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February 22, 1963 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-02-22

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Prospects fora air Sall) a th'
1111 ,
right in New York, Dim in Chteacro

Jews Have iTc—Fierainj
Influence on America,
Dr. Finkelstein Says

ALBANY. N. Y.. (JTA)—Con-
fidence that the New York state
legislature would enact a "Fair
Sabbath" bill this year was ex-
pressed after 300 representa-
tives of six Jewish organizations
met here with key state officials
and legislative leaders.
The objective of the delega-
tion was to urge an-amendment
to New York's "blue" laws, to
exempt Sabbath observers from
provisions requiring Sunday
closing of business enterprises.
The organizations were the
American Jewish Congress, the
Jewish War Veterans. the met-
ropolitan region of the United
Synagogue of America, New
York Board of Rabbis, the New
York Federation of Reform
Synagogues and the Union of
Orthodox Jewish Congregations.
lloward Squadron, chairman
of the metropolitan council of
the American Jewish Congress,
who led the delegation, disclos-
ed that Jewish groups met a
month ago on this issue with
Governor Rockefeller and As-
sembly Speaker Joseph Carlino.
Confidence in the view that
legislative enactment would
come at the current session of
New York house and senate was
expressed by Squadron "relying
on the encouragement received
from legislative leaders and
from Gov. Rockefeller himself
to believe that a 'Fair Sabbath'
bill will become law this year."

NEW YORK, (JTA)—Jews in
the United States "know virtu-
ally as little about Judaism as
the Christians do," Rabbi Louis
Finkelstein of the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary declared in a
study on religion in this coun-
try conducted by the Center for
the Study of Democratic Institu-
tions founded by the Fund for
the Republic, Inc. "We have a
terrific problem just trying to
explain Judaism to Jews," he
said.
"Jews, as Jews," he asserted,
"!have no great spiritual or
moral influence on America ex-
cept insofar as, individual Jews
who are very clo
se to their tra-
dition might influence others
by their example."
"The Sabbath day," Dr. Fin-
kelstein stated, "was the day
set aside by Judaism for Jews
to be Jews and nothing but
Jews. It was strictly observed
as a day for study and for liv-
ing as a Jew. It is a day on
which Jews should mingle with
fellow-Jews on a spiritual plane,
on which they should contem-
plate, on which they should sit
home with their families, a day
of complete rest, of cessation
of work. cessation of worry and
anxiety. If you abandon that to
play golf or to go shopping or
to go to work or to do a million
and one other things, that is a
great calamity, and it has be-
fallen us as Jews."

* * *

Zlatnik, who addressed the
10th annual convention here of
the Council of Traditional Syna-
gogues of Greater Chicago, said
that only a united Jewry could
prevent the new legislation
from passing. He deplored the
fact that the only opposition to
it during the 1961 session of the
legislature "c a me from the
American Jewish Congress and
the militant editorials in the
Chicago Sentinel."
The legislator predicted that
another bill of special interest
to Illinois Jewry — a humane
slaughtering act—was "not like-
ly to pass."

Massachusetts Rabbis
Rap 'Visitation' in
Funeral Arrangements

BOSTON (JTA) — The prac-
tice of "visitation" as a part of
funeral arrangements, whether
in the home of the deceased or
in a funeral chapel, was label-
ed as "a flagrant violation of
our tradition" in a statement
issued here by the Massachu-
setts Board of Rabbis.
"We have always viewed the
viewing of the body to be in-
appropriate and a dishonor to
the departed," declared the
Board. "Only the presence of
the immediate family with the
departed is appropriate. The
only proper time to make con-
dolence calls is after the fu-
neral and at the home where
the mourning period is ob-
served. We call upon the fami-
lies of our congregations and
the funeral directors to help
us eliminate this practice of
chapel visitation which is of
recent and alien origin and in
total disharmony with Jewish
counsel on the consolation of
mourners."

CHICAGO, (JTA) — Illinois
State Senator Michael F. Zlat-
nik warned that members of the
legislature would attempt to re-
word and amend the state's Sun-
day Closing Law to eliminate
the technicality upon which it
was declared unconstitutional.
The state supreme court
struck down the law last year
on. the grounds that it singled
out one group — automobile
dealers.
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Urged for Fund-Raisers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (JTA) —
The Jewish religious commu-
nity was urged to demand that
the leadership of Jewish sec-
ular and philanthropic organi-
zations be spiritually committed
to Judaism if they are to con-
tinue to receive the support of
rabbis and their congregations.
Addressing the biennial con-
vention of the Southwest Coun-
cil of the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations here,
Rabbi Nathan A. Perilman of
Temple Emanu-El, New York,
told the lay and rabbinic lead-
ers - of the 66 Reform member
congregations of the Council
that "too long have the tem-
ples, the rabbis, and our na-
tional institutions been con-
tent with being spear - carriers
and chorus and ticket sellers
in the grand opera of Jewish
community organization."

Rabbinical. College
of Rome Ordains •

ROME (JTA) — Four young
rabbis were ordained here aft-
er graduation from the Rab-
binical College of Rome. The
event was considered signifi-
cant here in view of the short-
age cd rabbis in this country.

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TELSHE YESHIVA

United Rabbinic Rescue Committee
Proclaim a Two Million Dollar National
Campaign for the Telsher Yeshiva

The Rabbinic Rescue Committee is composed
of the following three national rabbinic bodies: The
Agudath Harabonim—Union of Orthodox Rabbis of
United States and Canada; the Histadruth Hara-
bonim—Rabbinical Council of America; and the
Igud Harabonim—Rabbinical Alliance of America.
A special meeting of the Vaad of Detroit was
held on Monday morning, February 18, at Beth
Tefilo Synagogue with the participation of all odho-
•dox rabbis of the city. Rabbi Mordecai Katz, Presi-
dent, and Rosh Hayeshivah, Rabbi Chaim Stein,
dean and Rosh Yeshivah, and Rabbi Moshe Helfan,
administrative director of Telshe Yeshivah, were
present at the meeting and in moving words pre-
sented the colossal problem facing the Yeshivah in
its present emergency. Every rabbi present pledged
to raise from among the members of their respec-
tive congregations and also taxed themselves with
large sums toward the emergency campaign.
The local rabbinic body, Vaad Harabonim-
Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Detroit, has fully
and wholeheartedly endorsed the emergency cam-
paig proclaimed by the national rabbinic organiza-
tions.

Berman Branch of UHS
Will Present Jewish
Music Month Program

The Esther Berman Branch of
United Hebrew Schools will pre-
sent a Jewish Music Month pro-
gram. 8:15 p.m." Monday at the
Branch.
Music director Zvi Kaplan will
direct the festival, entitled "Our
Hebrew Calendar - in Songs."
Featured will be a student and
teacher choir of 100 voices, in-
strumental specialties and Israeli
dances.
The Parent-Teacher Organiza-
tion will award prizes for the
best Hebrew composition. A so-
cial hour will follow.

Beth Abraham Begins
Nursery School Class

Beth A b r a ham Religious
School will begin its new Nurse-
ry School for boys and girls, 3-5,
an March 4, it was announced by
Morris Davis and Milton Free-
man. board co-chairmen.
Morning and afternoon ses-
sions at the synagogue will be
under the supervision of Frank
Leiderman, school and youth di-
rector. For information and
registration, call him at DI
1-8898.

DETROIT LINES ACTION
AND GETS IT FROM

Beth Moses to Hold
Sunday Service Series

Ken Kinzer, ritual chairman
of Cong. Beth Moses, announces
that as of Feb. 24, the congrega-
tion will sponsor a 9 a.m. Sun-
day service. This is the merger
of the 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
service which were formerly
held in the congregation.
The service will be under the
direction of. Rabbi A. Irving
Schnipper, spiritual leader, who
will continue his weekly talks
on "The World of Prayer."
The weekly brunch under the
auspices of the men's club will
follow. These services are open
to all.

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CAMPAIGN

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THE FACTS:

Fire broke out in the West House Dormitory
4:30 a.m. January 1. Within 20 minutes, this
building ._ was completely consumed, leaving
only one iron fire escape and two brick chim-
neys.
The building housed 67 students. Sixty-five

managed, by the grace of G-d, to leave the
building. A number of these on the top floor
escaped by jumping through windows- Two

young pupils of the Mechina were consumed by
fire. They panicked and refused to jump. Both
were from Cleveland. Both Avrohom Shlomo
Gluck and Yaakov Yosef Jundef were iluim
with the highest expectations of becoming
great scholars.
As a result of the fire the State authorities have
condemned two other frame dormitories. This
involves lack of dormitories for over 220 stu-
dents. The authorities have 'also ordered that
the Mechina building, which houses the Bais
Medrash, classrooms for the various shiurim,
dormitories for the Mechina, and the secular
High School, be vacated by the end of the
winter term, Rosh Choclesh Nisan.

THE PROBLEM:
The Yeshiva is faced not with a problem of re-
placing one building but with the colossal prob-

lem of replacing practically all of its dormitory
facilities in addition to all the educational
facilities of its Mechina and secular High
School. It is a problem touching the very ex-
istence of the Yeshiva. It calls for tremen-
dously large sums of money.

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