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February 28, 1964 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-02-28

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Dr. Samuel Belkin, president
of Yeshiva University, will or-
dain his 742nd rabbi during the
university's three - day Torah
Semicha Convocation M a r c h
Dr. Belkin, who also serves
as dean of the Rabbi Isaac
Elchanan Theological Seminary,
is believed to have ordanied
more American rabbis than any
man in history.
He will confer "semicha"
(the highest authority in Jew-
ish learning) upon Rabbi Ye-
huda L. Bohrer, an Israeli
citizen whi os the 742nd rabbi
and graduate.
of the semin-
Rabbi Boh-
rer, the first
Israeli to be
ordained at
the university
is following in
his father's
footsteps: t h e
elder, Rabbi
Dr. Mordecai
Bohrer, after
sending his
family to Is-
rael in 1939,
was arrested
by the Nazis Bohrer
and confined in a concentration
camp where he died.
Assistant to the principal of
Beth Hillel School in Washing-
ton He i g h t s, Rabbi Bohrer
plans to continue his studies at
Yeshiva University's Bernard
Revel Graduate School to earn
a doctoral degree before re-
turning to Israel with his wife,
Rabbi Bohrer will be one
of 28 rabbis, all graduates
of the seminary within the
past year, who are receiving
formal recognition of their
ordination from Dr. Belldn.
They hail from the New York
area, Alabama, Georgia and
Massachusetts. Two r a b b is
are currently s e r ving as
chaplains with the U.S. Army,
The March 7-9 ceremonies

Conservative Group to Force Issue
on Divorces With Israel Rabbinate


NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi
Theodore Friedman, president
of the Conservative Rabbinical
Assembly of America, said his
organization was determined to
force the issue of the refusal
of the Israeli rabbinate to rec-
ognize Jewish religious divorces
granted by American Conserva-
tive rabbis.
The Conservative rabbinical
group called a press conference
to explain why it had engaged
Gideon Hausner, former Israeli
attorney general, to represent
it in Israel on the issue.
Rabbi Friedman said that
Hausner had been engaged
"to explore ways" in which
the problem could be handled
under Israel law. He added
that, in engaging Hausner, the
Rabbinical Assembly had not
committed itself to legal ac-
tion, but that "this is a pos-
The event which brought
about the action was the appli-
cation last September of a Jew-
ish woman, who had been div-
orced by a Conservative rabbi
in Boston, for a license to marry.
The rabbinical registrar in
Tel Aviv rejected the applica-
tion on grounds that the divorce
was invalid. The woman wrote
to the Boston rabbi, who refer-
red the matter to the rabbinical
Rabbi Friedman then wrote
to Chief Rabbi Isar Untermann
of Tel Aviv on the refusal.
Rabbi Untermann replied that
the divorce document had only
one rabbinical signature, as
against the three required in
Rabbi Friedman wrote again

to Rabbi Unterman, pointing out
that a single rabbinical signa-
ture was the Jewish legal pro-
cedure in all countries except
Israel where, he said, was a
custom and not Jewish law.
He also pointed out that the
Boston rabbi had acted in ac-
cordance with Jewish law under
the Conservative Beth Din. He
added that there had been no
reply to his second letter.
Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, execu-
tive vice president, said that
the man in the case had receiv-
ed a Jewish divorce from an
Orthodox rabbi in the , United
States and that his document
bore only one signature but it
had been accepted by the Israel

West German investigations
into the activities of a Nazi po-
lice unit, Battalion 65, have re-
sulted in an appeal to the
World Jewish Congress in New
York to help find survivors of
the atrocities of which a num-
ber of Battalion 65 members
are accused.
The Battalion was stationed
in the area of Cracow, Poland,
from May, 1942, until March,
1943. During that period mem-
bers of the Battalion allegedly
participated in mass shootings
of Jews in the Cracow area, and
were detailed to cordon off the
site of the executions.
Later, in April, 1943, the
Battalion was transferred to
Copenhagen, Denmark, where
some of the policemen allegedly
participated in deporting and
shooting of Jews at the Hor-
serot camp.
Anyone who witnessed these
atrocities, or knows any sur-
vivors is asked to get in touch
with the Institute of Jewish Af-
fairs, World Jewish Congress,
15 East 84th Street, New York
28, N.Y.

Mapam Vetoes Plan
to Join Coalition; Lists
Unmet Demands

pam Council decided against
joining the government coali-
tion, claiming that the results of
the recent negotiations with Ma-
pai and Achdut Avodah did not
provide a basis for Mapam to
The decision, which was
adopted • by the party's council
by a vote of 301-16, followed a
report by Meir Yaari, Mapam
general secretary and member
of the Knesset, Israel's Parlia-
ment, who said that Mapam
might reconsider its decision if
Mapai would agree to certain
He listed these as including
abolition of military government
in Arab areas, minimizing social
gaps and hastening solutions for
slum conditions, and increased
budgets for Arab village devel-
opment. He charged that Mapai
was not prepared to make con-
cisions that Mapam considered

Julius Rotenbergs to Be Honored
at the Vaad Harabonim Banquet

Synagogues and fraternal or-
ganizations throughout Detroit
will join in tribute to Mr. and
Mrs. Julius Rotenberg at the
26th annual banquet of the Vaad
Harabonim - Merkaz Sunday, at
Cobo Hall.
Special recognition will be
given to them for their dedica-
tion to promoting the work of
the Vaad (Council of Orthodox
Rabbi Pinchas M. Teitz,
member of the presidium of
the Union of Orthodox Rabbis
and Rabbi of Elizabeth, N.J.,
for the past 28 years, will be
guest speaker.
This year's banquet marks the
move of the Vaad Harabonim-
Merkaz headquarters from the
Dexter area to 13327 W. Seven
Mile — made possible through
the contribution of Mr. and Mrs.
The new office, now occupied
by the Vaad Harabonim, will
enable the organization to pro-
vide increased service to the
community in such areas as
kashruth supervision, the main-
tenance of a Beth Din, registra-
tion and records of Jewish vital
statistics and family counseling.
A library and auditorium are
available to the public. Rabbi
Leizer Levin is chairman of the
Beth Din.
David J. Cohen, president of
Merkaz, the laymen's organiza-
tion, and banquet chairman,
saluted the Vaad, calling the
banquet "a milestone in our
community. These rabbis — our
teachers — who have dedicated
themselves to the cause of

World Jewish Congress
Leaders To Meet March 6
Senior officers of the World
Jewish Congress have been
summoned by Dr. Nahum Gold-
mann, WJC president, to attend
a meeting of the organization's
administrative committee on
March 6 in Brussels.

Israel's railway employees
walked off their jobs in a four-
hour strike Monday in protest
against what they charged was
the failure of the management
to live up to the labor agree-
ment. The workers threatened
to halt all train service if the
situation was not remedied.


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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

Torah - true Judaism, constitute
the guardians, the exponents
and the bulwarks for the propa-
gation and strengthening of au-
thentic Judaism as set forth in
the Torah, written and oral."
Phillip Stollman is cochair-
man. Honorary chairmen are
David Goldberg, Morris Kar-
bal and Judge Nathan J. Kauf-
Rabbi Teitz, considered one
of the country's dynamic Ortho-
dox leaders, heads the Yeshiva
Day School and Mesivta Acad-
emy of Elizabeth, models for
such schools throughout the
country. He pioneered and main-
tained the "Daf Hashovua,"
weekly radio Talmudic lectures,
and the "Bas Kol" Talmudic
records available to communi-
ties unable to hear his broad-





Our Leaders

We Congratulate

Shimon Berris Elected
Cantor in Fort Worth

Shimon L. Berris, son of Mr.
and Mrs. David I. Berris, 25037
Rue Versailles, Oak Park, has
been elected cantor of Cong.
Ahavath Sholom, Fort Worth,
Berris, his wife Linda and
two sons, Neil and Michael,
lived at 15200 Oak Park Blvd.
until early this month when he
assumed his new position. Their
new address is Westchester
House, 554 S. Summit, Fort

Albuquerque's First Mayor
Henry N. Jaffa, a 19th cen-
tury Jewish pioneer and mer-
chant in the New Mexico terri-
tory, played a leading role in
the development of the terri-
tory. He became the first mayor
of Albuquerque.

Herman Fishman

Gus Feig



General Agent

Clem Hopp Jr.

Joe Freedman

Iry Weisberg

Associate General Agent

Each of these men put in force one million dollars
of health and life insurance in the year 1963


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will be the eighth "Semicha"
convoction at which Dr. Belkin
has presided since he became
president of Yeshiva Univer-
sity in 1943.
Dr. Belkin's Convocation
Shiur (dis h
course on Tal-
mudic Law)
March 7 will
b e dedicated is
to the memory
of Rabbi Is-
s a c Elchanan
Spektor, t h e
19 t h Century
religious lead-
er after whom
the seminary
was named.
The "Semicha" exercises,
which will now be held annual-
ly, also will mark the 67th an-
niversary of the seminary. In
accordance with tradition, the
exercises are being held on the
21st of Adar, the anniversary
of the death of Rabbi Spektor
Since its establishment, the
seminary, oldest and largest
training center for orthodox
rabbis in America, has con-
ferred ordination upon more
than 1,000 rabbis.
Semicha is the traditional
conferring of rabbinic au-
thority upon one who is quali-
fied by virtue of scholarship,
piety and integrity to be en-
trusted with the ordination.
It dates back to the first
transfer of the mantle of
leadership from Moses to
Joshua as found in the Bible.
"And the Lord said unto
Moses, Take thee Joshua, the
son of Nun, a man in whom is
the spirit, and lay thine hand
upon him; and set him before
Eleazer the priest, and before
all the congregation; and give
him a charge in their sight . . ."
—Num. 27: 18-20.
Only orthodox rabbis have
the power to confer Semicha.
It is what distinguishes the Or-
thodox rabbi from others.

Seeking Witnesses
to Nazi Crimes in
Poland and Denmark

t96I `8Z Limitlad `Sulnia—SMANI HSIMaf nan aa

Dr. Samuel Belkin Will Ordain
His 742nd Rabbi at Yeshiva U.

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