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THE CENTRO HEBREO IONA

editor Walter Ackerman
THE CENTRO HEBREO IONA 199 Activism Any issue relevant to the Jewish community as a whole that we felt was neglected we dealt with unflinchingly. We demonstrated not only for Israel or against neo- Nazism. For instance, Ioná was the only organization to launch  a campaign to halt the influence of the local  Jews for Jesus, 46  including the distribution of leaflets outside their churches and raising  the problem in diverse forums. A further campaign was mounted against an anti- Zionist course  that was part of the curriculum of the University of Buenos Aires. 47 Pride in Belonging Continued growth naturally led to the bolstering of our institutional ego. There was a special pleasure in participating in the novelty of Ioná, of being a part of a group that was doing something new. We took various initiatives to strengthen this feeling of belonging. For example, we frequently sent to all our members press cuttings favorable to our organization, and we encouraged the formation of representative teams of soccer, dance groups, music groups, choirs, etc. Every year we celebrated the anniversary of the institution in various ways, including parallel parties for youth and adults. The latter were gala occasions, such as the tenth anniversary that took place at the Sheraton Hotel ( December 12, 1989) where we showed a video on the history of Ioná. We provided our youngsters with many occasions to represent Ioná in diverse frameworks. From the start we  tried to serve small com-munities in the interior of the country, 48  which included sending youngsters to officiate during the High Holidays, as well as mad-rihim sent throughout the year. We were active in fifteen cities49 46 See OJI, newsletter of the Latin American section  of the World Jewish Congress, # 571 ( Buenos Aires, August 1990), p. 14. 47 The complaint  was published by the general press  including the major newspaper La Nación. 48 Each community  would send a request to our Board of Directors and for several months we would train Ioná youths who were to travel. In no case was there any financial profit on Ionás part; we  only requested that expenses be covered by the community that we  served. 49 See footnote 11.   Chapter Home  | TOC t t t t

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THE CENTRO HEBREO IONA 199 Activism Any issue relevant to the Jewish community as a whole that we felt was neglected we dealt with unflinchingly. We demonstrated not only for Israel or against neo- Nazism. For instance, Ioná was the only organization to launch a campaign to halt the influence of the local \\" Jews for Jesus,\\" 46 including the distribution of leaflets outside their churches and raising the problem in diverse forums. A further campaign was mounted against an anti- Zionist course that was part of the curriculum of the University of Buenos Aires. 47 Pride in Belonging Continued growth naturally led to the bolstering of our institutional ego. There was a special pleasure in participating in the novelty of Ioná, of being a part of a group that was doing something new. We took various initiatives to strengthen this feeling of belonging. For example, we frequently sent to all our members press cuttings favorable to our organization, and we encouraged the formation of representative teams of soccer, dance groups, music groups, choirs, etc. Every year we celebrated the anniversary of the institution in various ways, including parallel parties for youth and adults. The latter were gala occasions, such as the tenth anniversary that took place at the Sheraton Hotel ( December 12, 1989) where we showed a video on the history of Ioná. We provided our youngsters with many occasions to represent Ioná in diverse frameworks. From the start we tried to serve small com-munities in the interior of the country, 48 which included sending youngsters to officiate during the High Holidays, as well as mad-rihim sent throughout the year. We were active in fifteen cities49 46 See OJI, newsletter of the Latin American section of the World Jewish Congress, # 571 ( Buenos Aires, August 1990), p. 14. 47 The complaint was published by the general press including the major newspaper La Nación. 48 Each community would send a request to our Board of Directors and for several months we would train Ioná youths who were to travel. In no case was there any financial profit on Ioná's part; we only requested that expenses be covered by the community that we served. 49 See footnote 11. << Chapter >> Home | TOC t t t t
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