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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-05-31

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Panoramic View of Jewish History,
Personalities in Netv Epstein Book

Dr. Morris Epstein is one of
the distinguished authorities on
juvenile literature in this coun-
try. As editor of World Over,
the magazine for Jewish youth
published by the Jewish Educa-
tion Committee of New York,
he has made a
note wo r thy
contribution
to the efforts
to provide
proper read-
ing material
for our boys
and girls.
Author of
several books
f o r children,
his latest work,
e
"A 2icture Pa-
rade of Jewish
History," just
published by
Shengold (45
W. 45th, NY
36), enriches
Dr. Epstein
t h e material
he is producing,whether through
World Over or in book form.
Adding to the merits of this
new book are the artistic con-
tributions of Maurice del Bour-
go and F. L. Blake, bath of
whom have also made valuable
contributions with their illus-
trations for children's maga-
zines and books.
By means of comic cartoons,
which accompany the well
told narratives, important mo-
ments in Jewish history are
recounted in "A Picture Pa-
rade of J e wish History."
Events and persOnalities are
reviewed with the skill which
has distinguished Dr. Epstein
in his activities in the field
of children's literature.
Explaining the resort to com-
ics in the efforts to reach the
children about historical events,
Dr. Epstein states in his intro-
duction that comics "are easy to
read, easy to understand ... .
have color and immediacy . . .
portray a world of heroes in
which the bad are punished and
the good rewarded."
He adds that comics, "used
properly, can instruct as well
as entertain." He declares: "If
these cartoon stories introduce
children to famous faces, places,
dates, and happenings; if the
ready accessibility of the back-
ground texts increases their
chance of being read; if a pleas-
ant sense of familiarity-is arous-
ed when the cast of characters
is encountered in more formal
study, an author's fond hopes
will have been fulfilled."
The texts and their accom-
panying cartoon - comics in "A
Picture Parade of Jewish His-
tory" prove his points.
Commencing with an ex-
.. planation of "The Septua-
gint," the first translation of
the Bible by. 70 scholars, into
Greek, 22 centuries ago, Dr.
Epstein devotes his book to
personality studies of Hillel,
Akiba, Yochanan Ben Zakkai,
Bar Kochba, Judah Ha-Nasi,
Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Rashi,
Judah Ha-Levi, Maimonides,
Benjamin of Tudela, Meir of
Rothenberg, Nahman i d e s,
Isaac Abravanel, and many
others—great men, and wo-
men as well, of olden times
and of our own era.
A chapter, and as in all other
instances the accompanying car-
toon, is devoted to the friends
of Columbus. There are chap-
ters devoted to Daniel Bomberg,
the French Christian aristocrat
who, in the 15th century, pub-
lished Hebrew , books; - Joseph
_ Nasi, a Marrano who became a

favorite of the Turkish sultan;
Shabbatai Zevi the false. Mes-
siah, Menasseh Ben Israel, As-
ser Levy, Ba'al Shem Tov, Solo-
mon Da Costa, Moses Mendels-
sohn, Levi Yitzhak of Berdit-
chev, Hershel Ostropolier, the
Jester, Akiba Eger and other
great figures.
There is a page and a cartoon
devoted to the American Revo-
'4n • and following it are arti-

cles dealing with Thomas Ken-
nedy who authored the "Jew
bill" in Maryland, aimed at
making Jews full citizens; Re-
becca Gratz, Judah Touro, Mor-
decai Noah, Uriah P. Levy,
Adolph Sutro.
Then comes a page and a
cartoon on the Civil War and
it is followed by personalities
of that time — Rabbi David
Einhorn and others listed in
a section entitled "Lincoln
and the Jews."
Others include Moses Mon-
tefiore, Isaac Adolphe Cremieux,
Emma Lazarus, Edmond de
Rothschild, Alf r e d Dreyfus,
Theodor Herzl, Hermann Scha-
pira, Solomon Schechter, Louis
Marshall, Arthur James Balfour,
Chaim Weizmann, Eliezer Ben
Yehuda, Henrietta Szold, Rufus
Daniel Isaacs, Orde Wingate.
Then come sections dealing
with the Warsaw Ghetto hero-
ism and with Hanna Senesh;
with the rebirth of the State of
Israel and the story of General
Mickey Marcus; with Stephen
S. Wise, Safed, Degania and
Albert Einstein.
By including very distinguish-
ed Christians, noted places and
great events, the story assumes
more-inclusive merit. Dr. Ep-
stein has made another good
contribution to Jewish litera-
ture with this new book, and
very many adults as well as
their children will do well to
acquaint themselves with the
stories incorporated in this in-
teresting volume.

JNF 'Youth Parley
Calls for Leaders

NEW YORK, (JTA) — Fifty
young Jewish leaders, attending
a three-day Youth Leadership
Conference organized here by
the Jewish National Fund, is-
sued a call for expanded par-
ticipation by American Jewish
young people in the work of
the JNF.
The delegates .pproved a res-
olution declaring that "Ameri-
can Jewry stands in need of a
strong and rejuvenated leader-
ship in order to cope with the
problems at home, to strengthen
Jewish life abroad and to aid in
the development of Israel." The
resolution urged the JNF to
create "a national JNF Young
Leadership Council" with the
goals of enrolling a maximum
number of American Jewish
young people in the work of the
JNF, including particularly the
work of the JNF Foundation.

Jewish Leaders Are
Received by Catholic
Clergymen in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, (JTA)
— Marc Turkow, the secretary
of the South American execu-
tive of the World Jewish Con-
gres,S, accompanied by leaderS
of the Venezuelan JeWish coni-
munity and members of the
Bnai • Brith, were received in
speCial audience by Cardinal
Quintero and Monsignor Hen-
riquek. The. Cardinal expressed .
his sympathy with the terms of
the memorandum submitted by
the World Conference of Jew-
ish Organizations to the Vati-
can, and condemned racial hat-
red as being anti-Christian.

93 Per Cent of Jews
Dedicate Mizrachi
Women's Vocational in U.S. Covered by
Anti-Bias Laws
Israel High School

Israel's newest vocational
high school for girls was dedi-
cated in Beersheva, Wednesday.
Minister of the Interior Moshe
Haim Shapiro and representa-
tives of the American and Can-
adian embassies participated in
opening the school built at a
cost of more than a quarter of
a million dollars by the Miz-
rachi Women's Organization of
America and its sister organiza-
tion in Canada.
Mrs. Dvorah Rabinowitz, for-
merly of Thomas River, N. J.,
now a resident of Ramat Aviv,
Israel, represented the Ameri-
can women's religious-Zionist
organization at the dedication.
Mrs. Goldie Cohen, of Montreal,
represented the Canadian don-
ors.
A student body of 200 girls,
drawn mainly from recently ar-
rived immigrant families of
North African and 'Near Eastern
origin, will be served by the
new institution.
Curricula to be offered will
include secretarial and commer-
cial training; home economics,
cooking and dietetic courses and
dressmaking and fashion de-
sign.

New Bill Would End
Restaurant, Hotel
Bias in Quebec

MONTREAL, (JTA) — An
amendment to the Hotel Act,
banning religious or racial dis-
crimination by any hotel, res-
taurant or camping ground in
the Province of Quebec, was in-
troduced in the Quebec Provin-
cial Parliament.
The Canadian Jewish Con-
gress here announced that the
provisions of the draft bill are
"acceptable as interim meas-
ures until such time as more
specialized legislation can be
obtained." If en a c t e d, the
amendment will bring Quebec
into line with six other Cana-
dian provinces that have anti-
bias laws of one kind or an-
other on their statute bOoks.

Press Defamation Bill
Revised in Israel

JERUSALEM, ( J T A ) — All
major objections to the widely
criticized press defamation bill
were removed in a revised ver-
sion submitted to Israel's parlia-
ment.
Originally placed before the
Knesset in February, 1962, the
bill evoked sharp criticism. It
was withdrawn by the cabinet
which referred it to a Minis-
terial Law Committee. T h e
amended measure eliminates as
punishable libels committed in
overseas publications written by
correspondents stationed in
Israel. It also has dropped a
clause which would have author-
ized Israeli courts to ban publi-
cation of judgments in defama-
tion cases.
The new version also provides
that accurate reporting of pub-
lic proceedings constitutes a
good defense even if defamatory,
a situation hitherto subject to
prosecution. A 1 s o eliminated
were provisions that the printer'
of a newspaper is liable for
defamatory articles and that
courts may shut down news-
papers guilty of libel.

New York Federation
Teachers' Council Will Served 900,000
Plant Ben-Zvi Forest
NEW YORK, (JTA)—The Fed-

JERUSALEM—The Teachers'
Council on behalf of the JNF
has decided on a special pro-
ject for school children—to
plant a 10,000 trees forest in
memory of Yitzhak Ben Zvi, the
late President of the State of
Israel.
The initiative for this pro-
ject was taken simultaneously
by scores of schools in all parts
of the country, all of them re-
questing a JNF project to com-
memorate the beloved Presi-
dent.

eration of Jewish Philanthropies
of New York now represents
more than 90 per cent of the
metropolitan area's Jewish-spon-
sored health and social welfare
agencies, Lawrence A. Wien,
president of the Federation re-
ported at the organization's 46th
annual meeting. The 116 Feder-
ation agencies served, during the
past year, more than_900,000 per-
sons, the greatest number in
their history, he said.

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Dryfoos, Publisher
of N.Y. Times, Dies

NEW YORK (JTA)—Funeral
services were held here at Tem-
ple Emanu-El Monday for the
late Orvil E. Dryfoos, president
and publisher of the New York
Times, who died this weekend
at the age of 50. He was a
member of that Reform congre-
gation. He was also a member
of the board of trustees of the
Baron de Hirsch Fund.
Dryfoos, who was married to
the eldest child of Arthur Hays
Sulzberger, became president of
the Times in 1957 and took
over the duties of publisher in
1961. His wife is a grandchild
of the late Adolph S. Ochs, who
had been publisher of the Times
from 1896 until his death in
1935.
Statements of condolence over
Dryfoos' death were made by
President Kennedy, Mayor Rob-
ert F. Wagner, former Sen. Her-
bert H. Lehman, Secretary of
State Dean Rusk, Rabbi Julius
2 Leaders of Morocco Mark,
spiritual leader of Temple
Jewish Community
Emanu-El, Sen. Jacob K. Javits,
Nominated as Deputies and many other outstanding per-
CASABLANCA, (JTA) — Two sonalities in Jewish and other
prominent leaders of the Moroc- American affairs.
can Jewish community were
nominated as candidates for Moe F. Wolfgang,
Morocco's new Chamber of Dep-
Popular Attorney, Dies
uties, in the national elections
An assistant Wayne County
to be held May 17. They are
Meyer Obadia, president of the prosecutor and popular Detroit
Jewish Committee of Casablanca, attorney, Moe F. Wolfgang,
and Meyer Toledano, now a 19016 Birchcrest, died May 28.
member of the Casablanca City He was 54.
Mr. Wolfgang was a graduate
Council.
of the Detroit College of Law
Obadia is running on the ticket and was a member of the Mich-
of the Front of Constitutional igan and Detroit bar associa-
Institutions, a Royalist party
tions. He had practiced law for
founded by Minister of the In- three decades and was in charge
terior Reda Guerdira. The con- of examinations for the prosecu-
situency which he would repre- tor's office.
sent is a district in • this city
Mr. Wolfgang's wife, Myra, is
where Jewish residents are in international vice-president of
the majority. He has the official the Hotel and Restaurant Work-
support of the Council of Jewish ers Union.
Communities in Morocco. Tole-
Other survivors are daugh-
dano is running on the slate of ters, Laura and Martha; a sis-
the National Union of Popular ter, Mrs. Max Cohen; and broth-
Forces, an opposition party la- ers, Sidney and Louis.
beled left of the Royalist group-
Funeral services will be held
ing.
10:45 today at the Kaufman
The name of Dr. Leon Benze- Chapel.
quen, the "elder statesman" of
the Moroccan Jewish commun-
ity, and former member of the Israel Health Ministry
government cabinet, had been Chief Dr. Syman Dies
put forward as a candidate for
GENEVA, (JTA)—Dr. Saul Sy-
the elections to the Chamber of man, director-general of the Is-
Deputies. However, Benzequen rael Health Ministry, and head of
had declined to run.
the Israeli delegation to the
World Health Organization As-
sembly here, died at 54.
Jewish School Gutted

WASHINGTON, (JTA) — A
spokesman for the American
Jewish Congress told a House
subcommittee that an estimated
93 per cent of the Jewish popu-
lation of the United States was
covered by state anti-bias • laws
but that only 40 per cent of
American Negroes live in states
with such laws.
Murray A. Gordon, a New
York attorney, said that since
World War II, states had passed
laws outlawing job discrimina-
tion and set up state FEPC's to
enforce those laws. However, he
said, while the record showed
that such legislation could be
passed and enforced at the state
level, only national legislation
"can deal with the problem na-
tionally. State laws have been
enacted in the areas where re-
sistance to equality is weakest"

by. Arsonists in Canada

MONTREAL, (JTA) — The
Montreal police assigned their
top arson and bomb expert, Leo
Plouffe, to investigate a fire,
possibly of incendiary origin,
which gutted seven of the 20
classrooms of the Jewish Folk-
schule while the school's 500
pupils were in the lunchroom
of the building.
Zave Ettinger, executive ad-
ministrator of the school, dis-
closed that a telephone call had
been received by the school on
the day before the fire, warning
that the institution would be
burned. He said police searched
the school at that time, but no
suspicious objects were found.
Shloimeh Wiseman, principal
of the 40-year-old school, said
that regular classes would con-
tinue despite the fire damage.

End Dispute in 18
N.Y. Jewish Centers

NEW YORK, (JTA) —
Eighteen YM-YWHA's and Jew-
ish community centers in the
greater New York area reopen-
ed Monday after being shut
down for more than a week due
to a dispute with a labor union
representing professional, cleri-
cal and maintenance workers.
The dispute was settled in
negotiations concluded early
this morning by Morris Tarshis,
senior mediator of the City
Labor Department. The terms
include salary increases. The
union voted acceptance of the
terms. •


Noted Trial Lawyer Dies
Harry Sacher, n o t e d trial
lawyer, who had defended many
Communists and became fam-
ous as a representative of labor,
who was convicted of contempt
of Congress and was exonerated
by the U.S. Supreme Court, died
in his home in New York, May
2, at the age of 60.

The Family of the Late

ELSIE METLER

Acknowledges w i t h
grateful appreciation
the many kind expres-
sions of sympathy ex-
tended by relatives and
friends during the
family's recent bereave-
ment, with special
thanks to Rabbi D. onin
and Cantor Adler.

The Family of the Late

MORRIS
COLDSM I TH

Acknowledges w i t h
grateful appreciation
the many kind expres-
sions of sympathy ex-
tended by relatives and
friends during the
family's recent bereave-
ment.

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