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February 22, 1963 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-02-22

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B. G. Richards' Correspon s ence wit i Brandeis

Sign Contract for Jerusalem 'Y'


Mordecai Isle-Shalom, mayor of Jerusalem, and Ted Lurie,
president, Jerusalem YM-YWHA, are shown signing contract by
which the municipality makes available to the Y the site for the
new YM-YWHA building to be erected on Gaza Road, near the
Katamon Quarters. From left to right: Dr. Leopold Reich, munici-
pal attorney of Jerusalem; Lurie; the Mayor; Rabbi Philip Good-
man, administrative secretary of the World Federation of
YMHAs and Jewish Community Centers, and Joshua Baruchi,
director of municipal property. The new Jerusalem YM-YWHA,
to cost $600,000, is a oroject of the World Federation whose
Jerusalem YM-YWHA Building Fund is raising the funds in the
United States and Canada. JWB is the American member of the
World Federation whose headquarters are in JWB's national

Israelis Propose World Exchange
of Farm Report at UN Convention

GENEVA, (JTA) — A world
farming "intelligence report" to
guide emerging nations seeking
their road to modernity was ad-
vocated here by Dr. Shmuel Hur-
witz, associate professor of ag-
ronomy at the Hebrew Univer-
sity in Jerusalem.
He was one of a number of
Israeli speakers and rapporteurs
participating in the 103-nation
conference on science and tech-
nology, organized here by the
United Nations to aid under-
developed areas.
Hurwitz advocated the estab-
lishment of a commission for in-
ternational cooperation with the
aim of collecting data about
farming practices in various
parts of the world, preparing a
unified plan, formulating meth-.
ods and appraising results. Par-
ticularly needed, he said, were
data about crop practices in the
developing countries. A high
proportion of the representa-
tives here are from Africa, the
Middle East, Far East and
Southeast Asia.
Another Israeli agronomist,
Zvi Gatt, discussed methods of
preserving foodstuffs for the
feeding of populations during
times of scarcity. He advocated
the use of simple methods for
teaching home economics so
that people would preserve
foods. Dr. Leo Picard, professor
of geology at the Hebrew Uni-
versity, discussed as rapporteur
of one session the technical na-
ture of research systems that
could be applied to ground
water studies.
Professor Moshe Rachmilew-
itz, of the Hebrew University-
Hadassah Medical School, re-
vealed that n e w knowledge
about cancer and heart disease
is being obtained, and will con-
tinue coming, from work in
under-developed lands. Some of
these researches, he said, is as
important in the battle against
"modern" scourgeg as were old-
er • experiments in the fight
against tropical diseases. The


research, he stated, offers an
opportunity of "mapping geo-
graphical pathology" and studies
in epidemiology, indicating
their pathological life and loca-
Dr. J. Cohen, director of cura-
tive services in Israel's Minis-
try of Health, discussed the
need for laying the foundations
for assessing mental health pro-
gram requirements, with special
reference to the need for vital
health statistics. He advocated
the need for special legislation
to permit and enforce the re-
porting of such vital factors.
A representative of the Ivory
Coast, in Africa, told the con-
ference that his country could
not benefit from "highly spe-
cialized and financially costly"
experiments conducted either
by countries of the E-astern bloc
or in the advanced Western
lands. "We have followed," he
said, "the guidance and experi-
ence of a country which has
proved to us to have shown a
correct way. - This country is
Israel. We intend to follow this

ORT Decides to Go
into Debt in Order to
Meet French Needs

GENEVA (JTA)—The execu-
tive committee of the World
ORT Union approved the agen-
cy's more than $7,000,000 bud- .
get for 1963 and voted to go
into debt to meet the vocational
training needs of the Jewish
community in France.
Max Braude, director-general
sof ORT, said that "the future
of thousands of young men on
the streets in. the major cities
in France is a matter of very
serious concern and an urgent
problem requiring immediate
attention." As part of this pro-
gram, the executive committee
announced that ORT was open-
ing a training center in Toulouse
in cooperation with the French

I have often been asked about
my first correspondence with the
Hon. Louis. D. Brandeis; going
back to his earliest participation
in the Zionist movement, begin-
ning with his first contributions
to the old Federation of Ameri-
can Zionists in 1911 and his
presence at the first Zionist
meeting, which was a reception
to the late Nahum Sokolow in
I have noticed in the Jewish
press several references or con-
jectures about these communica-
tions, and in one case I was de-
scribed as a "ghost writer" in
connection with a statement
which I prepared for L.D.B. As
our distinguished leader, with
his splendid vision and superb
power of expression never need-
ed a "ghost writer" and as the
present writer in his humble
capacity never sought such a
role, the circumstances under
which the above statement was
prepared should be more clearly
When Mr. Brandeis assumed
the leadership of the Zionist
movement and many of his work-
ers had the privilege of meeting
and conferring with him he di-
vided his time between our
headquarters in New York and
his home in Boston. I was at
that time also associated with
the old New York Globe. One
day I •informed Mr. Brandeis
that the ,managing editor of the
Globe had asked me to obtain
an interview with him about his
plans for advancing Zionism, but
he was on the point of taking a
train for Boston within half an

Scottish Shipyard
to Build Floating
Motels for Israel

A Scottish shipyard has net-
ted more than 2,000,000 pounds
construction contract for an
Israel corporation scheduling •a
fleet of floating motels for
Mediterranean travel.
This is the first shipbuilding
contract ever carried out by a
British shipyard for an Israel
shipping company.
The shipyard is The Fairfield
Shipbuilding and Engineering
Company Limited, one of Brit-
ain's most outstanding ship-
builders. The owners are an
Israel corporation affiliated to
S. A. Somerfin of Geneva,
Switzerland, who originated and
planned the floating motels pro-
The line will operate under
the name of Israel Car Ferries
and is a private, non-govern-
mental initiative planning a
new venture in the field of mod-
ern social travel, by launching
luxury car ferries, or "floating
motels" which will traverse the
Mediterranean at prices attrac-
tive to the middle-income tra-

D.C. Exhibit on 200th
Birthday of Synagogue

exhibit commemorating the
200th anniversary of the Touro
Synagogue in Newport, R.I., was
opened by Bnai Brith. Senator
Claiborne Pell, Rhode Island
Democrat, was guest speaker at
the opening ceremonies.

hour and he had no time left
to talk with me about it. He
said, "You write it and send it
in—you know what I think." The
rest is explained in one of the
letters given below.
Out of a correspondence and
association with our leader of
many years, especially when he
first assumed the leadership of
the Zionist movement and, in a
sense, also the American Jewish
Congress, two letters stand out.
These will tell the whole story.
The first letter was sent on
the occasion of the 10th anni-
versary of the Maccabean, the
first Zionist magazine, celebrated
in February 1911. The anniver-
sary committee had invited Mr.
Brandeis to come and address

the meeting and in response to
the invitation, he wrote to ex-
press his sentiments and send
his first contribution to the
Zionist movement. The two let-
ters follow:

Air Force Veteran
Burns Cross on
Lawn of Texas Jew

With regard to the requested
interview of September, 1914,
came this quote:

—A former. Polish Jew who sur-
vived the Nazi holocaust was
the target of a cross-burning by
an Air Force veteran who ob-
jected to a talk by the former
refugee assailing the tactics of
extreme right-wingers.
The Air Force veteran, who
admitted burning the cross on
the lawn of the home of Jack
Oran of Richardson, Tex., was
fined $10. His name was with-
held by authorities, however,
because he was not convicted
in a court of record. Under
Texas law, only persons charg-
ed with felonies or convicted
in a court of record are sub-
ject to public disclosure of their
The arsonist testified that he
burned tilt cross because he
wanted Oran "to stay in his
home and not come over here
and preach his pro-Communist
speeches where I reside." Oran
made his talk before Lion's
Club of Garland, a small town
near here. He received a num-
ber of calls from right-wingers
after his talk.

This interview was published
in. the New York Globe on Oct.
30, 1914. Somewhat later, namely
in March, 1916, comes a letter
from Mr. Brandeis when, in ad-
dition to his absorption in the
Zionist movement, he assumed
leadership in the movement for
the American Jewish Congress.
Following the successful Prelimi-
nary Conference, which was held
in Philadelphia, Mr. Brandeis
sent a notable communication.
The letter follows:

Kennedy Says U. S.
Will Try to Solve
Arab Refugee Issue

My dear Mr. Richards:
I have your very courteous letter
of the 1st, and regret that my en-
gagements for the next few months
are so engrossing that I shall be
unable to attend the celebration of
the tenth anniversary of the found-
ing of your magazine.
My sympathy with the Zionist
movement rests primarily upon the
noble idealism which underlies it,
and the conviction that a great
people, stirred by enthusiasm for
such an ideal, must bear an im-
portant part in the betterment of
the world.
With best wishes,
Yours very truly
Feb. 2, 1911
P.S. I shall be thankful to you
for forwarding to the proper offi-
cial of the Federation of American
Zionists, the enclosed check for
$25.00 as my contribution.

My . Dear Mr. Richards:
I received your • interview this
morning and wired through Mr.
Pearlstein my approval, suggesting
only a single amendment. You have
expressed my thoughts better than
I could have done.
I am keeping the draft, but
should be glad if you would send
me a copy of the paper when your
article appears.
Cordially yours,
Sept. 25, 1914

My Dear Mr. Richards:
I have just had a long talk with
deHaas, and am of course delight-
ed with the detailed report which
he has given me of the proceed-
ings in Philadelphia. It is the
longed for and incontestable proof
of what you, Lipsky, he, Cowan
and Goldberg have been contend-
ing for. With such evidence you
may feel confident that all save the
irreconcilables will ultimately be
won over. The great devotion, wis-
dom and skill which you and others
have given to the Congress move-
ment in the trying days not only
of the last months but of years long
passed, must ultimately win the
deep gratitude of the Jewish peo-
I am to be in New York on Satur-
day the 8th for a Zionist meeting,
and deHaas and I think it would he
desirable to hold the Organization
meeting of the Committee of Sev-
enty on the 9th at such time as you
and Mr. Lipsky deem advisable. I
had already written Mr. Pearlstein
to arrange for a possible contin-
uance of Saturday evening's Pro-
visional Committee meeting on
Sunday; and if you think that by
meeting at 2:00 o'clock on Sunday
we would have time enough for the
'Congress meeting, I should be glad
to reserve the morning for the ad-
journed Zionist meeting: I suggest
that we use the Aeolian rooms for
the Congress meeting, unless you
see some good reason to the con-
Cordially yours
March 29, 1916

President Kennedy told Dr: Jo-
seph Johnson, former special
Middle East envoy for the Pal-
estine Conciliation Commission,
that the Administration plans
to continue to press for a solu-
tion of the Arab refugee ques-
Kennedy's statement w a s
made during a farewell White
House call Johnson paid to the
President before returning to
his job as head of the Carnegie
Endowment for International
Peace. The White House had no
other comment on the brief Sir Isaac Stimulates
Interest of U.S

Pittsburgh Hospital
Given U. S. Grant

United States Public Health
Service granted $120,780 to
Montefiore Hospital here, as
part of its Research Career De-
velopment Awards, to enable
two members of the hospital's
research staff — Dr. Mary P.
Edmonds and Dr. Donald C.
Kruper — to conduct research
work in' fields related to health.

Bankers in Israel

NEW YORK, (JTA)—A num-
ber of non-Jewish, American
bankers and industrialists are
giving serious consideration to
becoming members of the board
of governors of the Industrial
Development Bank of Israel,
Ltd., it was learned here, as Sir
Isaac 'Wolfson, British financier
and philanthropist with vast in-
terests in Israel, completed a
three-week visit to the United



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