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April 24, 1964 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-04-24

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Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
to Open Three-Day Conclave Here

The 40th annual convention of
the Michigan Federation of Tem-
ple Sisterhoods (MFTS) will open
5 p.m. Monday at Temple Israel.
Sisterhood leaders from Reform
Jewish congregations throughout
Michigan and from Windsor will
convene for the three-day meeting,
during which Reform Rabbi Solo-
mon Freehof will speak.
The program Monday includes
a district board dinner at 6 p.m.,

DR. SOLOMON FREEHOF

Chaired by Mrs. Arthur J. Hass,
Temple Israel, president of the
MFTS. After vesper services at
9 p.m., the Temple Israel Sister-
hood will tender a reception for
all delegates.
Workshop sessions 9 a.m. Tues-
day will amplify the theme of the
convention, "Tomorrow's World—
Today's Challenge". D elegates
have a choice of three workshops:
fund raising, chaired by Mrs. Mar-
shall Miller, Temple Beth El, with
Mrs. Norman Robbins, Temple Is-
rael, as discussant; programing,
Mrs. J. Leon Gittlen, Temple Beth
El, chairman, and Mrs. William
Leffler, Eastchester, N.Y., and

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Mrs. M. Robert Syme, Temple Is-
rael, as discussants; and a capsule
leadership course for local sister-
hood officers, conducted by Mrs.
Irving Steinman, Pontiac.
Election of officers will be held
10:45 a.m. following workshops. It
will be followed by the Uniongram
Award Luncheon at 12:45. Mrs.
Joseph Schwarz, Benton Harbor,
will present awards to those sis-
terhoods who have excelled in the
sale of Uniongrams, the proceeds
of which help to support youth
and educational projects, and es-
tablish rabbinic scholarships. Jerry
Garfield, president of the Michi-
gan State Temple Youth (MISTY)
will present a picture of the activi-
ties and accomplishments of the
group.
Mrs. Maurice B. Weiner, Tem-
ple Emanu-El, convention chair-
man, announces that Dr. Sol-
omon B. Freehof, spiritual lead-
er of Rodef Shalom Temple,
Pittsburgh, will address the ban-
quet meeting Tuesday. Dr. Free-
hof, president of the World
Union for Progressive Judaism
and a past president of the Cen-
tral Conference of American
Rabbis, is being brought here
by the Daniel M. Hass Memo-
rial Scholarship Fund of Temple
Israel. The community is invited
to the 8:30 p.m. lecture.
Wednesday's sessions, starting
8:30 a.m., include a round table
for presidents and presidents-elect,
conducted by Mrs. Hass; and a
youth leadership conference,
which Mrs. Sidney Katzman, Tem-
ple Emanu-El, and Mrs. George
Stutz, Temple Israel, will lead.
Mrs. William Leffler, first vice
president of the National Federa-
tion of Temple Sisterhoods, will
speak at the concluding luncheon
12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Leff-
ler is a member of the board of
the World Union and the editorial
board of American Judaism maga-
zine.
In charge of planning the con-
vention for the host sisterhood,
Temple Israel, are Mrs. George
Victor, chairman, and Mrs. Samuel
B. Danto, cochairman.
Assisting them as committee
chairmen are Mesdames David B.
Keywell, Samuel Blacher, Moe
Traurig, Jerome Oppenheim, Frank
L. Simons, Norman Noble, Theo-
dore M. Petok, president Raymond
Levine, Frank Dickman, Harry
Pliskof, Jack Bookholder and
Gerald Weil.

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NEW YORK (JTA)—The forma-
tion of a special department to
furnish spiritual aid to the Jews
in Eastern Europe was announced
by Rabbi David H. Hill, president
of the. National Council of Young
Israel.
Rabbi Hill, who announced the
project at the organization's an-
nual dinner, said the department
would carry out a "full-time pro-
gram of help" for the more than
3 million jews behind the Iron
Curtain.
Edward S. Silver, district attor-
ney of. Kings County and honorary
president of the National Council
of Young Israel, was presented at
the dinner with the organization's
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Party to Aid Yeshivah

Northwest Young Israel Sister-
hood will hold a benefit melava
malkah for Yeshivath Beth Yehu-
dah 9 p.m. May 9 at Northwest
Young Israel Synagogue. The pub-
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Conservative Rabbis Hear Appeal to Unity

GROSSINGERS, N.Y. (JTA)—
A call to Jewish unity was issued
by Rabbi Max Routtenberg, vice
president of the Rabbinical As-
sembly, speaking to his colleagues
at the 64th annual convention of
the international Conservative rab-
binic body.

"Crisis unity," Rabbi Routten-
berg stated, is a familiar pheno-
menon in the Jewish community.
"We can be counted on to close
ranks to create a united front, to
engage in joint action against the
common foe." But, he continued,
the unity which we must seek to-
day is "another kind of unity, the
unity of a people living in peace
and freedom, and without any ser-
ious external threat to its exist-
ence."
"Our crisis is the threat not of
physical destruction but of spiri-
tual and cultural extinction," he
said. "In this open hospitable
American society, if we are to
survive as Jews, we shall have
to counteract the process of ac-
culturation in the Great American
Melting Pot. We shall meet the
crisis of freedom as effectively as
we have met the crisis of the op-
pression." Characterizing Ameri-
can Jewry as strongly survivalist,
he said, "no one can measure the
force and the extent of our will
to live."
A challenge to the World
Zionist Organization to become
the new world Jewish organiza-
tion was issued by Dr. Simon
Greenberg, vice-chancellor of the
Jewish Theological Seminary of
America.
Dr. Greenberg charged that the
inability of the present Zionist
movement to achieve such stature
was due to "the failure of Zionist
leaders to formulate a platform
whose basic planks could take the

Weekly Quiz

By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX

(Copyright, 1964, JTA, Inc.)
Is it necessary to have

a
Quorum (Minyan) at a circum-
cision?
The Shulcan Aruch (265:6) tells
us that where it is possible to have
such a Quorum, one should have
10 men and where it is not possible
it is permissible to perform the
circumcision without a Minyan.
Medieval sources state that the
Quorum is preferable because one
is obligated to praise the Almighty
for the event and this should be
done in the presence of a Quorum.
It is also claimed that this occasion
is like bringing testimony to the
covenant by the Almighty and his
people and such testimony should
be regarded as public testimony to
be offered in the presence of the
Quorum so that it be given in
front of a "community."
* * *
What is the function of the
"Kvater?"
The term Kvater is given to the
person who brings the child into
the roan for the circumcision. The
origin of the term itself is not too
well known. Some consider it a
corruption of the term "Godfather."
* * *
Why is this honor usually
given to a couple (man and
woman)?
It is claimed that this arose be-
cause it was not in the best taste
for the man to approach the mother
of the child to receive the child
from her. Likewise, in the days
when circumcisions were per-
formed in the Synagogue it wasn't
the proper thing for a woman to
enter the Synagogue in the man's
section. Even today it is not always
in the best taste for a woman to
approach' the man to whom she
gives a child. Thus, it became cus-
tomary to have a couple (usually
man and wife) so that the woman
will take the child from the mother,
give it to her husband and the
husband will give the child to the
man who is to hold It for the
circumcision.

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place of the first paragraph of
the Basle Program in its boldness
of concept and its universal
appeal."
Dr. Greenberg called upon the
mebers of the Rabbinical Assemb-
ly to take part in developments
in Israel not only as individuals
but as a movement. He called for
reexamination of the position that
"we remain neutral in act and
word in relation to the discussion
carried on among Jewish residents
in Israel regarding the character
of the community they seek to build
there."
"He described this ideological
stance as one which could never
be adhered to and to which "it is
no longer possible even to pay lip
service, since what happens in
Israel is bound of have a tre-
mendous effect upon our lives, the
lives of our children, and upon the
future role of the Jewish religion
in the world."
* * *

Men's Clubs Survey
Shows Dietary Laws
Bypassed Outside Home

KIMESHA LAKE, N.Y. (JTA)—
A recent survey of officers of
men's clubs in Conservative con-
gregations reported here, shows
that a greater percentage observe
the dietary laws at home than on
the outside.
The survey also indicated that
their attendance at Sabbath serv-
ices "is still lagging." These were
some of the statistics reported at
the 35th annual convention of the
National Federation of Jewish
Men's Clubs by Arthur Brouck-

DON FROHMAN CHORUS
May 3rd—Detroit Institute of Arts

man, of New York, a past presi-
dent.
The results were based in re-
sponse to a questionnaire sent to
presidents of each of the 343
men's clubs and brotherhoods in
the Federation, and to the rab-
bis of their congregations.
One statistic cited was that of-
ficers in 80 per cent of the clubs
were able to recite prayer services
in Hebrew. However, in only 32
percent of the clubs do officers
hold some kind of Sabbath ob-
servance at home, and in only 23
per cent of the clubs do the of-
ficers attend at least one adult
education course, the survey show-
ed.
Nearly 1,000 delegates from all
parts of the United States and
Puerto Rico met here. Dr. Salo W.
Baron, professor emeritus of Jew-
ish history, literature and institu-
tions at Columbia University, was
presented with the Federation's
annual Distinguished Service
Award for his contribution to Am-
erican Jewry.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, April 24, 1964
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