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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-09-20

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Friday, Sept. 20, 1963 -- THE DETROIT JEWISH NE


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Arabs Reported Ready to Negotiate
Liquidation of Refugee Problem at UN

Jordanian daily El Jihad re-
! ported that several Arab govern-
Touro Synagogue-Glorious Re-Dedication ! merits have informed the United
Nations and certain Western
Newport, R. I.—There was a ceiling.
glorious re-dedication of the
In the Orthodox tradition, Powers that they would accept
famous Touro Synagogue last women sit in the gallery and large scale financial compensa-

Sunday, on the 200th anniver- men sit below. The wainscoted
sary of the founding of the old- seat running along the sides of
est Jewish synagogue in New the hall provided the only seat-
England. ing for men at the time of the
Federal, state and local offi- synagogue's dedication. A raised
cials took note of the historic section of this seat at the cen-
NEW YORK, (JTA) — Sen.
event. Preceding the ceremonies ter of the north wall is used by Hubert H. Humphrey of Min-
on Sunday, a glamorous ball was the president and vice president nesota, a ranking member of
held in the Belcourt Castle of of the congregation.
the Senate Foreign Relations
the Belmonts where champagne
"Five massive brass candela- Committee, hailed the United
was served from a large silver bra hang from the ceiling. Two Jewish Appeal as "one of the
container, under the huge crys- were the gift of Jacob Rodrigues greatest voluntary instruments
tal chandelier.
Rivera in the name of his son for life saving and life building
The old synagogue—Congre- Abraham; they bear the date ever created by Americans."
gation Jeshuat Israel—was the 1765. Another, dated 1760, was
In a deeply moving address
scene of the impressive event presented by Napthali Hart that was the highlight of a
during which the famous letter Myers; and the fourth, the gift three-day gathering of 400
from George Washington was of Aaron Lopez, is dated 1770. Young Jewish leaders attending
read from the platform on the The inscription on the large the Third UJA Annual National
left where Washington stood center candelabrum identifies Young Leadership Conference
when he personally visited and it as as the gift of Jacob Pollock at the New York Hilton Hotel,
addressed the congregants. in 1769. In front of the Holy Humphrey called the UJA "a
Rabbi Theodore Lewis, who Ark hangs the Eternal Light, a supreme expression of man's ac-
has gained the affections of the symbol of the Divine Presence, ceptance of the concept that he
entire community, was among was presented to the cOngrega- is, and must be, his brother's
the participants in the events. tion in 1765 by Samuel Judah keeper."
The celebration was conduct- of New York.
Speaking at the banquet ses-
"Above the Ark is a represen- sion of the Conference, which
ed under the supervision of the
Society of Friends of Touro tation of the Ten Command- was presided over by Alan
Synagogue National Historical ments in Hebrew, painted by Sagner of Newark, N. J., chair-
the Newport artist Benjamin man of the UJA Yo
ung Leader-
SerVices are held in the Touro Howland. In the center of the ship Cabinet and the Confer-
Synagogue regularly. The build- room is the Bimah, an elevated ence, the Minnesota senator
ing was designed by Peter Har- platform where the cantor in- called on the young Jewish
rison. It was considered one of i tones the liturgy and reads the leaders, most of them between
his masterpieces. He used the Torah.
25 and 40, to complete the tasks
Georgian style which, he modi-
"These holy objects, all rich of Jewish rescue and recon-
fied to conform for use in ac- in symbolism, give to the syna- struction "b e gun by your
cordance with the Sephardic gogue a profoundly religious at- elders,". and also to "fight con-
I mosphere. The total effect does stantly for human rights and
Explanatory notes issued b y indeed give "a faint Idea of peace."
the National Park Service of the Majesty & Grandeur of the
The three-day gathering of
the U. S. Department of the Ancient Jewish Worship men-
young leaders, drawn from
Interior state in describing the I tioned in Scripture."
major communities across the
synagogue which has been "Touro Synagogue is on Touro
country, and members of a
Street in downtown Newport,
turned into a national shrine:
Young Leadership Council of
"Georgian architecture — so R.I., about 1 1/2 blocks east of
6,500, also heard major ad-
called because of its popularity the Old Colony House on Wash-
dresses by Avraham Harman,
in England during the reigns in-gton Square.
Israel Ambassador to the
of the first-three Georges—uses
"By terms of a cooperative
United States; Rabbi Herbert
classical motifs as formalized ! agreement • between the Secre-
A. Friedman, UJA executive
by the ancient Romans. Sym- tary of the Interior, the Shear-
vice-chairman; and Sagner.
At the same time, detailed
metry, balance, ordered rhythm lith Israel trustees of New York
presentations of Middle East
—these are terms descriptive of City, and Congregation Jeshuat
problems, along with immi-
the style. Israel of Newport, Touro Syna-
"As was the custom of Seph- i gogue was designated a National, grant absorption needs in
Israel and urgent refugee re-
ardic Jews, the synagogue was Historic Site on March 5, 1946.
quirements in Europe and
inconspiciously located on a The agreement—authorized by
elsewhere were made by au-
quiet street. It stands diagonally the National Historic Sites Act
thoritative speakers at vari-
on its small plot so that wor- of 1935—enables the National
shipers standing in prayer be- Park Service to lend technical ous conference sessions.
Ambassador Harman told the I
fore the Holy Ark face eastward assistance in preserving the syn-
young Jewish leaders at the
toward Jerusalem. This symbolic agogue.
placement gives an air of in-
"The Society of Friends of closing session that it is their
dividuality to the synagogue I Touro Synagogue National His- task "to help maintain the free-
and subtly insulates it from its toric Shrine, Inc., assists in per- dom for Jews overseas already
petuating Touro Synagogue as won by their elders and the
"Twelve Ionic columns. rep- a symbol of religious liberty. people of Israel." He spoke on
resenting the tribes of ancient Through its Restoration Corn- the gains that had been made
Israel, support a gallery. Above mittee, the society has gone by Jews since the founding of
these rise 12 Corinthian col- far toward restoring the site to the State of Israel 15 years ago
and the establishment of the
umns supporting the domed its 18th-century appearance."

tion in return for a liquidation
of the "Palestine refugee prob-
The development, the paper
said, was first revealed in the
course of debate in the Leban-
ese Parliament's Foreign Af-

Sen. Humphrey Lauds United Jewish
Appeal at Parley of Young Leaders

Cape Cod Synagogue Serves Entire Area

HYANNIS, Mass. — Within
walking distance from the Pres-
ident's summer home. there is
a beautiful Jewish house of wor-
ship. It is the Cape Cod Syna-
gogue, serving the entire area.
Next to it is a school building
and center where the children
of the 85 families affiliated with
the congregation are provided
a Jewish education.
There are more than 100 fam-
ilies in the area and those af-
filiated with it attend the regu-
lar Sabbath services conducted

by Rabbi J. Jerome Pine—who
also is the Jewish chaplain at
nearby Otis Air Force Base—
and bring their children for
Sunday School sessions and for
Hebrew School studies on week-
days. A number of communities
are served and travel to the
synagogue and transporting
children to the school is not
considered a burden.
Nearby there is the Onset
Kosher Resort. Those who de-
sire kosher food are bringing it
from Newport and Boston.

Plymouth Synagogue - for 4 Communities

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — It is
difficult to get a minyan at
the Beth Jacob Synagogue, but
it will be filled this Rosh Ha-
shanah and Yom Kippur with
worshipers f r o m Marshfield,
Duxbury as well as Kingston,
in addition to the residents of
Rabbi Sidney Green has, how-
ever, built up a school which

offers traditional training.

There are 85 member families
from the area associated with
the synagogue. A good relation-
ship has been established with
other faiths and the spirit of
the community, the American
symbolism of faith in democ-
racy and hope for a good life
among all denominations per-
sists here.

UJA a quarter of a century ago.
Rabbi Friedman, UJA execu-
tive vice-chairman, declared
that "over the last quarter of a
century, the UJA has been the
great unifier of the American
Jewish community. "Since its
inception at the time of the
Hitler menace," the Appeal's
executive head noted, "the UJA
has brought together under one
banner virtually all elements in
American Jewish life—religious
and non-religious, Zionist and
non-Zionist, labor and capital.
The UJA has enabled the
American Jewish community to
transcend all ideological differ-
ences, thus creating a common
will for the saving of Jewish
lives and the re-settlement and
rehabilitation of uprooted Jews
in Israel and other havens of
freedom, including our own
Moses A. Leavitt, JDC execu-
tive vice-chairman, reporting on
the tasks of his organization,
said France has recently be-
come the scene of a most press-
ing Jewish refugee problem.
"In the last two months," he


fairs Committee headed by For-
eign Minister Philip Takla.
According to the report, mem-
bers of the committee said they
received "most accurate infor-
mation on the matter" and that
some Arab governments pro-
posed the liquidation of the
United Nations Relief and
Works Agency services and the
striking off of the item from
the agenda of the UN General
Assembly in exchange for an-
nual financial compensation or
a lump sum. to the host coun-
(Arab League efforts to set
up some form of Palestinian
state were deadlocked when the
League's Political Committee
meeting in Cairo voted to turn
the issue over to an Arab For-
eign Minister's Meeting sched-
uled for next February. Obser-
vers at the meeting said that
the Jordanian delegates de-

"requests for relief by
Jewish refugees from Algeria
have doubled and will probably
quadruple by October. As of
now, one in every six repatri-
ated Algerian Jewish families is
registered with Jewish welfare
agencies, 3,000 families in the
Paris region alone."
UJA funds are not keeping
pace with the third successive
year of a high rate of immigra-
tion to Israel, and this is ad-
versely affecting the program manded that the question be
for transporting, receiving, re- handled by the foreign minis-
settling and absorbing these im- ters.)
migrants, the young leaders
were told by Gottlieb Hammer,
executive-vice-chairman of the HEBREW CORNER
Jewish Agency, Inc., which
benefits from UJA funds. An-
es ud Hamala
other factor complicating the
First, came here Jews from Mez-
small village in Poland. This
situation, Hammer said, is the rits—a
80 years ago.
fact that immigration costs was
The next day they were attacked
today are much higher than by mosquitos, of a special kind
(anopheles) that transfer malaria—
those of the first years of Is- in
a most difficult form. People died
rael's statehood. --
of malaria; a hundred persons were
sick with fever.
Rabbi Isidore Ereslau. UJA
The inhabitants of Yesud Hamala
did not leave the place—this was the
national chairman, urged the first
heroic deed of the people of
400 young communal leaders Yesud Hamala. They continued to
plant trees . . . they
"to carry forward with vigor continued soil,
to work there even after
and with imagination of youth" they suffered
from lack of rain.
In World War I (1914-1918) the
the work of helping millions of Turks
erected in the settlement a
Jews "which your fathers have lepors camp, also for sick of
fever. However the inhabi-
so well done." Other speakers Typhoid
did not leave the place. In
at the conference included I. L. tants
1921 the Arabs attacked the settle-
and in 1929 they stole all the
Kenen, executive director of ment,
belongings of the inhabitants of
the American Israel Public Af- Yesud
Hamala and they had to start
from anew. Then too, they de-
fairs Committee; Philip Soskis, all
cided not to leave the place. In the
executive director of the New War of Liberation the settlement
suffered immensely from the Syrian
York Association for New bombardments,
and so till this day.
Americans; James P. Rice, exe-
The settlement suffered, but the
of inhabitants rose . . .
cutive director of the United number
The settlement absorbed immi-
Hias Service; Paul Bernick, grants'
families from Poland. Hun-
Yemen, M o r o c c o. Cuchin
executive director of the (India).
American ORT Federation; and
Yesud Hamala grew, the inhabi-
tants are engaged mainly in farm-
Zvi Kolitz, Israel author.
ing. They developed the trees and
Detroit leaders attending the chicken coops, nicely.
The old settlement is ready to
conference were Dr. and Mrs. continue
new immigrants.
Harold W. Jaffe, Mr. and Mrs.
Translation of Hebrew column
John H. Shepherd and Sandra Published by Brith Ivrith Olamith.

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