THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, October 9, 1959 — 8
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in our community who themselves observe the Sabbath;
Hopes Wiser Couriael' women
have resisted this phase of con- Jewish couples- spread fertilizer
Will Guide Center
formity but are nevertheless or cut their. lawns -in the sub-
See HARVEY GELLER
useful participating members in urbs; Jewish children . every-
Editor, The JeWiSly-. News:
General Sales Manager
where play - football on the
The = controversy sparked by all community activities.
Your pious approach to the -streets in -their 'jeans or ride
the deeision of the Jewish Cen.
ter board to remain open on Sabbath has a hollow ring. We bikes; in my own profession,
the_ sabbath is an unworthy know that a' very small minority of 300 to 400 Jewish dentists,
one. If there . ever was - any of Jews observes 'the Sabbath _nc more than 20 close their
juStifidation for the -expendi- as you imply they should. I offices on Saturday.
ture of $3,000,000 on a Jewish understand that even some orth-
The resurgence of religious
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Center building, surely it was odox synagogue members work interest in Judaism in this gen-
to strengthen and perpetuate on the Sabbath. Many, by their eration has been due mainly to
_own admission, write, smoke, an adaptation of our religion to
Jewish valueS and tradition.
Now, the gigantic center .cre- and ride in- automobiles. Our modern American life and not
ates its own logic. _ In order
to make the Center's -Health changed through the years servances which alienated the
Club more attractive to new along with many other rites and last generation.
members and keep it' corripeti: customs. Your editorial ap-
It is the privilege of this small
tive with SidneY Hill Health : proach to the 'issue Was -sancti- Minority of traditionalists to
refuse to attend the Saturday
Club, it becomes necessary. to monious andunrealistic.
I firmly believe that opening afternoon opening Of the Center,
violate 5,000 years of Jewish
custom. What a sorry state of
but it is also the Privilege of
bring more Jews into our beau- the- Majority to have their chil-
The argument that the Cen- - tiful building. The day seems dren off the streets and at the
Center in a wholesome Jewish
ter board is merely behaying -
Max k. , Goldsmith
Jacob E. Segril
democratically, responding to tendance. Chiltlren attend atmosphere.
E. M. Stein
the wishes of its membership -
Whom are we fooling by
is a specious one. What any school Sunday mornings. Fa- keeping the Center closed — I
William I. Liberson
' Benjamin H. Gorrelick
individual Jew decides to do thers work all week. Mothers think ourselves!
Ben W. Siegal
Be-4i Abraham .... Israel I. Halpern
On the sabbath is a private, are kept busy homemaking. Sun-
day is the day that the family
DR. MORTON B. LESSER,
But, what a Jewish com- spends together at home. Sat-
munity institution, supported urday, then, is an ideal day for
by Community funds does, is all of them to participate in •
Defense of Center Action -
quite another matter-. The Cen- Community Center activity,
Editor, The Jewish News:
ter board is merely acting as
It was enunciated by the
trustee for the Jewish past and tive force, competing with
guardian of the future. It has synagogues, opening the Center rabbis, when Jews fought to
no right to alter fundamental
traditions of the Jewish- people.-
Let us hope that wiser coun- who would otherwise find no not man to the Sabbath."
N. P. Rossen
Israel J. Rockove
Today, we are endeavoring to
sel will prevail when the board time for such participation.
I heartily endorse the action maintain our heritage and our
reconsiders its hasty action.
of the board of directors of the very identity, and the' Jewish
Jewish Community Center. It Community Center does well to
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is s: significant step in the right keep its doors open on Satur-
Endorses Center's ACtion, direction. The Jewish Commun-
day. Or would you have its
Calls Us SanctimoniOus
ity Center should serve the doors closed and our youth
Mishkan Israel .... Isaac Stollman
whole Jewish community.
Editor, The Jewish News:
sitting in movies seeing pic-
Mogen Abraham ..S. P. Wohlgelernter
Very truly yours,
Your editorials the past two
tures of violence and horror?
A. I. Gold
GERALD FREEDMAN, D.D.S.
Weeks, and the page of letters
Saturday is the major day for
in the last issue of The Jewish
cultural and recreational activi-
Leo Y. Goldman
News seem to indicate a unani-
ties. Instead of the streets or
mity of opinion opposed to the
the movies, our youth will learn
opening of the Jewish Commun- Editor, The Jewish News:
and play under Jewish auspices.
Charles T. Gellman
Samuel H. Prero
Since your publication of let- Parents, I am sure, would feel
ity Center on Saturday. This is
false. There area hundreds of ters from a small but eloquent better about that than if a blue
David. S. Cern
Jews in this community who minority opposing the Saturday law is enforced.
want the center to open on afternoon opening of the Jewish
Center, I have tried to _under-
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David I. Berris
Yaakov I. Homnick
S'urely you must be aware stand their idealistic point of
that there is a large group of view. However, upon looking Can't Something Be Done?
Jews in Detroit and its environs around our community any Sat- Editor, The Jewish News:
The planners of the Jewish
Beth Tefilo .
whose approach to Judaism is urday, one is forced to take off
secular. Surely you must be his rose-colored glasses and Center overbuilt. They spent a
lot of money for a health
aware that there is a large stop being a hypocrite.
At least a few thousand of club for people who could af-
group of Jews in Detroit not
affiliated with a synagogue. our Jewish youth spend their ford to go elsewhere. Now,
James G. McDonald
Shall their Community. Center usual Sabbath at the Royal they want to keep the Center
be closed to them when they Theater; more thousands of open on the sabbath to serve
Jewish adults work or shop these people.
can best use it?
John E. Lurie
Can't something be done?
Despite the trend that you downtown or at Northland;
Harold Berke, David I. Berris, David J. Cohen, Dr. Jacob
mention of "the return to re- many businesses of the Ortho-
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ligion" there are men and dox remain open although they
H. Gorrelick, William Hordes, Joseph
Goldman, Rabbi Benjamin
PONTI A C
HIGH HOLY ; DAY ISRAEL
BOND APPEAL HONOR ROLL
Editor, The Jewish News:
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I JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER
PING PONE TOURNAMENT
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In your issue of Sept. 18,
you comment very skeptically
upon Herman Wouk's assertion
that "the number of women
who go to the mikvah is, so far,
small compared to those who do
not, but the day is past when
the mikvah was for a fading
trickle of foreign ladies. The
women who go are mostly
As president of Detroit's
Women's Orthodox. League, I
would like to tell you that our
organization is made up of
more than 150 women, mostly
young and almost all Ameri-
cans, who are firmly devoted to
the principle of the mikvah.
Moreover, there are many other
like-minded women who are
not members of our group.
MRS. J. SPITZER
New Jersey AJC to Fight
Sunday Law Referendum
TRENTON, N.J., ( J T A ) —
Plans for meetings to oppose a
referendum in 15 New Jersey
counties for local option ap-
proval of a Sunday closing law
were announced by the New
Jersey region ol the American
Kadans, Judge Nathan J. Kaufman, Louis E. Levitan, Rabbi J.
Litke, Rabbi Israel J. Rockove, Irving W. Schlussel, Max Schul-
zinger, Rabbi Jacob E. Segal, Isadore Sosnick, Isidore Starr,
Rabbi Isaac Stollman, Phillip Stollman, Daniel Temchin, Zvi
Tomkiewicz, Rabbi S. P. Wohlgelernter.
HIGH HOLY DAY RELIGIOUS COUNCIL
Mr. Phillip Stollman
Mr. Norman Allan
Judge Nathan J. Kaufman
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