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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

• Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial
elation.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit 48235 Mich.,
9364. Subscription $6 a year. Foreign $7.
Second Class Postage Paid at Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

SIDNEY SHMARAK

Advertising Manager

CHARLOTTE HYAMS

City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 2nd day of Av, 5725, the following scriptural selections will be
read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion: Num. 30:2-36:13; prophetical portion: Jerem. 2:4-28; 3:4

Licht benshen, Friday, July 30, 7:35 P.M.

XLVII, No. 23

Page 4

July 30, 1965

he New U.S. Representative at the UN

Many are the quotations we could resort
to indicate the nobility of character that
Is marked the career, indeed the entire life's
ork, of former Supreme Court Justice Arthur
oseph
Goldberg, now United States Repre-
,
s, entative to the United Nations.
His loyalty to our country, his readiness
to serve our nation, induced him to give up a
seat he could have held for life on the United
-'3ates Supreme Court. The test to which he
3 put was, indeed, a very challenging one.
,J proved true to his role as a great and de-
,. ated American by yielding to the Presi-
Ment's request that he accept the new and
ost important role as our government's re-
presentative in the forum of the world organ-

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1zation.

Ambassador Goldberg has earned the
blessings and best wishes of all Americans,
of people of all faiths and all nations. Yet
what he has undertaken is not an enviable
task. He will be faced by enemies of our way
of life. He will be confronted by antagonists
to Israel who have not learned to tolerate
justice for their young neighbor and the
smallest
state in the Middle East.
-
Yet, contrary to all speculations that he
will find it difficult to tackle the Israel-Arab
problem, his previous successes as an arbitra-
tor, his approach to issues without bias, his
appeal to reason rather than hatred, leads us
to believe that if ever there was a man who
might encourage accord in the embattled Mid-
dle East, it is Arthur Joseph Goldberg.
Indeed, it is not unreasonable to believe
that he may succeed in bringing Arabs and
Jews together at one negotiating table—some-
thing that no one could accomplish until
now—and then it will be equally reasonable
to believe that this man who has risen from
the home of a poor immigrant to great heights
in the American government may even be
considered for the Nobel Peace Prize. It is
because peace is so vital and so urgent in the
Middle East that we wish to think of Arthur
Goldberg in such terms—for the good of
Jews and Moslems, for the benefit of Ameri-
ca, in the best interests of world peace.
With meteoric speed, Arthur J. Gold-
berg has risen to world leadership. By sheer
merit, because he understands our country's
needs, because he is able to apply himself
to conditions as they arise, no matter how
critical they may be, he has become one of
the nation's most valuable public servants.
At the same time, his appreciation and love
for his Jewish heritage causes him also to be
among the most dedicated spokesmen for
Jewry.
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*

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There is that most serious problem of
American-Russian relations. While it is true,
as Ambassador Goldberg said when he ac-
cepted President Johnson's appointment, that
he succeeds Adlai Stevenson who can not be
replaced, it is equally well known that Mr.
Goldberg's skill as a negotiator, his ability to
get people to work together and to attain
amity even under most critical conditions—as
he did in labor disputes--must lead us to be-
lieve that he may help salve the tragic cold
war problems.
When he dealt with the problem of anti-
Semitism in Russia, in an address he delivered
on May 2, he did not call names: this man
was never known to call names. He asked
for justice and for consistency. On this basis
he has a chance to succeed in the United Na-
tions and to assist in curing a poisonous world
situation.
And because his record is so outstanding,
his ability so noteworthy, his approach to is-
sues so logical, his appointment has received
so much acclaim—in the press, in Congress,

among the masses of the people of this coun-
try. That is why the Detroit Free Press Wash-
ington correspondent, Edwin A. Lahey, was
so logical when he said that President John-
son was putting the man of the people in the
U.N.
*
*
*
Arthur Joseph Goldberg is the son of
immigrant parents. His father struggled to
support his family, and Arthur helped his
father load his vegetable wagon to take the
produce to his customers. In some descrip-
tions of Arthur's life, newsmen commented
that the man who was to become our coun-
try's most important spokesman in the fami-
ly of nations had uplifted himself from the
slums. This is a misrepresentation. The son
of a devout father never lives in the slums.
He does not have affluence. He works hard
to attain college degrees. He rises without
wealth to a scholastic career that remains un-
matched at Northwestern University. But he
attains it because he follows in the footsteps
of a father who was dedicatedly devout, who
found spiritual strength in the Orthodox syn-
agogue he organized in Chicago, serving it as
president.
It is because Arthur Goldberg's inspira-
tion came, in part, from such an environment
that he had acquired a character above re-
proach, that he had learned to serve our
country so well. It is because he was able to
serve the people he stems from, to support
the highest cultural values in Judaism, to
support the messianic Zionist goal of assisting
in bringing an end to Jewish homelessness,
that he is able with equal fervor to serve his
country and humanity. Like Louis Dembitz
Brandeis he believes that 'every American
Jew who aids in advancing the Jewish settle-
ment in Palestine will likewise be a better
man and a better American for doing so";
and by drawing upon this bit of practical ad-
vice forty years after his great predecessor
on the U.S. Supreme Court bench had uttered
it, and by adhering to it, Ambassador Gold-
berg served notice that he is not compro-
mising with his conscience: that while serving
Jewry well he also can serve America and
mankind. He has done it until now: there is
no doubt that he will continue to do it. And
as in all previous experiences, he no doubt
will do it well.
*
*
*
Arthur Goldberg is a good family man.
He indicated it in the concluding words of
his acceptance speech in the White House
Rose Garden on July 20. He and his able wife
emphasized it in their prayers.
Wherever he is, he keeps in constant
touch with his family, with his daughter in
Chicago, with his son—of course, always with
his artist wife at his side, with his mother-in-
law and with his sister, Mrs. Mary Greenberg
of Elgin, Ill. Mrs. Greenberg, who was 71
when Goldberg was named to President Ken-
nedy's Cabinet as Secretary of Labor, related
that her brother Arthur, who worked to make
his way through high school and college,
would set the alarm after a night's work, to
be awakened after two hours' sleep to con-
tinue his studies. He was not yet 21 when
he earned his law degree—the hard way, but
it was the Goldberg way which seeks the
right approach even if it must be hardest
earned.
When Arthur Goldberg was named to
the Kennedy Cabinet, the Elgin newspaper
announced it thus: "Mrs. Greenberg's Brother
Named Secretary of Labor." It is because
the Orthodox synagogue in Chicago, which
was organized and presided over by his
father, can rightfully say: "Ambassador Gold-
berg worshipped here" that the appelation
greatness can be designated to Arthur Joseph
Goldberg without reservations.

Pioneer Airmen: Authoritative
Account of Israel's Air Force

Early in 1948—it was before Israel became a sovereign state—
three young men tested a twin-engine British-built plane on a small
Tel Aviv airfield. The minute airline, Aviron, owned two or three
such planes. In addition, there was a Palestine Aero Club whose
members handled single-engined Piper Cub planes.
The three men who tested the small planes proceeded with flights,
under hazardous conditions, which took them first over Kfar Etzion, a
Jewish village that was under attack by Arabs who encircled them,
and for a time drove off the marauders. The British, still in con-
trol, might have ended the adventurous plans of the pioneer airmen,
but they returned to their small hangar to remove evidence of their
flight.
"From that flight, pioneer Jewish airmen developed a first-
rate military air service," Monty Jacobs states in "The Birth of
the Israel Air Force," a first-rate juvenile work published by
Schulzinger Brothers (199 Lafayette, NY 2).
No author is better qualified to write the story of the Israel air
force better than Monty Jacobs, presently the executive director
and chief public relations man of - the World Jewish Congress. Jacobs
was the public relations officer of the Israel air force in 1948. He
saw the first planes in operation, he became intimately associated
with the Haganah, with which the pioneer airmen were associated, and
he knows the story from his intimate personal affiliation with the
heroes who protected Israel.
It all began with the Piper Cub planes. The heroic and daring
fliers went over Jerusalem during the Arab attacks. They guided the
convoys during the blockade on the Holy City.
The British RAF fliers, watching some of the early attempts
to operate an airline, told one of the Israelis: "Boy, have you
got a pile of junk." But the Israeli was not discouraged: "We
are going to make this junk fly," he said.
It was out of such mettle that heroes emerged. It was out of the
junk that a powerful air force was built.
Jacobs traces the story, step by step, relating experiences during
Israeli-Arab battles, telling how the first fighter plane was assembled,
how the first Israel Messerschmitts, "painted a muddy brown and with
the blue and white insignia on the wings and fuselage, began to sweep
into the skies in defense of the new nation."
They felt alone at first, but help began to come from the United
States whence came veteran airmen who helped Israel in the fight
for independence.
Jacobs' story is part of the glory of the Haganah. It is a
tale of struggle, of UN's entrance into the controversy, of the
Egyptian attacks and the ultimate collapse of their assaulting
forces.
The young reader will learn from this account how the Lydda
Airport arose to great prominence, how Lod, Lydda's beginnings, was
captured from the Arabs. The reader is introduced in the course
of the story not only to Israel heroism but also to the country's
geography.
Part of the story is devoted to an account of how the Israeli
brought down RAF planes, how their pilots were captured. It could
could have meant an international incident for Israel, but fortunately
no more Royal Air Force planes were put in operation in the early
struggles for statehood. It was just another incident before the British
left Israel.
Jacobs' story depicts the birth of an air force and its growth into
maturity. It's a well-told account of an important aspect in the
birth of Israel.



Jack Siegel's 'Squeegee /



A Review by Boris Smolar
The Negro problem, intertwined with the reaction of a Jewish
couple whose daughter married a Negro, is presented in "Squeegee,"
a novel by Jack Siegel, published this week by Horizon Press . . . Mr.
Siegel is very vivid in picturing the life and the surroundings of the
Negro family he has chosen to portray . . . He is not so vivid in
bringing out his Jewish characters . . The book is well written and
distinguishes itself in strength and in tempo . . It is a kind of a
"Negro Meets Jew" book, where all events take place within a single
day .. . Like a portrait done in strong colors, the Negro elements
in the book stand out in attracting the attention of the reader ... The
author shows great knowledge of the Negro atmosphere in New York
and deep understanding of Negro frustrations . He indulges too
much in "realism" when it comes to sex episodes and in this respect
he makes no distinction between his Negro and white heroes ... In
fact, many of the readers may find him too outspoken in matters of
sex . . . However, he masters the technique of writing and penetrates
into the psychology of the people he is writing about.

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