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February 22, 1963 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-02-22

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See Need for Definition of Relationship ASY a – Tirander
Engageme nt 'fold
Between Am erican Jews and Israelis

By HARVEY ZUCKERBERG
Those who may have expect-
ed to hear a clearly defined ar-
gument Tuesday night between
Dr. Joachim Prinz and Yakov
Aviad were disappointed.
It should be added, rightly
so, for the two men did not as-
sume postures of "for" and
"against" before an audience of
300 at Cong. Bnai Moshe.
Both declared their hope for
the "creative future of Jewry"
(they were not favorably dis-
posed to the term "survival")
and their differences of opinion
were seen only in areas of ap-
praisal.
Dr. Prinz, president of the
American Jewish Congress,
and Aviad, press officer for
the Consul of Israel in New
York, met for their discourse
here under the auspices of
the Michigan Council of the
Congress in cooperation with
the Synagogue Adult Insti-
tute.
The program was designed as
a continuation of conversations
held last summer in Jerusalem
between Israel Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion, Prinz and
others.
Prinz and Aviad on Tuesday
night engaged in a dialogue on
the topic "Is Israel Essential
for Jewish Survival?" And while
neither was pleased with the
title of the exchange, they at-
tempted to touch upon the re-
lationship between American

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Jews and their Israeli brethren.
Prinz declared that American
Jews must relate to Israel and
that the task of the coming gen-
eration is to define this rela-
tionship. He suggested that the
present situation is far from
favorable and is, indeed, "un-
healthy."
"The check has become the
symbol of American Jewry's
relationship to Israel," he
said. "It is tragic. I yearn for
the day when Israel will be
independent. But then what
will American Jewry do with
itself? The bridge will be
gone."
Aviad responded that it is
only natural that a son for a
time resents the help given him
by his father. He added, "If the
giving stage is the bridging
stage, let's not abhor it too
much. It serves its purpose."
Prinz in turn intimated that
Aviad was "smoothing out dif-
ferences" between Israelis and
American Jews. He amended,
however, that "prophetic Juda-
ism is optimistic, but not irre-
sponsibly so."
Prinz asserted that the rela-
tionship of "benefactor and
beneficiary," compounded by
the fact that Israel has been
"romanticized," has prevented
American Jews from seeing
Israel as it really is.
He advised that American
Jewry not look to Israel as
a religious example to follow,
citing the problems of defini-
tive Jewry in that country.
(And later in the evening,
responding to a call for ques-
tions from the audience,
Lawrence Krohn complained
that Israelis are areligious.)
"Israelis are not religious,"
Prinz said. "They are nationa-
lists. But though Israel is a
sovereign state, it is not to us a
foreign state."
He said we have a spiritual
concern in Israel in the con-
text of the continuity of Jewry,
but that a religious understand-
ing between us is difficult.
Commenting on Prinz's re-
marks, Aviad said that "Israel
is criticized by some as irre-
ligious and by others as the-
ocracy. World Jewry is a very
diversified quality and you (Is-
rael) cannot do right by every-
body."
Prinz cautioned that "the
flag of Israel is not our flag.
Israel's foreign policy is not
our foreign policy." He propos-
ed that declarations be made
for political independence and
cultural interdependence be-
tween American Jews and Israel
as the basis for the bridge be-
tween the two communities.
He scoffed at the demands
placed by Prime Minister
Ben-Gurion on the adoption
of the Hebrew language by
American Jews as a vital and
necessary link in the connec-
tion. He said that what Ben-
Gurion expects from such an
accomplishment is an illu-
sion. He also termed illusion
Ben-Gurion's stand that all
Jews should emigrate to
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Beth Rhodes, 11-year-old pi-
anist, will give her first recital
2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish
Center.
For the past three years she
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on a scholarship granted by the
Robinson Fund at the Jewish
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compositions by Handel, Haydn,
Debussy, Chopin and Schubert.
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"Nineteenth Century Euro-
pean, Herzlian Zionism does
not apply to American Jewry,"
he said. "The moment for the
massive Aliyah of United
States Jewry was missed in ,
1948."
Prinz said there are two rea-
sons for Aliyah: escape from
suffering and the idealism to
live as a Jew the way a Jew
can live in Israel. The idealis-
tic passions of American Jews
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Prinz supported his argument
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