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December 14, 1962 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-12-14

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In a strongly worded cable to
Premier Nikita Khrushchev, 46
Protestant, Catholic and Jewish
clergymen, religious leaders and
educators assailed Soviet anti-
Semitism and urged the Russian
government to lift its official po-
licy of oppression against its
Jewish citizens.
The religious leaders sharply
criticized the "blanket restraints"
against all religions in the
U.S.S.R. They underscored that
Judaism is placed outside even
"the narrow framework of per-
missible religious practice" al-
lowed in the Soviet Union.
The 'cable to Premier Khrush-
chev appeared as an advertise-
ment in metropolitan newspa-
pers, • undertaken cooperatively
by the religious leaders of the
three faiths and the American
Jewish Committee.
The religious leaders point-
ed out the sharp contrast be-
tween the Soviet Constitution,
in which equality of citizens is
guaranteed, and the Soviet gov-
ernment's "persistent enmity
to religion." Devout members
of any religion, the statement
said, "suffer harassment."
The cable, delivered to the So-
viet embassy here for transmis-
sion to Premier Khrushchev,
charged that while most other
faiths are permitted "bare neces-
sities" needed for religious prac-
tice, the almost three million
Jews of the Soviet Union "are
denied minimal rights conceded
to adherents of other creeds."
Among the repressive meas-
ures against Jews in the Soviet
Union listed in the cable were:
"Legally constituted Jewish
congregations are isolated from
one another. They are forbidden
to organize a central body. They
are allowed no contact with Jew-
ish religious groups in other
countries. Their leaders are sin-
gled out for abuse.
"Since June 1961, synagogue
presidents in six cities have
been arbitrarily removed from
office; Jewish communal lead-
ers in Leningrad and Moscow
have been sentenced to prison
for the alleged crime of meet-
ing with foreign visitors to
their synagogues.
"Scores of synagogues have
been closed by the state. The
few that remain are served by
rabbis who were ordained
more than
than 40 years ago. For more
a generation, Jewish theological
seminaries have been banned, ex-
cept for a lone Yeshiva in Mos-
cow, opened in 1956. Its enroll-
ment, never permitted to exceed
20, was reduced to four in April
1962.
"No Jewish Bible has been
printed in 40 years. No aritcles
for Jewish ritual can be produc-
ed. This year, for the first time
in Soviet history, even the sale
of unleavened bread, essential to
observance of the Passover, was
banned. The prayers of Judaism
are said in Hebrew, yet the teach-
ing of that language is forbidden.
"Although half a million
Jews declared Yiddish as their
mother tongue in the Soviet
census of 1959, their hundreds
of schools, their once-flourish-
ing theaters have been stamp-
ed out. Much smaller ethnic or
linguistic groups have schools,
theaters, books and newspa-

I

Bar Mitzvahs I

Rabbi and Mrs. M. J. E. Itta-
mar Wohlgelernter, 22 Ibn Shap-
rut -St., Jerusalem, Israel, an-
nounce the Bar Mitzvah of their
son, Joshua Elazar, will take
place Shabbat Vayeshev, the first
day of Hanukah, at the Hechal
Shlorno Synagogue, Jerusalem.
* * •
Dr. and Mrs. S. Joseph Fau-
man, 19490 Manor, announce the
Bar Mitzvah of their son, David
Aaron, will be solemnized Dec.
22 at Cong. Shaarey Zedek, 27375
Bell, Southfield. A family lunch-
eon will be held in his honor
following the service.

pers in their own languages."
These conditions, the cable
said, revive "memories of the
anti - Semitic Stalin regime"
which, it pointed out, Premier
Khrushchev has denounced.
The cable urged the Soviet
Union to implement. its oft-re-
peated claim that it is "a cham-
pion of human dignity and equal-
ity" and "a defender of minority
rights" by lifting these repres-
sive measures. It called on the
Soviet government to conform its
behavior "to its own professed
principles," and to the standards
of the United Nations Universal
Declaraiton of Human Rights and
the constitutions of enlightened
countries which affirm that "free-
dom of conscience and expres-
sion is vested unconditionally in
every human being."
Unless the Soviet government
takes steps to guarantee complete
freedom of religious practice,
the cable said, "it forfeits the
confidence of all peoples."
Leningrad Synagogue Charged

Torah festivities in which many
young Jews participated. The
campaign was initiated by the di-
rector of a hospital near the
synagogue.
According to those reports,
several hundred Jewish young
people gathered at the synagogue
to participate in the customary
rejoicing on the holiday, last Oct.
20. For the first time in known
history, Leningrad municipal of-
ficials appeared at the synagogue
along with the hospital director.
who denounced the "hooliganis-
tic" observance and demanded
action by authorities to put a halt
to the alleged "illegal activities"
at the synagogue.

chatterbox again dares to make
fun of a political leader, then
we'll shut his trap. A state
cannot be kept going if every
young loafer goes about mak-

ing jokes about it."

Money from Anonymous
Benefactor Used for
Student Fund at Yeshiva

Yeshiva University has set up
a special fund for needy stu-
dents with $190 received through
the mails from an anonymous
benefactor.
Since the beginning of the
fall semester, three envelopes
have arrived in the Offices of
Student Finances, which admin-
isters the university's scholar-
ship and financial aid programs.
The first two envelopes con-
tained three $20 bills. The third
contained three $20 bills and a
$10 bill.
There were no notes. All of
the envelopes were addressed in
the same handwriting.

Snowden paid a visit to Mac-
cabi House on the occasion of

the 25th anniversary of the
British Maccabi sports organiza-

tion.
The Princess, who was pre-
sented with a memento by the
members of the club, was wel-
comed by Pierre Gildesgame;
chairman of the World Maccabi.
The Princess and Lord Snow-
den witnessed an exhibition of
the club's activities and dined at
Maccabi House with members
of the Committee and club
members. Later they attended a
pageant depicting the history of
Maccabi. Also present were
Councillor and Mrs. Harold

West, Mayor of Hampstead.
During the week, Home Secre-
tary Henry Brooke is scheduled
to attend ceremonies at Maccabi
House.

a report published in a local
Jewish newspaper to the effect
that negotiations have taken

AJC Women Will Play
Duplicate Bridge

place in various East European •
capitals between Soviet officials

American Jewish Congress, De-
and a Jewish community leader troit Women's Division, will have
on the subject of Jewish emi- its monthly duplicate b r i d g e
game noon Tuesday at Raven
gration from the USSR.
The WJC emphasized that, to Gallery, 17600 James Couzens.
the best of its knowledge, such Luncheon and prizes are fea-
reports are without any founda- tured. The . public is invited.
tion. "The World Jewish Con-
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such reports which are calcu-
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may be disappointed," the state-
ment said.

German Federal Court
Backs Confiscation of
Anti-Jewish Book

From a 1935 issue of a New
York newspaper, we cull the fol-
lowing about the notorious Nazi
pervert, Julius Streicher, that
appeared under the heading
"Danger in Laughter":
How -"firm" even loyal Nazis
regard their state was revealed
in an editorial comment by
Julius Streicher when a come-
dian was recently sent to a
concentration camp for jokes
about the Nazis: "If any such

sent. Paul Schoenfield, 15-year-
old pianist, ill a recital 3:30 p.m.
Sunday in the music room at the
Jewish Center, 18100 Meyers.
Paul, son of Dr. and Mrs. Gil-
bert Schoenfield, started to study
piano at the age of seven. His
first teacher was E d i t h Ella
Davis. For the past two-and-a-
half years he has studied with
Chaj es.
Paul has appeared as soloist
with the Center Symphony Or-
chestra. He is a student at Cass
Technical High School and is
scheduled to appear as soloist
with the Cass Tech Orchestra
later in the season.

LONDON, (JTA) — Princess
Julius Chajes, director of the
Center Music School, will pre- Margaret and her husband Lord

WJC Denies Talks

NEW YORK, (JTA) — Reports
reaching here from Leningrad
indicated that a campaign against
the main synagogue in that city,
charging it with "illegal activi-
ties," had been started in the
Soviet press as a result of Simhat

Danger in Laughter

Princess Margaret
Visits Maccabi House

Guttman Speaks with Soviet Officials
NEW YORK, (JTA) — The
to LZOA Dec. 15 World
Jewish Congress denied

With "Illegal Activities"

KARLSRUHE, (JTA)
The
confiscation of published copies
of an anti-Semitic book by Erich
Ludendorf, the German First
World War general who headed
various anti-Jewish movements in
the pre-Hitler era, was made
permanent and valid when the
federal high court rejected an
appeal by the publishers against
a lower-court confiscation order.
The book, "The Extermination
of Freemasonry By Revealing
Its Secrets," was ordered confis-
cated by the Munich District
Court last July.

Paul Schoenfield Will
Appear in Recital

IRV . FIELD

Toronto Jewish Fund
Marks 25th Birthday

NAHUM GUTTMAN

Nahum Guttman, public rela-
tions director , of the National
Committee for Labor Israel —
Histradrut — will address mem-
bers and friends of Branch 11,
L.Z.O.A., this Saturday, 8:30
p.m., at the residence of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Kannop, 20179
Mark Twain.
Guttman's subject will be
"Does Social Democracy Really
Work?"
Since 1940, except for mili-
tary service during World War
II, Guttman has specialized in
presenting the story of Hista-
drut to the American public.
He is the editor of Histadrut's
monthly magazine, "Fotonews,"
and is the producer of the re-
cently completed film featuring
the visit to Israel earler this
year of Frank Sinatra. The film
will have its Detroit premiere
soon.
Guttman has visited Israel
five times on important mis-
sions.
Prior to visiting Detroit on
Saturday, Guttman will address
a leadership reception in To-
ledo to be hosted by Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Perlmutter.
This Friday, Guttman will be
the guest of the Ann Arbor
Jewish community and will par-
ticipate in an Oneg Shabbat
given in honor of Thomas Cook,
one of Ann Arbor's most ardent
Zionists at the Beth Israel Cen-
ter, 1429 Hill Street.

Amirem Pasmanik, Israeli au-
thor and lecturer on the staff of
the Midrasha here, will address
the Kvutzah Ivrith (Hebrew
Culture Society) 9 p.m. Satur-
day at the Jewish Center.
He has written and lectured
extensively on the history and
geography of Israel. His talk:on

Saturday will center on the

Negev, and will be illustrated
by .films_
Mrs. Dvora Orenstein, a na-

tive of Israel and a graduate of
Jerusalem's Hebrew Teachers
College, will chair the program.
MIAMI (ITA). — High offi- The public is invited, free of
cials of the s t a t e, city and charge, according to Morris
county joined Jewish leaders Nobel, chairman of the culture

Dedicate Aged Home
Expansion in Miami

from this section of Florida at committee. President Joseph
the dedication of the new ex- Katz will, preside.
pansion program, to cost nearly
$1,000,000, of the Jewish Home
First study, then marry.
for the Aged of Greater Miami.
—Kiddushin 29.

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TORONTO (JTA)—The Jew-
ish community of Toronto cele-
brated the 25th aniversary of
the U n i t e d Jewish Welfare
Fund at the fund's annual meet-
ing. John D. Fienberg was elect-
ed president of the fund and
Dr. Arnold A. Epstein was
elected chairman of the board.

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29 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, December 14, 1962

Leaders of All Faiths Cable Khrushchev
in Protest Against Soviet Anti-Semitism

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