JEWISH , WESTERN BULLETIN
Friday^. September 14, 1962^
Large attendance at VanoDuver
The Jewish commuity of Van-, afternoon, -Zionist Role in Ed- Jewish history, an^ stated that couver tinned oT in Wece-' ucation", was chaired by Dr. S. j this should be of deep concern dented numbers to attend ses-j Margolese, and addressed by A. to all Zionists, sions of the Pacific Regional \ M. Melamet, national executive
Zionist conference, held in Vancouver last weekend. Based on the theme "Zionism at the Crossroads" the conference explored many facets of Zionist
vice-president of the Z.O.C. Mr. Melamet, in his remarks, dealt wth education towards Zionism, and made special reference to writings of . Professor Simon
endeavor, and atter^pted- t(f Herman, of 4he Hebrew univers-evaluate national and regional ity, on this .subject, programmes. "You. get. an. expression of
rrur. .,r^l. ^ti^^^A^A Zionist education through group
The conference wa? attended . Mr. Melamet said, "and by representatives of the nat- '
ional executive of the Z.O.C, Western, region,, and for the first time, Seattle branch of the Zion-ist Organization of America.
Sessions began Saturday afternoon at the Talmud Torah auditorium with the welcoming address by Sidney Zack, Conference chairman.
Mr. Zack was fqllowed by Dr. J. Secter, president of the Pacific region, who delivered a keynote address. Dr. Secter endeavored to evaluate the work of the Zionist. Organization of Canada, and decried the many erosions which have taken place in the movement £Jincp,,(creation, Qf.^he- State of Israel. He called for .widening of Zionist influence and constituency, and for creation of a strong cultural Zionist arm.
The first panel on Saturday
becoming a Zionist is a process of growing into a group which is Zionist''. He stressed the need for adult, edycatioii. ^nd escpan-sion of Ulpan JHebrew study.
Following, Mir. Mejamet's address, a pajiel consisting of Rabbi B. W o y t h a 1 e r , Dr. S. Zbarsky, and Rabbi B. Golden-berg, posed questions and commented on the topic. The three
The second session on Saturday afternoon dealt with the topic "Z.O.C. Convention
What Are The Issues?" The session was chaired by S. Zack, and the main speaker was Harry Wolf^on, a member of National Z.O.C. executive frbm , Tofontp.
"If there is a need for Jewish education, this affluent Jewish society, should pay for it", Mr, Wolf son stated. "Certainly the Zionist Organization should have a financial je^ppnsibilty but let us be clear; each community must not waste its money superflu ousXy," the speaker said.
Mr. Wolfson dealt with those many issues facing the Zionist mpvement in Canada today.
panelists dealt with local issues and stated that the forthcoming
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Rabbi Woythaler stated that the Z.O.C. has failed to create a proper atmosphere for children through educating adults. He called for a cultural revival in addition to fund-raising.
Dr. Zbarsky referred to the relationship of Z.O.C. aiid Keren Hatarbut, and called for greater Zionist finarrcial support in Hebrew education. He stated that Hebrew institutions are pricing themselves put of business," and that it is the responsibility of. the entire community to ensure .that every child who wishes a Hebrew education receives it.
Rabbi Goldenberg decried the fact that children today do not have a proper understanding of
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national convention must come to grips with these problemff and endeavor to have a welh informed and well - prepared Jewish constituiency at all tirnes;
On Saturday evening, the main conference dinner was Jield at th^ Richmond Country! club. National, treasurer and^ presidential candidate, Joseph; N. Frank, delivered a fighting address, and called for an aggressive Zionist moveinjent in Canada, (for Mr. Kr^rac's address, see front page,' y Jewish: Western Bulletin).
Sunday sessions began with greetings from local Qjrganiza-tions. Greetings were \ brought by the following: Dr. Ili Stein, on behalf of the Cana<^an Jewish Congress;; Albert K4|)lan, on. behalf of the New Jewish Community Centre; Mrs.' "G.. Lan-ciaster, on behalf of Vancouver Hadassah Council; Ben Garber, on behalf of the Labor jZionist Council; and Harry H^i^itian on behalf of B'n^i anions Gate lodge. A telegram of greet-^ ings was read frohi S.'J. Drache, Q.C, national vic^^presideht ol Z.O.C.
A lively youth session ertsued, with reports being given on all facets of Z.O.C. youth activity in Vancouver. The session made all participants aware of the fact that Vancouver Zionist
youth rank amongst the strongest segments in Canada.
A.report on the; scqpe and functions of Young Judaea were prsented by Gail Margoiese president of. Vancouver Young^ Judaea. . -
Linda Feldstein, who just returned from the Jewish Agency one year course in Israel at the Machon, outlined in detail t^ie curriculurri of Machon, its for? mal study.program, and she also described her five months! study on kibbutz.
A report on the 1962 seasbn at Camp Hatikvah was presfeiit-ed by. one of the camp's senipc counsellors, Stanley Levy. Mir. Levy outlined in detail the carrip program, and made numerous suggestions to be considered liy the camp conimittee.
During the past summer, 12
Vancouver Young Judaeans atr tenjded Camp Bjluiin, the Natioh-al Leadiership Institute of Canadian Young Judaea. A report on Biluim activities was given by-one of ths summer's participants, Bonnie Goldberg.
The second morning session on Sunday, dealt with the Zionist Cultural Institute. This session Was addressed by Harry Wolfson. Ml". Wolfson traced the history of the Zionist mov-emjent in ancient and contemporary times. "If we are to survive; as Jews we must devote ourseli/es to cultivation of values that hive ;been hallowed in our history," Mr. Wolfson stated. "Unification
means organization on a deino-
cratic basis. We cannot afford
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Pictured above, A. M. Melamet, Nationfil Executive Vice-President of the Zionist Organization of Canada (left), dis-cjisse§ Convention issues with Irving .Chertkow, Pacific Regional Chairnian. The Rational Convention of the Z.O.C. will ppexi in. Toronto on |foy..2nd, and a large British Columbia delegation is expected to attend.
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