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July 05, 1963 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-07-05

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Troth Announced

Amt. Oritk

Israeli Feature Writer



A retrospective memorial ex-
hibition in honor of Prof. Boris
Schatz, painter, sculptor and
founder of the Bezalel Museum
of Arts and Crafts, opened in
Boris Schatz was born a cen-
tury ago into a pious Jewish
family in a small town in
• ituania. He studied in a yeshi-
vah in Vilna and, as his artistic
talents broke through at an
early age, at an art school.
By a stroke of good luck and
through the encouragement he.
received from the Jewish sculp-
tor Godewski, he was able to
move to Paris where he began
to study sculpture under Anto-
kolsky and to paint in the Cor-
mon studios. Fame came soon.
In 1895 he was called to assume
the directorship of the Royal
Academy of S'ofia.
Schatz followed the tradi-
tional manner which he invest-
ed with deeply Jewish religious
and national content.
He created many portraits in
oil, plaster, bronze and other
media, of personalities out-
standing in Jewish life, in-
cluding Dr. Theodor Herzl,
whom he got to know in 1903,
and of N. H. Imber, the author
of "Hatikvah "
In 1906 he was able to realize
his dream of coming to Eretz
Israel where he founded the
Bezalel Institute, with the view
to awakening and sponsoring
Prof. Schatz taught his stu-
dents to execute the fine silver
filigree work in Yemenite style
and carve little functional and
The Jewish characterizations ritualistic objects in olive wood.
in this book are unfortunately Their fame has in the course of
incomplete and hardly depict the years spread all over the
the heroes who fought for the world as "Bezalel work." He
right to differ in their proper invited Jewish artists from
light. They must be considered abroad to settle in Eretz Israel.
In the years that followed
merely as introductory to fur-
Boris Schatz undertook several
ther study.
Dr. Cronbach's sketch was writ- missions abroad to collect funds
ten by his son-in-law, Rabbi and gain new friends for "Be-
Maurice Davis, and is a fine zalel" as well as to hold exhibi-
tribute to the late Hebrew Union tions of his own works. During
College professor who was a 1914-1926 he was again active
in Jerusalem, continuing to
leading American pacifist.
The book was edited by Elias make portraits of famous per-
Picheny, administrative field sec- sonalities like Zeey Jabotinsky,
retary of the JWB Midwest Sec- Solomon Schechter, Max Nor-
tion. It was written by Shura dau, Ahad Haam, Chaim Nach-
gaul, designed and ably illus- man Bialik and others. He
created many deeply sensitive
trated by Peggy Lipschutz.
genre works of Jewish content,
like "Rachel's Tomb," a bronze
relief "Near the Wailing Wall,"
"The Rabbi's Blessing," "Kin
Solomon," "Samson," etc.
Prof essor Schatz's great
achievement was the foundation
of the "Bezalel Museum," a
landmark in the center of mod-
ern Jerusalem. To this day it
occupies the same stately build-
ing complex in an interesting
Turkish-Arabic style. In a few
months time, however, the
Museum is to move to the new
museum compound in the west-
ern part of Jerusalem where it
will form part of the "National
Museum," while the School of
Art will move into the buildings
vacated. Since its foundation
the Museum has had to be
closed down, in 1928, due to
lack of funds, but was reopened
in 1935 when the World Zionist
Organization took over responsi-
Mr. and Mrs. Danto
bility for its upkeep. Its treas-
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Danto, ures have also grown in the
19175 Strathmoor, were honored course of the years.
on their 50th wedding anniver-
During 1927-30 and 1930-32
sary at a recent party given by Prof. Schatz again undertook
their children, Paul Danto, Mrs. missions to the United States
Gerson Lacoff, Mrs. Harry Sachs to enlist aid for "Bezalel" and
and Marvin Danto.
to hold exhibitions. He died in
More than 100 guests attended Denver. His son and daughter,
the affair at Marvin Danto's Bezalel and Zahava Schatz, are
Birmingham home. The senior working in Israel and are count-
Dantos have six grandchildren. ed among the foremost artists
He came to Detroit in 1907 from in Israel.
Poland and was in the retail
shoe business until his retire-
Dominican Jewry
ment. He and Mrs. Danto, the
The Jewish community of the
former Rose Kritchman, were Dominican Republic, which was
married in Detroit in 1913.
first established in the 16th
century, today numbers some
There is not a wholly right- 600 persons, most of whom live
eous person on this earth.—Ec- in Ciudad Trujillo, Sosua or
clesiastes 7

Books' Sketches of Propagators of
Right to Differ Is Ideal for Teens

Sketches of 24 personalities
"who sought a better world" are
incorporated in a book entitled
"The Right to be Different,"
published by the Lionel Picheny
Memorial Fund and friends of
the family of Lionel Picheny in
the Midwest Section of the Jew-
ish Welfare Board (127 N. Dear-
born, Chicago 2).
The idea pursued in this work,
hailed as "a new kind of book
for teen-agers," is an excellent
one, and the names chosen for
inclusion among those who
fought for "the right to be dif-
ferent" indicate understanding
and wisdom on the part of the
But because only an incident
or two in the case of each of
the personalities could be chosen,
and the sketches had to be
"sketchy," this book has many
Starting with the Prophet
Isaiah, it is to the credit of
the compilers that they should
have included in this book the
following: Uriel da Costa, Is-
' rael Baal Shem Tov, Thomas
Paine, Benjamin Franklin,
Moses Mendelssohn, Jacob
Henry,. August Bondi, William
l o y d Garrison, Ernestine
Rose, Emma Lazarus, A. D.
Gordon, Eugene V. Debs, Clar-
ence Darrow, Heywood Broun,
Louis D. Brandeis, Sidney Hill-
man, Judah L. Magnes, Steph-
en S. Wise, Albert Einstein,
Martin Luther King and Dr.
Abraham Cronbach; two Free-
dom Riders and two opponents
of McCarthyism — Bishop G.
Bromley Oxam and J. Robert
The trend pursued in the book
at once becomes evident upon
examination of the characters
sketched. It is not necessarily a
Jewish book: it is universal in
all its aspects; and it has a
place as club and classroom lit-
erature in educating teen-agers
and others about the right to-
differ. But the sketchiness of
the pieces deprives them of the
desired strength.
Enhancing the volume, how-
ever, are the noteworthy selec-
tions appended to each chapter
—from the works of Benjamin
Franklin, Thomas Paine, James
Russell Lowell, Abraham Lin-
coln, Jewish folklore and other

its fourth annual night of
games 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at
th Roma Hall, 27777 School-
craft, announces Mrs. Edward
Schneider, • chairman of the af-
fair. Coffee and pastries will be
served. Prizes will be featured.
The public is invited. Tickets
are available from Mrs. Earl •
Mostyn, GR 42026; Mrs. Edwin
Adleman,- or at the door. For
information, call Mrs. Marshall

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At a recent cocktail party,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schwartz of
W. Nine Mile Rd., Oak Park,
announced the engagement of
their daughter, Beverly Helene,
to Howard Lawrence Stone, son
og Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stone of
Vassar Dr.
Miss Schwarti is a graduate
of the University of Michigan,
where she is working part-time
on her master's degree. Her
fiance was graduated from East
ern Michigan University. He is
completing his master's degree
in school administration at
Wayne State University. The
couple plan a Dec. 22 wedding.

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19 - THE DETROIT J EWISH NEWS — Friday, July 5, 1963

Rich Heritage of Boris Schatz

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