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September 13, 1963 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-09-13

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Friday, Sept. 13, 1963 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS —


Ford Foundation Sponsors German Group
of Educators in U.S. Civic, Social. Study



Touro Synagogue's Historic Date:
200th Anniversary Re-Dedication

Special to The Jewish News
with so many thousands of
NEWPORT, R.I. — Twenty people becoming aware of the
coats of paint were removed in significance of the National
the process of restoring the old- Historic Shrine.
est synagogue in America—Con-
is added significance
gregation Jeshuat Israel—known to There
the Touro Synagogue histori-
as the Touro Synagogue.
city in the fact that a short dis-
Established in 1763 — now a tance from it is the Jewish Ceme-
National Shrine — this tradi- tery of Newport. The plague at
tional Jewish house of worship the entrance reads:
is one of the historic symbols
"The Old Jewish Cemetery.
of American liberty.
Purchased 1677.
The coming Sunday, the Touro
Here are buried Abraham
Synagogue — restored to re-
Touro, Aaron Lopez, Jacob
semble its 18th century setting
R. Rivera, Morris Seixas, Ju-
— will be re-dedicated at an
dah Touro."
historic event that will serve
This is the cemetery that
as an occasion for national re- Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow
his poem "The Jew-
With Senator Javits as the dedicated
principle speaker, a most noted ish Cemetery at Newport." A
American Jewish occasion will portion of this poem reads:
How strange it seems! These
be re-enacted. The famous let-
ter of George Washington — (of Hebrews in their graves, Close
"to bigotry no sanction" fame) by the street of this fair sea-
will be read. As of this report- port town, Silent beside the
ing there is the possibility that never-silent waves, At rest in
President Kennedy may attend all this moving up and down !
How come they here? What
the ceremony.
On Saturday night, preceeding burst up Christian hate, What
the public function, there will persecution, merciless and
be a ball for 300 invited guests blind, Drove o'er the sea —
— in the glamorous Belcourt that desert desolate — These
Isl2maels and Hagars of man-
The rededicated synagogue is kind?
Pride and humiliation hand
today on the of chief American
tourist attractions and it is no in *hand Walked with them
wonder that more than 15,000 through the world where'er
people visit it yearly. The num- they went; Trampled and beat-
bers are certain to increase, en were they as the sand, And

Soviets Deny Appeal
of Jews Convicted of
NEW YORK, (JTA) — The in order to study American

Ford Foundation informed the
American Jewish Committee
here that it has granted $50,000
for the project of bringing
German educators to the United
States to study American meth-
ods of civic and social educa-
The program of education for
democracy for West German
youth was initiated by the
American Jewish Committee in
1959 following extensive con-
ferences with Chancellor Kon-
rad Adenauer and other West
German government and edu-
cational leaders. Cooperating
in the program has been the In-
stitute of Social Research in
Frankfurt and the Institute of
International Education in the
United States. Dr. Max Hork-
heimer, eminent social scientist
and educator, is director of the
Institute in Germany, and rep-
resents the American Jewish
Through the Ford Foundation
grant, it will be possible for the
teams of West German educa-
tors to come to this country
twice, instead of once, a year

yet unshaken as the continent.
History will be re-enacted here
this week-end. The glory of
Roger Williams who was the
first to proclaim absolute reli-
gious liberty in America will be
recalled. The traditions for free-
dom for all faiths will link
America with the people of Is-

`Strange Wives' by Shirley Barker
Concerned with Intermarriage in
Era of Touro Synagogue Dedication

In "Strange Wives," pub- j and his famous letter to the
lished by Crown (419 Park Ave. Jews in which he gave assur-
S., N.Y. 16), Shirley Barker ance that the principle of "to
deals with intermarriage. bigotry no sanction" shall be
It is a story about early New- an American principle.
The author, a native of New
port Jewry, its citizens, their
emergence as a vital part of Hampshire, knows her New
early American Jewry, the es- England and is steeped in
tablishment of the Touro syna- knowledge about the Jewish
gogue, Washington's visit there historical developments in early
Her story is dated in the
second half of the 18th century.
It traces its characters to the
Marranos, and it emphasizes
the Jewish traditional values,
observance of kashrut, adher-
With The Best
ence to the Jewish faith.
While the love affairs be-
tween Christians and Jews are,
in a sense, condoned — the
author quotes the ideas of
Roger Williams and bases her
the only brand produced and
views on their influence—it is
bottled in Famed Rishan-le-Zion•
the Jewish faith that retains
its hold, the heroine who mar-
ries into a wealthy Jewish fam-
ily accepts her new Jewish obli-
gations and becomes an observ-
ant Jewess.

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The major significance of
the story is in the historical
incidents to which the novel-
ist refers — the activities of
the Christian Hebraist Ezra
Stiles, later to become presi-
dent of Yale University, the
functions of the Touro syna-
gogue, the Jewish role in the
war against Britain.

Christian-Jewish relations are
interestingly treated. There de-
veloped a rift between the
intermarried couple when their
first born son died immediately
after his circumcision. He died
of the croup, but the Jewish
element was blamed. But there
was a reconciliation, and while
there were prejudices, the
emergence of a spirit inspired
by Roger Williams, Stiles and
others led to good feelings.
"Strange Wives" is a well
written story. It offers a good
evaluation of womanhood. It
links a love story to the specific
occurrences of that period.

Appeals Court has rejected an
appeal by three Moscow Jews
from convictions of selling mat-
zoth, it was reported here from
the Soviet capital.
The three defendants were
Golio Bogomoiny, a Jewish rit-
ual butcher, sentenced to one
year; Klavdiya Blyakman, 52,
six months; and Malka Brio, 59,
six months. The Soviet authori-
ties have refused for the past
two years to allow state bakeries
to bake matzoth for Passover.
The prison sentences imposed
last July by a People's Court
are being appealed to the Su-
Michigan's citizens are loyal preme Court of the Russian
boosters of their state.
Federated Republic.

Sincere Best Wishes


For A Happy New Year

Isenberg, Newman

and Steinberger

May You Be
Inscribed for
A Good Year


At this, the holiest time of the year,
we find ourselves examining past
thoughts and deeds in the hope that
we will be remembered with kind-

It is a time to draw upon our cultural
and religious heritage for the confi-
dence each will need to face the new
challenges of the future. May our
strengths always remain rooted in
those traditions of duty to each other
that have long inspired our noblest
and most productive accomplish-



educational methods. This is a
part of a stepped up program
under • the initiative of the
American Jewish Committee, of
extending civic and social edu-
cation throughout the West
German school system.
Since the program was first
initiated four years ago, five
groups of German educators
have visited the United States—
each group for a period of two
months—and traveled through
various regions of the country
to learn at first hand American
educational methods.

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