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April 12, 1963 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-04-12

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Top Washington Social Item of the Year

Kennedys and White House Staff Take
Note of Jimmy Feldman's Bar Mitzvah

By MILTON FRIEDMAN

(Copyright, 1963,
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)

WASHINGTON—Jimmy Feld-
man, whose Bar Mitzvah was
recently honored by President
Kennedy and celebrated by the
White House staff, performed
his duties with New Frontier
vigor. Jimmy asked not what
the Bar Mitzvah could do for
him, but what he could do for
the Bar Mitzvah.
A quiet dignity exemplified
America's first Bar Mitzvah boy,
to have his confirmation marked
by an informal White House
holiday, a personal gift from
President and Mrs. Kennedy,
and the dancing of a freilich
hora by members of the White
House staff, Cabinet, Supreme
Court, Senate, and diplomatic
corps.
New Frontiersmen of all
faiths danced in a huge circle,
hand in hand, with Israeli diplo-
mats and ladies of 'the sister-
hood of Jimmy's temple and
Jewish kids from the neighbor-
hood.
Jimmy is the son of Myer
("Mike") Feldman, an original
member of Kennedy's personal
brain trust, who serves in the
White House as Deputy Special
Counsel to the President.
Kennedy could not come to,
Washington's Temple Sinai or
to the reception because he had

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April 6 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Richard Sloan (Sheilah Star-
man), 1962 Stratford, a son,
Andrew Edward.
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April 5—To Mr. and Mrs.
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witz), 17250 Greenfield, a
daughter, Erika Lynn. ,
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April 3—To Dr. and Mrs. Sid-
ney L. Stone (Betty Reiss), a
son, Daniel Br ian.

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April 2—To Mr. and Mrs.
Lawrence M. Rosen (Barbara
Stone), 29561 Fairfax, South-
field, a son, Richard Mark.
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March 31—To Mr. and Mrs.
Jerome Kline (Beverly Joyce
Brown), 29775 Everett, South-
field, a son, Glenn Allen.
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- March 29—To Mr. and Mrs.
Al Stotsky (Bena Stalrit), a son,
Mark Jacob.

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March 21—To Mr. and Mrs.
Gordon Landsman (Phyllis Sil-
ver), 9185 Prevost, a daughter,
Rhona Helene.
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Arnold Levitsky (Muriel Comi-
sar) of Northend Ave., Oak Park,
a son, Howard Keith.

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to make a speech that day in
Chicago. But Jimmy Was
thoughtfully presented with a
beautiful framed lithograph of
the White House, inscribed by
hand, from "his friends, John
Kennedy and Jacqueline Ken-
nedy."
Feldman, in addition to his
important Presidential staff
duties on legislative and execu-
tive matters, is Kennedy's per-
sonal consultant on Jewish and
Israeli affairs. Reliable reports
have linked him with the de-
cision to provide Israel with
the Hawk missile and a number
of anti-bias actions on the do-
mestic scene.
He made two trips to Israel
within the last year.
After the last visit, Prime
Minister Ben-Gurion described
Feldman as "the kind of man
I can 'talk to."
Among the guests and hora
dancers were members of the
President's inner circle, his
special assistants and personal
aides Lawrence F. O'Brien,
Kenneth O'Donnell, Henry W.
Wilson, Jr., Dick Donahue, Ar-
thur Schlesinger, Jr., and Pierre
Salinger.
One saw such personalities as
Postmaster General J. Edward
Day, Secretary of Agriculture
Orville L. Freeman, Secretary
of Labor W. Willard Wirtz,
David E. Bell, director of the
Agency for International De-
velopment; Jerome B. Wiesner,
chief scientific adviser to the
President; Manny Cohen, Secur-
ities and Exchange Commission-
er; Mortimer M. Caplin, Direc-
tor of Internal Revenue; New-
ton Minow, chairman of the Fed-
eral Communications Commis-
sion; Walter W. Heller, chair-
man of the President's Council
of Economic Advisers, members
of Congress, and others.
Supreme Court Justice Ar-
thur Goldberg served as an
informal toastmaster, making
amusing remarks at the fes-
tivities. He emerged as one
of the most vigorous hora
dancers.
Other close personal friends
of the Feldmans were on hand
—Ambassador Philip Klutznick,
Abraham Feinberg, Robert R.
Nathan, Martin Agronsky, Is-
rael Ambassador Avraham Har-
man and Israel Minister Morde-
chai Gazit.
Noting that his father never
had a chance to be "Bar Mitz
vahed," Jimmy said he was glad
that they were "Bar Mitzvahed"
together. Feldman, from the age
of 6 to 15 attended a non-sec:
tarian Philadelphia institutional
school for "poor male orphans."
There were no religious instruc-
tions of facilities for the penni
less students because of the
stipulation of the school's phil-
anthropist benefactor.
Feldman learned the He-
brew alphabet on his own and
taught himself to read a prayer

book. He became a self-
respecting Jew, injecting Tal-
mudic insights into his legal
orientation, and developed a
strong affinity for the State of
Israel and Jewish humani-
tarian traditions.
Rabbi Eugene Lipman, who
officiated at the Bar Mitzvah
ceremony at the age of 13, the
essential concept of the Bar
Mitzvah pertained to deeds. One
is a Bar Mitzvah automatically
on his birthday, said the Rabbi,
even without a symbolic cere-
mony. The real meaning comes
from Jewish identification and
participation. So Feldman, the
Jewish personage closest to the
President, was in a real sense
Bar Mitzvah even before stand-
ing in front of the ark of the
covenant with his son.
Sharing graciously in the cele-
bration was Mrs. Feldman. Her
father helped found Har Zion
Synagogue in Philadelphia. The
Feldmans were married in that
synagogue. Mrs. Feldman is
vice-president of her Temple's
sisterhood. Jimmy's pretty sis-
ter, 15-year-old Jane, attends
the Temple's religious classes.
Two Philadelphia ladies look-
ed at- their grandson's unprece-
dented "White House" Bar Mitz-
vah with understandable pride.
One was Mrs. Bella Feldman,
Feldman's mother, the other,
Mrs. Gizella Moscowitz, mother
of Mrs. Feldman.

Vice - President Lyndon B.
Johnson declared this week that
despite the rise of two of the
greatest tyrannies in history—
fascism and communism — the
20th Century may "most accur-
ately and aptly be described as
the Century of Human Rights."

In quietness and in confi-
dence shall be your strength.
—Isa. 30:15.

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Mrs. Daniel Sherman of Univer-
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