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March 08, 1963 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-03-08

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Bond Leaders at Miami Reception

Berkley PTA Stages
`Anything Goes'

Berkley area PTA Council's
production 'of Cole Porter's
"Anything Goes," directed by
Marshall and Helen Silver, with
musical direction by Irving and
Barbara Ritter, will be pre-
sented 8:15 p.m. today and
Saturday at Norup Junior High
Proceeds from the show will
go to the Rock Fleming Schol-
arship Fund providing aid to
a needy and qualified Berkley
High student beginning college

Among the top Israel Bond leaders at the reception for
Detroiters in Miami Reach hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Grosberg in their home are, from left: William Rossen, Paul
Zuckerman, Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, executive of the. National
Israel Bond Organization; Charles Grosberg, Nate Fishman,
Tom Borman, Irwin I. Cohn, and Sam Rothberg, national
Israel Bond campaign chairman and conference chairman.
The Grosberg reception climaxed Detroit Israel Bond activities
in Miami which resulted in $220,000. In Israel Bond sales
and brought the overall Detroit campaign to date to $550,000
in cash and pledges.

Purim in a Fading Neighborhood

This incident took place only
three years ago on Purim,
March 13, 1960, at our old Bnai
Jacob Synagogue, whose stony
walls were faded with discolor-
ations, and whose members
were as old as the building it-
The building had formerly
been a branch of the Peoples
State Bank.
The eve of Purim came on a
Saturday night, same as this
year, which is a special treat
for the ultraorthodox Jews. Us-
ually the day before Purim is a
fast day for them, and when the
day is finally consummated in the
reading - of the megillah (scroll)
everyone is in a great hurry to
get home and refesh himself
after -=tan- all _day faSt. Not so
when Purim falls on a Saturday
night, since the fast before it,
Taanith Ester. (Fast of Esther),
is observed on its previous
Thursday. All of that Saturday
is spent in rest; food is plenti-
ful. No one is in a rush to get
home and there is time for
spiritual rejoicing.
That evening the synagogue
was packed with men, women,
and children. Young adults
drifted in from all parts of De-

ewish Colleen

Myla Erin Danis, the 1%-
year - old "Jewish Colleen,"
who was born in County Cork,
Ireland, and now lives with
her parents in Salem, Mass.,
is decked out to be "Prin-
cess" of the combined Purim
and St. Patrick's Day Festi-
val of the New York Loyal
League of Yiddish Sons of

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troit to visit with their parents
or relatives; who still retained
a vigorous foothold in the old.
Jewish neighborhood; and they
brought all their • youngsters
with them. Upon the comple-
tion of services and the cere-
mony of Havdalah (the ritual
for the separation of th-e Sab-
bath's holiness from the week-
days' regularity), a bountiful
supply of noise makers was
passed out to the youngsters,
and the grandparents looked on
with pride at their grandchil-
The president of the syna-
gogue thought that in view of
the large gathering the time
was appropriate for a short
speech. He wanted to get at the
heart of the people in the hope
-of eventually getting at their
Purse strings. "Naturally," he
said, "one does not carry money
in one's pockets on a Sabbath,
so we cannot have a collection
tonight. But be sure to come
here tomorrow morning for a
special reading of the megillah.
At that time you bring dona-
tions for mo'os hitim" (provi-
sions for Passover for the poor
Jews of the community). Also
he urged everyone to donate
to the reader of the megillah.
All this was to. be done the fol-
lowing morning.
Megillath Esther (Book of
Esther) was then read. The
children went into a frenzy at
every mention of the name of
Haman, and had a field day
with plenty of noise makers in
action. Occasionally they made
noise even when the name of
Haman was not mentioned, and
the reader had to stop his read-
ing and wait for them to quiet
down. The elderly people also
I banged their feet on the floor
upon hearing Haman's name.
The following morning my
guide called for me earlier
than usual. He expected a large
crowd at the synagogue that
But there was hardly anyone
at the synagogue. We had to
wait a long time before we
could get a minyan (a quorum
of ten men). Where were all
those happy, joyous faces of
last night? The reading of the
megillah that • morning was
more - fitting for a memorial
gathering. What a somber pic-
ture it was; what a contrast
from the evening before!"
Three years have passed.
Again this Saturday night there
will be the usual Purim night
services. All of that minyan of
ten, some octogenarians, and
some older, are alive and with
us. We still reside in the Lin-
wood area and shall gather at a
nearby Stoliner Synagogue on
Elmhurst near Linwood with
the same yecler, Rabbi Ignatz
Isaac. Speeches will not be
made, and donations will not be
solicited. There even will be
free noise makers. Come one,
come all!

Taslitt to Speak to ZOD March 26

Judge Ira G. Kaufman, presi- I invited to hear Taslitt's descrip-
dent of the Zionist Organization tion, which is elaborated upon
of Detroit, announces • that in his latest book, of the Jree-
Israel I. Taslitt, Cleveland dom attained in Israel by Chris-
author, whose latest book, tians, Moslems and other faiths.
"Faith Walks the Land," has
attracted nationwide attention,
will address the ZOD meeting field, Conn., has been elected
on Tuesday evening, March 26, "Man of the Year by, the
at the Jewish Center.
Bridgeport Junior Chamber of
Non-Jews as well as Jews are Commerce.

Bas Mitzvahs

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Koller,
24321 Oneida, Oak Park, an-
nounce the Bas Mitzvah of their
daughter, Ellen Beth, will be
observed 8:30 p.m. ,March 15
at Cong. Beth Shalom. A recep-
tion in her honor will be held
8-10 p.m. March 16 at home.
No cards.

Radomer Board Meets

The Radomer Aid and Ladies
Society Wilt hold an executive
board meeting 8:30 p.m. Monday
at the Workmen's Circle with
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Rosenberg
as host and hostess.

has been appointed city clerk
of Jersey City, N. J., by the
Jersey City Council.





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