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r of Florida like to to wish Passover.  freeing of the years ago pe of unrest will le of peace all the spirit of will help suffering American or in other lhout the continue to we will all STONE a time for spiritual re- is a time to HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, March 28. 1980, Page 5 Passover Greetings from the Leaders TheSpecial significance for usalI.promise of peace seems GOV. BOB GRAHAM reflect on the escape of Jews from bondage in Egypt and for rededication to peace. This has particular significance for us now. Fifty of our fellow Americans are being held against their wills in the Amedcan Embassy in Tehran, Iran. The American Ambas- sador and a number of others are being held in Bogota, Columbia. A sovereign nation, Afghanistan, has been invaded by the Soviet Union and, Jews in the Soviet Union are finding it increasingly difficult to flee. The threats to world peace and to understanding among nations and religious faiths must be overcome. At this passover season we need to These values, along with a special joy and thanksgiving sense of justice and compas- as. for the first time in over sion, are values that Jews have 3,000 years, Israelis join hands struggled for throughout the .with their Egyptian neighbors world. And it is these values on in brotherhood. which we must rely t: promote Sitting around the Seder greater understanding and table, we in the Diaspora will compassion among all remember the biblical Exodus people, and welcome the normaliza- Like the followers of Moses, tion of relations as a milestone we should renew our commit- in Jewish history. As members ment to these ideas and of the American Jewish redouble our efforts to attain Community, dedicated to the them. ideals upon which the State of SEN. LAW'rON CHILES Israel was founded, we rejoice I appreciate this opportunity when the dream of Israel and to wish each of you a most freedom becomes reality for memorable Passover season. Jews from the Soviet Union Passover this year truly and other oppressed lands, marks a celebration of and we keep faith-with those independence for the children yet to come. Familes long sep- of Israel and I hope the events arated will break unleavened of the next few weeks will bread together this year. further solidify that indepen- dence as the President meets The American Jewish com- again at Camp David with munity, working through local leaders of Israel and Egypt. Federations and the Council Support of the people ofthe of Jewish Federations, has United States for the people of assisted the United Jewish Israel has never been a Appeal in its campaign effort debatable issue and while the for overseas needs. United struggle for peace and Israel Appeal is the instrument security in the Middle East has for translating this generosity not been easy, the commit- into specific programs and ment of the United States fora projects in Israel. We again reaffirm a commitment to free and independent Israel ourselves and to our people as remains solid. Israel's existence gives mean- Again, my best wishes to each of you at the celebration ing to our own. of this most ancient Jewish Aware that the prospects of holiday, peace bring numerous rededicate ourselves to the JEROLD C. HOFFBERGER responsibilities, we are Chairman, United Israel Appeal reminded this Passover that values of freedom, equality Israel requires our constant and self-reliance. This Passover brings with it support. Unrest in many areas Negotiations by Autonomy Talks and weekly plenary sessions while the lower level working groups (JTA)-- conUnue their meetings as be devel- before. The three top negoti- rela- tors last met at The Hague on President February 28-29 but little )laint that progress was reported. its feet in Trade Talks Break Off Another sign that Israeli- by Egyptian relations were not negotiator, running smoothly less than a Yosef Burg, month after the two countries that the exchanged ambassadors was with the break-off in trade negotia- per- tions in Tel Aviv. and Pro posed The Egyptian delegation left the country without reaching a an interview trade agreement with Israel. Elon pub- The parties decided to con- ,last week, tinue their talks but no time or disap- place were set. The negotiations are concerned tess in with a customs agreement, and the the transfer of goods from one in Wash- country to the other and pro- Supply of cedures for issuing import and arms to export licenses. b Warned that Sadat referred indirectly to iress on May 26 trade relations in his Haaretz interview. When asked about Camp the prospects for joint eco- rew situa- nomic projects with Israel, he He would said they would have to wait until a comprehensive peace sent settlement is achieved, mean- ing a solution of the Palestinian problem. and U.S. Sol The Egyptian leader that they insisted that while the autonomy talks have bogged down they have not broken Trip to Africa Denied Maariv, claimed that r denied Weizman was sent to South )rts that Africa by Premier Menachem er Ezer Begin and only a few Cabinet ministers knew about it. last "security Begin and Weizman reportedly held a lengthy on one last week but no in details were given. down. "We have stopped half way toward the cornerstone of an overall peace settlement in the Palestinian issue. But we have made progress on this. I am very sorry, very, very sorry. But the autonomy talks are not a failure yet. No. no, not that. But there has been no progress, no progress," Sadat said. He said that Egypt, for its part, has implemented the normalization of relations fully and more quickly than expected. He conceded that Israel, too, has fulfilled its part of the peace treaty pertaining to the withdrawal of forces from Sinai to the letter. With respect to a "new situation" if the May 26 deadline is not met, Sadat said he "never crosses bridges until I come to them." Sadat noted that as part of the normalization process Israelis and Egyptians can now visit each other's country. Israelis can drive their cars across Sinai into Egypt, he said. Israel and Egypt initialed an air agreement, effective last week, providing for six flights a week between Tel Aviv and Cairo, three by El AI and three by Nefertiti, the new Egyptian airline established to fly the route. Actually, the flights began two weeks ago. Sadat appeard to be particularly disturbed by Israeli objections to the supply of American arms to Egypt. He insisted, that Egypt has no intention to use them against Israel but pro-lsrael and Jewish spokesmen in Washington are working against them. "'Why is this? Does Begin not trust me?" the Egyptian leader asked. He suggested that the psychological barriers have not yet come down in Israel. He asserted that 99 percent of the Egyptian people supported normaljza- tion and his policies. IRWIN S. FIELD has created an urgent need to help in the resettlement of thousands of immigrants and Project Renewal calls for a deep commitment to aid Israel's disadvantaged. On this very special Pass- over, we rejoice both in the vision of the future and in the unity of the Jewish people. On behalf of the Officers, Board of Directors, and Trustees of United Israel Appeal, I wish you all a Happy Holiday with the hopes that the links being forged will bring a true peace to Israel and inspire freedom- loving people throughout the world. IRWIN S. FIELD National Chairman, United Jewish Appeal This year Passover takes on brighter than at any time in recent history. All members of the UJA family can take pride in knowing they have played a part in making the dream of peace a reality for our people. It also is significant that this year thousands of Jews, who only months ago lived lives of insecurity and even danger. will celebrate Passover in an atmosphere of freedom and reunion. Over the past 12 months we have seen the largest migration of our people since the ! 930's. For many of them, this will be their first seder. Thousands still await the opportunity to live and partici- pate in a free society. To them, everywhere, and to the thousands in Israel who are striving for a better future through Project Renewal pro- grams, we in the LUA, once again, on this Pesach, reaffirm our commitment to strive to secure the present while pro- viding for the future. Peace, far from bringing an end to our struggle, tests our resolve anew. Peace demands we confront even more com- plex and elusive goals, and impels us to demonstrate a broader vision, increased determination, and a constancy of action. Now more than ever we must demonstrate the strength of heart, mind and soul to create a unity of purpose for our people. TEMPLE EMANGEL, in its time one of New York's most striking arch/tectura/monu- ments, was built at a cost of $800,000 in 1866-68 on the northeast corner of Filth Avenue and 43rd StreeL The Temple held a congregation of 1,800 with an additional 500seats in the gallery. This midtown section of h'h Avenue developed quickly and around the turn of the century It was transformed from a residential to a commercial area. Emanu.EI was in J 930 a new Temple Emanu.E! was dedicated at-Flfth Avenue and i