American Jewish Committee's Head
Is Descendant of Ex-Detroit Rabbi
to Keep Prodding
Russia on Jewry
such as the Knights of Honor, the
Germania Society, and the Order
Morris B. Abram, president of of the Sons of Hermann of which
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Con-
the American Jewish Committee, he was grand vice president of gressman Frank J. Horton, New
is a great grandson of Rabbi the Wisconsin Grand Lodge.
York Republican, urged members
Elias Eppstein, pioneer Reform
of Congress to familiarize them-
He once conducted a non-sectar- selves with the treatment of Jews
rabbi who served as spiritual
leader of Temple Beth El from ian burial service for a Christian in the Soviet Union. Speaking in
child. He was a more systematic the House of Representatives, he
1866 to 1869.
Rabbi Eppstein was born Oct. Reformer than his congregation, called for continued congressional
15, 1831, at Saarwelling, Alsace- and chafed at their dissatisfaction condemnation of anti-Jewish acts
orraine, the son of Rabbi Mayer over his Sabbath smoking.
in the Soviet Union.
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. Eppstein. He was educated at
In New York, Sen. Kenneth B.
Bonn, Gedmany, received his ord-
Rabbi Eppstein's most note- Keating, Republican, called on
ination from Rabbi Moshe Mertzig, worthy achievement in Milwaukee the United States to join in an
He came to the United States was his unique head count of Mil- "appeal to the conscience of the
about 1852 and became a teacher waukee Jews he conducted in 1875. world" to force the Soviet govern-
in New York. In September, 1864,
From 1880 to 1883 Rabbi Epp- ment to treat the Jews equally
he accepted a call from Congre- stein served as the spirtual leader with other religious groups. Sen.
gation Beth I s r a el in Jackson, of Congregation B'nai Jehudah in Keating spoke at a dinner of the
to serve as preacher, teacher and Kansas City, Mo.
National Conference of Christians
cantor, at a salary of $800 per an-
From 1883 to 1888 he served as and Jews at the Waldorf-Astoria.
num plus perquisites which rabbi of Congregation Adath Jesh-
Rep. Seymour Halpern, New
amounted to an additional $400 to urun in Philadelphia. There he York Republican, told the House
$500 per year. The congregation was instrumental in changing the that the World's Fair management
had some 35 members, all recent worship ritual from Orthodox to was responsible. for the arrest of
immigrants from Germany, and Reform, he introduced late Friday 12 leaders of the American Jewish
a new synagogue building which evening services with sermons, re- Congress because of the Fair's
was dedicated by Rabbi Isaac organized the religious school and "grievous error in allowing the
Mayer Wise of Cincinnati in Jan- dedicated a new edifice.
Jordanian pavilion to exhibit a
uary, 1864. The congregation con-
For the next 18 years Rabbi mural offensive to so many Amer-
ducted a Hebrew-German School, Eppstein served as rabbi of Con- icans."
an all-day school where the child- gregation B'nai Shalom in Quincy,
Speaking on the House floor,
ren received their secular as well
Rep. Halpern said "the Fair's
as their religious education.
Rabbi Eppstein w a s married management should have stopped
about 1855 to Fanny Bronner (or this controversy at its inception
Rabbi Eppstein accepted the Brunner) who was probably a na- by having the mural removed."
position in Jackson on condition tive of Baltimore. They had seven
that he be permitted to teach geo- children—Bessie, Matilda, Jacob, German Labor Unions
graphy to the children in addi- Samuel, Jennie, Joseph and Daisy. Ask for Recall of Rocket
tion to the other subjects.
Rabbi Eppstein died Sept. 2, 1906. Experts from Egypt
During his stay in Jackson, he
DUSSELDORF (JTA) — The
organized the Hebrew Ladies'
Mrs. Samuel Abram of Fitz- Trade Union Movement of West
Benevolent and Mendelssohn Lit- gerald, Ga., and Allen T. Kander
erary Association, and was instru- of New York City are the surviv- Germany (DPB) with a member-
mental in abolishing the wearing ing grandchildren of Rabbi Epp- ship of more than 6,000,000 ur-
gently appealed to Chancellor
of the Talis (prayer shawl) at wor- stein. Kander is a nationally
ship. On April 19, 1865, he con- known newspaper broker, the reci- Ludwig Erhard to take immediate
ducted a memoorial service for pient of a Pulitzer award, winner action to bring to an end the
President Lincoln, and on April of a medal from the School of activities of German scientists
23, 1865, the congregation, at a Journalism of the University of working on Egyptian arms devel-
special meeting, adopted a resolu- Kentucky and holder of an honor- opment who, they said, were
the peace in the
tion of condolence for President ary degree from the university. He threatening
Lincoln, written by Rabbi Epp- was lauded for his newspaper
In a letter to Chancellor Erhard,
work in the January 1956 issue the DPB cited the recent visit of
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Soviet Premier Khrushchev to
T h e leaders o f Congregation of Fortune Magazine.
Morris Abram is the son of Mrs. Egypt and the aggressive speeches
Beth El in Detroit, Michigan's
oldest Jewish congregation organ- Samuel Abram and great-grand- made recently in various Arab
ized in 1850, must have also heard son of Rabbi Samuel Eppstein. He countries. The latter expressed the
about Rabbi Eppstein's qualities was graduated from the Univers- regret of the West German labor
of leadership for in 1866, when ity of Chicago Law School, summa movement that the Bonn Govern-
the pulpit of Beth El became vac- cum laude, and was a Rhodes ment had not yet taken measures
ant, Rabbi Eppstein was called to Scholar. He served on the prose- against the German rocket experts
fill the vacancy. His annual salary cution saff of the International in Egypt.
"We consider it the self-evident
was $1500 plus perquisites. The Military Tribunal in Nueremberg,
congregation, numbering 70 fami- Germany, and as assistant to the duty of the German people to help
lies, also furnished hitm with a director for the Marshall Plan. the JeWish people who have suf-
The recipient of the Legion of fered so much in the past to
During Rabbi Eppstein's min- Merit, he was selected as one of maintain its freedom. The German
itsry in Detroit, the Temple on Atlanta's leadet of tomorrow. He Trade Union Movement expects
Washington and Clifford was dedi- was a major in the U.S. Air Force the Chancellor to intervene in an
cated by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise during World War II. He was as- effective and practical way be-
and late Friday evening services sociated with the law firm of Adlai cause this matter is also connected
were instituted. The Hebrew-Ger- Stevenson. He re cently moved with the maintenance of peace
man-English Day School was dis- from Atlanta to New York City and the prestige of the German
continued and a congregational where he is a member of the law people in the world," the letter
religious school, meeting a f ter firm of Judge Simon H. Rifkind. declared.
public school hours, was opened.
In 1868 Rabbi Eppstein published
!!rionfirmand's Guide to the Mosaic
BY HENRY LEONARD
ligion," first book of Jewish
..Aerest to appear in Michigan.
Rabbi Eppstein took an active in-
terest in the establishment of a
Jewish Orphan Home in Cleve-
land (now Bellefaire).
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In January, 1869, Congregation
Bne Jeshurun of Milwaukee (now
Congregation Emanu-El B'nai Jesh-
urun) advertised in the Israelite
for "rabbi and lecturer, competent
to preach in the German and Eng-
lish languages, and superintend a
Hebrew school" and was prepared
to pay an annual salary of $3,000.
On March 13, 1869, Rabbi Eppstein
lecture in English. He was elected
rabbi at a salary of $2,000, despite
the advertised $3,000.
During his ten-year sojourn in
Milwaukee, Rabbi Eppstein wit-
nessed the dedication of a new
Temple, founded the J u v e nil e
B'ne Jeshurun Society, "the only
juvenile society of importance in
this city," and published his con-
troversial book "Bibical History."
He was particularly active in non-
sectarian and literary societies in
Milwaukee, and literary societies
"Don't worry, Sarah • . . we'll lick 'em
By IRVING I. KATZ
Temple Beth El
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, June 5, 1964
yet. All we need is a bigger sign."
tiles Isaac Day' Marked in Italy
A copy of "The Teaching of Contempt," by Jules Isaao, is
presented to Mayor Giorgia La Pira (center) of Florence, Italy, in
honor of "Jules Isaac Day," in tribute to the late French historian
responsible for founding European Christian-Jewish friendship asso-
ciations. Making the presentation is Abraham S. Karlikov (right) of
the American Jewish Committee's European office. Looking on is
Kurt Pordes of Vienna, president of the International Consultative
Committee for Christian Jewish Coordination. AJC helped bring to
the U.S. the English translation of Isaac's work on the Christian
origins of anti-Semitism.
States Righters Called Anti-Semitic
MADISON, Wis. (JTA) — The
National States Rights party, based
in Birmingham and claiming to be
the third largest party in the coun-
try, was depicted here as promot-
ing "a home-grown version of Nazi
racism" and advocating "red-neck
anti-Semitism, anti-Negroism and a
strong undercurrent of clan-type
Last year, the article charged,
the National States Rights party's
newspapers reprinted the May
1934 issue of Julius Streicher's
anti-Semitic Nazi publication, Der
Stuermer. The article warned that
the group could not be considered
"harmless crackpots" as long as
"they can escalate hate into vio-
An article in the June issue of
"Progressive" magazine said that
the party claimed to have units in
38 states, many of them in large
cities. The party, according to the
article, uses a uniform reminiscent
of German storm troopers and the
symbol of the lightning bolt used
by the Hitler Youth Movement.
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