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December 11, 1959 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-12-11

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United Jewish Charities, 60-Years-Old,
Looks Ahead to New Fields to Conquer

By FRANK SIMONS
Three-and-a-half hours is a
short time in which to condense
60 years of organized Jewish
life in Detroit. Yet, there were
reminiscences galore and even
a peak into the future at last
Sunday's 60th anniversary ban-
quet of the United Jewish
Charities.
Held in the magnificent new
Jewish Community Center, the
most modern and complete
structure of its kind in the
U.S., the scene offered a signifi-
cant contrast to the first meet-
ing of the United Jewish Chari-
ties on Nov. 21, 1899.
On that date, the UJC was
officially organized by members
of the Beth El Hebrew Relief
Society, Hebrew Ladies' Sewing
Society, Self Help Circle and
Jewish Relief Society.

The evening was replete
with memories of those early
days, especially hi the back-
ward glances of Justice Henry
Butzel, one of the few living
organizers of the UJC, and
Judge Charles Simons, of the
U.S. Court of Appeals, whose
father, David W. Simons, was
the first UJC president.

The vitality of UJC to the
present day was apparent in an
announcement by Judge Theo-
dore Levin, chairman of the
dinner, of a $100,000 gift by
Max -Ji- Zivian to the organiza-
tion's- endowment fund.
Zivian, president of the
United Jewish Charities, had
just stepped down from the
speaker's lectern, where he
urged the establishment of en-
dowment funds to "meet our
challenges in the future" when
Judge Leyin made the an-
nouncement.'
In his brief, but significant
address, Zivian stated that more
than being the property-holding -
corporation of the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation, (which suc-
ceeded UJC in 1926 as the cen-
tral philanthropic _agency), the
United Jewish Charities today
must create funds, the income
from which will promote Jew-
ish education; assist the emo-
tionally disturbed child; pro-
vide facilities and programs for
the aged; promote formal and
informal education in the sub-
urbs; offer research grants in
medicine; enable casework for

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Major personalities at the 60th anniversary celebration of
the United Jewish Charities were Judge THEODORE LEVIN,
chairman; ISIDORE SOBELOFF, UJC secretary and executive
vice-president of the Jewish Welfare Federation, the philan-
thropic successor to the UJC; MAX J. ZIVIAN, UJC president;
and Chicago attorney CHARLES AARON, the principal speaker.

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tion of Metropolitan Chicago,
stated that the Jewish com-
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s ocial revolution in which a
great part of our needs have
been taken on by public agen-
cies."

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the handicapped; and assist in problems of the immigrant so
communal work, such as camp- that nearly all are integrated
ing.
and Americanized. We act and
In the evening's major ad- even 'look like our neighbors."
dress, Charles Aaron, Chicago
Aaron pointed to the Jewish
attorney who is president of Center as an example of the
the Jewish Welfare Federa- new community concept of pro-
viding the means of "keeping
well people well," and of seek-
Wayne State Press
ing to develop a "relaxed, nat-
ural and confident people."
to Print History
Stating that "education is a
the Chicago , com-
of Community Growth watchword,"
munal leader outlined various
Announcement was made problems that call for solutions.
at the United Jewish Chari-
"We must educate our people
ties dinner, in the presence for growing old, not just by
of Dr. Clarence Hilberry, building homes for the aged,
Wayne State University presi- but by developing programs to
dent, that the Wayne State make them useful citizens,"
University Press will soon Aaron said.
publish a history of the Jew-
"In the matter of health," he
ish community of Detroit.
added, "we have to learn what
Arranged through the im- to do with our leisure. Now
petus • of Leonard N. Simons, that a shorter work day and
the publication will be pre- work week are coming, we must
pared by Irving I. Katz, execu- know how to prepare ourselves.
tive secretary of Temple Beth
"We also must place our in-
El and historiographer of the stitutions in locations where
Jews in Michigan; Prof. Al- they will be most effective and
bert Mayer, of Wayne State; do the most good. You can't
and others in the community put a hospital or a center in
as yet unannounced.
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Harold Silver, executive di-
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Earlier in the evening,
Esther Prussian, director of
the Detroit Service Group;
who has been with UJC and
Federation since coming here
from Boston 35 years ago, was
given a gift by individuals
who have worked with her
through the years.

The presentation was made
by Mrs. Joseph Ehrlich who
said that "hundreds and hun-
dreds of lives have been
touched by her. She is a pillar
of strength to the community."
Greetings were extended by
Max M.- Fisher, president of
the Jewish Welfare Federation;
Isidore Sobeloff, executive vice-
president of Federation; and
the invocation was given by Dr.
Leon Frain, of Temple Israel.
A musical presentation remi-
niscing on the community's
growth—written by Mrs. Leon-
ard Weiner and sung by mem-
bers of the Women's Division—
provided a pleasant interlude.
An exhibit of the 60 years of
communal life in Detroit
greeted the 400 dinner guests
in the lobby of the Center. It
will remain on display through-
out the month.

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Direct JTA Teletype Wire
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