THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS—Friday, January 15, 1960-24
Rome JIL.-1 Correspondent Reviews
Disputed USSR Anti-Semitic Denial
BY TULIA ZEVI
JTA Correspondent in Rome
Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News
only the last of a series of sim-
ilar attempts made earlier to
burn down the synagogue at
According to the unofficial
sources, there was considerable
delay on the part of the author-
ities in taking action following
the incident, but steps were
finally taken after the incident
had been given prominence in
the foreign press.
ROME — A member of the had been strangled. They esti-
Soviet government's five-man mated the damage at several
"Committee for Religious Cults" thousand dollars, declaring that
—the highest governmental au- the cemetery and the care-
thority on religious problems in taker's home were destroyed
the USSR—has told the Jewish and that • several hundred Jew-
Telegraph Agency correspond- ish books had been lost in the
ent in Moscow that there are flames. Furthermore, they in-
500,000 "practicing" Jews in sisted, the Oct. 4 incident was
the Soviet Union and 400. syna-
gogues. (The Jewish population
in the Soviet Union is generally
estimated at 3,000,000).
This correspondent has just
A Digest of World J ewish Happenings, from
returned from a week's visit to Dispatches of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Other
Moscow where she interviewed
government officials as well as News-Gathering Media.
various non-official sources fa-
miliar with Jewish life in the
NEW YORK—Trade between the United States and Israel
continued to grow in the last quarter of 1959, totalling more
M. Voschikow, one of the five than $35,000,000 for the quarter, trade for the first nine months
members of the religious cults of the year having totalled $109,930,600, comprising $89,875,500
committee, conceded "there are in U. S. exports to Israel and $20,055,100 Israeli exports to
persons with anti-Semitic feel- the U. S..... In the past six month, Pioneer Women trans-
ings in the USSR," but he in- mitted $300,000 to its sister organization in Israel, the Working
sisted that such feelings in the Women's Council, Mrs. Clara Zeff, PW president, announced.
Soviet Union are only similar to
WASHINGTON—In his State of the Union message to
"anti-Protestant feelings in Italy Congress,. President Eisenhower said he hoped it would "seri-
or dislike of Italians in the ously consider" certain civil rights measures he had recom-
mended last year • . The U. S. Government was urged by a
The Soviet civil authorities, Senate subcommittee to. encourage Israeli medical assistance to
declared Voschikow, "don't en- underdeveloped areas, and Chairman Hubert H. Humphrey of
courage such feelings. When the subcommittee in international health study praised Israel
they are too strongly manifested as "a beacon of inspiration" for many emerging Asian and
they are prosecuted and pun- African nations . . .
ALBANY — Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller told the
Voschikow, whose committee State Legislature he was preparing and would soon submit
is appointed directly by the specific legislation extending the state's anti-discrimination
cabinet of the USSR, minimized laws in the field of housing ... The Abington Township School
the incident at the Moscow Board has petitioned the Federal Court to reconsider a ruling
suburb of Malachowska last Oct. enjoining the - reading of the Bible in the public schools of the
4, when fire was set to a syna- State. The school board asked that.tM court either dismiss the
gogue and a Jewish woman, wife action against it or provide a rehearing for presentation of
of the Jewish cemetery's care- additional testimony.
According to the Soviet offi-
JERUSALEM — Yaacov Tsur, former Ambassador to
cial, somebody had started a
fire in the upper floor of the France, now acting director general of the Foreign Ministry,
synagogue as well as to a build- was elected a member of the Jewish Agency executive and
ing of the adjoining cemetery. director of its information division, succeeding Avraham Har-
The dead woman, he said, was man, and Abraham Granott, chairman of the Keren Kayemeth
suffocated by smoke while try- board of directors, was elected JNF president in recognition
Name Schools for Butzel, Keidan
The names of two of the most
distinguished leaders in the
Jewish community will be
given to new schools proposed
in the city of Detroit, it was
announced Wednesday by the
Board of Education.
They are the late Fred M.
Butzel and the late Judge Harry
B. Keidan, both attorneys and
Around the orld . . .
of the University of Michigan,
he died in 1948.
Already named for Mr. But-
zel is the JWF building at 163
Madison, the Butzel Playground
and the Butzel Recreation Cen-
Judge Keidan, a graduate of
Eastern High School and the
Detroit College of Law, was an
Assistant Wayne County Prose-
cutor and later Judge of Re-
corder's Court. He was a leader
in the United Hebrew Schools.
He later became Judge of Cir-
cuit Court, and was considered
one of the city's ablest jurists.
He died in 1943.
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A junior high school in the
Van Dyke area will bear Mr.
Butzel's name, while an elemen-
tary school at the site of the
Jewish Home for Aged will
carry Judge Keidan's name.
Mr. Butzel, well-known in the
city for his philanthropic activi-
ties, helped to found Ford (now
THE OCEAN AT 18th
Boys') Republic and the Detroit
Boy Scout movement. A native
Detroiter and an 1897 graduate
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$14* Day, person,
doub. occ. Jan. 4-
22. $18, Jan.
LONDON—The Arab League Boycott Committee has black-
listed a British Freighter, the Black Prince, for trading with.
Israel, the 3,500-ton ship being listed as 'having called at Israeli
ports and having carried Israel cargo .. .
SUMPTUOUS MEALS I OCEANFRONT
'So rooms out of 258
25th to 26th Sts.,
mom ; Reac h
ing to escape the flames. The of his 20 years of JNF services, the latter post having
entire monetary loss, Voschikow vacated by the death of Menahem Ussishkin in 1941 . . . Figures
at a meeting of the Association of Americans and
said, was only about 200 rubles presented
Canadians in Israel showed that Israeli immigration from the
—the equivalent of $20.
United States and Canada in 1959 amounted to 3 per cent of the
Voschikow's version of the total number of immigrants for the year . . . The Ministry of
Malachowska incident—the first Agriculture will pay Negev Beduins a total of 1,000,000 pounds
given by any Soviet official to compensate them for losses the Israeli Arabs suffered during
since Oct. 4—is that the reli- the drought last year, the money to be distributed to 3,000
gious services in the Malach- Beduin families who engage in agriculture in the Negev . . •
owska house of Jewish worship Twelve students from Yeshiva University, New York, corn
had not been interrupted even pleted a special six-month course of post-graduate study, ar-
for a single day. He said those ranged by the Jewish Agency's* department of education, and
responsible for the fire have culture, at the Haim Greenberg Seminary, and a second group
been found and a judicial inves- of 55 post-graduate seminarians, most of them from Latin
tigation into the occurrence is America, soon will start a similar course . . . Soviet Russia's
now under way.
supply of powerful offensive weapons to the. United Arab Repub-
Declaring that he did not lic and Iraq is inconsistent with its proposals for disarmament,
know_ the names, number or Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion told, the Knesset, in reply to
ages of those responsible for a Coinmunist motion for debate on the Supreme Soviet's appeal
the incident, he said neverthe- to world parliaments to support disarmament . . . A tombstone
less the episode was one of was unveiled Jan. 7 over the grave of, the late Chief Rabbi Isaac
"hooliganism committed by an Halevi Herzog,. whose remains are_ interred at Sanhedria Ceme-
isolated group and did not con- tery here The Israel State Radio has inaugurated a new
schedule of overseas broadcasts in French and English, beamed
stitute organized action."
Other reliable unofficial • in- to West Africa The Jewish Agency executive has approved
'budget of 201,000,000 Israeli pounds ($110,667,000) for the
formation about the 'Malachow-
commencing April 1 . . The Israel State Bank's foreign
ska • incident differed from the eurrencY:--
and gold reserves increased by $29,000,000, totalling
version given by Voschikow,• '$124,000,000
by. the end of 1959 . . . The Jewish people have
doubting that the incident was "never fulfilled"
the goals of Jewish appeals, and Israel must
the fault of an unorganized 'continue to live with the results "until sufficient funds are
group. The unofficial sources raised to empty the transit camps, solve the problem of pro-
stated that during two consecu- ductive employment and fully integrate our immigrants,"
tive nights before and after the Finance Minister Levi Eshkol said in his discussion of the
incident, anti-Semitic leaflets new government development budget . . . Investment in Israel
bearing the old Czarist slogan, industry to enable expansion of exports and • elimination of the
"Hit Jews and Save Russia"
adverse balance of payments was urged by Pinhas
were placed on walls of Jewish country's
Sapir, Minister of Commerce and Industry, when he received
homes in Malachowska. The the Canadian national leadership mission . touring Israel to
leaflets also referred to the obtain first-hand information of the country's status . . • The
town as a "second Jerusalem." launching of a $5,000,000 campaign for the construction, equip-
The population of Malachowska ment and expansion of the Hebrew University and National
is about 30,000, of which about Library was announced by Dr. George S. Wise, chairman of
10 per cent are Jews.
the university's board of governors . . • .
Unofficial sources insisted
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