NEW YORK (Nov. 7)
A wide-ranging series of public celebrations will be held in 100 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 10 in conjunction with ceremonies the same day in Oslo as Israeli Premier Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Begin hailed the forthcoming events in a letter to the Israel Bond Organization, declaring that the meetings “will strengthen our economy in the challenging months ahead.” He said: “As I attend the ceremonies in Oslo, Norway in recognition of our efforts to bring peace to the region, I shall take comfort in the knowledge that we have so many under standing friends who are prepared to stand with us and demonstrate their faith in our future.”
The festive meetings are sponsored by the Israel Bond Organization in conjunction with its Rabbinic Cabinet. Sam Rothberg, general chairman of the organization, and Leon Kronish, chairman of the Rabbinic Cabinet and spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach, Florida, said in a joint announcement that the celebrations are co-sponsored by the three major national rabbinic bodies, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform); Rabbinic Assembly (Conservative) and Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox).