THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -- Friday, December 8, 1
Jewish. Theological Seminary
Patrons' Society Formed Here
Responding to a stirring ap- against feeling foreign to their
peal by Dr. Louis Finkelstein, Jewish heritage, and he pleaded
Chancellor of the Jewish Theo- for greater aid to the Seminary
logicallogical Seminary of New as a major means of averting
York, 70 congregational leaders, the tragedy of alienating the
representing five Detroit syna- youth from their people.
gogues affiliated with the Semi- - He revealed that ultra-ortho-
nary and the United Synagogue dox Poale Agudath Israel came
of America—the national media to him and asked him to in-
serving Conservative Judaism troduce a Conservative Jewish
—established the foundation element in Israel "because our
here for a Detroit Patrons youth will come to you and
Society of the Seminary as part will not come' to us."
of the National Patrons Society.
"I am trying to heal the
The group met with Prof. spirit of our people and am
Finkelstein Monday evening at begging for pennies," Prof.
the Standard Club. John E Finkelstein said. - "We recognize
Lurie, who was co-host at the the need for doctors to heal
kosher supper with Joseph our bodies. Rabbis are equally
Holtzman, presided at the gath- important as healers of the
ering. Rabbi Jacob E. Segal, spirit."
Relating some deeply moving
one of the seven Detroit rabbis
who was ordained - at the Semi- experiences with youth, he told
nary, led in the Benshen. Rabbi how some young people came
Morris Adler, also Seminary- to him and expressed • resent-
o r d a i n e d, introduced Dr. ment at not having been taught
Finkelstein as "a man of mul- about . their heritage by their
tiple t a l e n t s—the profound parents. He appealed to Detroit
thinker and great teacher.' Jewry not to forget the Semi-
Louis Berry joined with Dr nary. "Now that we five well
Finkelstein in appealing for here, shall we let the Torah
support of the Seminary, and starve?," he asked. "Shouldn't
in response to his and Lurie's people give lavishly to support'
calls for action several enrolled the Torah? The Seminary is
for scholarships in the . amount your institution, the institution
of $25,000 payable. for five of your children and your chil-
years and a number became dren's Children, and you mustn't
patrons at $1,000 a year.
He appealed for the forma-
Dr. Finkelstein described
the chaos that existed in tion of the Detroit Seminary
American Jewry at the turn Patrons' Society, and upon the
of the century, when the conclusion of the meeting ex-
Orthodox rabbis, coming from pressed gratitude for the initial
abrOad and unable to speak , response to his appeal.
A Detroit office has been set
the language of the land,
could not reach out to the up at 1442 Griswold, with Mil-
youth, and the Reform rabbis, ton I. Heller as area director,
who later repented and modi- to supervise Seminary activities.
fied their approaches, were
treating Jewish issues nega- Temple Beth Am
fively. Prof. Finkelstein said
he spoke as the son of an of Livonia Greets
Orthodox rabbi, who more Rabbi Herbert Stern
than 50 years ago approved
of Conservative approaches
'because he saw the need to
reach out to youth. Dr.
Finkelstein told of the ridi-
cule that was heaped upon
Jewish customs by one of
the country's leading Reform
rabbis at that time; and he
pointed out that rabbi later
abandoned that practice and
apologized fof it.
"If Conservative Judaism had
not emerged at the turn of
the century, the situation with
our youth would have been
hopeless," Dr. Finkelstein- said.
He said that it was thanks to
the genius of the late Dr.
Solomon Schechter, then the
president of the Seminary, that
RABBI HERBERT STERN
a new Jewish spirit was brought
to American Judaism.
Temple Beth Am of Livonia, a
Stating that in world in which newly-organized Reform congre-
we live on a volcano Jews live gation, has welcomed Rabbi Her-
on a private volcano, Dr. Finkel- bert Stern from the Hebrew
stein pointed to the status of Union College in Cincinnati, 0.
the 400,000 Jews in Argentina
A graduate of Bard College,
where there are only 12 rabbis. Rabbi Stern majored in sociol-
He. said that the late President ogy. Although he has served two
Franklin D. Roosevelt once congregations during the past twq
asked him, "What are you doing years, Temple Beth Am is
for the Jews in Latin Amer- first bi-weekly congregation.
ica?," recognizing their spiritual
Temple Beth Am ("Hou of
plight. FDR, he said, told him
the People") was forme one
that it was "bad Judaism and year ago with a few famil
bad Americanism" that the der the leadership of Inn
Jews in Latin America should man. The membership
be ignored, and as a result the over 100. Services are h w is
Seminary has sent Rabbi Mars- day evenings at the Y.W.
hall Myer there and good re- Grand River and Beec
sults are being shown. Already roads.
a pre-rabbinical seminary has
The congregation aims to
been built in Argentina as a
vide the community with act
start in remedying a situation
foreseen by American leaders ties in areas of education an
who believe that a stronger culture, as well as religion.
Jewish feeling will prevent
Jews from turning to the left Beth Yehuda P.T.A.
or being anti-American and Plans Rummage Sale
will bring a new element of
A three-day rummage sale
friendship for this country.
benefit is planned by the P.T.A.
Prof. Finkelstein said there of Beth Yehudah Schools to be
are 123 students in the Semi- held Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at 4750
nary's rabbinical department McGraw.
and 500 in the teachers' de-
Rummage chairman Mrs. A. M.
partfnent, that they represent Silverstein asks those who wish
a fourth of the need, that to donate rummage to deliver it
they occupy every nook and to 12305 Dexter, or to phone WE
cranny of the Seminary and 1-0203 for pickup.
that expansion is urgent.
He said many youths plead
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Dr. Cohen to Speak
During Ne. xt Shaarey
Zedek Great Week-End
The last in the series of Great
Week-Ends sponsored by Con-
gregation Shaarey Zedek in con-
nection with the celebration of
its centennial year has been
scheduled for Saturday and Sun-
day, Dec. 9 and 10. The speaker
will be Dr. Gerson Cohen, pro-
fessor of Talmud at the Jewish
Theological Seminary of Amer-
ica, who will outline "A Pro-
gram For Jewish Living In The
On Saturday morning, Dr.
Cohen will occupy the pulpit. His
topic will be "What Can A Mod-
ern Jew Believe?"
Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Dr. Cohen
will speak at an informal social
gathering on the topic, "What
Can A Modern Jew Practice?"
A question and answer period
will follow. Refreshments will be
At a service and brunch Sun-
day morning, Dr. Cohen will dis-
cuss "What Can A Modern Jew
Learn From Tradition?"
Conservative synagogue leaders formulated the participa-
tion of their congregations in the Detroit campaign for the
Jewish Theological Seminary of America, which will celebrate
the 75th anniversary of its founding in 1962. Left to right:
Seated, J. Maurice Karo, president of Adas Shalom, and
Abraham Satovsky, president of Shaarey Zedek; standing,
Melvin Weisz, Bnai Moshe, Max Goldsmith, Adas Shalom,
Jack Shenkman, Beth Aaron, and Walter L. Field, Shaarey
Folk Chorus Gives
The Jewish Folk Chorus, di-
rected by Harvey Schreibman,
will present its "Mid-Winter
Scheafer Concert" 8 p.m. Sun-
day at the Jewish Center.
Featured • will be Sholem
Aleichem's story-cantata "Oifn
Fidle," with Sidney Resnick and
guest artist Menash Oppenheim
of New York. Tickets may be
purchased from any member of
the Chorus. For information. -
call Rose Baron, DI 1-9231.
Lawn Menorah Attracts Attention in Oak Park
People driving past the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M.
Schecter, 15061 Kenton, Oak
Park, stop and look twice.
Schecter, a window trimmer,
has erected a five-foot high
wooden Hanukah menorah on
his front lawn. Each night they
have added another light.
"Our children wanted to know
why they couldn't have lawn
decorations like our Christian
neighbors," Mrs. Schecter said.
"My husband began planning
and designed the menorah. We
haven't stopped getting com-
ments since it went up."
Good intentions sometimes
die before it's time to use them.
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