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October 08, 1965 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-10-08

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Revisionist Predicts Defeat of Mapai

Muriel Spark's `Mandelbaum Gate'
Well-Written Novel Depicts Conflict,
Reveals Arab-Israel Border Intrigues

Muriel Spark has written a most
unusual story. "The Mandelbaum
Gate" is a novel, and it is without
doubt fiction. Yet, its background,
the dialogues relating to Arab-
Israel relations, the injection of
issues dealing with the boundary
line between Israel and Jordan,
give it greater importance that
a mere story.
Miss Spark (whose novel was
published by Knopf), a native of
,—}E d i n b u r g h, embraced Roman
Catholicism in 1954. Author of
eight novels and several books of
poetry, criticism and biography,
she was the 1962 winner of the
Italia Prize. Her new novel deals
with the experiences of a half-
Jewess who embraced Catholicism,
who was in Israel and managed
to get to Jordan, who was in
danger of being arrested in Jordan
because of her Jewish background,
and her eventual return to the
Israeli side, later to be reunited
with her lover.
What makes this an especially
intriguing tale is the espionage
among the British in Israel, first
alluded to and then proven. The
intrigues, the roles played by a
young Arab and his family in
getting incomes from both Jews
and non-Jews in both countries
divided by the Mandelbaum Gate,
provide the mysterious elements
that cause this novel to hold the
reader's attention from start to
There is frank discussion about
the background of the heroine,
Barbara Vaughan, and an Israeli
guide, in typical fashion, asks
bluntly which half of her is Jew-
ish, and when he hears that it is
through her mother he says: "Then
you are a whole Jew. The Jew in-
herits through the mother by Jew-
ish Law."
It doesn't really matter in the
long run. She is still the Catholic.


But the discussion is interesting
just as the comments about the
travels back and forth of the mem-
ber of the British Embassy in
Jerusalem, Freddy Hamilton, who
plays a major role in trying to
protect Barbara in Jordan, are in-
teresting. Freddy's experiences in
Mea Shearim, his relations with
Jews, who teach him Hebrew, and
the Arab who teaches him Arabic,
are most interesting.
The unreality of the conflict
between Israel and the Arabs
impresses itself upon the reader.
Without intrigue, wiping out the
boundary line, there would be a
single terrain. But with the
boundary, and the existing sus-
picions, there is that continuing
search for suspects, the role of
spies, the hiding of Barbara and
her resort to clandestine ways of
getting out of Jordan back to
And within Arab territory all
reference to Israel has to be in
terms of "Occupied Palestine!"
Oh, yes, all the details of a con-
flict are here, and all the unreal
elements of a hatred that is man-
Miss Spark offers many descrip-
tions. She does not leave out the
one about the title of her book,
explaining, in the final words of
her story, — "the Mandelbaum
Gate, hardly a gate at all, but a
piece of street between Jerusalem
and Jerusalem, flanked by two
huts, and called by that name be-
cause a house at the other end once
belonged to a Mr. Mandelbaum."
It was while the Eichmann trial
was in progress that the tale told
by Miss Spark is enacted. There is
an immense amount of information
offered by a writer who proves
to have been a good observer,
whose studies of Israeli and Arab
conditions were in good stead in
narrating a_ good tale and in reveal-
ing many of the ludicrous elements
in an uncessary brotherly war.
Well written, with a good plot,
Miss Spark's "The Mandelbaum
Gate" deserves a high rating.

William M. Ellmann
New Vice President of
Michigan State Bar
Elazar to Address
William M. Ellmann has been
elected first vice president at the
annual meeting of the State Bar Open House Oct. 13
h el d at the Sheraton - Cadillac

Hotel Sept. 28. Previously he
-m served as second
vice president
and has been a
member of t h e
commission o f
the State Bar for
the past six
A member of
the law firm of
Ellmann and Ell-
mann, he is serv-
ing as a special
' assistant attorney general and
chairman of a special committee
appointed by the attorney general
to study the use of state troops
in public emergencies. He has
represented the State Bar of Michi-
gan during the past several years
in legislative matters and has
acted as liaison between the State
Bar of Michigan and director of
the Internal Revenue Service in
Washington. --
Born in 1921 in Highland Park,
he was educated in t h e public
schools there and attended Occi-
dental College where he played
football and baseball. He holds
degrees from the University of
Michigan and Wayne State Uni-
versity. In World War II he served
in the Pacific theater of operations
with the U. S. Strategic Air Force.
Ellmann is a member of the
executive board of the Anti-De-
famation League, Men's Club of
Temple Beth El and the Jewish
National Fund. He is a director of
Knollwood Country Club, a mem-
ber of the advisory council of the
American Arbitration Association
and a director of the Institute for
Continuing Legal Education.
He is married to the former
Sheila Frankel. They have three

Harold Berke, Hayim Greenberg
School board chairman, announces
that in connection with the 50th
jubilee of the school, a joint as-
sembly of the entire Labor Zionist
movement and school parents, will
take place in the
form of an open!:
house Wednes-
day, 8:30 p.m., at
the Labor Zion-
ist Institute.
Albert Elazar,
superintendent of
the United Heb-
rew Schools, will
speak on the
topic "Educating
Our Children For
the Modern Age".
A question and
answer period
will follow.
Mrs. Alfred Bricker, PTA chair-
man, joined in inviting parents of
grade school and nursery to attend
this function.
School children will participate
in the program. Refreshments will
be served. The public is invited.

International Social Service
Parley in Jerusalem in 196'7

Prof. Sol Spiegelman, University
of Illinois micro-biologist, heads
the five-man scientific team which
discovered how to put together a
molecular virus that reproduces it-
self indefinitely in a test tube. He
emphasized that this was not the
creation of life, however. The dis-
covery has been hailed as "an im-
portant break-through" in how
complex forms of life reproduce.

National Revisionist leader
Benesh Epstein, who was here Sun-
day night to address the Detroit
Revisionist Organization, predicted
that the labor movements will lose
the election in Israel on Nov. 2.
Benesh expressed the view that
the trend on a worldwide basis is
toward the right. He said the
Histadrut elections in Israel proved
that Mapai is losing ground.
"The gain of 18 per cent in the
vote polled by the Herut-Liberal
group, this group's 27 per cent
vote in Jerusalem, indicates that
this new alignment has a good
chance to win the election," he
Asked who he believes will be-
come Israel's Prime Minister if the
Mapai should lose to Herut-Lib-
erals, he said that it would un-
questionably be Menahem Begin.
The local Revisionist meeting on
Sunday, at the JeWish Center, was
attended by 300. The program in-
cluded the showing of a Jabotinsky

film and the evening was a
tribute meeting to Vladimir Jabotin-

Israel Refuses Entry
to Dutch Collaborator

TEL AVIV (JTA)—A Dutch col-
laborator who was convicted in
his native Holland of having
worked for the Nazis during the
wartime occupation of that coun-
try, was refused entry into Israel
as a tourist. The collaborator,
Cornelius Johaans Verhoof, 44, was
returned to Holland.



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Sukkot Meals

By Mildred Grosberg Benin

(Copyright, 1965, JTA, Inc.)
Sukkah fruit cup
Turkey, chicken, or roast ribs of beef
Beets in pineapple sauce
Farfel Supreme
Salad of green pepper rings stuffed
with tole slaw
Mixed pickles
Tea or black coffee
About 2 and 3/4 cups prepared fruits
and melons
12 large pitted dessert dates
About I/2 cup mixed candied fruit
Select fresh fruits and melons in sea-
son. Some dark-skinned grapes, cut in
half and pitted; some honeydew melon,
and some golden-fleshed melon should
be included for color. Peel, pit, and
cut the melon and other fruits used
into cubes about half-inch in size.
Blend them with a little super-fine
sugar and just enough lemon or lime
juice to moisten. To serve as an ap-
petizer, keep the fruit somewhat tart.
If you wish to prepare the Sukkah
Fruit Cup for dessert, add more sugar
to taste.
Almost fill 6 half-cup, stemmed des-
sert glasses with the prepared fruits
and melons. Slice the dates into strips
the length of the date and 1/2-inch
wide. Arrange the strips lattice fashion
over the surface of the fruit in rows
a half-inch apart. Cut the candied fruit
into pieces about 1/4-inch square and
place them in the spaces between the
rows of date strips, to represent the
open roof and the decorations of the
Sukkah. Chil lthe fruit cup thoroughly.
To serve, arrange colorful flat autumn
leaves on small flat plates, and set the
fruit cups on them. This amount makes
6 portions.
1 1-lb. can sliced beets
3 tablespoons parve margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 81/2-o-z. can crushed pineapple
1 /4 teaspoon salt
Drain the beets thoroughly and re-
serve 1 cup of the liquid. If there is
less than 1 cup of the liquid add water
to make the necessary amount. In a
1-quart saucepan over medium heat,
melt the margarine. Stir in the flour,
then cook until the mixture bubbles.
Remove from the heat. Gradually stir
in the reserved beet liquid. When the
butter-flour mixture and the liquid are
completely blended, return the sauce-
pan to the heat, add the brown sugar
and lemon juice, and stir until the
sauce is smooth and thick. Add the
pineapple and salt. The pineapple
should not be drained. This part of the
preparation may be completed slightly
in advance and the sauce kept covered
until dinner. Just before serving, re-
heat, add the beets, and stir gently
until very hot. This amount serves 5-6.
1 cup farfel (egg barley)
3 tablespoons chicken fat
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 4-oz. can mushroom pieces and stems
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the farfel in a generous quan-
tity of boiling, lightly salted water un-
til tender. Drain thoroughly. Put the
chicken fat in a small saucepan over
medium-low heat. When the fat is
melted add the onion and celery, and
stir until light brown. Add to the far-
fel. Be careful to stir in all the fat in
the pan. Stir in the mushrooms, the
liquid in the can of mushrooms, and
the soy sauce. Taste and add salt and
pepper as desired. Generously grease
a 1-quart casserole. Pour in the farfel
mixture. Spread the mixture evenly
in the pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F.,
until very hot, about 20 minutes. If
you wish to complete most of the
preparation in advance, place the cas-
serole, covered, in the refrigerator. Un-
cover before placing in the oven, and
allow 40 minutes for the farfel to heat.
This amount serves 5-6.


The first International Confer-
ence of Jewish Communal Service
will be held in Jerusalem in
August 1967, it was announced by
Maurice Bernstein, president of the
National Conference of Jewish
Communal Service.
Plans for the international con-
clave were formulated at a two-
day meeting of a working party
of 34 prominent Jewish social
Abstinence is the best medicine
workers from the United States, —Amer. proverb.
Canada, Israel, France, Great
Britain, .Australia, South Africa
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