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May 10, 1963 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-05-10

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"Israel became a reality be-
campaign efforts, he said: "We cause the people decided there
have learned through the years was going to be a State to solve
that we cannot relax until every the problem of Jewish suffering
prospect is reached and until and to end homelessness once
every effort is made to achieve and for all," he declared.
our goal."
He described how the gates to
In a brief address, Max M. Israel were kept open, the pour-
Fisher, president of the Federa- ing in of tens of thousands of
tion, spoke of the three-fold pur- survivors from. Nazism who were
poses of the Federation — com- rescued from displaced persons
munity planning, determination camps, the doubling of Israel's
on how the income derived from population in a few years. Em-
campaign is to be distributed phasizing the partnership in this
and fund-raising. A fourth pur- effort with world Jews, he said:
"We turned to our brothers
pose, he said, is "to dramatize
that we are kinsmen working to- for help as a shared responsi-
gether as a cohesive and united bility. We have gone a long way.
community." He said: "The Fed- Israel is a vigorous, dynamic
eration belongs to everyone, and state, accepted by the nations of
everyone belongs to the Federa- the world as - a model. Israel is
tion."
confident we can go on doing the
Thanking Gershenson for his job, but it is a sober confidence,
untiring efforts, Fisher as well not a complacent one."
Referring to the tensions
as other program participants,
joined in thanking Gershenson's that continue in the Middle
co-chairman, Al Borman, and the East, he said "We don't want
it that way, but if we have to
other to campaign leaders.
accept it we will and will con-
Reports on campaign activi-
tinue building and creating."
ties were given by Max Shaye,
"We take seriously the threats
Al Taubman, Mrs. Harold Rob-
inson, Nathan Rubinstein, Is- to Israel's security, but we are
rael Kolodney, Louis Stern, not pessimistic," he said. - "I don't
Marvin Alexander, Paul Bro- believe any Arab army can run
der, Harry Aronow, Lewis S. Israel out of business, but the
Grossman, Peter Copeland, Dr. price we have to pay is a tre-
Abraham Becker and Irving mendous one and a growing
financial burden."
Goldberg.
He warned that there is a
In his stirring address, Am
bassador Comay recalled the great military build-up in that
events that led to the emergence area, that there are more Soviet
of Israel as an autonomous State arms in Egypt than there ever
and thestruggle that ensued. He were in Cuba. "and what we
described the attempts at the
United Nations to renege on the
partition decision of Nov. 29,
1947, and reviewed the heroic
struggle in Israel to win the war
for freedom.

must do is concentrate on our
defense."
"The job of developing our
country must go on faster than
ever," Comay said. "We expect
our brothers to make greater
demands upon themselves and
then we can hope to remain se-
cure. I feel confident this will
be done. You are our partners
in a joint enterprise. You will
surely measure up and if you do
then we will have the assurance
that there will never again be
homeless Jews in the world and
there will never again be a need
for an Eichmann trial."
"We are writing history," Am-
bassador Comay said. "We are
masters in our own home, and
what we make of it depends on
ourselves and no one else. Since
1948 we are not helpless any
more. We are out of the ghetto.
We will not go down fighting—
we won't go down at all. We
can't do the job without you. We
can do it with you and we shall
do it together."
Rabbi Morris Adler gave the
opening prayer at the dinner.
The national anthems were sung
by Emma Schaver, accompanied
by Lillian Zellman.
There was an element of
levity, with the Three Honey
Bees, accompanied by Don Large
at the piano, preceding each
speaker's introduction with ap-
propriate songs written by Mrs.
Leonard Weiner.
The totals, as announced, were

flashed on a screen, the amounts
being written in from the pro-
j ector. • •
In a message distributed
among those attending the din-
ner, Gershenson stated:
"As chairman of the campaign
I feel like an artist who is re-
luctant to put down his brush
and leave a completed painting
or a cabinetmaker who keeps
putting just one more coat of
finish on a piece of fine furni-
ture.

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to continue to campaign with me
for the very short time it will
take to bring in the last out-
standing pledges. See your re-
maining prospects, attend an-
other division meeting — finish
the job.
"We have two obligations; first
to the people the Campaign
serves, and secondly, we must
give each Jew in Detroit an op
portunity to become a contribu-
tor."

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Conservative Rabbinical Assembly of America
Discusses Proposal to Comment on Bible

GREENFIELD PARK, N. Y. to ask their congregants to join
(JTA)—A proposal that the'Rab- such organizations as well as to
binical Assembly of America, "strive to eradicate war from
central body of . Conservative human life by whatever moral
and religious influence we can
rabbis, sponsor a Jewish com- bring to bear."
mentary on the whole of the
He also called upon the re-
Bible was made at the 63rd an- ligious leaders "not only to en-
nual convention of the organiza- gage in wishful thinking and
tion.
to pray for peace but also to
Dr. Bernard Mandelbaum, pro- plan for peace to transform
vost of the Jewish Theological their entire pattern of life and
Seminary of America, described thoght, in brief, to wage peace."
such a commentary as the first
Controversy marked the dis-
essential in a program to restore cussion which followed his ad-
education and especially t h e dress. Two physicists, Dr. Wil-
educated lay leader "to their liam Davidson, chairman of the
rightful position in our congre- department of physics at Hav-
gations." He also called for the erford College, and Dr. Herman
introduction of a new ceremony, Kahn, author of "On Thermo-
Ab Mitzvah, which would require nuclear War" and director of
of laymen a rededication to the the Hudson Institute, differed
duty of Jewish study and observ- with each other and with Dr.
ance at the age of 40.
Kaplan as to the best means
In his annual presidential re- for achieving peace and the
port, Rabbi Theodore Friedman, proper role for religious lead-
spiritual leader of Congregation ers in the struggle to avoid nu-
Beth El, South Orange, N.J., clear warfare.
called for a "new unity" of the
Dr. Davidson , welcomed the
Jewish people. This unity is of interest of the rabbis in the
paramount importance today, problems of war and peace but
Rabbi Friedman said, because questioned whether Dr. Kap-
"the old image of the Jew and lan's recommendations of action
Judaism projected and main- within • the bounds of present
tained by the church over the government policy was enough
centuries, seems destined to for "men of principle." He said
fade." This will mean that "we such • a recommendation "en-
will be called upon to participate tailed acceptance of the con-
in - a religious dialogue totally cept that man's extermination
unlike any that took place in the is all right under some circum-
past," he said.
stances." He asked how a rab-
Dr. Mordecai M. Kaplan binic body could accept and
called: for a resolution urging support such a policy in the .
members of the'- , ASSerribly to name of the preservationof
join peace
and human valueS." "

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