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February 03, 1961 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-02-03

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Center Symphony Orchestra, !Tullius Chajes
Paray to Conduct One of Chajes' Works

Around the World...

A Digest of World Jewish Happenings
from DispatcheS of the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency and Other News-Gathering Media.


United States

PORTLAND, Oregon—College fraternities and sororities in
Oregon's six state-owned colleges were given this week a two-
year deadline to end religious and racial discrimination or face
withdrawal of recognition by the state Board of Higher Education.
SCARSDALE, N. Y.—The Scarsdale Golf Club, which came
under sharp attack from a local Episcopal rector, when it barred
a young man from a dance on the ground that he was born -
Jewish, announced that from now on any member is free to
invite any guest to the club.
NEW YORK—Rassco Financial Corporation, which was
established nine years ago to finance the acquisition of real
property - in Israel by American investors, announced a regular
cash dividend of eight dollars for 1960, the same sum as in
1959 . . . Moses Feinstein, a well-known Hebrew educator, was
honored at a dinner celebrating his 40th anniversary as founder
and dean of the Herzliah Hebrew Teachers Institute.


This photo, taken 20 years ago, shows Julius Chajes conducting the first concert of the Jew-
ishh Center Symphony Orchestra. Chajes is standing, in the center of tile photo. In the back-
ground is the Center Choral Society which participated in that concert, in 1940.



Julius Chajes' 20th anniver-
sary with the Jewish Community
Center and the 20th anniversary
of the Center Symphony Or-
chestra and the Center Choral
Society will be celebrated at the
next Center Symphony Concert,
—which also will be observed as
Jewish Music , Month Festival—
at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the
Aaron DeRoy - Theatre, 18100
Mayor Louis C. Miriani will
proclaim Feb. 7 as Julius Chajes
Day in Detroit in honor of this
The program will be an all-
Chajes concert. Paid Paray,
conductor of the Detroit Sym-
phony Orchestra, will conduct
Chajes' Piano Concerto in E
and Chajes will conduct the
world premiere of his sym-
phonic poem, "Eros."
Tenor Jacob Barkin will be
featured in the Israeli shepherd
Song,• "Adarim" and, with cell-
, . Artur Bach-
man, in • "By
the Rivers of
Babylon." The
'Central Wood-
ward Christian
Church Choir,
M i a n• Lin-
coln, conduc-
i; The Cen-
tral Choral
Societ y,
Chajes, c o n-
ductor; Barkin, _soprano Dean
Taylor, and baritone Irving
Rosengard will present t h e
142nd Psalm,
8easont ticket holders will fill
the theater for the concert, but
$1 • tickets are available for .a
circuit telecast to the main hall.
Paul Paray, conductor of the
Detrbit Symphony Orchestra,
will guest-conduct his first corn-:
triunity orchestra when he ap-
pears at the Center. Paray, who
joined the list of French im-
mortals in 1950 when France
elected • him a • Membre de
l'Institut, has been conductor of
the Lamoureaux Orchestra and
the famed Concerts Colonne Or-
Tenor Jacob Barkin, cantor,
concert singer and radio-TV art-
ist, has been cantor of the Geary
Street Temple, San FranciSco,
Adas Israel .Congregation, Wash-
ington, and Beth Shalom Con-
gregation, Pittsburgh. He has
soloed with the National Sym-
phony Orchestra, the Sesquicen-

tennial Watergate Concerts, and
in opera, singing the lead in
"Rigoletto," "La Boheme" and
Chajes was born in Lwow,
Poland in 1910, the son of Dr.
Josef Chajes, noted surgeon, and
pianist Valerie Chajes.
_He gave his first recital and
also wrote his first composi-
tion for piano at the age. of
'nine and his first string quar-
tet at 13. At 15 he played his
Romantic Fantasy with the
Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
In . 1933 he was the honor
prize winner at the First 'Inter-
national Competition for Pian-
ists in Vienna, - and one year
later was appointed head of the
piano department at the Music
College in Tel Aviv, Israel. For
two years he - conducted the
Jerusalem Male Chorus and did
extensive research' work on an-
cient Hebrew Music.
He came to the 'United States
in December, 1937, and was
signed to play in three recitals
in Town Hall, as well as over
the CBS radio network from
coast to coast. His "142nd
Psalm" for mixed voices and
organ was performed at the
New York World's Fair (1939),
at the convention of the Union
of American Hebrew Congrega-
tions (1942), and at the annual
concert of the American Guild
of Organists in New York
From 1941 until 1945 Chajes
held the position of music direc-
tor of Detroit's Temple Beth El
and taught composition at the
Institute of Musical Art, . af-
filiated with the University of
Detroit. In June, 1946, he con-
ducted a chorus of 2,000 voices
at the Automotive Golden Jubi
lee in Detroit's Briggs Stadium,
before an audience of 35,000.
The premiere of Chajes'
Sabbath -Evening Service took
place in New York's Temple
Emanu-El under the direction
of Lazare Saminsky, Dec. 20,
On May 4, 1949, the' first an-
niversary of the State of Israel,
the New York Philharmonic Or-
chestra, under the direction of
Izler Solomon, performed his
"Hymn of Freedom" and his
orchestral arrangement of "1-4-
tikvah" in New York's Carnegie
In November, 1949, the De-
troit Halevy Choral Society pre-
sented him with a speCial award
for outstanding contribution in
the field of Jewish Music.
Chajes' workS are often per-
formed by Robert Shaw and
Fred Waring; his songs are in
the repertoire of Jan -Peerce,
Richard Tucker, Jennie Tourel
and Regina Resnik, and Mischa
Elman has played his violin
works on numerous occasions.
His "Adarim" and "Palestinian
Nights" are world famous.
Chajes played his "Piano

Concerto" for the first time
with the Vienna Symphony Or-
cLestra in 1952" and a year later
with the Detroit Smyphony Or-
chestra under the direction of
Paul Paray at the Masonic
His "Song of Galilee" was per-
formed last summer at a Choir
Festival of the Mormons by a
mammoth chorus of 10,000
voices. He has given more than
300 concerts in the U.S.A. and
Canada and makes yearly con-
cert tours to Europe.
In 1940 Chajes was invited
to Detroit to become director
of music of the Jewish Com-
munity Center, then located
on Woodward Avenue at Hol-
brook. Mrs. Abraham Cooper,
present chairman of the music
committee, was also chairman
in 1940.
Center music students have
fared well. Kurt Saffir is now
assistant conductor of the Metro-
politan Opera. Isador Saslav,
violinist, became a member of
the Detroit Symphony. David
Zauder, an orphan from a Ger-
man concentration camp, who
started his instruction at the
Center at age 11, now plays
trumpet with the 'Cleveland
Symphony Orchestra.
At present, there are 21
scholarship students among the
large enrollment at the school.
There are 15 teachers, includ-
ing Mischa Mischakoff, concert-
master, and Charles Sirard, first
bassoon of the Detroit Sym-
phony Orchestra.
Other successful Music De-
partment projects are the Cen-
ter Symphony Orchestra and the
Center Choral Society.

JERUSALEM—Former President Eisenhower paid tribute
to Israel's national character, "the essence of her strength and
greatness," and pledged •continued "sympathetic interest" in
Israel's affairs, in a farewell letter to Prime Minister David Ben-
Gurion . . . A bill to postpone rabbinate elections for ten months
passed its first reading in the Knesset, and was considered
assured of passage after two more readings . . . A total of 65,000,-
000 pounds ($36,400,000) will be invested. in Israel irrigation
projects this year, according to a statement of "the Agriculture
Minister. The Knesset is considering a bill to establish a central
part authority, consisting of a nine-member board of whom only
four would be government officials . . . Israel faced the pos -:
sibility of a- general strike' of all school teachers, after high
school teachers went on partial strike, demanding higher pay
and regarding,- while the government took the position that it
would not negotiate unless the limited shut-down was brought
to an end.
TEL AVIV—Evidence against 70 Nazi war criminals has
been prepared by a special deparement for the investigation. of
Nazi crimes in the Israeli police department, and will be trans-
mitted soon to West German authorities in the expectation that
this material will help West German officials bring to trial many
war criminals still at large .. . Malben, the branch of the Joint
Distribution Committee in Israel which is taking care of sick,
aged and handicapped immigrants, will spend 18,500,000 Israeli
pounds (approximately $10,300,000) to aid more than 42,000
persons in 1961.
HAIFA—Construction work began here on a new shipyard
-in the Kishon Basin area, to be built jointly by Israel and Dutch
interests, with the aid of experts assigned by the de Schelde
Shipyards of Holland.


VIENNA—Police in Innsbruck were called to break up a
clash between two groups of students who came to blows over
an anti-Semitic remark shouted by members of one group when
Charles Charoff, identified as an American, entered a local
coffee house . . . The board of governors of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, the atoms-for-peace agency of the United
Nations, voted here to provide substantial help for Israel's
nuclear research, including $250,000 in equipment for nuclear
radiation ,detection at Israel's reactor south of Tel Aviv, and the
sending of an expert in the design of nuclear reactors . . . Offi-
cials of the Austrian Justice Ministry indicated that despite the -
absence of an Austrian-Israeli extradition agreement; former
SS Captain Franz Nowak, recently arrested here, could be sent
to Israel to testify in the trial: of his wartime superior, Adolf
Eichmann . .. While German and Austrian negotiators agreed
"in principle" on a West German contribution to Austria's com-
pensation for victims of Nazism, a number of leading Austrian .
organizations of political persecutees demanded that Austria carry -
out its long-standing, unfulfilled pledges without waiting for
action by Germany.
BRUSSELS—The lower house of the West German parliament
has contributed 150,000 Deutschemarks ($37,500) for the con-
struction here of a Jewish home for the aged.

Senators OK Klutznick's Appointment;
May Quit UJA, Bnai Brith Chairmanships

(Direct JTA Teletype .Wire
to The 'Jewish News)

F.o reign Relations Committee
Tuesday confirmed the appoint-
ment of Philip M. Klutznick,
American Jewish leader, to rep-
resent the United States as Min-
iSter 'to the United Nations Eco-
nomic and Social Council. The
committee cominended KlUtznick
for his views and achievements.
Klutznick announced that to
avoid any impression of partial-
ity in his new diplomatic capac-
ity, he would resign as general
Chairman of the United Jewish
Appeal, as chairman of the Na-
tional Council of Bnai Brith, - as
honorary president of Bnai Brith;
and divest himself of his inte-
rests in the development of the
city of Ashdod in Israel. ,
Chairman J. W. Fulbright,
Arkansas DeMocrat, raised a
question of whether Klutznick
"could take an objective and im-
partial view" and if he had
"prejudice against Ara'b coun-
tries." Klutznick replied that he


' favored assistance to underdevel-
oped nations and would not ex-
clude anyone from such assist-
ance 'on a basis of religion.
. He pointed out that- Arabs
were cousins of the Jews and
that he was ready to work with
the Arabs toward peace and
mutual understanding.
He said he hoped his service
would demonstrate his just deal-
ings with Arab nations..Sen Rus-
sel B. Long, Louisiana Democrat,
expressed appreciation to Klutz-
nick, terming his statement a
"fine" one and describing his
own efforts' to persuade. Louisiana
Protestanti to support a Catholic
for the Presidency. The Senator
voiced hope that the Arabs would
respond to Klutznick and co-
operate with him.
Sen. Wayne Morse, Oregon
Democrat, said the Klutznick ap-
pointment was "good news for
world peace," and stated that the
"fact you. are an American Jew
is fortunate for the country."
Sen. Morse said it provided an

opportunity for brilliant men,
Moslems and Jews, to get to-
gether, and that the results could
be "a better understanding."
Sen. FuIbright expressed
amazement at the totals raised
through the years by the UJA.
Describing the philanthropy of
persons of his faith, Klutznick
said such generosity supplement-
ed government aid allocations.
Sen. Fulbright commented that
perhaps Klutznick should be
made a member of the Senate
and plaCed on the appropriations-
Klutznicn espousal of views
on foreign aid drew commenda-
tion from a number of committee
members, and his background in
Jewish achievements character-
ized as an asset. He was described
as a "man of action." Sen. Long
told Klutznick "yoilr background
doesnl indicate just talk."
• Enthusiastic endorsement of
Klutznick was expressed by Sen.
Paul H. Douglas, Illinois Demo-

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