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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-11-08

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Friday, November 8, 1963—THE DETROIT JEWISH NEW S-32

Ecumenical Council Expected to 'Speak on Jews'

it must contribute to care for
Summarizing the substance of
the requests received by the
Secretariat for the adoption by
the Ecumenical Council of such
a statement, Msgr. Osterreicher
said the statement should in-
1. A declaration that the
history of the Church started
with the patriarch and proph-
et and that the Church is
deeply rooted in the Old Tes-
tament which is a continu-
ation of ancient Israel. The
main distinction of the Church
outlook is that it embraces
all humanity and it is "im-
possible" to forget the fact
that it was Jewish expecta-
tions which Jesus came to
2.. It should point out that
it is unjust to charge one peo-
ple with guilt which is that
of all humanity's, a reference
to the crucifixion of Jesus.
3. The Church must con-

Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Correspondent in Rome
ROME, (JTA)—A high Vati-
can official told a press confer-
ence that it would be a "heavy
disappointment" to the world
and "most tragic" if the current
session of the Ecumenical Coun-
cil did not adopt a statement
on Catholic - Jewish relations
condemning anti-Jewish perse-
cutions and absolving the Jews
from guilt for the crucifixion
of Jesus. He added that the
Council "will speak on Jews."
The official, Msgr. John Os-
terreicher — a consultant mem-
ber of the Vatican's Secretariat
for Christian Unity — disclosed
that the Secretariat was receiv-
ing messages "from all sides"
urging issuance of such a state-
ment. He said that the Council
would speak not only for the
sake of the Jews but also for
the sake of the Catholic Church
because "the .Church has a com-
mon heredity with the Jews and

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(Copyright, 1963,
Jewish Telegraphic Agency,

Progress Report


tribute to the reparation of
injustices a n d persecution
done to the Jews in which so
many Christians participated
through silence or inaction.
This was necessary to prevent
similar horrors in the future.
Broadly, Msgr. Osterreicher
stated, the Church could con-
demn any manifestation of
hatred and any persecution
against Jews, though such
condemnation might be ex-
pressed also in more general
ways in other conclusions of
the Vatican Council.
The Vatican official said that
fears that Arabs might consider
such a statement as taking sides
in the Arab-Israel antagonisms
were not justified, or at least
were exaggerated, because the
Council would not under any
circumstances touch the politi-
cal field. In any case, he de-
clared, "the real wisdom is now
to speak, whether it is oppor-
tune or inopportune," and in
fact, "the Council will speak."
He stated that Protestants had
made more progress in ap-
proaches to the Jews and to do
likewise had become necessary
to the Catholic Church from the
ecumenical point of view. A re-
juvenation of the Church, he
added, requires a change in its
attitude toward Jews. The Vati-
can official pointed out that
two Council Fathers — Msgr.
Seper of Yugoslavia and Bishop
Zeneodevrod of Holland — had
asked the Council to vote on
the subject of Catholic-Jewish
relations. The latter, in his ap-
peal, had recalled the time link-
ing the Church with the "peo-
ple of those faithful loved by
God, the God of their Fathers."
Replying to reporters' ques-
tions about the timing of the
statement, he said he could not
answer but that when it was
accomplished, he hoped that
public opinion all over the
world would greet it. Another
question was whether the topic
of relations between the Church
and Jews would remain within
the province of the Secretariat
for Christian Unity or be turned
over to a future Secretariat for
non-Christian Religions. He said
that Pope Paul wanted the pres-
ent Secretariat to continue to
handle the matter on grounds
that the Jewish religion was a
biblical one and, therefore, did
not belong with other non-
Christian religions.

The Israel Bond campaign is meeting this year with unprece-
dented success . . . The campaign is already 25 per cent ahead
of last year's, and there is no question that before the year is
over the sale of Israeli bonds will reach a height never before
known in the entire history of the bond drive .. . It may exceed
$65,000,000 by the end of 1963 . . . This, despite the fact that
people and institutions have been buying Israeli bonds for years
. . . As matters indicate now, it seems that there will never be
a saturation point in the acquisition of Israeli bonds . . . Dr.
Joseph J. Schwartz, executive head of the Israel Bond Organiza-
tion, finds every year new avenues for sale of the bonds . . . This
year his unprecedented success can be explained to a great extent
by the fact that he discovered a way of selling the bonds to pension
funds, labor unions, banks and insurance companies . . . He has
brought his work to a point where the confidence in the Israeli
bands extends beyond Jewish investors now .. . The bonds have
become a solid investment for anybody, especially since Israel is
now redeeming its first issue . . . The redemption is having a
great effect in increasing confidence in Israel and is stimulating
the acquisition of new Israeli bonds . . . Proceeds from a high
proportion of redeemed bonds are being immediately reinvested,
and this too contributed to the rise in the sale of bonds this
year . . . The Jewish community in this country is recognizing
the Israel bond campaign as part and parcel of its permanent
effort, and does the best for it . . . Dr. Schwartz is now preparing
to announce soon that a new bond issue—to be known as the
Third Development Issue—will be launched in March next year
. . It will be for the amount of $400,000,000 to be sold over a
period of five years . . . The new bonds will consist of 12-year
savings bonds and 15-year coupon bonds paying interest at the
rate of four per cent . .. The savings bonds would be redeemed
after 12 years at the rate of 160 per cent of the issued amount
. . . Several changes will be made in the new bond issue . . . One
provision will be that the new bonds cannot be used for philan-
TEL AVIV, (JTA)—Israel re-
thropic ptirposes at least for two years after they have been
purchased .. . Another provision will require that conversion of leased two vessels captured by
the bonds into shares in business enterprises should not be the coast guard, one a Lebanese
schooner with two Lebanese
effected for a period of five years after buying the bonds.
and four Syrians aboard, inter-
cepted in Israeli waters while
Novel Idea
Much criticism has been heard during the last few years en route from Gaza to Lebanon,
about the lavish Bar Mitzvah celebrations in this country and the and the other fishing boat with
fact that most of them are very far from conveying the real four Arabs aboard found in Is-
significance of Bar Mitzvah . . . An important occasion marking raeli waters off Ashkelon.
The two Lebanese and the
the transition from childhood to maturity, the Bar Mitzvah, as
celebrated in the United States today, seems to have no connection four Arabs aboard the fishing
with the beginning of a commitment to Jewish life . . . The vessel were released with the
youngster feels that he has achieved the goal of his Jewish educa- boats but Israel was holding the
tion with the Bar Mitzvah ceremony and does not need to go on four Syrians pending the re-
. . . Regrettably, many parents feel the same way . . . They do lease of Israelis being held by
not provide the atmosphere which will lead their children to an Syria.
interest in further Jewish education . .. The Jewish Agency has - The schooner was initially in-
therefore initiated a National Bar Mitzvah Club the purpose of tercepted by an Israeli sub-
which is to enhance the spiritual meaning of the Bar Mitzvah marine and was towed by a
ceremony . . The club has a program which starts with the Bar cutter into Haifa port where its
Mitzvah celebration itself ... The program is designed to stimulate crew was held for questioning.
in the youngster a desire to learn more about his Jewish heritage Later the same day, radar
and to bring him for a visit to Israel as a prelude to a lifelong picked up the presence of a
commitment with the Jewish people . . . It encourages gifts and fishing vessel in Israeli terri-
saving during the membership years and culminates in the study torial waters off Ashkelon and
tour to Israel when the member reaches the age of 16 . . . The that - boat also was towed to
three-year program—intended for boys and girls of Bar Mitzvah, Haifa.
Bat Mitzvah and confirmation age—begins as soon as the boy or
Officials here said that Israel
girl has officially been enrolled during the 13th year of age . . . would return the four Syrian
He or she rereived a gold pin membership and an inscribed seamen to Israel only if the
membership certificate . They also begin to receive a newsletter Syrians returned three Israelis
from Israel three times per year as well as a birthday present seized by the Syrians on Lake
each year until the trip itself . . . Through the National Bar Mitz- Tiberias last July and still held
vah Club, relatives and friends are encouraged to honor the Bar despite repeated Israeli pro-
Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah by giving gift enrollments in the club .. . tests and the intervention of
This type of gift makes the Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah or Confirma- United Nations Secretary Gen-
tion ceremony a truly significant and memorable event.
eral U Thant.

Israel Releases
Arab Vessels,
Detains Syrians

Israel, Jewish Agency Face Budget
Problems to Meet Immigrant Needs

(Direct JTA Teletype Wires to
The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—A supplemen-
tary budget of $43,333,000 for
the current year for unantici-
pated expenditures for security,
immigrant housing and a na-
tional irrigation plan was sub-
mitted to Israel's parliament
Tuesday by Finance Minister
Pinhas Sapir.
He said the supplementary
budget outlays would be fi-
nanced from revenue from exist-
ing taxes which had yielded 22
per cent more revenue than
had been originally estimated.
He reported that $20,000,000
had been earmarked for de-
fense, adding that "require-
ments for new modern arms
and the. possibilities of obtain-
ing them are constantly chang-
ing, a fact expressed in the ex-
He also told the Knesset
that immigration had been
beyond expectations this year
and that "even a Finance
Minister cannot help but be
happy at surprises of this
sort in matters of immigra-
* * S
JERUSALEM — A 1964-65
Jewish Agency budget proposal
for $113,333,333, about $20,-
000,000 less than the current
budget was placed before the
Agency plenary session here
Agency treasurer Aryeh Pin-
cus, in announcing the pro-
posal, indicated that expendi-
ture details had not yet been
determined. They will be sub-
mitted to the next Agency ex-
ecutive plenary in February.
He added that the 1964
fiscal year was expected to be
the fourth in a row of large
immigration with expenses

rising and with no commensu-
rate rise in income. The budg-
et and the situation of the
World Zionist Organization
have been under discussion
at the current plenary since
last Thursday.

The Hebrew Corner

Sholem Aleichem

Shalom Rabinowitz, known by his
pen name as "Shalom Aleichem" was
born in Russia in the year 5659 (1859).
In his childhood he attended school-
ing at a "Cheder". These were the
"golden years" of his life, in which
he was outstanding with his bright
mind. soft and good heart and power
of imagination.
His youth was not "shinning" as
his good childhood years. His father
lost his property and barely made a
living while his mother died in
Cholera epidemic. His father, that
believed that his son Shalom, is set
for greatness, registered him at the
Russian school of the City. The boy
was successful in his studies, he read
much and also wrote.
In the year of 1877 Shalom Alei-
chem completed his studies. Then he
taught for a time till he was ap-
pointed the government rabbi in the
city of Lubani, where he spent three
years (1880-1883). In that period he
wrote much poetry, liturgy, novels
and plays, but the editorial staffs of
the newspapers to which he sent his
creations did not want to publish
In the year of 1883 he married his
loved pupil, left the rabbinate and
went into business. In 1890 he lost
all his money and left the country
on account of his debts.
In these difficult years Shalom
Aleichem wrote his best works. He
became popular throughout the dias-
pora and was liked by all circles of
the nation; religious, freethinkers,
rabbis, the enlightened, rich and
The year of 1905 was a year of
pogrom against the Jews of Russia.
Shalom Aleichem left his home and
hid for fear of the attackers. After
a year of wandering he reached New
In 1908 he visited Jewish cities in
Russia and read his writings. On his
return he became seriously ill. How-
ever even during his sickness he did
not cease to write and publish his
On the ninth of Eyar 5676 (1916)
Shalom Aleichem died after great
suffering at the age of 57. His funeral
was attended by about 300,000 people.
Translation of Hebrew column
Published by Brith Ivrith Olamith



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