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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-11-10

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For the Record

Incorporating the Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Associations, National
Editorial Association..
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, 1952 at Post Office, Detroit, Mich., under act of Congress of
March 8, 1879.


Editor and Publisher


Advertising Manager


Business Manager

City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the third day of Kislev, 5722, the following Scriptural selections , will be
read in our Synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Toledot, Gen. 25:19-28.9. Prophetical portion, Malachi 1:1-2:7.
Licht Berchen, Friday, Nov. 10, 4:58 p.m.
VOL. XL, No. 11
Page Four
November 10, 1961

Schools' Merger: Step in Right Direction

Our community has attained another
high goal in the unification of its educa-
tional services by the merger of Yeshi-
vath Beth Yehudah's afternoon school
with the United Hebrew Schools.
Unification in no sense means uni-
formilization. It means the joining of
forces to have one supervisory body, to
aspire for a - common curriculum for all
our schools, to combine the bus system,
to eliminate duplication of efforts and
thereby reducing the cost of operation.
As in the instance of other unifica-
tions—when the Yiddish schools merged"
the supervisory activities with the United
Hebrew Schools—basic ideals to which
Yeshivath Beth Yehudah adheres are not
to be sacrificed. There are to be no sacri-

legious involvements. Some of the courses
offered by the Yiddish schools are being
retained in their systems, and courses
given in the Yeshivah afternoon school
will no doubt be respected.
The major aim is to strengthen the
recognized community educational sys-
tems, as represented by the United
Hebrew Schools. This is what is being
done through the latest merger. It is an
act deserving of acclaim, and all who had
a share in achieving this aim have earned
the community's gratitude for taking
proper steps to merge activities where no
harm can possibly come to any of the
Penn Warren, the eminent author who has gained
branches of the schools. Only the best fame Robert
twice as a Pultizer Prize winner, who is known for his
results can be hoped for from such action best sellers, "All the King's Men," "The Cave," "The Legacy
for all of our community's elements.
of the Civil War" and a score of other books, has produced

Increasing Middle Eastern Anti-Jewish Threats

Property confiscations in Egypt from . pulsions "to prevent subversive action
all indications are being conducted pri- against the state."
marily against Jews.
Such is the tragedy of the Lebanese
While all foreigners as well as some Jews, who now number anywhere be-
wealthy Egyptian families are affected tween 7,000 and 10,000, who have been
in the Nasser orders, it is the wealth of accused of encouraging Israeli "spy
the remaining JeWs in Egypt that is being rings," whose loyalties have been flaunted
eyed by Nasser, and there is little if any and who have lived in fear of their lives
hope left of even the minutest economic since Israel became an autonomous state
, security for the less than 18,000 Jews . in 1948.
The status of Jews in Arab countries
who have survived the Nasser onslaught
since the violent anti-Israeli and • anti- remains precarious, and their only hope
Jewish campaigns undertaken by the is emigration. Will the United Nations
take this aspect of inhumanity into con-
Egyptian dictatorship.
sideration when the Arab refugees' status
The inevitable result of the new Egyp- is discussed during the current General
tian confiscatory campaign is certain to Assembly session? Will the representa-
be another wave of emigration. It re- . tives of the many nations of the world
mains to be seen whether Egypt will view realistically the fact that the num-
permit its several thousand surviving ber of Jews who have been expelled from
Jews to leave the country, and the search Arab countries matches the number of
for new homes for these dispossessed will Arabs who left Israel in 1948; and that
present new problems.
-- while Israeli Arabs are being given ad-
: Egypt • is not alone in the campaign vantages of citizenship, of economic se-
- of ridding Arab countries of Jewish resi- curity and education, the Jews under
dents. An Arab News Agency report from Moslem domination are being impover-
Beitur, received in Jerusalem, reveals ished, hounded and persecuted?
that there are preparations for the ex-
These are facts , not to be forgotten
pulsion of Jews and "other foreigners" during parliamentary discussions; and in
from Lebanon. Jews have lived there for the meantime world Jewry must remain
many generations, and they have un- aware of a basic responsibility: to find
interruptedly, to this very day, con- new homes for the persecuted and to
tributed to their homeland's develop- plan for their settlement in areas away
ment, economically and culturally; yet from the madievalism of Arab persecu-
the newly-revealed order speaks of ex- tions.

Impropriety of Religious Programs in Schools

The approach of Hanukah and Christ- declares the proper place for sectarian
mas will raise anew the propriety of observances to be "in the church, syna-
permitting religious celebrations in our gogue and home."
public schools.
The growth of the Jewish population_
In order to eliminate criticism of the in Detroit's suburban areas may raise
religious Christmas observances, some similar problems in our neighboring com-
communities have -introduced the prac- munities in a manner akin to the expe-
tice of observing both Hanukah and riences of Milwaukee Jewry. We have
Christmas, and many Jews have - been the precedents in the Hanukah-Christmas
misled into believing that such a policy celebrations that had been introduced in
"satisfies" both elements, without taking Detroit schools, in spite of protests by our
into consideration the basic principle own Community Council and individual
that the ideal of separation of church and lay leaders, during the past two decades.
state calls for the prevention of any in-
Past experiences do not hold out
trusion of religious ideas into our schools.
It is to the credit of the Milwaukee much hope that such separation of church
Jewish Council that it has expressed it- and state will be possible; that we will
self in opposition to "any holiday observ- have convinced all Jews as well as Chris-
ance with sectarian content, declaring it tians of the impropriety of religious
observances in public-financed institu-
"out of place in the public schools."
Our own community will find specific tions, and especially in our public schools.
interest in the action of the Milwaukee It is to be hoped that the injection of
Council which has noted that the influx religious spirits can be prevented in our
of JeWs into suburban areas has "height- schools, Detroit as well as suburban, in
ened bona fide differences of opinion the best interests of all faiths whose
that exist on this delicate issue" and, in sectarianism should be kept within the
accord with "the viewpoint of major bounds of religious institutions and the
Jewish intergroup relations agencies," homes of the children involved.

Warren s '
About a Jew in the Civil War

another great work — "a tale of the Civil War," — in which
a German-Jewish lad who was anxious to fight for freedom
'heads the cast of interesting characters.
Published under the title "Wilderness" by Random House,
this new novel contains all the high qualities of Warren's first
class writing. It• is a stirring novel that is replete with deep
feelings aroused by the fratricidal war.
The story revolves around Adam Rosenzweig, a Bavarian
Jewish lad who had inherited from his father a passion for
justice and freedom and who was prepared to make all neces-
sary sacrifices to assist in the battle for liberty. He left Bavaria
in the summer of 1863, hoping to join the Union Army. On the
boat, however, the captain discovered that Adam had a deformed
foot and could not possibly be accepted into a fighting force.
He accused him of being a stowaway who was seeking free
passage to America and put him under arrest. But with the
help of a sailor he managed to get 'off the boat and set out to
find his father's friend, whose address he was given as "Herr
Aaron Blaustein, 5th at 39, City of New York."

The adventure begins when Adam is rescued from drown-
ing in Blaustein's basement by a Negro. He is taken to Blau-
stein who offers to adopt him, revealing that his own son
_died in the war, but Adam insists- that he must proceed to
the front to attain his goal of fighting "fuer die Freiheit!"

Blaustein makes it possible for him to proceed, w _ ith the
Negro who saved his life and with the driver, Jedeen Hawks-
worth, who many years before was tarred and feathered in his
native southern home when he defended a Negro.
In the course of their trip, Jed conducted business. hid his
money in a belt, later to be murdered by the Negro who
had saved Adam's life, absconding with the money belt. Adam
took charge of Jed's wagon and goods and continued the sutler's
role, soon learning the facts of life in war and the horrors
that men endure.
Adam had been given. by an uncle who attempted to get him
to remain in Bavaria, a bag with talith and phyllacteries. He
never failed to remember that "I am a Jew." It was as a Jew that
he traveled and never nosed as anything else. He was reminded
before he left of the "Jude verrecke — the Jew must be destroyed"
cries — of anti-Semites. But he adhered to th hope to share in the
battle for human freedom. -
Aaron Blausten gave him a good lesson in human re-

actions when he told him of being attacked by a mob in New
York, commenting: "You know, it is rather refreshing to be
attacked by the mob merely for being rich. Not for being a
rich Jew. It makes all the trouble of coming to America seem
worth while."

This sentiment. linked with Adam's passion for justice,
helps to create a valid background for a great novel. Adam, in
a conversation with the Negro who accompanied him on his
southward trip until he robbed and killed Jed, spoke of his
father who "loved mankind and wanted men to be fully men.
He fought and suffered for that." Adam explained that as the
reason for having been given the Hebrew name"Adam" which
means "man."
Adam, as he travel on, gets into a battle. He kills. a man,
in self-defense. He is bewildered but must hobble on. He begins
to realize • the privations of men, "in their terror," and their
Psychologically, as a brilliantly told story, "Wilderness" is
another great Warren novel.


Halperin s Book on Zionism
Among New WSU Publications

Dr. Samuel Haplerin's "The Political World of American
Zionism" tops the list of current_ books published by Wayne State
University Press. The book will be reviewed here later.
Other new WSU publications, off the prsss this week, are:
"Let's Read—A Linguistic Approach," by Leonard Bloomfield
and Clarence L. Barnhart; "Tragedy and the Theory of Drama,"
by Elder Olson; "Michigan Civil War History — An Annotated
Bibliography," edited by George S. May and compiled by, six
authorities; "Mental Retardation and Social Work Education,"
proceedings of conference held at Milford, Mich., edited by Alfred
H. Katz.

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