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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-11-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS—Friday, November 27, 1959 - 14

The Suburban Community

Move to Suburbs Not a Matter
of Ducking Responsibilities

By the Oak-Woodser
The question of Jews who
move into the suburbs "to avoid
civil rights issues" was brought
to the floor of the convention
of the Union of American He-
brew Congregations last week in
Miami Beach, Fla.
Reform leaders heard Balti-
more attorney Marvin Braiter-
man attack those "Jews running
from the cities to the suburbs
and carrying their temples with
them because of a purported
invasion of white neighborhoods
by non-whites."
Braiterman, who is a member
of the UAHC national commis-
sion on social action, said that
this situation "complicates a
social defeat into a moral disas-
ter."
He also criticized those who
would leave for the suburbs be-
cause of "problems of juvenile
delinquency, urban and human
maladjustments arising out of
fiscal and communal instability
of American cities."
The Baltimore attorney said
that "the city needs the active
participation of a purposeful and
conscientious dedication to the
social creed of Judaism among
more of its residents," and
added that Reform Judaism had
"streamlined its faith" in order
to present social action as a
"vehicle of the inner self."
Despite the righteous com-
plaint of Mr. Braiterman, we
think that the suburb is given
abuse for naught. While Jews
are leaving areas where non-
whites have moved in great
numbers, they are not picking
suburban life to duck respon-
sibility, as Mr. Braiterman
would have us believe.
Mainly, the move from mixed
neighborhoods to the suburbs
follows economic lines. Often,
it is the suburb with its stand-
ard three bedrooms and one
and one half baths that offers -
most what today's family is
seeking and can afford to pay.
The suburbs offer good school
systems in most eases; they
offer more space for children
to play; they have convenient
shopping centers with plenty of
space to park a car without
having to walk.
Most of all, the suburbs offer
a wide flexibility in price ranges
on houses—with no down pay-
ment and mortgages up to 30
years.
Most of the people leaving
mixed neighborhoods are of low
middle to middle class. They
naturally choose the home
where they can get the most
for the least and where their
children will have a chance for
social and educational growth.
We have seen, too, that when
finances are not too heavy a
burden on a family, their choice
for future residence is not the
suburbs, but another, well-estab-
lished section of the big city.
As for the charge that Jews
are "carrying their temples
with them," we would like to
point to the fact that this is
true in about one-third of the
synagogues. The other." two- .
thirds are new to the com-
munity, and their member-
ships renresent a general in-
flux of population from all
areas of the city.

To Review Wouk's Book

Mrs. Joshua Sperka will re-
view "This Is My God", Herman
Wouk's best seller, at the next
PTA meeting of the Hebrew
Academy of Oak Park at 8:30
p.m. Monday, at 13855 W. Nine
Mile. The meeting is open to
the public. A social hour will
follow.

If this is the ease in Detroit,
we would also assume that it is
true of Baltimore and other
areas of big city population,
where population trends have
followed nearly identical pat-
terns.
One fact, however, with which
we cannot argue is Mr. Braiter-
man's assertion that Jews are
—as are other peoples—leaving
areas where non-whites move in.
Would that we had achieved
that happy state—educationally,
culturally and socially—where
this were not so. We have faith
that eventually it will happen.
The running must stop some-
where.

Annual Meeting
of Flint Council
Sunday Evening

The 1959 annual meeting of
the Flint Jewish Community
Council will be held Sunday,
at 8:30 p.m., at Beth Israel Syn-
agogue.
Dr. H. M. Golden, president,
announced that awards for out-
standing service will be award-
ed to the following leaders of
the 1959 United Jewish Appeal
campaign of Flint.
Dr. S. S. Gorne, general chair-
man; Edwin L. Elk, asociate
chairman; Louis Kasle and Ar-
thur Hurand, co-chairmen of in-
itial gifts; Louis A. Cohn and
Alfred Klein, co-chairmen of
general solicitation; Mrs. Louis
Epstein, Mrs. Arthur Hurand
and Mrs. David Wolin, co-chair-
men of the Women's Division.
The following officers will be
installed: Dr. Golden, president;
Arthur Hurand, Gilbert Ruben-
stein and Edwin L. Elk, vice-
presidents; Jacob Pines, treas-
urer; Mrs. Harry Ratner, sec-
retary. _
Irving L. Geisser, new execu-
tive director, will be introduced
and will be the speaker of the
evening.
Gilbert Y. Rubenstein and
Edwin L. Elk are co-chairmen
of the annual meeting commit-
tee.

Mites Will Model
at Sisterhood Show

A fashion show will be pre-
sented at the Mishkan Israel
Sisterhood meeting to be held
at 8 p.m., Monday, in the syna-
gogue. Children of several of
the members will do some of
the modeling. Guests are in-
vited.
The synagogue Sunday School
announces the following newly
appointed of f i c e r s: Sheldon
Saltzman, principal; L i 11 i a n
Greenwald, director; and Gail
Berger, youth chairman.
Registration in some classes
is still open. Those wishing to
enroll may do so between 10
a.m. and 12 noon, Sundays, at
the synagogue.
For further information call
Mrs. Greenwald, LI 7-1833, or
Mrs. Candles, LI 7-1569.

Beth Shalom to Receive
Kiddush Cup "atService

At late sabbath services of
Cong. Beth Shalom planned for
8:30 p.m., today, a kiddush cup
will be presented to the congre-
gation by Don Smith in memory
of Mr. Jack Tarnoff, late father
of Seymour and George Tarnoff.
Rabbi Mordecai S. Halpern
will preach the sermon on "Dull-
ness and Uniqueness—Curse
and Blessing" and Cantor Ruben
Erlbaum will chant the liturgy.
At an oneg shabbat following
services, members of the Sister-
hood will be hostesses.

Oak Parker Gets
Professorship
at Wayne State

Leon Lucas, of 24730 Sussex,
Oak Park, has been promoted
to the rank of professor and
chairman of the social casework
department of the Wayne State
University school of social work,
it is announced this week.
Lucas, who served as asso-
ciate professor at the university
for six years, previously taught
at the University of Nebraska
and Columbia University.
A board member of the Jew-
ish Community Center, Lucas
also serves on the health and
welfare committee of the Jewish
Welfare Federation, the reli-
gious school board of Cong.
Beth Shalom and i8 vice-chair-
man of the Citizens Advisory
Committee to the Oak Park
Board of Education.
Recently elected to serve as
chairman of the Wayne State
committee on curriculum, Lucas
is a fellow in the American
Orthopsychiatric Association
and holds membership in
numerous professional societies,
including American Psychologi-
cal Association, National Asso-
ciation of Social Workers,
American Group Psychotherapy
Association and American Asso-
ciation of University Professors.
He has written many articles
for professional journals, and
was editor of the Journal of
Psychiatric Social Worker for
eight years. He is presently
chairman of the committee in
social work practice of the
Metropolitan Detroit Associa-
tion of Social Workers.
In September, Lucas pub-
lished a report of an evaluative
study on convalescing mental
patients that was given to the
United Community Services.
The study was made possible by
a U:S. Public Health grant.

Oak Park Seniors
to Present 'Harvey'

"Harvey," the hilarious Broad-
way hit and motion picture, is
the senior class play selected
by students of Oak Park High
School, to be presented Thurs-
day and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4,
in the school auditorium.
Among those who are in the
east are Nancy Rovner, Gail
Bilto, Jules Aaron, George
Layne, Eddie Gooze, Stevie
Schwartz, Leonard Tennen-
house, Gena Gersten, Rita Tam-
aroff, Allen Miral, Marsha Cole-
man and Jeff Zussman.
Jerry Adams is technical di-
rector for the two-act play.
Tickets are available at the door
the evenings of the perform-
ances.

Hack Interest Takes
Another Giant Step

Increased operations and the
resulting need for more space
have made necessary a move by
the Hack Shoe Company and
Ripple Sole Corporation to take
over the entire fifth floor of the
Mutual Building.
Continually outgrowing its
quarters, the 43-year-old Hack
company occupied the structure
since it was known as the Stroh
Building.
From a single suite, the com-
pany gradually came to occupy
the front of the building's fifth
floor. Then, in 1956, the Ripple
Sole Corporation opened its own
offices on the 8th floor.
With additional growth, the
corporation returned to a double
suite on the 5th floor. Now they
will utilize the entire half of the
floor, while the Hack Shoe Com-
pany continues to occupy the
other half.

USA Convention Delays Decision
on Joining World Zionists

KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y.,
(JTA)—The question of joining
the World Zionist Organization
was postponed for two years by
delegates to the biennial con-
vention of the United Syna-
gogue of America meeting here.
The decision was reached
after considerable discussion on
the floor of the convention, in
which Dr. Abraham Heschel,
professor of Jewish ethics and
mysticism at the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary, and Dr. Simon
Greenberg, vice-chancellor, op-
posed affiliation.
Joining in a rebuttal of their
arguments were Dr. Mordecai
M. Kaplan, professor of philoso-
phies of religion at the Semin-
ary; Dr. Nahum Goldmann,
WZO president, Dr. Miriam
Freund, president of Hadassah;
and Dr. Usher Kirshblum, ad-
ministrative vice - president of
the ZOA.
The United Synagogue con-
vention instructed its executive
council "to create opportunities
for joint discussions" by all its
branches on whether or not the
Conservative movement should
as a body join the World Zion-
ist Organization.

Great Lakes Club
to Present Trophies
to Racing - Winners

TUCSAWNiARIZONA

The first annual awards.
brunch of the Great Lakes
Yacht Club will take place at
11 a.m., Sunday, at Darby's,
when trophies and plaques will
be given to winners- of 1959
racing events.
Winners for the overall rac-
ing season who will receive spe-
cial trophies are Don Sucher,
in the class A boat division;
Harry Weintraub, class B boat
division; and David Askenazy,
bull's eye division.
In addition, 10 individual race
winners will be given plaques
for their efforts during the past
year.
Officials of the club an-
nounced that in addition to the
regular programs conducted for
the past several years, three
new programs will be estab-
lished for the 1960 season.
They are a Rhodes bantam
fleet, which was organized this
year and will have a complete
racing schedule during 1960; a
junior racing program for chil-
dren under 16; and a women's
racing program.
All interested persons are in-
vited to attend Sunday's brunch.

Our Classifieds get results

The executive council was re-
quested "to report back to the
next biennial convention" of the
movement, to be held in Jeru-
salem in 1961.
Bernath L. Jacobs of Phila-
delphia was reelected president.
Arthur Bruckman of New York
was elected secretary and Her-
man Greenberg was elected
treasurer.
The Solomon Sche ch t er
Award for social action was pre-
sented at the Convention to
Temple Emanuel of Staten Is-
land, N.Y., for its participation
in the rehabilitation of more
than 350 juvenile delinquents
through a combined program of
work placement and religious
counseling. The presentation
was made to Rabbi Benjamin B.
Wykansky, spiritual leader of
the congregation.
Among a series of resolutions
adopted at the convention, most
of which were previously an-
nounced, was one asking the
United States and other atomic
powers to desist from testing
nuclear weapons.
Dr. Louis Finkelstein, chan-
cellor of the Jewish Theological
Seminary, called for an end to
"group calumnies" in the -U.S.

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