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December 13, 1963 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-12-13

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Friday, December 13, 1963—THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS-28

Earlier Deadlines for
Dec. 27, Jan. 3 Issues


Troth Announced

(Copyright, 1963, JTA, Inc.)

Charles Angoff's 'Summer Storm':
Positive Jewish 'Historical' Novel

Unlike so many of his con-
temporaries, Angoff does not
poke fun. He elevates his
characters and when he speaks
about noted Jewish leaders he
is respectful. When he writes
about Stephen S. Wise, it is
with love and affection. When
he deals with the elders, the
grandparents in Jewish life, he
makes it a point to describe
their old world background
with courtesy. And when he
portrays a new generation
characteristic he does not go
to extremes to attack straying
from the Jewish fold, but he
probes, he argues, he tries to

wards Zionism and its aspira-
tions, his rejection of assimila-
Angoff turns often to the
synagogue and his characters
seem always to turn towards the
left Reform elements. He is full
of admiration for the genius of
Stephen S. Wise in the. Free
Synagogue whose services are
attended by his major charac-
ter in his novel. There is a mea-
sure of rejection of Reform. But
there is never disrespect. There
is only the description of the
preference of his heroes for the
traditions they had imbided in
their youth.
Numerous family experiences
are mirrored in "S u m m e r
Storm." Love affairs, nostalgic
feelings for the old habits by
some who have gained wealth
and have found disappointments
in assimilationist t e n d e n c i es
when they grew older, in fact
nearly every experience in the
life of American Jews as they
fit into the American orbit is
included in the descriptive An-
goff volume.
Charles Angoff does not hesi-
tate to use Yiddish and Hebrew
word. In fact, they are so num-
erous that he is forced to offer
translations for them in par-
His "Summer Storm" is an-
other of his positive Jewish
novels. It enhances his collec-
tive works on a theme which re-
mains so remarkably respectful
of Jewish traditions, and which
retains a high standard of liter-
ary effort.

Wolf of Philadelphia
Re-Elected President
Because he is himself, in his Of Culture Foundation

private life, so dedicated in ef-
forts to raise the standards of
Jewish communal work and to
assure a strengthened Jewish de-
votionalism, so positive in his
Jewish affiliations, one often
wonders whether much of what
he writes, in his Polonsky and
his other - works, is not really
Again, as in his earlier works,
there is Editor Brandt of Ameri-
can World, on whose staff David
Polonsky acquires so much
knowledge and gains so much
experience about the occur-
rences of his time. Brandt is the
repulsive charcter who takes a
liking to David. Because of the
analogous position of Angoff on
Mencken's Mercury, one won-
ders whether what Angoff de-
scribes is not a reconstruction of
a personal experience.

Surely, his depiction of the
events that marked that crash
of the 1930s, F. D. Roosevelt's
revolutionary methods of deal-
ing with the calamitious situ-
ations, the Jewish experience
of that time, the horrors that
faced Jewry in the days of
Hitlerism, are the results of
personal involvements that af-
fected Angoff's youth. The re-
construction of historical
events in "Summer Storm"
are part of history, and it may
in a sense, be called an his-
torical novel.

Edwin Wolf 2nd of Philadel-
phia was re-elected president of
t h e National Foundation for
Jewish Culture at a meeting of
the board of directors in New
York City on Dec. 9.
Wolf reviewed the program
of the Foundation during the
four years of its existence and
cited as one of its major
achievements t h e increasing
recognition by Jewish commun-
ity leadership of the United
States and Canada of the need
to straighten cultural activity
within their local communities,
while at the same time develop-
ing a national instrument to
make possible the local effort.
Dr. Judah J. Shapiro, secre-
tary, reported that 57 Jewish
communities in the Unit e d
States and Canada support the
Foundation as regular benefici-
aries of Jewish Federations and
Welfare Funds.

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Mr. and Mrs. Morton H. Lewis
of Nicolet Pl., Lafayette Park,
announce • the engagement of
their daughter, Judith Ann, to
Michael Milen, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Milen of Littlefield
Ave. An April 19 wedding is

On the Record

A Dubious Testimonial ...

A testimonial to the role of
the American Council for Juda-
ism in the fight against Israel
comes from one of the veteran
American anti-Zionist lobbyists,
Garland Evans Hopkins, the
chairman of the Executive Com-
mittee of the Citizens Committee
on American policy in the Near
East and the former director of
the American Friends of the
Middle East. In a confidential
report to the members of his
organization's National Council,
a copy of which has come to our
attention, Mr. Hopkins proudly
reports: "The strength of the
Zionist Movement in America
has waned notably in recent
years. Criticism from Israel, the
splendid work of the American
Council for Judaism and more
objective news reporting have
cut deeply into its former abil-
ity to control public opinion.
But it is by no means a dead
or powerful force."
But Mr. Hopkins does not give
all the credit to the Council for
Judaism for what he calls the
lessening of the strength of the
American Zionists.
"I attribute this," he also says,
"to the much wider understand-
ing of the facts now than existed
ten years ago. Such groups as
the Arab Information Center of-
fices and the American Friends
of the Middle East have played
important roles in spreading
these facts."
Surely any organization, like
a man, is known by its friends.

Masada" is under way.
In . the Judean desert, 441
meters above the Dead Sea,
there stands the Rock of Ma-
sada—the last stronghold to fall
before the Roman Legion after
the destruction of the Second
In 73 C.E., 967 men, women
and children made there their
last stand refusing to surrender
to the ten thousand Legion-
naires that surrounded them.
Then their leader, Eleazar Ben
Yair, delivered his memorable
address: "Oh, men of valor!
Have we not taken upon our-
selves not to serve the Romans
nor any other master except
God himself as only He rules
men in truth and justice. And
now the hour has come com-
manding us to fulfill with our
own hands what we aspired to
and let us not, in this hour,
bring shame upon ourselves .. .
Let us not fall alive into the
hands of the Romans" .
They never did. Parents kill-
ed their children and each
other and—in the words of Jose-
phus—"when the Romans found
the mass of dead they did not
this time rejoice over the fall
of their enemy but were aston-
ished by their spirit that laugh-
ed at death" .. .

What secrets does Masada
—where King Herod built his
famous castle fortress—hold?

work" . . .
This is no doubt the most
cosmopolitan archeological ex-
pedition force Israel has ever
seen. There is Lynda Laski from
New York who came here five
months ago and "fell in love"
with the Judean Hills ... There
is her companion, New Yorker
Kathreen Bernhard who says
"Don't call me Kathreen. My
name is now Ofra and I like it
better" . . . Werner Knippel
came to Israel from South
Africa on a visit and never
heard of Masada until he read
about the planned dig in the
papers . . . There is Bryan
Kleys from Bristol, England, a
non-Jew, an architect by profes-
sion who had read about the
expedition and — along with
many others—volunteered . .
There is Margaret Lehman from
Spain . . . Hundreds of volun-
teers are due in the coming
months when—it is widely
hoped—Masada will hand over
the long-kept secrets of Judea's
fallen last fighters for freedom
and independence to their chil-
dren who continued the strug-
gle—and won.

$1,588,850 Budget
Adopted by JWB

. NEW YORK (JTA)—The Na-
tional Jewish Welfare Board
has adopted a 1964 operating
budget of $1,588,850 to carry
out its responsibilities as the
national association of Jewish
Community Centers and YM-
YWHAs and the government-
authorized agency for meeting
the religious and morale needs
of Jewish military personnel
and their dependents.
The budget includes $80,650
to implement the new system
of serving Jewish military per-
sonnel in the United States
being set up as a result of the
inpending withdrawal of USO
funds for domestic operations
after April 1, 1964.

For long centuries the Rock
of Masada stood abandoned,
forgotten. It was only in 1838
that the American archeologist
Robinson rediscovered it and,
guided by the book of Josephus,
reestablished its identity.
Ever since, it has defied the
imagination of many, but only
now the first large-scale effort,
matching the difficulty of the
task of penetrating its secrets,
has been undertaken.
Prof. Yigael Yadin undertook
the task, the enormity of which
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ous types of equipnient, includ-
ing building materials for a
number of reinforcing struc-
tures that will have to be erect-
ed. Scores of tents house the
expedition force of several hun-
dred, including mostly volun-
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Among the volunteers there are
Jewish History Week
On the occasion of the open- physicians and nurses who hope
ing of the World's Fair in New there would be no sick so that
York, American Jewish History they are free to do some "real
Week will have as its theme
"Gateway of American Jewry:
when you care enough to remember . . .
The City of New York." The
week will be observed from
April 12 to 19, according to an
announcement by Dr. Abram Ka-
nof, president of the American
Jewish Historical Society.
The American Jewish History
Week poster depicts the Statue
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the Manhattan skyline. Attrac-
tively designed by Seymour War-

saw, the poster bears the open-
ing of Emma Lazarus' famous
poem, "The Colossus," the orig-
inal manuscript of which is in
the archives of the American
Jewish Historical Society.
A reading list on New York
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Technical difficulties created by the loss of time during the
weeks of Christmas and New Year compel us to have earlier
deadlines for the issue of Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.
For the issue of Dec. 27, the deadline for all copy will be at
noon on Friday, Dec. 20. Deadline for Classified Ads for that
issue will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.
For the issue of Jan. 3, the deadline will be at noon on
Friday, Dec. 27. Deadline for Classified Ads for that issue will
be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Charles Angoff, well known
novelist, book reviewer, former
associate of H.
L. Mencken on
t h e American
Mercury staff,
pursues his
theme — the
story of the
Boston Polon-
sky family—in
his newest
- Angoff n o v el, "Sum-
mer Storm," published by
Thomas Yoseloff (11 E. 36th,
Like his previous novels on
the Polonsky theme—and the
new one is part of the unbroken
chain of this series Which
included his earlier works,
"Journey to the - Dawn," "The
Morning Light," "The Bitter
Spring,"—"Summer Storm" is a
thoroughly Jewish story.
At no time does Angoff over-
look the Jewish factors in the
lives of his characters, and he
treats them with the utmost re-
spect, with dignity, with a sense
of personal devotion.

Operation Masada

sity in this country to establish
a fully developed interdisciplin-
ary program in communication
science, in 1960.

Norman Allan Co.






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