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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-04-07

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Pureiy Commentary

1Allied Jewish Campaign Reported Running
Ahead/of 1960 in Number, Amount of Gifts









The 'Gamoossa' and What Israel Has to Contend With

The reason Israel has so much to contend with on the diplo-
matic arenas is that the medievalism of her antagonists—which
is hailed as "picturesqueness" rather than backwardness by those
who back up the medievalists--plays such an acceptable role.
An illustration of the status of Israel's neighbors is described
. in this AP story from Cairo of how "a fellah needs a gamoossa"
in Egypt:
Sheikh Ibrahim stood facing the east to offer his prayers
as the sun rose over the Nile delta.
"Please, Allah," he pleaded, "I pray you to protect and
, give long life to the gamoosa, children and wife."
An attractive young Egyptian social worker who heard
Sheikh Ibrahim protested;
"How can you place an animal before your children and
wife in your prayers?"
"My wife gives • birth each year, and if I lose her I can
easily marry again. But the gamoossa is difficult to compen-
sate," reasoned the stubborn peasant.
A gamoossa (water buffalo) means everything to the
Egyptian fellah (peasant). Happiness and sadness as well as
poverty or wealth depend to a large extent on this animal.
Recently a fellah threw a lavish celebration when his
gamoossa, which he believed was sterile, gave birth after four
years. He invited every member of his village, including the
mayor and governor.
It is the East against the West—the Middle Ages against
modernity—that is embattled here, and Israel—a model of
Western progress—is in the front ranks in this war. Is it any
wonder that it takes so long to settle the unnecessary , war in
the Middle East?

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Faal Ztrkerrnan.•
The 1961 Allied Jewish Cam-
paign totals took a spurt as the ' chairman, told workers there
result of two report meeting work would be "no clean up of cam-
sessions and a Passover appeal paign cards this year." If the
campaign is to be successful,
by Detroit rabbis.
Campaign workers at the first every prospect will have to be
report meeting heard a report by 'carefully solicited, Zuckerman
pre-campaign - chairman Charles. said.
"There will be no clean up
H. Gershenson. The pre-campaign
co-chairmen, Sol Eisenberg, A. squad," he promised. "The right
Alfred , Taubman and Jack J. solicitor will spend all the time
Wainger, also reported on the with each prospect that it takes
speeding up of the big gifts cam- to-get his best gift."
At the second report meeting,

Rabbi Adler to Address Campaign
Report Meeting Tuesday Evening

The Allied Jewish Campaign
will hold three report meetings
before the closing dinner on
May 3, announces Paul Zucker-
man, campaign chairman.
Rabbi Morris Adler will be
speaker at the next report meet-
ing, 8 p.m., Tuesday, at • the
Jewish Center, 18100 Meyers.
The Food Division, front
runner of the campaign's seven
trade and professional divi-
sions will be honored at the
Tourists' Guide--Manifold Israeli Events
The second gathering will be
'A Tourist's Guide issued a few days ago lists so many interest-
ing events scheduled in Israel' starting with the month of March, a luncheon report meeting, 12:15
p.m., Friday, Aprl 14, at cam-
that :it is worth reprinting. It provides for the following:
Purim, Tel Aviv, March 2. Carnivals, dances. Feast of St I paign headquarters, 163 Madison.
Joseph, March 19. High Mass in Nazareth. Holy Thursday and - It will be Agency . Presidents'
Day, when presidents and pro-
Good Friday, March 30-31. Pilgrimages.
fessional directors of each of
- Passover, April 1-'7. Second Seder for tourists is April 2.
Music Festiyal, Ein Gev, April 1-7. Independence Day, * Jeru- the Federation's 14 member
salem, April 20. Israel's thirteenth celebration. Feast of Nebi agencies will be honored.
Shuib, Horns of Hittin, April 25.
Agency. presidents and direc-
Hapoel Sports Assembly, April 30-May 6. International tors include:
spoils meet. Pentecostal Conference, Jerusalem, May 19-21.
Gilbert B. Silverman, president,
Pentecost, May .21. Feast of Mukharem, June 12. Moslems greet Community Workshop, and Albert
Cohen, executive director. The
their year of 1381.
Workshop is a sheltered facility
Jewish Choirs Assembly, July - 24-Aug. 8.
that gives vocational training to
Chamber Music Festival, August 26-Sept. 17.
people whose physical, emotional or
language problems make them dif-
Rosh ha-Shanah, Sept. 11-12. Jewish New Year.
ficult to employ.
Violincello Competition, Sept. 20.
Fresh Air SOciety, president, Max-
Tiberias Festival, Sept. 26. Sea of Galilee. Water pageant. well E. Katzen, Sam Marcus, execu-
director; the Society operates
The major interest in this list of Israeli events is that it tive
the Fresh Air Camp at Brighton
includes all .faiths. It evidences concern for all elements In the and Camp Tamarack in Ortonville,
population and the variety of pilims who annually visit 'Israel. to provide year-round camping for
children, adults and older adults.
It is no wonder that Israel holds the world's attention and that
Maurice Klein, president, Hebrew
it is becoming "a mecca" for visitors from all parts of the globe. Free Loan Association. Mrs. Lily
secretary. The Associa-



settlement Service, which • helps
refugees adjust to life in our com-
munity and was instrumental in
securing reparations for victims of
Nazi persecution.
George M. Zeltzer will receive
double honors as president of the
Sholem Aleichem School, a Federa-
tion subvention school, and chair-
man of the campaign's Metropolitan
Division. Moshe Haar is Sholem
Aleichem principal.
Abraham Srere, president, Sinai
Hospital, Dr. Julien Priver, director.
Mandell L. Berman, president,
United Hebrew Schools, Albert Bla-
zer, superintendent. The United He-
brew Schools provide after-school
Jewish education for more than
5,000 . children.
Bernard Broder, chairman, Work-
man Circle School, a subvention
school, and Morris • Becker, its

The third report meeting will
be a luncheon meeting Friday,
April 21, at campaign headquar-
ters. The -chairmen of campaign
sections will be honored at that

campaign workers saw sound
films of the opening dinner and
heard Israel's Gen. Moshe Dayan
plead the cause of the 130,000
Israeli farm settlers who are liv-
ing in sub-standard conditions.
Bringing them to Israel was an
implied promise to give them the
tools and equipment that would
enable them to earn a living from
the land, Gen. Dayan said.
Rabbis throughout Detroit is-
sued a community summons to
personal responsibility from their
pulpits at Passover Services.
Among rabbis participating
were: Morris Adler, Shaarey
Zedek; Jacob Segal, Adas Sha-
lom; Milton Arin, Ahavas Achim;
David S. Bakst, Joseph W. Allen
(Home for Aged); Benjamin H.
Gorrelick, Beth Aaron; Israel I.
Halpern, Beth Abraham; Leizer
Levin, Beth Tefilo-Emanuel Tik-
vah; Hayim Donin, Bnai David;
Israel Goodman, Bnai Israel
(Pontiac); I. Stollman, Mishkan
Israel; S. Wohlgelernter, Mogen
Abraham-Bnai Jacob; Leo Gold-
man, Shaarey Shomayim; Rich-
ard C. Hertz, Temple Beth El;
Leon Fram, Temple Israel; Mil-
ton Rosenbaum, Temple Emanu-
Twenty five hundred workers
are busy soliciting the 10,000 po-
tential contributors who have not
yet made their _contributions.
The campaign is running ahead
of last year both in numbers of
gifts in and in amount of giving,
Zuckerinan reports.

Boris Smolar's

Between. You

Paul Paray's Imperishable Place in 'Realin of Music

Paul Paray's decision to limit his services in Detroit and
to share the podium of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with
guest conductors must cause a feeling of deep regret in many
quarters. The distinguished conductor has endeared himself to
our. community. His place in the musical world is imperish-
able, and the inspiration he brought to our community makes
us deeply indebted to him.
The world famous writer, Max Brod, said in his book on
Jewish music that "Paul Paray was the only conductor who
promoted Jewish and Israeli music all over and at all op-
M. Paray has earned speeial gratitude from the Jewish com-
munity. In times of dire stress for the Israel Symphony
Orchestra, he gave it encouragement. He went to Israel to
conduct that - great orchestra, and upon his return to this
country he sang its praises wherever he went.
He also has shown a deep interest in Jewish music, in
the work of the Jewish Center Symplidny Orchestra and in
the aspirations of Jewish musicians.
We wish him well in all his pursuits, and we hope that
his appearances here as our symphony's conductor will not be
too limited.
Let us hope that the guest conductors who will be brought
here by The Detroit Symphony Society will be men of- high
caliber who will pursue the ideals inspired by M. Paray'. It is
to be hoped also that from the considered list will be excluded
those who have a Nazi record—and it is regrettable that former
Nazis have invaded so many artistic areas. We were amazed
that.: last year, the Detroit Symphony had. engaged men with
records of having performed in Germany during the Nazi
regime and are therefore suspected of having collaborated with-
the Nazis—among them Leopold Ludwig and Lovro von Matacic.
The high standards that were established here first by the late
Ossip Gabrilowitsch and during the past few_ years by M. Paul
Paray must be maintained at all costs.

The Deviltry of Life Magazine

In their replies to the Many people who have protested
against its viciously anti-Zionist editorial, which certainly did
not evince fairness or friendship for Israel, the editors of Life
resorted to a trick: to defend their position they quoted from
the memoirs of President Truman • to indicate that American
Zionists have brought pressures on government officials.
This is begging the issue. Life's editors, - if they were even
minutely fair, should have taken into consideration the, American-
right to intercede in. behalf ' of humanitarian causes. That also
should provide. for the basic right to free discussion—which
gives, Life the same right to criticize Israel as it gives Israel's
friends the right to challenge Life. But all of that must be
conducted on the basis of true facts—and our contention is that
Life has distorted facts. Its resort to a quotation from President
Truman's memoirs is sheer deviltry.

tion provides small interest ee
loans to people who could not ob-
tain • them from _lending institutions.
Samuel Frankel, president, Jewish
Community Center, Irwin Shaw,
executive director. The Center pro-

.. and Me'

(Copyright 1961,
Jewish Telegraphic • Agency, Inc.)

Controversial Issue

The American Jewish Congress has done a 'poor service to
American Jewry by indulging in a nationally televised NEC debate
with a leader of the Catholic church over the Catholic demand for
Federal aid to religious schools . . . The issue is a three-pronged
one, with the Catholics on one side and the Protestants and jews
on the other . . . In a nation-wide televised debate on this contro-
versial and sensitive issue, the appearance of a Jewish organization
without the partiCipation also of a Protestant representative in the
debate shows poor judgment . . . It gives the - tens of thousands of
television viewers the false impression that only the Jews are
opposed to the Catholic demand for Federal aid for parochial
schools ... -Many Jews who watched the,television debate—including
Jewish personalities who are friends of the American Jewish
Congress—were far from happy over the "emotional" tone used by
Leo Pfeffer, the representative of the American Jewish Congress,
in presenting his arguments . .. His attitude was completely con- -
tradictory to the charming tone of his Catholic opponent, Rev. Neil
G. McCluskey, education editor of a Catholic weekly .. It is note-
worthy that the American Jewish Congress found it necessary later
to disassociate itself from one of the proposals made by Pfeffer
during the television debate.


Eichmann Echoes


vides informal education • and rec-
reation under Jewish auspices for
pre-schoolers through golden age
groups. .
Stanley J. Winkelman, - president,
Walter Klein, executive director,
Jewish Community Council. The
Council is the Federation com-
munity relations agency.
Max M. Shave, president, Jewish
Family and ,Children's Service, Har-
old Silver, director. JFCS is the
Federation case work agency that
helps families and individuals ad-
just to the patterns of daily liv-
Edward I. Fleischman, president,.
Jewish Home for Aged, Ira I. Son-
• enblick, • executive director. The
Home for Aged provides institu;
tional living and care for old people
who are unable to live independ-
Bud Bielfield, president, Jewish
House of Shelter, which shelter
provides a night's lodging for itin-
erant Jewish_ men.
Charles F. Rosen, president, Jew-
ish Vocational Service, a counseling
and job placement agency.
Louis, LaMed, chairman of Mid-
rasha, College of Jewish Studies.

American Jewish organizations are preparing to utilize the
effects of the Eichmann trial in Israel - in order to arouse more
interest among Americans toward the international Genocide Con-
vention which outlaws mass murder in the future.. . . Especially
active in these preparations' is the American Jewish Committee,
which is seeking to encourage President Kennedy to recommend
the ratification of the Genocide Convention by the Senate . . .
Although the U.S. Government had helped initiate the Genocide
Convention at the United Nations, it has still not ratified the pact,
despite the fact that the Convention has already been ratified by
64 nations . . . The American Jewish Committee and the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai Brith will work during the Eichmann
trial in the direction of presenting constructive concepts of the trial
before the American public to offset sensational and controversial
aspects of the case . . . Material will be supplied to the American
press, radio, television, clergymen, lawyers and non-Jewish orga-
nizations to enable them to discuss the trial constructively and to
bring the lesson of the Eichmann trial to more and more people
in this country .. .Assistance will be given to schools and teachers
whose classes are almost certain to discuss the trial, so that they
may interpret the Eiclunann case constructively to their pupils.


Post - Passover Moods „

A survey conducted among Jewish high school students in
Miami established that Passover is their most beloved Jewish holi-
day . . Eighty-six percent of those questioned replied that they
celebrate Passover . . . By this they probably meant that the Seder
is in one way or another observed by _their parents . . . Hanukah
rated lower than Passover with the students but not too much lower.
. . . The remarkable thing is that PassoVer and Hanukah are today
the most accepted Jewish holidays in. Jewish homes- not because
of their religious tradition but because they are the clOsest to the
American spirit of freedom and liberty • . . Both holidays deal with
the fight for freedom and against slavery, and are thus close to the
Nathan L. Milstein, president, Re- outlook of American-born, parents and their children.

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