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July 26, 1963 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-07-26

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Mrs. Arthur Goldberg's The Creative Woman' Is
Strong Case for Woman's Fair Share in Free Society

Dorothy Goldberg, the wife
of U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Arthur Goldberg, is known in
her own rights as an artist who
has produced many commend-
able paintings. She is a leader
among women and now she
emerges as a writer of distinc-
"The Creative Woman" by
this able woman, just published
by Robert E. Luce, Inc. (119 W.
40th, NY18) might well be con-
sidered by some as complement-
ing Betty Friedan's "Feminine
Mystique." Actually, "The Cre-
ative Woman" is less contro-
versial and it is reasonable to
believe that it will bring a bet-
ter response than the Friedan
The theme of Mrs. Goldberg's
book is summarized in a para-
graph, under the h e a d in g
"Freedom for Whose Choice?"
appearing early in the book.
It reads: "In a free society,
a woman should have free-
dom to choose whether or not
she prefers to be at home or
at work and not as a matter
of economic necessity, and
not with a feeling of guilt if
she chooses to work. That
pressure should not be put

upon her."
In her well developed theme,
Mrs. Goldberg covers many
areas, including education, the
art and the sciences. She de-
molishes some of the misap-
prehensions about women work-
ers. She shows that a third of
the nation's working force "is
composed of women who work
as men do, often because of
real family needs," and adds
that "it is also a very real need
on the part of women to have
a sense of personal identity
through being personally re-
lated to a work that is satisfy-
ing and meaningful."
"Women," she p o i n t s out,
"have been given the harder
task by Nature of bearing the
young, of enduring and surviv-
ing whatever hard work must
be done . . . Work is the mea-
sure of one's love and the
measure of one's concern for
She defends dialogue as
opposed to monologue, since
"dialogue requires a listener
and a talker, a questioner and
one who responds," and she
calls it "a reciprocal experi-
ence and never a monologue."
She adds that "s i l e n c e is

Mrs. Ben-Zvi Receives Award

Mrs. Itzhak Ben-Zvi, widow of the late President of Israel,
receives the first Louise Waterman Wise Award "for service to
Israel and Jewish life" from Mrs. Martin Steinberg (right) of
Brooklyn, president of the National Women's Division of the
American Jewish Congress. The award, presented to Mrs.
Ben-Zvi in her Jerusalem home during the AJCongress-sponsored
"Dialogue in Israel," was named for AJCongress Women's Divi-
sion founder and longtime president who was the wife of Rabbi
Stephen Wise.

World Jewish Congress Initiates
Laws Against Racial Incitenient

World Jewish Congress action
to secure legislation that 'would
ban racial incitement has been
initiated in a number of coun-
tries. A report on this move has
been submitted by the WJC to
UN Secretary-General U Thant.
In Britain, a WJC European
conference adopted resolutions
urging legislation against in-
citement to hatred or to vio-
lence because of racial or re-
ligious reasons.
In Chile, the WJC's affiliate,
the Representative Committee
of Chilean Jewry, submitted a
memorandum to the Judiciary
Committee of the Chilean
Chamber of Deputies requesting
that legislation to punish incite-
ment to racial or religious dis-
crimination be included in a
draft law against publicity
In Uruguay, the Central Jew-
ish Committee, also affiliated
with the WJC, is urging the

adoption by the House of Rep-
resentatives of legislation im-
posing two to four-year prison
sentences for "publicly raising
hatred or contempt against per-
sons because of their race, color,
religion or nationality."
These measures are detailed
in a memorandum to the UN
Secretary-General reporting on
recent global action by the WJC
to implement human rights. The
document covers activities by
other WJC affiliates, including
the American Jewish Congress,
the Canadian Jewish Congress,
the DAIA (central body of Ar-
gentinian Jewry), as well as by
the organization's New York
headquarters and offices in other
parts of the world.

The cash value of U.S. Sav-
ings Bonds owned by the Ameri-
can people increased by more
than a billion dollars in 1962,
to a new high of $45.5 billion.

nothingness, emptiness, ab-
sence, death."
Her work is especially ap-
pealing when she speaks of the
need to expand knowledge, to
instill in children an appreci-
ation of art. She makes this in-
teresting observation:
"If a child is concerned with
a birthday-party picture, it is
not to be graded for perspective
or neatness or whether it is
happy or unhappy. The mother
who collects a drawing occas-
ionally to mark a period of
growth has more of a record
of a child's inner development
than all the photographs that
are constantly taken of him."
Her comments are significant
also when she speaks of com-
munication. "There is," she de-
clares, "an obligation to learn
to speak if one is not to be
vanquished by default."
Mrs. Goldberg quotes, among
others, Prof. Abraham Heschel,
and she states inter alia: "The
man of faith believes that his
house in the aniverse is in a
sanctuary without walls that
will encompass all the frag-
mentations of experience and
all the inexplicables."
In her concluding chapter,
"Penultiina: Identities: Lost
and Found . . . The Continu-
ing Education of Women,"
she is • especially effective
when she declares: "All cre-
ativity begins when a person
grows restless and impatient
with old answers to old ques-
tions—and so much has still
to be done, not only in our
own homes but in the world
around us. We need volun-
teers in our schools and in
recreational centers for the
aging. We also need help for
the mentally retarded and
emotionally disturbed. If we
had more child-care centers
for working mothers, per-
haps a good many children of
working women would not
be likely to grow into apa-
thetic, damaging spirits that
drop out of school and con-
front a hopeless future with
despair and rage."
Asserting that "we will never
have a truly free society until
every woman can choose to
work or not work outside of her
home;" Mrs. Goldberg offers
two suggestions:
"One, for a new type of pro-
fessional training at the uni-
versity level, offering
programs consisting of new
courses in schools of educa-
tion,. social service and in the
psychology and arts depart-
ments. There should be a new
type of counselling service
which would allow for the de-
velopment of the unique poten-
tial within each woman so as
not to waste the productive
years of her life . . .
"Two, for a better coordina-
tion of all volunteer services in
a community so as not to lose
a single possible contribution
of time and effort."
Her conclusion is that "the
question we must face is not
how much of our lives we are
prepared to give up to promote
the vision of the Founding
Fathers, but how much of our
lives we are willing to use in
behalf of this vision . . • The
creative woman will find her
own unique potential more
readily in our free society if
she helps keep it strong and
Dorothy Kurgans Goldberg,
the gifted painter, the patron-
ess of the arts, is one of Wash-
ington's most talented and most
active women. She is a gradu-
ate of the University of Chi-
cago and the Chicago Art Insti-
tute, has conducted art classes
and has inaugurated women's
art enrichment programs, at
the same time doing her own
painting and exhibiting her
works in many shows.

United Synagogue Women to Hold
Yacht Party for Seminary Friends

A luncheon and cruise aboard
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Allan's
yacht "My Honey II" will be
held 12:30 p.m. Aug. 6 for
benefactors of the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary.
The event will be sponsored
by Mesdames A 11 a n, Reuben
Adelman of Bay City, Davis
Benson, Sol Docks, Abe Katz-
man and Jack Shenkman on be-
half of the Michigan Branch,
National Women's League of
the United Synagogue of
President Mrs. Isadore Lee-
man has appointed Mrs. Abe
Katzman as over-all chairman
of the women's committee for
the Jewish Theological Semin-
ary of America.
The yachting party is for
"Cha'yay Olam ($100) benefac-
The merger of Torah Fund
and Mathilde Schechter Resi-

275,000 Jews in Canada
The Jewish Community of
Canada, which predates British
occupation of the territory in
spite of prohibitions against
Jewish settlement under French
rule, numbers some 275,000
persons, more than-one third of
whom live in Montreal.

Bence Hall has been effected
in order to provide the funds
necessary to erect the hall and
to assure the Seminary the con-
tinuing support of its program.
The yacht party precedes the
official combined campaign of
the 4,000 women in Michigan's
16 Conservative sisterhoods.
For information, call Mrs. Katz-
man, LI 7-5688, Mrs. Allan or
Mrs. Shenkman.

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