THE JEWISH NEWS
To the Bottom of a Disease
Incorporating the Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951
Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit 35,
Mich., VE 8-9364. Subscription $5 a year. Foreign $6.
Entered as second class matter Aug. 6, 1942 at Post Office, Detroit, Mich. under act of Congress of March
Editor and Publisher
SIDNEY SHMARAK CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ HARVEY ZUCKERBERG
Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the twenty-second clay of Heshvan, 5721, the following Scriptural selections will be
read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Haye Sarah, Gen. 23:1-25:18. Prophetical portion, I Kings 1:1-31.
Licht Benshen, Friday. Nov. 11, 4:57 p.m.
VOL. XXXVIII. No. 11
November 11, 1960
We Salute Our Next President
The die has been cast.
The nation has rendered its verdict and we join with our fel-
low-citizens in saluting John Kennedy as our next Chief Executive.
With the current election, an end has been put to the religious
obstacle that previously stood in the way of a Catholic being elected
to the highest office in our land.
Now we are settling down to the business of working as a
united nation, of laboring together to provide the entire people with
the best services in health, housing and education, and of striving for
a realistic and honorable foreign policy.
The period of campaign strife, of bitterness and of personali-
ties' conflicts has ended. Now all must accept the decision of the
majority and resolve to give to the new President the support and en-
couragement that is due our Chief Executive.
Issues of grave importance are f acing us and are being car-
ried over into the term of the next administration. The new President
undoubtedly understands the errors of the past and will strive to cor-
Congress will have an equal responsibility in solving the ills of
the past, in leading the nation to new heights of glory, in aiming to
raise the standard of living of many of the less fortunate of our fel-
low citizens, in providing aid for the aged and f or an ex p and e d
If the cooperative effort at assuring a program of merit for
the next administration is to be exerted without rancor, then we ma
well look forward to four years of glory for the nation and • good will
among its citizens.
Our good wishes go forth to the new President for many
years of good health and for the strength he will need to guide our
nation through all situations, regardless of how challenging they may be.
Tale of Passover Celebration
During Civil War Related in
Botkin s Civil War Treasury
B. A. Botkin, one of the world's most distinguished authori-
ties on folklore, an outstanding student of American lore and
especially of events relating to the Civil War, is the author of
another great book—"A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends
and Folklore," published by Random House.
It is a magnificent collection that will enchant the reader,
and students of Lincolnia will be especially elated over it.
Included in the collection is a story about
"Passover in Camp," taken from the Lincoln
studies of Dr. Bertram Wallace Korn, Phila-
This Jewish story relates an episode about
J. A. Joel and 20 of his Jewish comrades of the
23rd Ohio Volunteer Regiment. They were at
Fayette, W. Va., when Passover was approach-
ing, and they were granted the right to make
a Seder. A Jewish camp sutler, who was leaving
for Cincinnati to celebrate the festival with his
family, sent them seven barrels of matzoth and
some prayer books.
A "makeshift Seder was prepared, with the
assistance of "Yankee ingenuity!" Joel conducted
Then came the era of horror — the
emergence of Hitlerism. Miss Szold had the service and he described the arrangements, relating about
the vision to recognize the needs of the "foraging" for supplies. He then related:
Henrietta Szold's 100th Anniversary
The opening session of the annual
Jewish Book Fair of the Jewish Center,
on Nov. 19, will be an occasion for cele-
bration for the thousands of members
of Detroit Hadassah.
That night, the community will pay
honor to the memory of the late Henrieta
Szold, the founder of Hadassah, and the
occasion will be utilized to recall the
great humanitarian efforts of the noble
woman who not only founded one of the
greatest women's movements in the
world, but who also was the rescurer of
children from Nazism, the noted literary
critic, the editor of outstanding Jewish
literary works and the inspirer of hun-
dreds of thousands of followers.
Henrietta Szold knew and under-
stood the critical situations that faced her
people. A loyal American who was deeply
devoted to her native land, she acted in
the truest American spirit when she left
for Palestine to assist in providing health
facilities for the oppressed who sought
refuge in the Holy Land.
children, and she organized the Youth
Aliyah movement, which- became a power-
ful instrument in Hadassah's program and
which mobilized forces to assist in rescu-
ing tens of thousands of boys and girls
from the Nazi holocaust.
Before assuming leadership in the
ranks of the women's Zionist organiza-
tion, Miss Szold gained recognition for
her literary efforts and as editor of the
Jewish Publication Society. The early
years of her life are described in the im-
pressive book, "The Szolds of Lombard
S t r e e t," by her niece, Alexandra Lee
Levin, which has ben published by the
Jewish Publication Society. A full-length
biography is being written by Dr. Irving
It is not only Hadassah but all of
Jewry that celebrates the centenary of
Henrietta Szold's birth. She belonged to
all Israel, and all Israel honors her name.
Hearty Welcome to CJFWF Delegates
Issues affecting the American Jewish
community and the Israel-U.S. relation-
ships are on the rich agenda of the Gen-
eral Assembly of the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare Funds, now in
session in Detroit.
The many changes that have taken
place in Jewish life, our communities'
educational needs, the economic and
social aspects in the status of American
Jewry, the problems of the aged and the
health and welfare programs will be
among the numerous s u b j e c t s to be
evaluated by experts in the fields of
education and social services.
So many complications have arisen
affecting Jewish life in the past few years
that the discussions revolving around the
issues enumerated can not possibly be
Important decisions must be made in
areas involving the aged and in the
search for methods to advance the cause
of Jewish education. As the central body
representing the welfare funds through-
out the United States and Canada, the
Council of Federations has the respon-
sibility of providing proper guidance
leading towards the fulfillment of the
total programs incorporated in the func-
tions of our communities.
Many challenges face the delegates
who will convene here next week. We
jOin in extending to the representatives
of the scores of Jewish communities a
hearty welcome to our city and to wish
them success in their deliberations.
"We obtained two kegs of cider, a lamb, several chickens
and some' eggs. Horseradish or parsley we could not obtain,
but in lieu we found a weed, whose bitterness, I apprehend,
exceeded anything our forefathers 'enjoyed.' We were still in
a great quandary; we were like the men who drew the elephant
lottery. We had the lamb, but did not know what part was to
represent it at the table; but Yankee ingenuity prevailed, and
it was decided to cook the whole. and put it on the table, then
we could dine off it, and be sure we had the right part. The
necessities for the chariutzes (charoses) we could not obtain, so
we got a brick which, rather hard to digest, reminded us, by
looking at it, for what purpose it was intended."
So, we are told, "everything was solemn and decorous" and
Joel continued his report of what happened as follows:
"We had a large portion of the herb .. . when horrors!
The herb was very bitter and very fiery like Cayenne pepper,
and excited our thirst to such a degree, that we forgot the
law authorizing -us to drink only four cups, and the conse-
quence was we drank up all the cider. Those that drank the
more freely became excited and one thought he was Moses,
another Aaron, and one had the audacity to call himself a
Pharaoh. The consequence was a skirmish, with nobody hurt,
only Moses, Aaron, and Pharaoh had to be carried to the camp,
and there left in the arms of Morpheus."
Joel completed his account by stating that "we consecrated
and offered up to the ever-loving God of Israel our prayers and
sacrifice . . . there is no occasion in my life that gives me more
pleasure and satisfaction than when I remember the celebration
of Passover in 1862."
This is one of hundreds of accounts of events that transpired
during the Civil War. The most distinguished scholars and
authors are contributors to this volume—through the numerous
anecdotes, legends and tales quoted from their works.
To Botkin we owe a debt of gratitude for having compiled
this excellent collection. His "Civil War Treasury" is a genuine
gold mine of interesting reading.
3 Addresses by Rabbi Goldstein
Three noteworthy addresses delivered by Rabbi Israel Gold-
stein are incorporated in a pamphlet just published by Bloch.
Appearing under the title "The American-Jewish Commun-
ity—Trends, Potentials, Leadership and Organization," the texts
represent addresses Dr. Goldstein delivered before the Synagogue
Council of America, Rabbinical Assembly of America and Na-
tional Federation of Men's Clubs of United Synagogue of
Emphasis was placed by Rabbi Goldstein on the role of, re-
ligious leadershiP in Jewish life.