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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-11-10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEW S — Friday, November 10, 196 1 32

Jewish Mother, Arab Lover Fight Detroiters on
Foundation Gets Fourth of Schaver
Israel Ministry fox Custody of Child Federations'
Estate, Thus Benefiting Charities
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
back to the home and took the
The will of Morris L. Schaver, been written by the deceased
to The Jewish News)
child away. She was arrested Parley Prograin
prominent labor Zionist and leader naming various important


JERUSALEM — A Ministry
of Welfare official said Tuesday
his Ministry had intervened in
the case of an unwed Jewish
mother and her Arab lover not
because of Israel's religious
marriage law but to protect the
safety of the infant boy until
the situation was untangled.
Azirel Stern, director of Adult
Probation Services, described
the position of the Ministry in
the arrest of 19-year-old Yaffa
Ajami, whose romance with an
Arab Moslem brought her into
conflict with both families and
with the law. The father of the
child is 22-year-old Abdul Ra-
him Majdaleh, whom she met
and fell in love with when they
were both living in Ramat Gan.
According to initial reports
on the situation, the couple did
not wed because under Israeli
law they could . not __do so as
long as each held to his or her
faith. Two years ago, they tried
to run away and the girl's par-
ents made her a ward of the
Ministry of Welfare. The Mos-
lem was sentenced to three
months imprisonment, a term
later reduced to 50 days.
In defiance of a court order,
they moved into a flat in
Tel Aviv and the girl became.
pregnant in the fall of 1960.
During the final month of
pregnancy, the girl was visit-
ed by her parents, who are ;
wealthy Iraqi J e w s, and
agreed to place the. child in
an institution for month
after its birth.
The boy was born f our
months ago and placed in a
Ministry of Welfare institution
in Ramat Gan. At the end of
the month, institution officials
refused to yield the infant on
grounds that since the parents
were not married they could not
give the baby a proper home.
On Oct. 22, the mother went

three days later and the child
was returned to the home.
Arraigned on a charge of kid-
naping in Magistrates Court.
she denied the charge and sub-
sequently brought suit to get a
reversal of the court order com-
mitting her child to the home.
During the time such cases are
pending according to Stern, the
Ministry may ask the Juvenile
Magistrates Court for an order
to take a child from the parents
if it is believed the child's wel-
fare requires it.
Stern's report differed
in several ways from earlier
reports published in the New
York Times. He said that the
relationship between the un-
wed parents was not clear. He
said that neither was pre-
pared • to adopt the other's
religion and thus pave the
way for marriage. He even --
expressed d o u b t that the
Moslem wants to marry the
Jewish girl.
The probation officer also
said that when the girl became
pregnant both wanted to ar-
range for aborting the birth,
but the girl later refused. Orig-
inally, he said, his Ministry had
proposed to the court that the
child be left with the parents
on condition 'that the child was
not to be removed from Tel
Aviv without the Ministry's per-
mission. However, he said, after
the court heard the facts, it
decided that the infant should
be placed in the home. -
Stern said that in the first
month the mother did not visit
the home to see her baby and
the Moslem forced her to make
later visits. The probation of-
ficial voiced the suspicion that
the Moslem did not want to
marry the girl at all and that
he was trying to get payment
from her parents for leaving
her alone.

Detroit Jewish leaders will
play major roles at the 30th
General Assembly of the Coun-
cil of Jewish Federations and
Welfare Funds, at the Statler
Hilton Hotel in Dallas, Tex.,
Nov. 16-19, it was announced
by Irving Kane of Cleveland,
CJFWF president.
Judge Theodore Levin will be
chairman of the "Report on Is-
rael" general session.
Morris Garvett will be chair-
man of the session on "Federa-
tion-Synagogue Relations."
Jack 0. Lefton will be a
speaker at the session on "In-
dependent Campaigns and Wel-
fare Funds."
Mrs. Harry L. Jones will be a
speaker at the "Women in Com-
munal Service" session.
Merle Harris will be a speaker
at the "Leadership Develop-
ment" session.
Isidore Sobeloff will be a pan-
elist on the "Report on Israel"
discussion session. Sobeloff was
one of the Council leaders - vho
took part in a series of consul-
tations in Israel last summer.
Other Detroit Jewish com-
munal leaders who will attend
the Assembly are: William Av-
runin, Mrs. Abraham Cooper,
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Elazer, Isa-
dore J. Goldstein, Harry L.
Jones, Mrs. Jack 0. Lefton, Mrs.
Theodore Levin, Mrs. Isidore
Sobeloff, George M. Stutz, A.
Alfred Taubman, Mrs. Henry
Wineman and Harold Silver.

community leader, filed for pro-
bate this week, leaves half of
the estate to his widow, Emma
Lazaroff Schaver and 25 per cent
to the Morris L. Schaver Foun-
The balance is divided as fol-
lows: 181/2 per cent to his son,
Isaac and 61/2. per cent to be
divided among his own and his
wife's relatives.
Charles Rubiner. attorney who
prepared the will and filed it
for probate, said the estate was
"very substantial" and that the
provision of a fourth of it to
go to the Schaver Foundation
assures extensive philanthropic
gifts since all Foundation funds
must go to charities and recog-
nized philanthropic and social
Rubiner pointed out that
through the Schaver Founda-
tion and another Foundation set
up by the deceased and his
brothers under the name Itzhak
and Hendele Foundation—named
in memory of their parents—
more than a half million dollars
has been distributed in the last
two decades among Jewish and
non-Jewish causes.
"The assignment of a -quarter
of his estate to the Schaver
Foundation thus represents a
remarkable sense of public duty,
since large sums will continue
to be available for worthy
causes," Rubiner said.
Rubiner also said that a num-
ber of insurance policies had

causes as the beneficiaries, the
Jewish National Fund benefit-
ing in the amount of $5,250.
The will names Emma Schaver
and Sidney Fields as trustees.
* * *

Schaver Memory
to Be Honored by
Israel Histadrut

The memory of Morris L.
Schaver, prominent Detroit La-
bor Zionist leader, will be hon-
ored by Histadrut, the Israel
Labor Federation, and the Na-
tional Committee for Labor
Israel, by having a major insti-
tution furthering the integra-
tion of new immigrants named
in his memory, according to
Aharon Becker, general secre-
tary of Histadrut in Israel.
Schaver, who died Oct. 28 at
the age of 67, was a founder of
the Histadrut campaign in De-
troit, serving as its "Chairman
for many years. At the time of
his death,- he was a member ,of
the national board of directors
of the Israel Histadrut cam-

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`Career Assassination' Charged
by Meyer Levin, Author of 'Eva'

Author-playwright Meyer Levin 1
has charged that he is the victim
of a campaign of "character and
career assassination" that has re-
•sulted in his being "blacklisted",
by Broadway, Hollywood, TV and
the publishing industry.
Levin's charge is contained in
a signed article in the Oct. 16



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ish Congress. Neither the maga-
zine nor the American Jewish
Congress necessarily endorses
Levin's charges, a spokesman for
the organization said.
In his article, the author of
"The Old Bunch," "Compulsion"
and "Eva" asserts that a "whis-
pering campaign" accusing him
of being a "troublemaker," "al-
ways involved in lawsuits" and
"impossible to work with" has
been spread to make him "pro-
fessionally untouchable."
Actually, he argues, "I initi-
ated one lawsuit in a 35 year
career. I filed that case only af-
ter begging for an entire year for
arbitration, and when finally
forced into court I was vindi-
cated by a jury verdict."
Among the examples of the
blacklisting, Levin writes, are:
cancellation of an agreement to
write a book on Israel, cancella-
tion of a television interview in
connection with publication of
his novel. "Eva," cancellation of
an interview with his wife—
author Toreska Torres—on the
publication of her novel, "Dan-
gerous Games," and cancellation
of an agreement to cover the
Eichmann trial for a major
American picture magazine.
In the article, 'Levin recapit-
ulates his grievances over the
dramatization of "The Diary of
Anne Frank," noting that he
had been "forced out" of the
production of the play.
He filed suit for damages only
after his request for arbitration
had been rejected by the other
side. A jury awarded him $50,-
000. This sum was later set aside,
however, when a new trial was
ordered on technical grounds.
Eventually, a committee repre-
senting Levin settled the case out
of court.

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