On the Record
By NATHAN ZIPRIN
Editor, Seven Arts Feature Syndicate
"Revolt" in American Jewish Congress
Recent press reports of a "revolution" within the American
Jewish Congress may have been exaggerated, as claimed by
Rabbi Joachim Prinz, but there is no denying the fact that
they served to focus attention on the need of re-examining the
basic functioning of this and other Jewish organizations.
Since disclosure of the "revolt", American Jewish Congress
president Dr. Prinz has publicly stated that the ideological
debate within the Congress is over and that the organization will
emerge from its forthcoming convention "a united movement
within a total program for the Jewish community."
This is fortunate, because Congress has made too many
significant contributions to the American Jewish pattern to be
torn asunder by revolution and internal dissension. The Amer-
ican Jewish community needs the Congress, and although one
may not always agree with its point of view, one cannot but
respect the vigor with which it approaches the issues.
These achievements have been all but overshadowed by the
internal debate over whether the Congress should put major
emphasis on Jewish communal affairs or concentrate on civil
rights activities. The opposition has claimed that current Con-
gress leadership has deviated from the basic Jewish objectives
and patterns envisaged by the organization's founders. Dr. Prinz,
however, insists that it is foolish to pose the issue in terms
of "either" a Jewish-oriented program "or" a civil rights pro-
gram. In our opinion both activities must have a place in the
total Congress program, providing there is proper balance and
weighing and there is no sacrificing of basic ideologies for other
As a result of the publications of "revolt" stories, the ideo-
logical debate has, regrettably, taken on the appearance of dirty
linen being washed in public. We hope that is behind the Con-
gress now, that good sense will prevail and good judgment on
the part of all, the rebels and their targets. There must be no
further fragmentation in Jewish life.
A Blunder . . .
.Philip Roth is a brilliant writer with a craftsmanship that
holds out great literary promise for that young man. If literary
merit alone were the guidepost for the Jewish Book Council in
selecting the best books of the year, few indeed would be in-
clined to quarrel with its singing out of Roth's "Goodbye,
Columbus." However, since the selection was admittedly predi-
cated on the formulation that the book was the outstanding
novel of Jewish interest in 1959, there is room for questioning
both the wisdom and competence of the choice.
I am not of the school that subscribes to the thesis that
radiance must light up all the pages of Jewish books, or that
the author of a denigrating piece ipso facto excludes himself
from the coterie of Jewish writing. However, when one writes
derogatory pieces ad nauseum, without pausing for a moment
to look into the brighter corners of Jewish life, there is reason
to suspect that the author is either completely unfamiliar with
Jewish life in its positive aspects or that his motivation stems
from a personality blackspot.
In any event, to say of a book that drips with disrespect
and detestation of Jewish life that it is the best novel of Jewish
interest is a travesty, an insult to Jewish values. How could the
judges have given that accolade to Roth if they read the piece
about Eli -the fanatic, or the yarn about a couple of goldbricking
GIs who utilize their "Jewishness" for selfish chiseling?
In this corner's opinion it was a grave mistake for the
Jewish Book Council to extend "Jewish interest" recognition
to a book that shows no understanding whatever of basic Jewish
values or proper appreciation of the sensitive American Jew's
relationship to his heritage. Criticism of Jewish life, or portrayal
of its pattern in somber colors is of course permissible, in fact
desirable in all artforms. But when one makes a fetish of it,
the story has another ending.
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Dr. Morris Weiss, 23141 Park- Hawthorn Center for Emo-
lawn, Oak Park, has announced tionally Disturbed Children. He
his candidacy for a position on also has a private psychiatric
the Oak Park Board of Educa- practice in Detroit.
tion. The election will be held
Dr. Weiss, 55-year-old native
Dr. Ira M. Altshuler, promi- June 13.
Detroiter, has lived in Oak Park
nent local psychiatrist, is a
since 1956. He is a graduate of
candidate for election to the
the University of Michigan and
school board in the city of
the Menninger School of Psy-
Although he needed 50 pe-
He is a member of numerous
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when he filed recently for one
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Also See Page 18
of two vacancies, each for four-
Library. He also is a member
year terms, in the June 13
of the Jewish Community Cen-
ter's Youth Committee.
Active in a variety of youth
He and his wife, the former
activities, Dr. Altshuler, who at the Oakland County Child Fae Kaufman, of Ann Arbor,
resides at 18236 Midway, is now Guidance Clinic, a staff phy- and their children, Leonard, 6,
a member of the Southfield ohiatrist at Detroit Children's and Judy, 4, are members of
Parent Youth Hospital and a consultant at Cong. Beth Shalom.
er is a grad-
uate of the
l;and was li-
1 tensed to prac-
in the state of
1917. He did
Dr. Altshuler post graduate
work in neuropsychiatry at Har-
vard University and the Uni-
versity of Michigan medical
At present, he is psychiatrist-
in-chief, St. Clair Psychiatric
Hospital and a staff member
of Glen Eden Hospital in War-
ren. He also is director of group
music therapy and a member
of the training staff of resi-
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member of many professional
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contributed many articles to the
Psychiatric, Educational and
Group Music Therapy Press. He
also delivered a lecture to the
second International Congress
for Psychiatry, held in 1957,
in Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr. Altshuler has received
considerable backing for his
candidacy from city officials,
community workers. and resi-
dents of the city of Southfield.
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