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March 08, 1963 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-03-08

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Bloch Publishing Co. Issues
Walter L. Field's 'People's Epic'

"A People's Epic," the volume lowing explanatory note pre-
of Jewish historical data, con- pared by the publisher:
taining "highlights of Jewish
"An historical resume of Jew-
history in verse," by Walter L. ish happenings, worldwide, from
Field, prominent Detroit com- the beginning of time to the
munity leader and paint manu- present clay. The vast amount
facturer, came off the press this of material incorporated in
Field's rhymes, the wealth of
details compiled by him, become
evident in the titles and sub-
titles of the various periods
dealt with by the author, the
patriarchal age, . the . conunon-
wealths and exiles, the Diaspora
communities, the third cominon-
wealth after the holocaust. The
Maccabean revolt, the Tannaitic
age, the rise of Christianity, the
mystics and sages in all lands,
the Spanish Inquisition, the false
messiahs — scores of related
happenings . serve to . enhance
this unusual book. Field's major
aim is to bring Jewish history,
in the brief analysis he has
written, to the attention of many
who otherwise would not react
a very long and detailed his-
An explanatory map of Israel
and the Mediterranean world
and additional illustrations add
week and goes on sale in all to the value of the Field book.
Detroit book stores this week- Sol Calvin Cohen of Philadel-
phia, noted artist, was its illus-
Published by Bloch, the oldest trator.
A limited number of copies of
•Jewish pulishing house in
America, whose headquarters are Field's book are being made
at 31 W. 31st St., New York, available in special bindings as
"A People's Epic," appearing in Blue Books. These, too, are
attractive form, contains a laud- available from the local book
atory preface by Harry M. Or- stores.
linsky, one of world Jewry's out-
In an advance review of
standing Bible scholars who was Field's work, in the Sept. 28,
the chairman of the commission 1962 issue of The J e w i s li
of translators of the revised Eng- News, his "People's Epic" was
lish version of the Torah pub- welcomed as the result of "an
lished by the Jewish Publication aspiration that is rooted in a
Society of America.
lifelong. desire to advance
In his . preface, Prof. Orlinsky Jewish cultural values and to
make the Jewish youth better
"The Jewish education of both informed about their back-
the young and the grownup is a ground and heritage."
The Jewish NeWs review that
clearly recognized problem in
the United States. Increasingly, appeared in the Rosh Hashanah
the burden of maintaining the issue stated among other things:
"A devoted student of Jewish
Hemshekh, the continuity, of
Judaism in its various aspects, history, Field's major aspiration
and of adding to it something is to encourage young Jews to
new and significant, falls espe- become fully acquainted with the
cially upon the Jewish commu- history of their people. That is
why he has always been ready
nities of America and Israel.
"It is heartening when a Jew- to encourage youth movements
in Jewish ranks.
ish layman devotes himself to
"In order to advance this hope,
learning all about the history of
the Jewish people, about their Field has devoted himself in
social, religious, literary, and recent years to the preparation
political heroes and leaders and of an historical resume of Jewish
their manifold contributions both happenings, worldwide, from the
of time to the present
to Judaism and to humanity at beginning
large. It is even more- encourag-
Field also is the author of a
ing when this same layman takes
of poems, "More Truth
the trouble—nay, he delights!—
Poetry," that appeared in
to present a survey of Jewry's Than
long, varied, and stimulating
career in a form that will attract
and capture Jewish youth—and
those who refuse to grow old.
"Walter L. Field has done
precisely this. He has divided
up Jewish history into seven
The annual Workmen's Circle
main epochs, and each epoch Community Service Awards —
into its main subdivisions. To The Leon A. Cousens Award for
each subdivision he has devoted Distinguished Service to the
exactly twenty-one lines, - consist- Community—will be presented to
ing of seven stanzas of three Josephine Gomon, 1 Lafayette
lines each, each stanza given . a Plaisance; William Cohen, 18002
rhyme of its own. So that any- Northlawn; and Dr. Walter Berg-
one, if only he is young in man of Farmington at 8:30 p.m.
years or in heart, may enjoy March 22, at the Workmen's
learning or reviewing the High- Circle Educational Center, 18340
lights of Jewish History in Verse, W. Seven Mile.
Master of ceremonies will be
through the medium of rhymed
stanzas easily read and under- Police Commissioner George Ed-
wards, toastmaster at each of
"For those whose knowledge AWard programs since 1948, ex-
is not yet what it shculd be, cept in 1949, when he was him-
and will be, the author has self a recipient.
Judge Wade -McCree of the
thoughtfully provided a whole,
and very clear section of "Notes U. S. District Court, Eastern
District, will make the presenta-
and Glossary."
tion to Josephine Gomon. Law-
"Several years ago I tried out rence Gubow, U. S. District At-
one of Mr. Field's earlier drafts torney, will present the award to
of this work on my children; William Cohen, with whom he
they loved it! I have no doubt has worked on many occasions.
that this will happen to those Hulda Fine, administrator, North
who sit down with this delight- East District, Detroit Public
ful and reliable book and read Schools, will present the honor-
it, to themselves or to their ing plaque to Dr. Walter Berg-
children or grandchildren; they man, who spent many years as
will love it!"
an administrator in the Detroit
The front fly leaf of the cover school system.
of Field's book contains the fol-
The awards go each year to as

Avodah Award Given
To National Hadassah

Dr. Braude to Deliver Second
Midrasha Lecture Wednesday on
`Aggadah—the Lore in the Talmud'

Dr. William Gordon Braude,
rabbi of Temple Beth El, Provi-
dence, R. I., distinguished schol-
ar, author of the two-volume
translation of "The Midrash on
Psalms," published by Yale Uni-
versity Press, will be the second

Hadassah, the W o In e n' s
Zionist Organization of Am-
erica, has received the covet-
ed Avodah Award, given an-
nually by the Jewish Teach-
ers Association "for distin-
guished service to humanity
through Jewry." Mrs. SIEG-
tional president of Hadassah,
accepting the award from
president of the association,
at a Jewish Teachers Associa-
tion luncheon in New York,
stressed the importance of
"assuring the survival and
continuity of Jewish values,
making them meaningful for
each generation."

ADL Joins Budget
Review of LCBC

Anti-Defamation League of Bnai
Brith has joined in the coopera-
tive budget review process of
the Large City Budgeting Con-
ference, it was announced by
George Michelson, chairman of
the LCBC.
Welcoming the ADL on be-
half of the 23 community wel-
fare funds that make up the
LCBC, Michelson commended
the League for "its wise and
statesmanlike decision to par-
ticipate with 13 other national
and overseas agencies in the
cooperative review process."
Michelson said that the neces-
sary studies of ADL's program
and budget will be initiated
promptly. "Reports will be
issued," he said, "as steps in
the analysis are completed and
specific recommendations will
be made only after thorough
cooperative study."
The LCBC was established in
1948. Participation of the mem-
ber communities and cooperat-
ing national and overseas ag-
engies is voluntary. Recommen-
dations of the LCBC are advis-
ory in nature and each member
community determines for itself
the extent of its support for
the agencies.
LCBC reports are distributed
to non-member communities by
the Council of Jewish Federa-
tions and Welfare Funds.

Workmen's Circle Awards Will Go
to Mrs. Gomon, Cohen, Dr. Bergman

many as three citizens of Michi-
gan who have made significant
contributions toward the attain-
ment of a socially desirable ob-
jective and have given of them-
selves beyond the requirements
of a gainful position.
Mrs. Gomon is being honored
for her pioneering efforts in
liberal movements in Michigan,
as well . as her successful crea-
tion and direction of organiza-
tions devoted to the betterment
of conditions.
Attorney Cohen is cited for
his committment and dedication
to the organized Jewish commu-
nity and to civil rights organiza-
tions and more than 40 years of
demonstrated concern and in-
volvement in communal affairs.
Bergman was singled out for
his efforts on behalf of schools,
community and the nation as a
leader for civil rights and civil
liberties. He was severely in-
jured as a "Freedom Rider."
Monroe Title, chairman of the
Workmen's Circle Michigan Dis-
trict and member of the national
board of directors, W. C., will be
chairman of the program, which
is open to the general public.

He has conducted the radio
and TV programs "Ask the
Rabbi" and "The Book We
Live By."
Rabbi Braude has been com-
missioned by Yale University to
translate Pesikta Rabbati and
by the Jewish Publication So-
ciety to do a popular volume on
the Midrash.
The initial lecture in this
year's Midrasha Institute series
was delivered last Wednesday by
Dr. Ben Zion Bokser on the sub-
ject, "The Talmud — Historical
Background and - Development."

Israel, Brazil Pact
on Water Resources

Israel and Brazil signed an
agreement for the incorporation
of a joint firm to engage in
locating water resources and
irrigation work in the under-
developed northeastern area of
this country. The company will
have a capitalization of 100,-
000,000 cruzeiros ($210,000),
the majority shares to be owned
by Brazil. Under the pact, Israel
will train a number of Brazil.
ians in Israel in the field of
locating water resources.


guest lecturer at the seventh
annual Institute of Midrasha, the
college of Jewish studies of the
United Hebrew Schools, next
Wednesday e v e n i n g, at the
Esther Berman Branch of the
United Hebrew Schools.
Rabbi Braude's topic will be
"Aggadah—the Lore in the Tal-
It will be the second part of
the over-all discussion theme,
"The Impact of the Talmud on
Jewish Life."
Dr. Braude, who was born in
Telsiai, Lithuania, in 1907, came
to the United States in 1920, was
educated in the Denver, Colo.,
and Dayton, 0., schools, received
his B.A. at the University of
Cincinnati in 1929 and was or-
dained Rabbi at Hebrew Union
College in 1931. He received his
Ph.D. and an honorary doctorate
from Brown University, and an
honorary doctorate from the
University of Rhode Island.
He' has served on many na-
tional religious boards as well as
on the board of governors of He-
brew Union College—Jewish In-
stiute of Religion.
In addition to his authorship of
the translation of "The Midrash
on Psalms," Dr. Braude is the
author of "Jewish Proselyting,"
"Revelance on Midrash," "Lib-
eral Judaism in a Reactionary
World" and many monographs.

Hebrew Corner


Arab daggers, Turkish revolvers and
English rifles close to each other,
alongside lengthy walls. On the sides
hang pictures of soldiers and watch-
men, and above all these is a plain
inscription that reads:
"These are the tools that created
the State."
We are in "Golomb House" that
was dedicated by the Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion as the "Museum of
the Haganah." At the time this house
belonged to Eliyahu Golomb of
blessed memory, who was the Com-
mander-in-Chief of the Haganah for
many years.
The Haganah veterans decided to
raise funds to preserve the small
house in which the defense of the
yishuv and the State was planned.
"A nation that wants to build its fu-
ture, must preserve its past," de-
clared the President of the State,
when he gave his full support to the
museum committee.
In the Golomb Home, which was
turned into a museum, can be seen
the complete history of the autono-
mous defense of the yishuv (Jewish
settlement) in Eretz Israel, from the .
days of the "Hashomer" in the time
of the Turks, until the Israel Defense
Army. It is possible to see all kinds
of weapons, small or large, that the
Jews made with their own means.
Today all this looks old and weak.
However, the purpose of the museum
is to recall to the youth in Israel,
how modest were the first steps of
independence and the upbuilding of
the country.
Translation of Hebrew column.
Published by Brit Ivrit Olamit

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