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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, July 5, 1963 --

Gross-Stern
En pw rent pn t rr I d

MISS SHERREE GROSS

At a recent dinner party for
the immediate family, Mr. and
Mrs. David Gross of Indiana Ave :
announced the engagement of
their daughter, Sherrie Mae, to
Norton Stern, son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Stern of Indiana
Ave. A February wedding is
planned.

Israel's Red Cross
Gets Resuscitators
for Beach Patrols

Resuscitators and other first-
aid equipment have been sent
by American Red Mogen Dovid
to the Israel Red Cross Service,
Magen David Adorn, for use by
the Magen David Adorn Beach
patrols.
Magen David Adorn lifeguards
and patrols are now on duty at
all approved swimming beaches
in Israel.
The new equipment was re-
quested after a recent major
bathing tragedy involving a
party of 42 girls aged 14-18 from
the Beth Yaacov Orthodox
Teacher's Seminary School at
Be'er Ya'acov. The students
went swimming at an unguarded
beach and, in a series of trage-
dies in which one girl after an-
other tried to help her friend,
nine persons lost their lives.
Prompt arrival of a Magen
David Adorn emergency unit re-
sulted in the rest of the swim-
mers being saved. Artificial
re s piration had to be used on
14, all of whom were soon out
of danger. Magen David Adorn
crews from a number of centers
responded to the alarm. .
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for Israel, whose headquarters
are at 50 W. 57th St., New
York, is the supply and support
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`Faith and Prejudice' Acclaimed
as Contribution to Understanding

National Protestant religious
leaders and the executive vice
president of the American Jew-
ish Committee joined in ac-
claiming as a major contribu-
tion to inter-religious under-
standing "Faith and Prejudice,"
a book which examines the
problems of religious, racial,
and ethnic prejudice in Protes-
tant religious education.
The statements were made at
the Yale Club in New York in
connection with the publication
of "Faith and Prejudice" by Dr.
Bernhard E. Olson, by Yale
University Press.
Participating in the session,
chaired by Chester Kerr, direc-
tor, Yale University Press, New
Haven, Conn., were: Dr. John
C. Bennett, Dean of Faculty,
Union Theological Seminary;
Dr. C. Ellis Nelson, director of
religious education, Union Theo-
logical Seminary; Dr. Olson; Dr.
John Slawson, executive vice
president, American Jewish
Committee; Dr. Paul Vieth,
Horace Bushnell, Professor of
Christian Nurture, Yale Univer-
sity Divinity School.
"Faith and Prejudice", which
reports the findings of a seven-
year self-study carried out at
Yale Divinity School to deter-
mine how outside groups such
as Cathlics, Jews and Negroes
are portrayed in Protestant lit-
erature, is a comprehensive ex-
amination analyzing four cur-
ricula each representing a char-
acteristic Protestant viewpoint:
fundamentalism, classical con-
servatism, liberalism and neo-
orthodoxy.
The Yale project is one of
three independent self-studies
of religious educational mate-
rials stimulated by the Ameri-
can Jewish Committee, pio-
neer human relations agency,
as part of its program to fur-
ther understanding among re-
ligious groups. A Catholic
self-study at St. Louis Univer-
sity has just been completed.
The study of Jewish texts at
Dropsie College for Hebrew
and Cognate Learning in Phil-
adelphia is nearing comple-
tion.
"Faith and Prejudice" reveals
that Protestants tend to think
of prejudice almost exclusively
in racial terms, seldom conceiv-
ing that religious prejudice may
exist as well.
The book isolates the themes
which give rise to the most neg-
ative references to Catholic and
Jews. For Catholics, these
themes include the Reforma-
tion, past persecution of Protes-
tants by the Catholic Church,
and anxieties about the Church's
attitudes toward freedom and
power.
For Jews—with whom Protes-
tant materials reveal a higher
degree of preoccupation than
any other outside group — the
problem themes are the Cruci.
fixion, the conflict between
Jesus and the Pharisees, Jewish
resistance to conversion.
Some textbooks, "Faith and
Prejudice" states, ref e r to
- Jews and Judaism without
distinguishing between Bibli-
cal times and the present day.
Thus, statements made about
some Jews in the first cen-
tury tend to be carried into
the present and applied to all
Jews.
"Faith and Prejudice" shows
that Protestant materials dis-
play a wide range of treatment
of those subjects which are most
telling in their effect on Jews.
In relating the Crucifixion, for
example, one denomination
studied cautioned its students:
"Feelings of hate and acts of
violence (against the Jew) have
a long history. Their roots are
deep and widespread."
The text added: "There is one
branch among these roots which
it is especially important for
Christians to discover; and
strange as it seems, this branch
grew from the Old Story of Sal-
vation. In that great story the
Jewish , people were accused of

having killed the Son of God.
Such an accusing attitude to-
ward the Jewish people is sure-
ly not a fitting part of the
Christian gospel."
In 43 per cent of the les-
sons of one denomination and
36 per cent of the lessons of
another, variations of the
generalization are that the
Jews crucified Jesus. At the
same time, refutation of the
charge is also found in all
curricula but one.
Two interpretations of the
same passage in Christian scrip-
ture illustrate the radically dif-
ferent treatment accorded by
different denominations. To one
group, the cross is a particular
judgment upon Israel, and the
Jews are labeled "obstinate and
faithless" in the lesson com-
ment. However, another denom-
ination interprets the same
passage as a revelation of God's
grace and judgment upon all
mankind, firmly rejecting a nar-
row, anti-Jewish interpretation.

Commission Seeks
to Restore Jewish
`Gold Rush' Graves

PITTSBURGH, (JTA)—Leon-
ard Weitzman, a veteran Pitts-
burgh Jewish communal worker,
has been named a member of
the Commission for the Preser-
vation of Pioneer Jewish Ceme-
teries and Landmarks of the
West.
The commission was organized
to • acquire title, restore and
provide for the perpetual main-
tenance of a number of long
abandoned Jewish cemeteries
rediscovered in the Mortimer
Lode country of California and
Nevada. The burial grounds at-
test to the major participation
of Jews in the pioneering days
of the Gold Rush but, over the
years as the gold ran out, the
area was abandoned and revert-
ed to nature, along with its tem-
porary homes and its burial
grounds.
Weitzman came across the
cemeteries on a trip West and
was shocked at the condition of
the graves and the inaccessabil-
ity of the cemeteries. Mean-
while, California Jewish leaders
also had been acting to develop
some organized effort to restore
the graves and out of this grew
the commission. It will function
as a branch of the Judah L.
Magnes Museum in Oakland,
Calif.

Bar Mitzvahs

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Okun
24280 Cloverlawn, Oak Park, an-
nounce the Bar Mitzvah of their
son, Gary Mitchell, will be ob-
served at Sabbath services 9
a.m. Saturday at Cong. Gemiluth
Chassodim.
* * *
Mr. and Mrs. Sol Goldberg of
Prairie Ave. announce the Bar
Mitzvah of their son, Ronald
Sanford Farber, on Saturday,
July 6th. Services at Adas Sha-
lom Synagogue, followed by a
brunch in Springles Patio Room.
• * *
The Bar Mitzvah of Steven
Zolkower will be observed at
Sabbath services Saturday at
Young Israel of Oak-Woods.

Jill Haron to IfTed
Shevard Goldstein

Rockefeller Honored
for Part in UJA Drive

NEW YORK, (JTA)—Gover-
nor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who
joined 100 Jewish community
leaders in launching a summer-
time telephone drive on behalf
of the United Jewish Appeal of
Greater New York, received an
award citing his leadership in
UJA's cause.
The presentation was made
at New York UJA campaign
headquarters by Jack D. Weiler,
a chairman of the New York
United Jewish Appeal trustees.
The "Person-to-Person" session
at which it took place was one
of the major events of the 25th
annual New York UJA drive,
now in progress. The UJA
award presented to the Gover-
nor expressed "appreciation of
his distinguished efforts on be-
half of UJA as an individual,
MISS JILL HARON
as Governor, and as first chair-
Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Haron man of New York's Non-Secta-
of Kentfield Ave. announce the rian Community Committee for
engagement of their daughter, UJA."
Jill Eileen, to Shevard Gold-
stein, son of Mrs. Goldie Gold-
Idleness causes tediousness.—
stein of Oak Park and the late Kethuboth 59
Ben Goldstein.
The prospective bridegroom
is a senior at Wayne State Uni-
versity. A Dec. 22 wedding is
planned.

* *

*

U. S. Jews Won't
Lose Cultural
Identity—Sachar

ST. LOUIS, Mo., (JTA)—Dr.
Abram Sachar, president of
Brandeis University, said that
"Jews will not lose their cul-
tural identity in the United
States unless the nation first
loses its democratic way of
life."
Addressing the annual con-
vention here of Bnai Brith Dis-
trict Two, attended by some 500
delegates from seven states, Sa-
char said that, in his opinion,
the greatest threat to Jewish
culture today exists in Latin
America, where Anti-Jewish and
neo-Nazi organizations are rife.
Label A. Katz, president of
Bnai Brith, called for Congres-
sional backing for President
Kennedy's proposed civil rights
bill, which he said comprised
"some practical measures that
codify our moral principles as
a democratic nation."

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