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June 26, 1964 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-06-26

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LONDON (JTA)—The last syna-
gogue in Minsk has been razed, the
demolition starting without prior
notice while Jews were attending
services in the structure.
The worshipers had been ex-
pecting the razing of the syna-
gogue, a small wooden structure,
to provide room for a new apart-
ment house, for at least a year.
But they had not been given any
notice of the date and were at
services when workmen appeared
on May 29 to start tearing the
building down, according to a re-
port from Moscow.
There are now about 56,000
Jews as compared to the 600,000
who lived there prior to the Nazi
occupation of this Soviet city
where they annihilated the Jew-
ish population. The Minsk re-
ligious Jews reportedly are plan-
ning to hold services in apart-
ments, using whatever religious
requisites they were able to sal-
vage from the razed synagogue.
The structure, believed to have
been centuries old, had become
delapidated in recent years. It
had been a small part of what
once had been a series of syna-
gogue schools and buildings, since
converted into apartments.
Minsk city officials reportedly
asserted that the Jewish commu-
nity did not ask for another build-
ing to replace the razed synagogue,
but it was also reported that the
Jews made such a request and
that the request was rejected.
In what would seem to be a
reverse in such anti-Jewish
policy, a Moscow court imposed
a five-year jail sentence on a
Soviet citizen who was found
guilty of promoting the sale of
anti-Semitic and anti-Soviet
literature and of trafficking in
obscene books.
According to a report published
in Vechernyaya Moskva, a Mos-
cow evening newspaper, Valentin
Ryskov had masterminded a 10-
man ring that dealt in the illegal
publications. Ryskov was said to
has centered his operations in
Moscow, obtaining what the news-
paper called "rampant erotic lit-
erature, rabid anti-Soviet publica-
tions and outright anti-Semitic
literature" from publishing houses
in Madrid, Munich and New York.
The situation of Soviet Jewry
continued to be the topic for dis-
cussion at conferences and con-
tion with 58 years of service to vention here and a b r o a d. The
philanthropic cases, completed its Fourth Mediterranean Conference
disolution by turning over its re- at Florence, Italy, took up the sub-
maining $500 to the St. Louis ject following reports presented
by delegates on religious and cul-
Service Club for the Blind.
tural discrimination in European
The Society decided to disband Communist countries.
four years ago and at that time
Jacques Nantes of France told
turned over the bulk of its funds the delegates at great length of
to local charitable organizations, the suppression of Jewish culture
hospitals and Jewish centers as- and religion in the Soviet Union.
He cited facts to illustrate the
present situation of Soviet Jews
Rabbinic Alumni Parley and the unequal treatment they
are accorded as compared with
Set at Skokie College
the treatment of other national
Open sessions devoted to re- minorities in the Soviet Union.
ligion in the public schools, shared
The speaker reported that
time, federal aid to education, and the percentage of Jewish stu-
civil rights will headline the na- dents in Soviet universities fell
tional "Rabbinic Alumni Confer- from 13 to 3 per cent during the
ence" to be held Monday and last 10 years. He pointed out
Tuesday by the Rabbinic Alumni that the mailing of a Bible to
Association of the Hebrew Theo- individuals in Soviet Russia —
even to a rabbi — is considered
logical College, Skokie, Ill.
Rabbis from throughout the an illegal act. He emphasized
that the reprinting of the He-
United States who are graduates
brew Bible has been banned
of the 42-year-old educational in-
1917, when the Commu-
stitution and seminary will con- since
nist party came to power.
vene on the new $5-million campus.
The French delegate suggested
The conference will conclude that the conference should adopt
with a banquet honoring the first a resolution requesting the So-
three graduating (semicha) classes viet Union and other Communist
of The College (1925, 1927 and countries to permit the emigra-
1929), including a special testi- tion of people desiring to be re-
monial to one of its graduates — united with their relatives in
Rabbi Oscar Z. Fasman of Skokie, other countries.
who is retiring emeritus after 18
The report of the French dele-
gate was supplemented by M.
years as president.
Among the alumni honorees will Garosci, a delegate from Italy, who
be Detroit Rabbi Israel T. Notis also went to great length to depict
the suppression of Jewish culture
of the 1927 graduating class.

TEMPLE EMANU-EL: Services 8:15 p.m. today. Rabbi Rosenbaum
will speak on "The Great Men." The Bar Mitzvah of David F.
Seyburn will be observed.
CONG. BETH TEFILO EMANUEL TIKVAH: Services 7:40 p.m. to-
day and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Levin will speak on "The
Sources of Israel's Spiritual Strength."
TEMPLE ISRAEL: Services 8:30 p.m. today. Rabbi Syine will speak
on "The Story of a Conversion: How Father Kenneth Cox Be-
came Rabbi Abraham Carmel." The Bas Mitzvah of Marjorie
Beth Cohen will be observed. Services 11 a.m. Saturday. The Bar
Mitzvah of Scott Joel Seligman will be observed.
CONG. GEMILUTH CHASSODIM: Services 7:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Litke will speak on "Are Anti-Semitic Barbs
Really Blessings?" The Bar Mitzvahs of Richard Creed and
Leonard Byer will be observed.
YOUNG ISRAEL OF GREENFIELD: Services 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Sperka will speak on "The Jewish Home— Cita-
del of Survival."
CONG. SHAAREY SHOMAYIM: Services 7:50 p.m. today and 9 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Goldman will speak on "The History of Balak."
The Bar Mitzvah of Jerrold Rosenberg will be observed.
CONG. BETH MOSES: Services 6:30 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m. Satur-
day. The Bar Mitzvahs of James Wolman and Alan Lenhoff
will be observed.
BETH AARON SYNAGOGUE: Services 6:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m.
Saturday. The Bar Mitzvahs of Arnold Braver and Gary Kaplan
will be observed.
CONG. AHAVAS ACHIM: Services 7:55 p.m. today and 8:40- a.m.
Saturday. The Bar Mitzvahs of Mark Frederick Laurens and Martin
Jay Lerner will be observed.
YOUNG ISRAEL OF OAK-WOODS: Services 7:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m.
Saturday. The Bar Mitzvah of Eugene Herman will be observed.
ADAS SHALOM SYNAGOGUE: Services 6 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m.
Saturday. The Bar Mitzvahs of Sanford Ira Markowitz and Paul
Drachler will be observed.
CONG. BETH JOSEPH: Services 7:45 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
BETH ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE: Services 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. Sat-
BETH ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE: Services 7:30 p.m. today and 8:45
a.m. Saturday.
CONG. BETH SHALOM: Services 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Bar Mitzvah of Jeffrey Salinger will be observed.
day and 9 a.m. Saturday. The Bar Mitzvah of Ronald Lazar will
will be observed.
CONG. SHAAREY ZEDEK: Services 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
TEMPLE BETH EL: Services 5:30 p.m. today and 11:15 a.m. Satur-
day. The Bar Mitzvah of Jonathan Richard Roth will be observed.
CONG. BNAI JACOB: Services 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday. The
Bar Mitzvah of Herbert Paul Konstam will be observed.
CONG. BNAI DAVID: Services 6:15 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Bar Mitzvahs of Richard Fox and Mark A. Burstein will
be observed.
and 8 a.m. Saturday.
TEMPLE BETH JACOB, Pontiac: Summer services 8 p.m. today.
CONG. BNAI MOSHE: Services 7 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
CONG. BETH YEHUDAH: Services 7:45 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Satur-
day. The Bar Mitzvah of Zen Wrotslaysky will be observed.
BIRMINGHAM TEMPLE: Services 8 p.m. Sunday at High Meadow
School. Rabbi Wine will speak on "The 'Paranoia' of Meyer Levin."

Synagogues Grow; Charity Unit Closes

(JTA News Services to
The Jewish News)

Plans for synagogue growth,
marked by the dedication of two
new sanctuaries in U. S. cities,
were coupled with the dissolution
of a St. Louis charity society last
A $450,000 building in Wash-
ington, D. C., was dedicated by
Temple Israel, and another $350,-
000 Orthodox synagogue, Young
Israel of Brookline, was dedi-
cated in Massachusetts. The latter
is the first Orthodox Synagogue
to be built in metropolitan Boston
in nearly 50 years. Membership in
Brookline Young Israel has grown
from 60 families five years ago to
more than 200 today.
Beth Hillel Synagogue in
Bloomfield, Conn., voted to em-
bark on an expansion program
aimed at providing new quar-
ters for the congregation by
the High Holy Days of 1965. In
the fall, a fund-raising campaign
will be launched to finance the
first stage of the project, esti-
mated to cost $2'70,000.
In St. Louis, the Gertrude
Charity Society, a local organiza-

Friday, June 26, 1964





The Last Synagogue in Minsk
Is Razed: Demolition Begun
as Jews Worshiping Inside

and religion in the Soviet Union.
He emphasized that he is con-
vinced that the more the world
will insist that the Moscow gov-
ernment treats its Jewish citizens
equally with other minorities in
the USSR, the better the chances
for success.
(The next Mediterranean Con-
ference will be devoted exclusively
to the differences between Israel
and her Arab neighbors. This was
decided by the board of directors
of the conference as a result of
wishes expressed by delegates.)

In Stockholm, the Central
Council of Swedish oewish Com-
munities sent a letter to visiting
Soviet Premier Khrushchev
Wednesday urging him to inter-
vene to end discriminatory mea-
sures against Soviet Jews.
The letter recalled the tradi-
tional fight of the Soviet govern-
ment against "0 1 d t i m e Preju-
dices" against minority groups,
adding that one of those preju-
dices, anti-Semitism, was deeply
rooted in Eastern Europe. The let-
ter said "we are confident" that
such intervention by the Premier
"would strengthen confidence in
the Soviet Union and its people
and in your efforts for interna-
tioal peace and understanding."
In Copenhagen, the Scandina-
vian Jewish Youth Federation, rep-
resenting 3,000 members, issued
an appeal for facilities for a cul-
tural exchange between the Jews
of the Soviet Union and the Scan-
dinavian countries.
The federation offered to ar-
range theater performances, con-
certs and lectures by Soviet Yid-
dish artists in the Scandinavian
countries and to assist in arrange-
ments for Scandinavian Jews to
give performances in the Soviet
Union. The federation statement
said that an exchange of Yiddish
literature and delegations of Jew-
ish students would benefit both
Soviet and Scandinavian Jewry and
contribute to peace and coexist-
In Brussels, a resolution sharply
condemning Soviet discrimination
against Jews in various fields was
adopted Wednesday at a confer-
ence of Belgian Jewish leaders
convened on that issue. The dele-
gates also adopted an appeal to
the Belgian government to inter-
vene with Soviet authorities and
international organizations to end
that discrimination.
There is no institution repre-
senting all elements of Belgian
Jewry, and the meeting was the
first made up of nearly all Jewish
viewpoints in Belgium. The meet-
ing recalled that on June 8, Pre-
mier Lefevre expressed concern
over the discriminatory measures
applied to Russian Jews.

Participants included Chief Rab-
bi Dreyfuss, Paul Phillipson, Max
Gottschalk, Robert Katz and other
Jewish leaders.
In Waterville, Me., a resolution
condemning the suppression of
Jewish religion and culture in
the Soviet Union was adopted by
more than 200 delegates attending
the convention of the Maine State
Federated Labor Council. The
resolution, adopted unanimously,
"This convention of the Maine
State Federated Labor Council
adds its voice to those condemning
the Soviet Union's violations of
the human rights of its Jewish
minority and calls upon the gov-
ernment of the United States to
use every means available to it
in the United Nations and else-
where to vigorously protest offi-
cial Soviet anti-Semitism."
In South Fallsburg, N.Y., at the
annual four-day convention of
Brith Abraham, Irving L. Hodes,
grand master of the national fra-
ternal order, strongly criticized the
Soviet Union for anti-Jewish dis-
crimination. He called upon the
delegates to "write to our Presi-
dent, governors, senators and con-
gressman — and trust that they
will make known our protests."

Friday Services to Start
at Birmingham Temple

Birmingham Temple will inaugu-
rate Friday evening services be-
ginning July 3 and continuing
through the summer, according to
Rabbi Shermin Wine, spiritual
leader of the temple.
The ceremonies of lighting the
candles and kiddush will be added
to the service, and the ritual com-
mittee has started a fund with
which to provide the temple with
candelabra and a kiddush cup.
Services will begin at 8:30 p.m.,
to be followed by an oneg shabbat.

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