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October 18, 1963 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-10-18

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The organization membership
syndrome aimed at retention of
Jewishness is a misdirected ap-
proach which is "watering down
the quality of Jewish existence,"
Dr. Judah J. Shapiro asserted
here Sunday at the annual ban-
quet of the Sholem Aleichem
Institute.
Secretary of the National
Foundation for Jewish Culture,
he charged that Jewish commu-
nities which overly stratify
themselves into numerous vari-
ations of Jewish affiliation are
losing sight of the total picture
and the real goal—continuity.
The dilemma to be recognized
in Detroit, said Dr. Shapiro, is
that intermarriage is reducing
the number of Jews in this coun-
try and the fertility rate is not
high enough to reproduce the
existing Jewish community in
size.

Most important, he stated,
is to recognize that Jewish
education must be given
priority if there is to be a
halt to erosion in the inten-
sity and identification of Jew-
ishness.
Dr. Shapiro stressed that edu-

cators "don't have the Jewish
child long enough" and that
adults cannot be finished with
their Jewish education and
identification as they might be
"finished" with high school or
college.
"The child today," he said,
"finds no guidance from the
generation preceding him. He's
out on a limb. A deep Jewish
committment is not being car-
ried forward."
It was further explained by
Dr. Shapiro that "classic" pat-
terns of education, such as that
developed in pre-war Warsaw,
are not valid for U.S. Jewish
communities.

He said reason for the gap
between generations is that
such a classic pattern of in-
struction did not "take" in
this country "where the Jew
lives in an open society and
no longer is captive of the
Jewish community."

The methods which evolved
and were found to be most ef-
fective in Warsaw, Dr. Shapiro
said, do not, as well, apply in
Jerusalem. For example, he
said, the Jews in Warsaw func-
tioned within the totality of the
Jewish community and their
orientation was limited to that
specific situation. These same
Jews (and their progeny), trans-
planted in Jerusalem, now must
adopt a different educational
appoach to meet the needs of

I WHY WORRY I I

the immigration melting pot
and emergence to a more so-
phisticated and open society.
European immigrants a f ter
World War II didn't relate their
former Jewish way of life to
their children because they
wanted to break from the past.
Dr. Shapiro said these parents
didn't want their Jewishness "to
weigh heavily" on their heirs.
And so, Dr. Shapiro pointed
out, Warsaw and Jerusalem are
not models for U.S. Jewry to
emulate.

"We ruin our own prospects
(for continuity) if we try to
ape Warsaw or Jerusalem,"
he said. "And, looking for-
ward, some of our own Jew-
ish history is meaningless
compared to the lives we have
to lead today."

U.S. Jewry has its own cri-
teria of values for Jewish educa-
tion and we must employ
methods to satisfy the stan-
dards relative to our own place
and time in history, he conclud-
ed.
Dr. Shapiro's address was en-
titled "Warsaw, Jerusalem and
Detroit — Patterns of Jewish
Education." He spoke the pre-
vious day on "Idle Worship—
The Interdependence of Reli-
gion and Secularism." Presiding
at the weekend sessions 'were
Moishe Haar, director of the
Sholem Aleichim Institute, and
George M. Zeltzer, its president.

B. R. Siegel Chosen

to Head Knollwood

Bernard R. Siegel has been
elected president of Knollwood
Country Club
for 1964, suc-
ceeding David
M. Miro.
Siegel, wh o
served as
Knol 1 wood
president in
1961 and 1962,
heads a slate
of officers
comprised o f
Dr. Harry.
Arnkoff, vice-
pres i dent;ti
David Kurz-
man, treas-
urer; David
Newman, sec-
retary; Irvin
Meckler, as- B. R.. Siegel
sistant treasurer; and Dr. Max
Lichter, assistant secretary.
New members of the board of
directors are Jerome Y. Hal-
perin and Robert L. Siegel. Re-
elected to three year terms on
the board are Mac Fisher,
George Tann and Newman.

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breakfast and a program con-
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Groner will engage in a dia-
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Tuesday at the home of Sam
Siegel, 19350 Renselaer, Livonia.
Refreshments will be served.
Games will follow the business
session.

Give once for all—Oct. 15-Nov. '7

MISS ANNETTE RADER

Planning a June wedding are
Annette Rader and Herschel P.
Fink. Their engagement was an-
nounced at a family party hosted
by Miss Rader's parents, Dr. and
Mrs. Phillip Rader of Penning-
ton Dr. The prospective bride-
groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Irving W. Fink of Santa
Rosa Dr.
Miss Rader attends Wayne
State University, where she is
a junior in the College of Edu-
cation. Her fiance is a graduate
of Wayne State.

Jewish Center Announces Varied Program
of Activities for Senior Adult Groups
The Senior Adult Division of film, "Sam Snead in Israel,"
the Jewish Center announced will be presented on Oct. 28.
The Center Culture Club will
various programs of interest to
present guest speakers, Harry
senior adults for the concluding Kaminer on Oct. 24 and Dr. S.
weeks of the October program. Kleinman on Oct. 29. The group
What's New in the World of meets at 1 p.m.
Books, which meets on Mondays
Social activities featuring
at 1 p.m., will feature Rabbi music and dancing will be high-
Harold Hahn of Temple Beth El lighted by the Golden Friend-
on Oct. 21. He will review "The ship Circle 8 p.m. Tuesday. The
Deed," by Gerald Frank. On Young at Heart Lounge will
Oct. 28, Rabbi Benjamin Gorre- meet at the Ten Mile Branch 8
lick of Beth Aaron Synagogue p.m., Oct. 28. For information,
will review "The Conversion of call the Senior Adult Division,
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Letter Box

Intermarriage Issue

Editor, The Jewish News:
Recently, the subject of inter-
marriage has received somewhat
more attention than usual. Per-
haps it is time that we reacted
to this problem with something
other that the usual expressions
of dismay.
To see the positive, as well
as, the negative of this problem,
we must develop some realistic
attitudes towards it.
As long as we live in a demo-
cratic society, in which people
of different faiths go to the
same schools, work in the same
offices, and mix as equals, some
intermarriage is inevitable, and
all the lecturing in the world
will not prevent it. Further-
more, the constant efforts of
Jewish defense agencies to break
down the few remaining social
barriers between Jew and Gen-
tile will only serve to encourage
intermarriage.
However, this pattern of in-
creasing social assimilation can
be a source of strength to our
people if we will but change
the negative attitudes which
many Jews still have towards
the conversion of the non-Jew
and the tendency of some of our
people to look askance at the
proselyte. There are numerous
statements in rabbinic literature
clearly indicating a friendly and
positive attitude toward the non-
Jew who wishes to join our
ranks. In fact, it is considered
wrong to embarass the convert
by reminding him of his ances-
try.
From the time of Ruth, the
ancestress of King David, down
to the present day, the proselyte
has been added source of vital-
ity Judaism. Many converts show
a devotion to Jewish religious
values for surpassing that of
many natural-born Jews.
If we would determine to
truly welcome the convert to
Judaism, we would all be pleas-
antly surprised at the number
of sensitive and intelligent men
and women who would gladly
join the ranks of those who fol-
low the God of Abraham.
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25-TH E DETROIT JEWI SH NEWS—Frid ay, October 18, 1963

Education Must Be Given Priority
Rader-Fink
for Jewish Continuity—Dr, Shapiro Troth Announced

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