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July 24, 1964 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-07-24

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Lutheran World Leaders Denounce
Anti-Semitism, Invite Proselytes

Beth Moses Pushes to End of Drive

Condemnation of anti-Semitism as
`spiritual suicide" was issued at a
consultation of Lutheran world
leaders here. At the same time,
Lutheran mission organizations
were called upon to "proclaim the
Gospel" to Jewish communities.
The consultation, under the aus-
pices of the Lutheran World Fed-
eration, was summoned to deal
with the question of the Christian
church and the Jews.
Study groups denouced "the
long, terrible history of Christian
culpability for anti-Semitism .. .

Cong. Beth Moses, observing its 60th anniversary, is nearing the
climax of its fund-raising campaign for an addition to the synagogue.
The victory celebration and ground breaking are scheduled for
November, and will feature top talent in a variety show under the
direction of Dr. Myron Spalter. Led by cochairmen I. Irving Feldman
and Dan Levy, the anniversary committee executives include (from
left), front: Jerome L. Kohn, I. Irving Feldman and Beth Moses
president Dr. Manuel Feldman; rear: Isadore Bernstein, Ralph For-
man and Franklin Levy.

World Conservative Movement Urged
to Confront Western. Culture, Not
to Avoid It, at Mexico City Parley

Christian Honors
Memory of Hero
With Gift to Israel

The heroism of a classmate at
West Point has prompted a Pell-
ston, Mich., man to contribute
$1,000 to "Israeli rehabilitation."
In a letter to the Zionist Or-
ganization of America, Wade L.
Kerr, a fellow graduate of Col.
David Marcus in the class of June
•cus was killed while fighting for
warded to Mar Silver. Col. Mar-
cus was killed while fighting for
Israel in the War of Liberation.
"I have faith," Kerr wrote,
"that my hope of a better resur-
rection in the world to come
won't occur before Israel is
fully restored in Palestine ac-
cording to the promises of the
holy prophets."
Referring often to Old and New
Testament passages that prophesy
the return to Palestine, Kerr paid
tribute to Marcus: "I realized,
when reading the newspaper ac-
counts of his death while fighting
for the Israeli liberation in Pales-
tine, that he had made the su-
preme sacrifice in a cause pleasing
to my master of salvation, Jesus

MEXICO CITY (JTA) — The communities could better under-
worldwide Jewish community was stand their Jewish heritage and
preserve their Jewish identity.
urged to confront Western cul-
The convention was opened by
ture, rather than avoid or evade it,
its chairman, Bert Godfrey, of To-
by Rabbi Theodore Friedman, past ronto, who welcomed the 300 del-
president of the Rabbinical Assem- egates from countries around the
bly. He was the keynote speaker world. The closing session was held
at the fifth international conven- on Wednesday.
tion of the World Council of Syna-
The prediction that the forth-
gogues, which opened here Mon- coming Ecumenical Co u n c i l
day. The World Council embraces
which opens at Vatican City in
congregations of the Conservative
September will adopt a pro-Jew-
movement in Judaism and has af- ish document was voiced at
filiates and associates in 22 coun- Wednesday's session of the con-
tries around the world.
Rabbi Friedman said that all
Making this prediction, Rabbi
Jewish communities have the same Harry Halpern of New York
problems arising out of their ex- warned, however, not to be too
istence in the environment of the optimistic about the contents of
Western culture whether in New the document.
York, Mexico City, London, or Tel
Dr. Bernard Segal, executive
Aviv. He rejected the attitude of
of the United Synagogue
some sections of Judaism which
advocate a policy of isalation from of America, reported on the Rab-
binical Seminary which the World
Western culture for their adher-
ents. Such elements in Judaism, he Council helped to establish in
Buenos Aires. He said the Jewish
said, in Brooklyn, Bnai Brak, and
communities in Latin American
in Buenos Aires, favored the erec-
tion of barriers between Judaism countries are in great need of
rabbis and that they depend on
and the Western world.
bringing over rabbis from other
The Conservative movement in countries. The Seminary, he said,
Judaism, he said, has rejected this trains local students for the rab-
attitude because it was doomed to binate and thereby strengthens
failure and, even more important, Jewish religious life not only in
because it is the obligation of the Argentina but also in other coun-
Jewish community not to escape tries in South America.
from the world but to persuade
Rabbi Marshal Meyer, who was
the world. "We have much to learn
from Western culture and much born in the United States and is
living in Buenos Aires, reported
to teach it," he stressed.
that the Seminary has now 23
Taking note of the special prob- students.
lems besetting Jewish youth
throughout the world, Rabbi Fried-
man counseled them to face up to
Western culture. He advised Jew-
ish youth to remember that in
Judaism lies the answer to the
human problem in the modern
A minyan has been established
President of the World Council, in the Dexter-Linwood area to ac-
Charles Rosengarten, of Waterbury, commodate residents left without
Conn., in his report to the con- a synagogue.
vention on his administration, em-
Services are held daily at 3311
phasized that education was the W. Chicago Blvd., near Wilde-
primary need of Jewish commu- mere. Membership is not required,
nities throughout the world. He and no dues will be solicited. Any-
pledged that the World Council one in the area is invited to at-
would continue to address itself tend.
to the task of providing educa-
The schedule is as follows:
tional facilities, including leader-
Weekdays, 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
ship training, so that all Jewish
Sabbath, 9 a.m.
For information, call A. L. Co-
Friday, July 24, 1964
hen, TY 6-6779.

Minyan Set Up
for Residents in
Dexter Locality

Students to Deliver Gift
From U.S. to Israelis

A group of 74 American stu-
dents on a study tour of Israel
will present a Torah scroll from
the National Federation of Jewish
Men's Clubs to an Israeli com-
The students, led by Dr.
Shmuel Leiter of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America,
are participating in the National
Ramah Seminar in Israel. They
will take part in an intensive
study program arranged by the
Ramah Commission, an educa-
tional camp organization under
the educational auspices of the
Seminary's Teachers Institute.
The men's clubs group, spon-
sor of the Leaders Training Fel-
lowship to which many of the
students belong annually pre-
sents a sefer Torah to an Israeli
community. This year the re-
cipient will be the Israel Gold-
stein Youth Village, south of
The scroll will be presented to
Zeev Shickler, director of the
youth village by Dr. Leiter, who
will also deliver a message of
greeting to the young Israelis from
Dr. Joel Geffen, spiritual adviser
to the National Federation of
Jewish Men's Clubs.

Let Church and State Each
Keep on Own Side of Wall,
Ex-College President Urges

Dr. Daniel L. Marsh, for 25
years president of Boston Uni-
versity, now the institution's re-
tired chancellor, preached in Bos-
ton University's Marsh Chapel on
"Why did the Founders of the
United States so definitely separ-
ate Church and State?" and an-
swered the question by saying,
"Because the Founding Fathers
knew history."


Dr. Shankman Heads

World Reform Body

PARIS—Dr. Jacob K. Shank-
As Lutherans, we confess our man of New Rochelle, N. Y., was
own peculiar guilt, and we la- elected president of the World
Union for Prog-
ment with shame the responsibil-
ity which our church and her ressive Judaism, •
people bear for this sin. We can Ltd., the 22-
only ask God's pardon and that country • organiza-
tion of Reform
of the Jewish people."
"Conversations" between Christ- and Liberal
ian and Jew were encouraged as Jews. He suc-
part of "Christian responsibility to ceeds Rabbi Dr.
seek respectfully to understand Solomon B. Free-
both the Jewish people and their hof of Pittsburgh.
president since
In addition, the world federation 1959, who pre-
and its member churches were ad- sided over the
vised: to eliminate anti-Semitic final session of '•
the 30th Interna-
references from sermons and
tional conference
publications, including the notion July 13. Dele-
that Jews were responsible for the
gates in Paris Dr. Shankman
death of Jesus; to work toward represented one and one-half mil-
preventing all national and inter- lion Jews and 750 synagogues.
national manifestations of anti-
Semitism; and to call upon con-
A third straight year of million-
gregations to join with Jews in plus attendance is expected at the
matters of common concern, such Michigan State Fair, Aug. 28-Sept.
as civil rights.
The consultation made it plain,
however, that the church "has the
obligation to carry on organized
mission activities through which
the message of reconciliation is
brought to men."
WITH . . .
Recognizing the division between
the "old" Israel and the "New",
Woodward near 7 Mile Rd.
Minutes away from everything
the Lutheran consultants suggested
that the division will be healed
• Phones • Air Conditioning
when "all Israel" recognizes Jesus
• Complete Kitchens
• Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
"as its Messiah."
"Those who share in the in-
heritance," the findings continue,
"must recognize a grateful re-
sponsibility for the original heirs.
• TV and Radio • Parking
• Continental Breakfast
It follows, therefore, that the
church wil pray for the Jews
TO 8-2662
daily, especially in its Sunday
Proselytes will be considered
equally Christian, the report states,1 Moderate
"without distinction, whether they Rates
have their origin in the people of Start at
the old covenant or among the 1 $8.00
The consultation findings also 19630
noted the "needs and difficulties of
the Christians in Israel, especial- Woodward
ly those of Jewish origin" and ex- Near 7 Mile Road
pressed "its solidarity with them."
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