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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-11-08

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Book Fair Opens at Center Saturday

Noted Authors and Lecturers to Participate in 17-Day Program
. . . Works of Detroit Authors, Walter L. Field, Frita
Connie Schaflander, Dr. Richard C. Hertz to Be Evaluated .


Commencing with a program
dedicated to an evaluation of
the Yiddish literary legacy of
Mendele Mocher Seforim—with
M. Haar, M. Goldoftas, M. Nobel
and M. Tyler as participants—
the 12th annual Jewish Book
Fair will open at the Jewish Cen-
ter tomorrow night.
In addition to the Mendele
Evening, Clifford Odets' "The
Flowering Peach" will be pre-
sented, and the Book Fair ex-
hibit will open that evening. An
impressive collection of books
in Hebrew, English and Yiddish
will be on display and will be
on sale during the entire 17-day
period of the Book Fair.
A score of organizations are
cooperating in this year's Book
Fair with special programs
during which noted guest
speakers will be presented
and prominent authors will
discuss their books.
The Zionist Organization,
American Jewish Congress, Ha-
dassah, the Jewish National
Fund, the Labor Zionist Organi-
zation, Pioneer Women, Jewish
War Veterans, Jewish Commun-
ity Council, Bnai Brith, Ameri-
can Jewish Committee, League
of Jewish Women's Organiza-
tions are among the groups spon-
soring special functions during
the Book Fair.
Among the authors who will
visit Detroit to address the
various planned sessions are
Irma Lindheim, Marie Syrkin,
Ted Berkman, Leo Pfeffer, as
well as local authors.
Featuring a Zionist Organi-
zation of Detroit program on
Nov. 21, Walter L. Field,
author of "A People's Epic,"
will be the guest speaker. His
book will be discussed by
Philip Slomovitz. Judge Ira
G. Kaufman will preside.
At the session next Tues-
day, Detroiter Frita Drapkin,
author of "Moma Is a Citi-
zen," will be introduced.
There also will be presented
during the Book Fair another
book of poems by a Detroiter,
"Only Cold Cold Fire," by
Constance Weisman who
writes under her maiden name
Connie Schaflander.
Participating in the pro-
grams also will be Dr. Richard
C. Hertz, rabbi of Temple
- Beth El, author of several
books, and Irving I. Katz, ex-
ecutive secretary of Temple
Beth El, Michigan historian.
Other Detroit participants in
the programs wlil include Rabbi
Sherwin T. Wine, Seymour Rik-
lin, George M. Zeltzer, Mrs. Mil-
dred Weiss, Dr. E. Burrows
Smith, Mrs. Jacob E. Segal,
Frank M. Loewenberg, Alfred A.
Greenbaum, Miss Carol Lewis,
Dr. Norman Drachler, Sidney
Shevitz, Samuel Lerner, Mrs.
Samuel Linden, Mrs. Arthur I.
Gould, and others who will
share in musical and other pro-
Israel Consul Jacob Barmore
and Milton Himmelfarb of the
American Jewish Committee
also will participate in planned
programs during the Fair.
An education conference to be
held at the Jewish Center, in
conjunction with the Book Fair
on Sunday, Nov. 17, will fea-
ture Saul S. Spiro, educational
director of the Fairmount
Temple, of Cleveland, as main
speaker at the lunch session.
His topic will be "The Meaning
of the Bible and Approaches of
Teaching It in the Classroom."
The Conference is under
the joint auspices of the
United Hebrew Schools and
its affiliated schools, the one-
day-a-week schools under the
Council of Religious Schools
and the Jewish! National Fund.
Albert Elazar, superintendent
of the United Hebrew Schools,

is general chairman and the co-
ordinators of the event are Wal-
ter Farber and Sylvan J. Gins-
Mandell B e r in a n, Arthur
Boschman, Dr. Marvin Last and
Sam Rabinowitz will participate
in the sessions.
The luncheon session will be
chaired by Farber. Rabbi Benja-
min H. Gorrelick will offer the
invocation. Community singing,
will be conducted by M. Bieder-
man of Israel, music director
of the United Hebrew Schools.
Cantor Louis Klein will chant
the Birkot Hamazon. Greetings
will be extended by Dr. Israel
Wiener, president of the Jewish
National Fund. Rabbi Harold D.
Hahn will introduce the speaker.
The educational exhibit is be-
ing assembled by Kalman Black,
principal of the Dubnow School.
Mrs. Carl Schiller, general
chairman of the Jewish Book
Fair, is assisting in the luncheon
arrangements and the menu.
Pictured above are Marjorie

Bible Contest Participants
Kaatz and Andy Zack, partici-
pants in the Young Peoples
Bible Contest being held during
the 12th annual book fair. They
are shown fixing the sign, "Book
Fair Corner." The Bible contest
is sponsored annually by the
Directors Council of Jewish Re-
ligious Schools of Metropolitan
Detroit. Thousands of students
enter the junior (grades 6-8)
and senior (grades 9-12) cate-

gories. The top two students in
each category qualify for the
finals, to be held 2 p.m. Nov. 24
at the Jewish Center in con-
junction with the book fair. The
public is invited to these elimi-
nations. Judges are Rabbi Irwin
Groner, Rabbi Pesach Sobel,
Rabbi Harold D. Hahn. Max
Rosenberg, education director of
Temple Emanu-El, is general
chairman of the contest.
Parents Without Partners of
the Jewish Center will have an
open meeting 8:30 p.m. Tuesday,
in conjunction with the Center's
12th Annual Jewish Book Fair.
Frita Roth Drapkin, author of
"Papa's Golden Land" and
"Momma is a Citizen," will speak.
A coffee hour will follow.
A Yiddish Kleinkunst event, a
program of folk songs, skits and
recitations, formerly listed for
the opening night program of the
book fair, will be held 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 at the Center. The pro-
gram 8:15 p.m. Saturday will be
the 1VIendele evening, sponsored



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by the Yiddish committee.
Detroit Council of Pioneer
Women will host a social hour
and present a book review in
conjunction with the book fair
12:45 p.m. Monday at the
Center. Mrs. Wilton Weiss,
Council president, will review
Gerold Frank's "The Deed."
Mrs. Sol Hammerstein, pres-
ident of the League of Jewish
Women's Organizations of Great-
er Detroit, announces a com-
munity relations meeting will
be held 12:15 p.m. Nov. 14 at
the Jewish Center.
The program will he "Secrets
in The Closet," presented by the
Community Relations Commit-
Mrs. Jack Harfield, vice-
president in charge of commu-
nity relations; Mrs. Irving Beal
and Mrs. Marshal Miller, co-
chairman; and Mrs. Philip Bern-
stein, coordinator; are in charge
of the series, which is being
held in conjunction with the
12th Annual Jewish Book Fair.

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