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  • Fred Berk Dead at 69

    Fred Berk, founder and for 28 years director of the Jewish Dance Division of the 92nd Street YMHA, died Tuesday at the age of 69 of heart failure at the Metropolitan Hospital. Berk, born in Austria, was a modem dancer and an authority on Israeli folk dances. He was teaching at the Y at the… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Some 1600 North American Jewish Educators Hold Conclave to Discuss Alternatives I

    “This is probably the largest meeting of Jewish educators held since… well, perhaps since Sinai.” That claim was made by Jerry Benjamin, chairperson of the Coalition on Alternatives in Jewish Education (CAJE) and the recently-named executive director of the Maimonides School in Boston, in referring to the fourth CAJE conference which took place at Rutgers… More ▸

  • Presidents Conference Hits UN Campaign on Palestinian Rights

    A $500,000 campaign by the United Nations Secretariat to “promote” Palestinian rights was denounced today by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations as a “crude attempt to glorify Arab terrorism and the murderous PLO.” Theodore R. Mann, chairman of the Conference of Presidents, called on UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and U.S…. More ▸

  • Anniversary Fete in South Africa

    More than 6000 people jammed the Film Trust Arena here for an evening of music and dancing to commemorate Israel’s 30th anniversary. The festivities were highlighted by slide presentations tracing the history of the Jewish State and by a theatrical production depicting the economic, political and social development of the people of Israel. Outside, on… More ▸

  • ‘it’s Great to Be 30 After 4000 Years’

    Some 100,000 people are expected to march Sunday at the annual Salute to Israel Parade, the theme of which will be “It’s great to be 30 after 4000 years.” Highlighting the celebration, Premier Menachem Begin will greet the public and walk along with the parade procession for several blocks. He will also speak at an… More ▸

  • Batsheva Dancers, Panovs on U.S. Tour

    Israel’s internationally acclaimed national dance troupe, the Batsheva Dance Company, featuring guest artists Galina and Valery Panov, will make their first major tour of the United States this spring on the occasion of Israel’s 30th anniversary in May, it was announced here by two San Francisco-based companies, Morning Sun Productions and Jane Bloom Enterprises. The… More ▸

  • Rumanian Dance Group Cancels Tour

    A Rumanian folk dance troupe has suddenly cancelled an Israeli tour which was supposed to open here tonight, followed by an official gala premier tomorrow night. The telegram announcing the cancellation gave no reason for it and suggested no alternative date. Attempts to ascertain the motive have yielded no information and Israeli circles now believe… More ▸

  • Jwb Plans Cultural Arts Conference

    The Jewish Welfare Board will hold a 3-day American Bicentennial conference on the Jewish cultural arts beginning Jan. 10. Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, is scheduled to open the conference at the 92nd Street Y. Dore Schary, motion picture producer and director and Academy Award winning playwright, is chairman of the conference. Schary said… More ▸

  • Appeal on Behalf of 17 Soviet Jews Presented to Hurok Official

    At an unprecedented meeting with George Perper, executive vice-president of Hurok Concerts, Inc., Jacqueline Levine, president of the Metropolitan New Jersey Conference on Soviet Jewry and Meyer Fine, the Conference program coordinator, presented the Hurok official with a letter of appeal on behalf of the 17 Soviet Jewish artists who have been consistently refused exit… More ▸

  • Panovs, Tired but Happy, Arrive in Israel, ‘our Home’

    Valery and Galina Panov arrived at Ben Gurion airport from Vienna near midnight and left their plane exclaiming, “We have come home. This is our home.” The famous dance couple looked tired after their long trip from Leningrad to Vienna, where they arrived yesterday for a brief rest before boarding an Austrian: Airways plane for… More ▸