Conintuni‘y Wide 'Tribute Service' to Mark Establishment of 'Hebrew Chair'
Rabbi teller's 25th Anniversary Here Jan. 4 Approved at Sorbonne University
Governor George Romney,
Judge Wade H. McCree Jr.,
Walter Reuther and other prom-
inent Jewish and general com-
munity leaders will participate
in the special community-wide
"Service of Tribute" tendered
to Rabbi Morris Adler on the
occasion of his completion of a
quarter century of leadership in
the furtherance of human rights,
and in Jewish communal life.
The testimonial, to which the
public is invited, will be held
Saturday, 8 p.m., Jan. 4, at Con-
RABBI MORRIS ADLER
His address delivered at the a forum of the Women's Divi-
National Conference on Reli- sion of till Jewish Welfare Fed-
gion and Race, held in Chicago, eration and the Allied Jewish
pointed out the particular re- Campaign in Detroit. A former
sponsibility of religious leaders member of the Harper editorial
in implementing civil rights staff was in the audience. She
was so impressed that she
Rabbi Adler has been active asked for a copy of the speech,
both in the inter-racial and in- sent it to the magazine and it
ter-religious dialogue, and he was accepted to serve as one
has been called upon to inter- of a series of articles on reli-
pret the Jewish position on gion.
church and state relationships
In his article, Rabbi Adler ex-
in meetings with representatives presses the view that Jews are
of other faiths.
only frustrating themselves by
He has won public recogni- trying to solve the answer to
tion, including awards from the the dilemma of whether Jewry
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan is a religion, a nation or a cul-
and from St. Cyprian's Church. ture.
Wayne State University con-
"What really underlies the
ferred upon him the degree of American Jew's uneasiness?"
Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa. asks Rabbi Adler. "A major
group relationships is reflected cause is his ignorance of the
His role in improving inter- forces that went into the mak-
in his association with the ing of the modern Jew. Out of
Metropolitan Hospital and this ignorance he has fashioned
Clinics, and his position as vice a false image of Jewish history
president of the Community as a mor7Ad and tragic chron-
Health Association. He serves icle.
as a member of the Governor's
"It is the pathos of the con-
Commission on Problems of the temporary Jew that he shares
with his Christian neighbor a
Berry urged that in order to great blindness about the history
secure desirable seating accomo- which intervenes between the
dations, the public arrive at Scriptures and himself. If the
Shaarey Zedek by 7:30 p.m. on last Jew with whom the Chris-
tian is familiar is Jesus, then
* * *
the last ancestor whom the Jew
pictures clearly is Moses or per-
haps Isaiah or at best Hillel."
Rabbi Adler believes that
this lack of knowledge of their
history causes American Jews
to feel "orphaned, a foundling
The current issue of Harper's abandoned on the threshold of
Magazine carries an article by the modern world." He urges
Rabbi Morris Adler under the that they begin diligently and
title "What Is a Jew?" In it consistently a program of self-
Dr. Adler declares:
"The modern Jew thinks
"Jewish history represents a
of himself as an American, triumph of the human spirit,"
a doctor, a husband, a busi- he writes. It can serve all man-
nessman, a citizen, a father kind as a testament of courage
—like other Americans. Then and hope . . . In a world teem-
he discovers a puzzlement in ing with coercions and compul-
the eyes of his neighbors— sions man can assert sovereignty
and the question mark quickly over the quality and destiny of
moves into his own mind. So
human life. No people's history
he comes home and asks: offers greater proof of this
`Who after all am I?' "
truth than the Jew's. When he
Rabbi Adler's text originally recognizes this, the modern
was delivered as an address at Jew will discover his identity."
gregation S h a are y Zedek,
Northwestern Highway and 11
Mile, Southfield, Michigan, it
was announced by Louis Berry,
chairman of the special com-
mittee established to arrange
the silver anniversary program.
In the 25 years since Rabbi
Adler left his post in Buffalo
to become associated with Con-
gregation Shaarey Zedek, his
name has become widely known
to all segments of the commun-
ity of all races, to union mem-
bers, university professor s,
priests, and ministers. Guided,
as often he pointed out, by the
rabbinic dictum, "Separate not
thyself from the community,"
he has participated actively in
a wide range of civic and com-
As chairman of the UAW
Public Review Board since its
inception in 1957, he presides
over a panel of distinguished
Americans, including Dr. Henry
Steele Commager, eminent his-
torian, Dr. Henry Hitt Crane,
Monsignor C e o r g e Higgins,
Willard Wirtz, Secretary of La-
bor, Dr. Clerk Kerr, Chancel-
LONDON (JTA) — Prime included the question of politi-
'odor of UCLA, who meet to Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home
resolve a wide range of poten- declared in the House of Com- cal discrimination.
Edward Ducann, the Minister
tially explosive issues on a ba- mons that he was "satisfied"
sis of obpectivity and equity.
that the government could give of State, said in a written reply
Rabbi Adler has often stated to the 49 British firms black- that "it has been made clear
that "in order to develop a listed by Jordan and Syria "all through the ambassadors of
healthful climate for intergroup the help that they need."
certain countries concerned"
relations, it is also essential to
The Premier made the state- that the British government
develop healthful interpersonal ment in reply to a question "strongly resents any attempt
relations and a good educa-
from Arthur Henderson, Labor to exert pressure on British
tional system if we are to have MP, who had asked what steps companies for political rea-
a sound democratic process."
the Premier was taking to co- sons." He added that he had "no
As a consequence, he has ac- ordinate the activities of the evidence in this connection of
cepted membership on the Gov- various government depart- pressure for racial reasons."
ernor's Committee for Higher ments affected by the blacklist-
Education, as well as on the ing.
Report on Growth
State Cultural Commission, and
on the Special Commission on
listing actions were inconsist-
UNITED NATION S, N.Y.,
Ethics on State Affairs. He also
serves on the Fair Election Prac- ent with the principles of the (JTA)—The growth of the Far-
United Nations Charter and de- band-Labor Zionist Organiza-
tices Commission, and on the
plorable, adding: "I have de- tion, a fraternal order, from a
Clergy Committee of Oakland
plored many times here and in handful of members with total
the House of Lords mixing up
A member of the Citizen's politics with economic rela- capital of $76 in 1913 to 40,000
members with liquid capital
Committee For Equal Oppor- tions."
totaling $7,000,000 was reported
tunity, which, under the chair-
In a related development,
manship of Bishop Richard Arthur Lewis, another Labor here by Louis Segal, general
Emrich, was established to fur- deputy, asked the Secretary of secretary of the Farband, at a
press conference here in an-
thre the access of all citizens
State for Industry, Trade and nouncing plans for the Far-
regardless of race or religion, Regional Development what of-
to opportunities in all phases ficial discussions he had had band's 50th jubilee convention
of communal life and activities, recently about the introduction in New York. In its 50 years
he continues as board member of "racial discrimination" into of existence, Segal reported,
Farband has paid out more than
of the Detroit Round Table of normal trade in Britain and to
$10,000,000 to members and
Christians and Jews.
what extent these discussions beneficiaries.
PARIS, (JTA)—Final approv-
al for creation of a Chair of
Hebrew at the Sorbonne Uni-
versity, the third in French uni-
versities, was reported here.
The decision was made known
to the Israeli cultural coun-
sellor by Prof. M. Ayman, Dean
of the university's Faculty of
Arts. The final step is ratifica-
tion by the French Chief of
State, a formality. Hebrew
chairs exist at two other uni-
versities—Lille and Toulouse.
The Hebrew courses, leading
to the highest academic quali-
fications, will open next April
when the summer semester is
started. The first lecture was
expected to be Prof. Haim
Rabin of the Hebrew University
will come to the University
as a visiting associate professor.
He will be followed in the
winter of 1964-65 by Prof. Lea
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