies to Jordan. To protect itself
from aggression from the same source, Israel thought it
would at least be able to buy U.S. defensive weapons.
But Israel is still waiting for approval of equipment it
was trying to buy here long before the July 14 pro-Nas-
ser coup in Iraq. The State Department is already dis-
cussing the granting of more free U.S. arms to the new
Iraqi Government. Diplomatic recognition has been ac-
corded the revolutionary regime. However, the State
Department has not yet decided to approve the sale of
arms vital to Israel.
Israel did buy approximately $4,000,000 in military
goods from the United States last year on State De-
partment-approved export licenses. But absolutely noth-
ing that shoots was provided. The equipment included
only spare parts for old equipment and quartermaster
supplies of various kinds. There was nothing that was
actually an important modern weapon. France has sold
jet fighters to Israel but lacks the great and varied U.S.
Negotiations were advanced here by a visit of Shimon
Peres, director-general of the Israel Defense Ministry.
Important officials of the Defense Department were
anxious to provide Israel with all the necessary arms.
But the State Department so far refuses to approve.
A decision on the arms issue, negative or affirmative,
will indicate whether the United States has decided
basically to support Israel against aggression or to ap-
pease the Arabs at Israel’s expense.
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