THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS—Friday, January 22, 19
The Suburban Community
Suburbia Takes Unfair Rap
in Problem for All Jewry
belonging to the Boy Scout s,
By the Oak-Woodser
Speaking last week at the Girl Scouts, Cubs and Brownies;
annual meeting of the midwest , there are not fewer activities
available to youngsters in the
region of the National . Council city, in fact there are probably
for Jewish Education, a promi-
nent teacher and administrator dozens more attractions that
claimed that "suburbanization" would
is one of three pressures"
by closer proximity and avail-
which have dealt "Jewish edu- ability.
cation a mortal blow."
Thus we interpret Dr.
The speaker was Dr. Abra-
ham Duker, president of Chi- Duker's term "suburbaniza-
cago's College of Jewish Studies tion" as an unfair catch-all, as
and a not infrequent speaker to a handy word he uses to
assess new evaluations being
Detroit area audiences.
placed on Jewish life, which
While his opinions are to
ignore or place in the back-
be respected, we feel that Dr.
ground the matter of Jewish
Duker has fallen into the trap
that so many other Jewish
leaders have when he places I This is indeed our problem.
the onus of responsibility on But it is the problem for
the suburban areas in refer-
11 as in suburbia •
ring to problems that face the as well
y c h i 1 d has no easy
h commun it y.
come a dirty word, a scapegoat ; he has the time in which to
or at least a convenient doormat I participate, for he has too wide
on which to hang the causes for ! a choice. With no encou sa 6 e
a negative approach to Judaism. I ment from his parents, it is not
surprising that he should seek
Dr. Duker speaks of the , to slough off Jewish studies.
• "flight to the suburbs" as caus-
ing "our youth devote moreI The ideal solution would be
and more of their time to join- to budget necessary time for the
ing the burgeoning multiplicity quest of Jewish knowledge and
of clubs and purely s o c i a I use the remainder for o t h e r
organizations. The pressures of activities. Unfortunately, it is
being a 'joiner' leave little time the reverse planning that often
for the furthering of their Jew- , takes precedence.
What we believe Dr. Duker Bnai Israel Torah Center
more properly means is that Begins New Semester
the flight from areas of high—
Bnai Israel Torah Center, the
almost total — Jewish concen- Oak Park branch of Yeshivath
tration has brought a new kind Beth Yehudah afternoon school,
of emancipation to the Jewish is now accepting registrations
child—a freedom that he is not for the spring term.
using constructively to advance
Classes are offered for boys
and - enhance his knowledge of and girls 6 years and older, and
and participation in Jewish sub- include instruction in tradi-
jects and activities.
tional Judaism. Further infor-
The movement of the com- mation can be obtained by I
munity, it should be empha- calling Rabbi Israel Flam, •LI
sized, does not refer here only 8-8020 or LI 8-3554.
to the suburbs but to all new,
or relatively new, areas of Jew-
ish residence, whether they be Synagogue Board Meeting
The board of directors of
city or suburb.
There is certainly no more Cong. Shomrey Emunah will
"joining" in the suburb than in hold a special meeting at 8:30
the city; there are no less urban p.m., Wednesday, in the syna-
children watching television, gogue, according to Charles Vik-
going to the movies, taking sing- ser, president. Refreshments
ing, dancing or music lessons, will be served.
Herbert Goldman's Notable Sculptures
Flank Bnai Moshe's Ark; Dedication of
New Synagogue Is Planned for April
Expert to Address
Young Israel to Honor Missile
Beth Shalom Men's Club
Two Local Leaders
A program for members of
the Beth Shalom Men's Club
at Feb. 21 Banquet
Bnai Moshe Sisterhood
Slates Oneg Shabbat
An oneg shabbat is being
planned by the Sisterhood of
Cong. Bnai Moshe at 2:30 p.m.,
in the home of
1 3 3 2 9 Win-
Mrs. Lehrman man will speak
on "Women and the Talmud."
A question and answer period
and community singing will fol-
Rabbi Lehrman also will ap-
pear at a luncheon-book review
program of the Sisterhood at
12:30 p.m., Monday, when he
reviews Yael Dayan's "New
Face in the Mirror."
Banquet March 6
Yeshivath Chachmey Lublin
will sponsor its 18th annual ban-
quet on Sunday, March 6, at
Young Israel Center of Oak-
Plans are being formulated
for a unique program, details to
be approved by affiliated groups
sponsoring the banquet at a
meeting being chaired by Jack
Ribiat, interim dinner chairman.
In view of the increased enroll-
ment at the Yeshiva since its
move to Southfield Township,
an appeal was issued to the pub-
lic fOr its continued support.
Tickets for the banquet will
be available from the school
office, EL 7-0125.
Two community leaders will
be singled out for special hon-
ors at ceremonies marking the
dedication of the new Greenfield
branch of Young Israel on Feb.
They are Meyer Weingarden,
builder, w h o
w a s general
the newest ad-
dition to the
movement i n
r e a; and
tor for con-
Weingarden the center.
The two men will be honored
at a testimonial dinner, to which
200 people will be invited, an-
nounces Mike Weiner, chairman
of the dedication committee.
Weingarden is a noted local
philanthropist who has partici-
pated in the construction of sev-
eral synagogues and yeshivot
buildings in Detroit "as a labor
of love," Weiner stated. Eisen-
berg is vice-president of Young
Israel of Detroit.
The presidents and delega-
tions from all four Young Israel
branches will attend the Feb.
21 banquet, as will representa-
tives from the national Young
Guest speaker at the dedica-
tion ceremonies will be Rabbi
Samuel H. Prero, spiritual lead-
er of Young Israel of Detroit.
Information regarding the
dinner may be obtained by call-
ing LI 4-3506 or TE 4-4145.
O-W Young Israel
Enters Spring Term
Adult education !classes and
study groups of Young Israel
Center of Oak-Woods will con-
tinue with the spring semester,
according to Rabbi Yaakov I.
Homnick, spiritual leader.
Weekly classes meet at 3:30
and 4:30 p.m., Saturday (Bible);
8 and 9 p.m., Monday (begin-
ner's and conversational He-
brew); and at 8:30 p.m., Wednes-
days (Bible study).
In addition, daily classes are
held each morning and evening.
Presently these groups are
studying the "Grace after Meals"
and synagogue orientation, the
latter directed mainly to mourn-
All study groups are open to
Beth Shalom Continues
Registration for Adult Class
These are the capitals adorning the 12 pillars flanking
the Holy Ark in the new sanctuary of Congregation Bnai Moshe,
the theme having been developed by the eminent sculptor.
Herbert J. Goldman, of Albuquerque, N. M., son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ben F. Goldman of Detroit. They are based on the
idea of the Hand of God filling the world with wisdom, thus
guiding and motivating the hand of man in the fulfillment of
outstanding Mitzvot. The ideas expressed are, from the right:
Top row: Torah, Peace, Charity, Justice, Prayer and Study;
bottom row, Wisdom, Priestly Blessing (Kohanim), Levites,
Tallith, Tefillin and Light (Yizkor—Yahrzeit).
Congregation Bnai Moshe has decided to dedicate the
new synagogue, school building and social center, located on
Ten Mile Road and Kenosha Avenue, Oak Park, during the
first week in April. A dedication committee soon will be an-
nounced by Harry J. Gunsberg, president. A new membership
dedication class now is being enrolled in the synagogue by a
committee headed by Eugene Weiss, past president, and in-
cluding the following co-chairmen: Theodore Curtis, Alfred
Deutsch, Sam Freedman, Ben F. Goldman, William S. Gottlieb,
Richard Gunsberg and Louis Kepes.
Registration is still being ac-
cepted for the adult education
classes being conducted at 7:30
p.m., each Tuesday, in the syna-
gogue, 14601 Lincoln, Oak Park.
Rabbi Mordecai S. Halpern
teaches beginner's Hebrew and
introduction to Bible study.
Classes will be in session
through March 8.
77,000 Pilgrims Visited
Weizmann Grave in '59
persons made a pilgrimage to
the grave of Dr. Chaim Weiz-
mann during the year of 1959,
Meyer W. Weisgal, chairman
of the board of directors of
Yad Chaim Weizmann, re-
Weisgal pointed out that
while numerically the 76,830
visitors was below the 83,140
in 1958, with the exception of
November, most months were
higher than the corresponding
months of the previous year.
and their teen-age sons is plan-
ned for 8:30 p.m., Wednesday,
at the synagogue, 14601 Lin-
coln, Oak Park.
Joseph Wittenberg, of _ the
Chrysler Missile Division, will
be guest speaker, and two Walt
Disney special films, "Man and
the M o o n" and "Mars and
Beyond" will be shown. A
question and answer period will
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In Conjunction With
Bnai Israel Torah Center
Announces that registrations are now being take'
for the February Semester Afternoon School Program.
Beginners and advanced students accepted.
Bus transportation provided for all Public Schools
in Oak Park and Southfield.
For Information Call: LI 8-8020 or LI 8-3554