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July 12, 1963 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-07-12

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Clarence H. Enggass' Unbroken Leadership Ties Agudath Israel Raps Presidential
Body's Plan for Sabbath Elections
With Many Movements Recalled on Birthday The proposal before the The orthodox Jewish leader

So very varied. have been the
activities of Clarence H. Eng-
gass, and so deep-rooted his nu-
merous interests affecting Jew-
ish life here and abroad, that
he stands out to this very day
as one of our community's most
distinguished, best informed and
leading citizens.
On his 80th birthday, which
he will mark next Monday, Mr.
Enggass will deservedly receive
the greetings of scores of move-
ments in which he has held
positions of leadership and
which he had helped build up
to their present importance.
At 80, he remains an active
participant In several move-
ments—as a member of the
boards of directors of the Jew-
ish Community Center, the
nited Jewish Charities and the
American ORT Federation.
Born in Detroit, July 15,
1883, son of Adolph and Bar-
bara (Hirshman) Enggass, Mr.
Enggass was educated in the
Detroit public schools and the
Detroit Business University.
For many years he was the
head of the family business,
the Enggass Jewelry Co.
He was married 50 years ago
to Helen Strassburger, Feb. 24,
1913. Like himself, his wife also
hailed from a pioneer Detroit
family. She is the daughter of
Louis and Pauline (Scloss)
Strassburger. They have one
son, Robert C. Enggrass, who
has a Ph.D. degree and who
is art historian with the title
of associate professor on the
faculty of Pennsylvania State
A former president of the
Jewish Welfare Federation of
Detroit, Mr. Enggass has held



many leading positions in local
and national movements.
On the occasion of his 65th
birthday, The Jewish News stat-
ed: "Clarence Enggass has never
permitted preference for any
single cause to keep him from
participating in all movements
which serve to better the pub-
lib welfare . ."
Indeed, the memberships he
holds to this day attest to that
truth. He is a member of Bnai
Brith, Zionist Organization of
Detroit, National Conference of
Christians and Jews, Founders
Society of Detroit Institute of
Arts, American Jewish Com-
mittee, Boys' Clubs of Detroit,
Detroit Historical Society, Uni-
ted Hebrew Schools, Friends of
Children's Hospital, Temple
Beth El and its Men's Club, and
is a member of the cemetery

State Dept. Warns Arab Envoy
Who Protested to Mrs. Johnson

WASHINGTON, (JTA)—The sona non grata.
State Department has issued a
Mrs. Johnson had rejected
warning to charge d'affaires the Arab demands and con-
Fathi Sawfat of the Iraqi Em- tinued her support of the Israel
bassy because of his attempt to Bond campaign. She told the
pressure Mrs. Lyndon B. John- offending Arab that she backed
son, wife of the Vice-President, worthy causes "without distinc-
into withdrawing from honor- tion as to religion, race or
ary chairmanship of an Israel region, and certainly included
Bonds function held- here.
—all states of the Near East."
T h e Department revealed She added that "I shall con-
this to Sen. Hugh Scott, Penn- tinue to do so." The Vice-
sylvania Republican, who had President was informed of the
questioned the propriety of the State Department's action.
Arab diplomat's conduct in' a
U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell of
strong protest to the Secretary Michigan's 15th Congressional
of State. Scott was informed District was among the first
that the Iraqi had been sum- legislative leaders to protest
moned to the Department, Swafat's "harassment" of Mrs.
officially informed of the dis- Johnson.
pleasure of the United States
Government, 'arid' served with
tacit notice that any further
improper agitation could re-
sult in his being declared per-

board of Temple Beth El.
He has been a member of
the Zionist Organization of
America for many years and
has served on the board of
the Detroit Zionist Organiza-
He continues to take a deep
interest in Jewish education,
and his membership in the
United Hebrew Schools is one
of the roots he helped nourish
in our community to encourage
interest in all facets of Jewish
During the past few decades,
he has served on the boards of
the Jewish Community Council,
Detroit Service Group, United
Jewish Charities, Jewish So-
cial Service Bureau, Refugee
Resettlement Service, in addi-
tion to the board memberships
he holds today. He also was
active in the East Central Re-
gion of the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare Funds.
He was active' also in the
Community Chest, Retail Mer-
chants Association and other
local movements and was a
member of Franklin Hills Coun-
try Club, Great Lakes Club and
Grill Club.
He has been, of course, a
lifelong member of Temple
Beth El, the Enggass family
ha-0 ∎g been associated with
the congregation since its
founding 113 years ago. In
fact, the Beth El Society was
founded in the home of Isaac
Cozens, Mr. Enggass' great-
Mr. Enggass' grandfather,
Moses Hirschman, was the sec-
ond president of Temple Beth
El, in 1859. The following year,
in 1860, Mrs. Enggass' grand-
father, Emanuel Schloss, was
president of Temple Beth El.
Thus there are unbroken ties
with many movements in whose
annals the Enggass name is in-
Of more than passing in-
terest is the fact that Clar-
ence's parents, although de-
voted members of Temple
Beth El, preferred that their
son should be Bar Mitzvah
rather than confirmed, and to
complete the Bar Mitzvah re-
quirements he studied daily
for an entire year with Rabbi
Louis Grossman, Dr. Leo M.
Franklin's predecessor, and
became Bar Mitzvah in 1896.
Clarence was born on Spreat
St. off of Woodward Ave. He
loves to tell of sledding down.
Cass Ave. on winter afternoons,
during his boyhood, thereby in-
dicating how the city has spread,
after being concentrated in the
present downtown section.

President's Commission on
Registration and Voting Parti-
cipation to hold national elec-
tions on the first Saturday and
Sunday of November was scored
by Rabbi Morris Sherer, execu-
tive vice-president of Agudath
Israel of America, who de-
clared that this would "profane
the Sabbath day and would re-
sult in many persons staying
away from the election booths."
Rabbi Sherer was apprised of
this proposal by Richard M.
Scammon, chairman of the
President's Commission, and he

called upon the President's
Commission to reject this plan
"in the general spirit of re-
spect for religion that prevails
in our country."

immediately informed Scammon
that for citizens of the Jewish
faith this would create a speCial
problem, despite the opportu
nity it affords to vote on Sun-
day. "The Jewish religion for.

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bids writing on Saturday, and
this would affect the large num-
bers of Jewish officials through-
out the country who are direct-
ly involved in the voting proce-
dures at the polls," he stated.


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Israel's Embargo
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(JTA)—Israel's policy of impos-
ing an embargo on the shipment
of arms to South Africa was
lauded here by Patrick Duncan,
a spokesman for the Pan-Afri-
canist Congress of South Africa,
before the Special Committee
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Belgium. However, the licens-
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