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June 28, 1963 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-06-28

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British Jews in the Honors List

gave huge sums to British uni-
By S. J. GOLDSMITH
LONDON — There are great versities and to the Hebrew
experts here who can ferret out I University in Jerusalem. He
a Jewish name in an honor's is a retiring man who never
list however camouflaged and seeks public office, but his
unrecognizable. Nobody Jewish attachment to Jewish life is
escapes their notice once some real and firm and his dona-
honor has come his way. A man tions to Israel are announced
called Saint John Macmannus as a matter of course — the
Dalrymple Hickintop is hon- same way as his donation to
ored with an O.B.E. for services local causes are.
Karl Cyril Cohen was made
to forestry, and as soon as his
name appears in the list, they a C.B.E. (Commander of the
come up with the information British Empire). His achieve-
that his grandfather was a ment is of a unique nature. An
founder-member of the Chevra advocate in Leeds, he serves as
Tehillim in Whitechapel and a councillor on the local City
his grandmother was one of the Council and as chairman of its
Rabinowitzes who used to have housing committee. But these
are formal designations. K. C.,
a dress shop in Manchester.
as he is known among friends,
It is to these experts that I has pioneered housing associa-
am indebted for being able to tions which enable poor families
report on some truly outstand- to acquire homes. He has de-
ing Jews in the present Birth- voted a lifetime of service to
day Honors' List (always pub- providing better homes for the
lished in June, to mark the poor and to slum clearance.
Queen's birthday).
He is a Labor leader, a Zion-
- Alicia Markova, the famous ist worker of long standing, a
ballerina, was made a D.B.E. member of the World Jewish
and will from now on be Congress National Council and
styled' as Dame Alicia—with- an educationalist of no mean
out the surname. This is the stature. He still finds time to
equivalent of a knighthood travel and to act as honorary
for a man (knights are also
styled by their first names
with the addition of Sir—i.e.,
Sir John). She was born Alice
Marks in a poor Jewish home
in North London some 50
years ago (she owns up to
this, otherwise I would not
Increase in mixed marriages,
have mentioned age). Natural conversions r e s u l t i n g from
talent and incredible applica- them, the problems they raise
tion have made her one of the &lid the social implications are
great ballerinas of our time, reviewed and evaluated in a
but she is also a great teacher volume published jointly•by the
of ballet, which only few Jewish RecoristrUctionist and
great dancers are. At the the Herzl Press under the title
moment she is with the New "Intermarriage and Jewish
York Metropolitan Opera as Life." The papers - included in
their c hi e f choreographer. this book were delivered at a
Markova (she had to alter conference held in New York.
her original name slightly be-
Edited by Prof. Werner J.
cause in those days it was
assumed that only Russians Cahnman of Rutgers Univer-
sity, this volume may be viewed
make great dancer s) has as one of the most thorough
never tried to run away from
her Jewishness, but was never resumes of the subject of in-
as well as of con-
active in Jewish life. She does termarriage
versions.
not seem to have encountered
Rabbi Jack J. Cohen, in one
any trouble on account of her
Jewishness. She is strikingly of the concluding essays in the
book, placing emphasis on the
beautiful on the stage.
need for an elevated Jewish
The four new Jewish knights educational system, asserts that
are the Chief Minister of Gib- the answer to intermarriage in
raltar Joshua Hassan; Norman the long run "is the quality of
Joseph, H a r old Samuel and Jewish life, for the enhance-
Alexander Samuels. Hassan is ment of which Jewish education
in the great tradition of Se- is the main instrument."
phardi dignitaries. He is presi-
He emphasizes that "the
dent of his synagogue, an active price of freedom is the ten-
Zionist, mayor of the town of sion caused by our desire to
Gibraltar, a supporter of all survive in the face of inevit-
good causes, Jewish and non- able competition."
Jewish — in addition to being
Dr. Ruby Jo Reeves Kennedy,
Chief Minister of the Legisla- professor of sociology at Con-
ture. In private life he is a necticut College, expressed the
good lawyer, a Queen's Counsel view held by social scientists
(which merely means a lawyer that "the selection of marriage
of eminence).
partners in American society is
Alexander Samuels, known as generally homogamous," that
Mr. Traffic, is the man who de- people marry people similar to
vises all those one-way streets themselves and "the most im-
to ease London traffic, and portant seems to be religious
constantly produces new similarity." She emphasized that
schemes to enable all of us to "some marriages are endo-
move, instead of being bogged gamous as far as religion is
down for good in one gigantic concerned." She declared that
traffic jam. He comes from a "statistical research has reveal-
home of six children and ed quite conclusively that the
meager means in the East End extent of Jewish in-marriage is
of London. He started life as the highest of all religious
a taxi driver and owns today groups.'
a fleet of 150 taxis (his job with
Meir Ben-Horin's admonition .
the Ministry of Transport is is:
"Judaism, in order to live,
honorary). He grew with the
traffic problem to become one must require the fullest loy-
alty to itself on all levels of
of the world's great experts.
Samuels is a humorous and homebuilding or Zionist real-
modest man. Recently he re- ization. As the Jewish peo-
fused a television appearance ple's way of life and way to
because he thought it was in life, Judaism, bent on con-
bad taste. He is interested in tinuity and creative trans-
several Jewish causes, does not formation, cannot surrender
deny his Jewishness nor flaunt its claim upon the • most pri-
vate of all concerns = the
it.
Norman Joseph is a caterer family."
Figures indicating the growth
of the Lyons family of the tea
shops and corner houses. His of intermarriage in Switzerland,
ties with Jewish life are tenu- Canada and the United States
ous, but he is a Jew nonethe- are given in numerous statisti-
cal tables.
less.
On the question of conversion,
Harold Samuels is a prop-
erty owner (a real estate man Dr. David Max Eichhorn stated:
"There are growing indica-
in American English) who

registrar to the Leeds Beth Din.
With all this, K. C. is never
harrassed.
Another interesting .recipient
of an- order this June is Benja-
man D'Israeli Goldberg. Federal
Minister of Health in the Fed-
eration of Rhodesia and Nyasa-
land (which is being disband-
ed). He is a natural Zionist
and a man of good will who
tries to improve the lot of his
fellow citizens.
Nicolai Polakovs, alias Coco,
the clown, has been made an
O.B.E. (Order of the British
Empire). Polakovs is a Russian
Jew who still speaks Russian
better than English. He is a
great circus performer (now re-
tired), an entertainer of genius.
Children love him and he loves
them. Nowadays he devotes his
time to road safety and has
done much to promote road
sense among the young. Pola-
kovs makes no fuss about his
Jewishness.
Sometimes a Jew receives an
Order for activity among Jews,
and the citation says so. The
present list has no such names;
all recipients have made their
contribution as citizens.

In-Marriage Highest Among
Jews of All Religious Groups;
Conclave Evaluates Intermarriage

Aininewiment in Senate Aims
at Suspending Aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The 'United Arab Republic from the
drive for a mandatory measure United States Foreign Aid Pro-
to sever aid from- Egypt because gram if President Nasser insists
of that country's diversion of on diverting Egypt's own re-
its own resources for the pur- sources to buy arms from the
chase of Soviet arms moved for- Communist bloc by using Ameri-
ward with the introduction of can food aid to fill in the gap."
Speaking at a dinner at the
a Senate amendment to the
Foreign Aid Bill by Sen. Ken- Commodore Hotel, where he re-
neth B. Keating, New York Re- ceived the annual Israel Bond
Fraternal Award, Javits said:
publican.
"Our real objective must be im-
T h e proposed amendment
would make mandatory the provement of the unbelievably
bad situation in the health, .hous-
"sense of Congress" measure ing and nutrition for the rank
adopted by Congress last year. and file people of Egypt. That
Keating and Rep. Seymour Hal- is the real meaning of friend-
pern, also a New York Republi- ship. President Nasser must be
can, feel the former measure brought face to face with the
was inadequate because it was catastrophic effect of his con-
subject to the discretion of the tinued insistence on escalating
State Department and conse- the arms race in the Middle East,
quently ignored. Keating told on employing former Nazi scien-
the Senate his move was sup- tists in weapons manufacture
ported by Halpern and other and on fomenting subversion
members of Congress who are and armed aggression against
supporting either Halpern ver- other Arab states in the area,
sion in the House or the Keat- while persisting in implacable
ing measure in the Senate. Sen- hostility against Israel."
ator Paul Douglas, Illinois Dem-
ocrat, announced his co-sponsor-
ship of the Keating amendment.
Keating said his bill would
":1,;Pr1 111 t2 r..1
"ensure that United States
funds are not used to subsidize
aggressive military ventures and
purchases of Soviet military
nr-r . p nip
equipment" by recipients of the
American aid. "The American
taxpayer should not be called '7t 5
upon to subsidize aggressive ac-
tions of certain nations against n4rii7
their neighbors," he stated.
rrr;"
The Keating amendment
X17 -1"7:174
would require that "the Presi- 1nnt
dent shall suspend assistance"
i
to any country that uses its 111 4 , 71 1947 Intr. j; rr;,t0nr
domestic funds to purchase 1717 1960 Waal 1tpx1 ,4000
arms from nations in the So-
viet bloc. Also mentioned as -"? 6rs; tr;tzTiin binpp
conditions for aid severance
•tzip4 50,000
were subversion, propaganda,
R5;
and military preparations
rz4L?1v vf71 174
against other nations receiving
U.S. assistance.
.71.1 7Pn n 17 "?.tix
The House Committee on
Foreign Affairs voted to in- *Opp;
tr. :141 tri.pvg
corporate into the Foreign Aid
Bill a clause proposed by Rep.
441 . 7.17i
nia;
Leonard Farbstein, New York
Democrat, to minimize assist- n".1rTIPP
144
ance to countries like Egypt
which divert their own assets tri7Pt4ri ,n4'?1 * - 4
for the purchase of Soviet arms.
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The amendment is similar to
the so-called Keating-Halpern Si;' r-i
-14177 niri.r)DtIrj
amendment in last year's Act
which was ignored by the State nvt, -
ninp .774r19;:t
Department.
* * *
rr-) ='") rrinan
NEW YORK, (JTA)—Senator n'ppr? 117pr;11 n?An
Jacob K. Javits of New York de-
clared that "The stage is set for 1Yr7)4 .
L717n7
a vigorous fight at this session of
Congress to cut off aid to the
ninn'7 nnoil

tions in the Jewish world
that long-held negative atti-
tudes about converts and con-
version are beginning to
change. The day may not be
far off when many Jews will
begin to make it their spirit-
ual business to let others
know what we believe and to
make them aware that if they
come, voluntarily and sin-
cerely and wholeheartedly, to
join our religious community,
they will be given a sincere
and wholehearted welcome.'
The heartaches to parents that
mark some of the intermarri-
ages were described by partici-
pants in the symposium. Rabbi
Richard L. Rubenstein, Univer-
sity of Pittsburgh Hillel direc-
tor, speaking on "Intermarriage
and Conversion on the College
Campus," stated that "while
cony e r s i o n lessons cannot
change the converts basic iden-
tity, they can give the convert
insight into the kind of com-
munity he or she is to enter.
He added:
"Whatever may be the diffi-
culties in intermarriage, with
proper training and insight
many of the couples will form
the nuclei of families whose
children may become vital par-
ticipants in the life of the
Jewish community. Further- Hebrew Column
more, the inevitable wounds
which parents experience, no
matter how they try to suppress
With the establishment of the
these feelings, can at least be State
of Israel the city of "Beersheba
became
the center of the Negev
mollified when parents become
area, and is therefore called "The
grandparents. The problem is Negev Capital". The ctiy grew very
by no means one of total loss quickly. The number of inhabitants
in 1947 was 4,000, while in 1960 it
to the Jewish community."
reached 50,000. The inhabitants of
Rabbi Raphael M. Weisberger Beersheba are immigrants who came
to
the country after the establish
points out that there can be ment
of the State. They live in
gains in intermarriage and in building projects, of modern con-
his discussion of mixed marri- struction, surrounded by gardens.
business and industrial centers
ages in the small community Large
were set up which supply a liveli-
hood for the inhabitants. However
said:
the development of the city did
"Available statistics warn not
come to an end. The development
us of the serious problem of of Eilath, the gateway to the South,
the
expansion of the work in the
losing 15 or 20 per cent of mines
in the Negev, and the building
our youth through intermar- of the railway to Sodom and Eilath,
riage . . . I must admire the will give another push to the de-
of the city.
80 or 85 per cent of small- velopthent
Before the establishment of the
town Jews who hang on stub- State, the Bedouins of the Negev
bornly, though I regret to would hold special market days in
Beersheba. To this market they would
consider those we lose.
bring their produce: seeds, sheep,
Dr. Cahnman sees intermar- camels, and trade them for coffee,
tea, vegetables, textiles and
riage as a phenomenon that will salt,
other merchandise.
be taken for granted in the fu-
After the setting up of the State,
ture because: "It will no more the market was reopened. Twice
weekly, Bedouins living in the
be contemplated with fear and Negev can be seen roaming the
trepidation because to be a streets of Beersheba and buying
Jew will have become a matter goods.
According to the development plan
of distinction.'
for the cities of the State, Beersheba
will,
in the next twenty years be an
There are differences of
industrial city. Its main in-
opinions and the issue is far important
dustry will be based on the chemical
from settled in this symposium. and building material connected with
But the facts presented offer the mines in the Negev.
Translation of Hebrew Column
much food for thought and data Published
by Brith Ivrith Olamith,
for valid discussions.
Jerusalem.

Beersheba

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