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November 19, 1965 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-11-19

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Israel Establishes Virgin Islands Link Through the Captain of S.S. Shalom

Special to The Jewish Jews
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands—Israel's emissaries are becoming the
links between many Jewish communities and the Virgin Islands. The
new contacts are resulting from the cruises that have become a routine
part of the functions of the Zim Lines, the Israel navigation company.
It is in the course of cruises made by Zim Lines' T.S.S. Shalom,
the company's largest vessel, that the Shalom's popular master,
Captain W. A. Freudenberg, has established the link with the St.
Thomas community and its synagogue, Bracha v'ShAlom. Thus, there
also is a kinship in names of the house of worship, one of the oldest
in the Western Hemisphere, and Israel's symbolic nautical representa-
tive.
On one such tour, the governor of the Virgin Islands, Ralph M.
Paiewonsky, linked America with Israel when he created a friendship
indicated in this photo which Paiewonsky (extreme right) was host
to Captain Freudenberg and two members of the U.S. Cabinet, Secre-
tary of Interior Stewart L. Udall (second from left) and Secretary of
Agriculture Orville L. Freeman.

A remarkable story attests to the
career of Captain Werner Avner
Freudenberg whose activities have
drawn worldwide attention.
The 53-year-old captain of the
Shalom has been at sea for 31
years. He commenced his seafaring
as a deck boy with the Red Star
Line operated by Arnold Bern-
stein, whose shipping industry was
confiscated by the Nazis. After
serving on German ships, he left
for Israel in 1939 and for an entire
year worked in a kibbutz.
He relates with pride that he
began his Israeli activities as a
camel driver, delivering sand
for building purposes from the
Tel Aviv seashore to Jewish in-
dustries in what was then Pales-
tine as one of a group of camel
riders.
His experiences in navigation on
German merchant marine vessels
served him in good stead when he

U.S. Orthodox Meet Asks
Federation School Aid

GREENFIELD P A R K, N. Yy
(JTA) — Jewish Federations
throughout the country were asked
Monday to grant financial support
to yeshivot, in a resolution adopted
at the closing session of the three-
day national convention of Agudath
Israel of America.
The 1,000 delegates also adopted
a series of resolutions aiming at
inspiring a deeper sense of com-
mitment to religious Judaism
among the Jewish masses, and in-
stilling among Orthodox Jews an
aroused awareness of the neces-
sity of taking an independent
Orthodox position on Jewish events
"without bowing to the whims of
a dominating secular Jewish leader-
ship."
Rabbi Shlomo Lorincz, a mem-
ber of Israel's parliament, who
flew directly to the conclave in
order to report on the recent
elections in Israel, declared that
"without a basic change in the
government's policies on reli-
gious issues," he sees no likeli-
hood of Agudath Israel joining
the new coalition cabinet that
will be formed.
The convention elected a five-
man presidium, consisting of Rab-
bis Moshe Feinstein, Mordechai S.
Friedman, Benjamin W. Hendeles,
Moshe Horowitz and Chaskel Bes-
ser. Michael G. Tress was reelected
administrative president, and Rab-
bi Morris Sherer executive vice
president.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
10—Friday, November 19, 1965

continued his marine activities in
Palestine. He was taken by the
British to Liverpool where he
passed his examinations for second
and chief officer's roles. He served
during the war on ships that car-
ried ammunition.
In 1941 he was one of the crew
on a ship that was torpedoed and
sunk off the Eastern Mediter-
ranean and he and the rest of the
crew rowed their way to safety
after two harrowing days on a
small boat.
During the Israel War of
Independence, Captain Freuden-

berg participated in the smug-
gling of arms to Israel. He was
either commanding these boats
or testing new ships. He had his
captain's license when he went
to work for the Zim Lines in
1949.
Since then he has captained the
S. S. Jerusalem, and has been the
Shalom's captain since its launch-
ing. Now, on the Shalom, he is
revered as an able ship's master as
well as a fine host who makes the
many hundreds of touring pas-
sengers feel at home on the high
seas.
Captain Freudenberg has his
home in Haifa where his wife now
lives and whither he returns fre-
quently between tours. They have
a married daughter who lives in
a kibbutz and who three months
ago presented the Freudenbergs
with their first grandchild. An-
other daughter has just completed
her army services and is studying
physiotherapy in an Israeli hos-
pital, Asaf Harofe, near Tel Aviv.
Recalling that the S. S. Jeru-
salem which he previously cap-
tained is much smaller than the
Shalom — it is a 10,000-ton
vessel, compared with the 25,000-
ton Shalom — Freudenberg
speaks with pride about his pres-
ent vessel's modernity. He had
helped guide its construction
and he views it as "a floating
hotel, noiseless, air-conditioned,
perfectly stable."
"We have well earned the
praise of the Atlantic Shipyards in
Saint Nazaire, where the Shalom
was b u i 1 t," Freudenberg said
"The ship's great novelty is its
stabilizers system — the most
powerful ever built by the British
Denny Brown Company."
With a crew of more than 500—
accommodating 650 additional pas-
sengers — the S. S. Shalom's per-
sonnel is mostly Israeli, but even
the Italians and occasional Chinese
in its force speak Hebrew.
The Shalom's programs are
unique. There isn't a dull
moment on any day's voyage.

And there is emphasis on Israeli
themes and on Hebrew.
While all crew members speak
English, Hebrew is the liner's,
official tongue. Freudenber g
pointed out that until the emerg-
ence of Israel, Hebrew has not
been seamen's language since King
Solomon sent his fleets to fabled
Ophir.
Every officer, steward and sea-
man aboard the Shalom has his
official rank or title which appears
in Hebrew in the Ship's Articles.
Here are a few:
Captain
Ray Chovel
Staff Captain
Chovel Mishne
First Mate
Katzin Rishon
Second Mate
Katzin Shenie
Third Mate
Katzin Shlishi
Chief Engineer
Mechonai Rashi
First Engineer Mechonai Rishon
Second Engineer___Mechonai Shenie
Physician
Rofeh
Purser
Gizbar
Chief Wireless Officer
Katzin Alchout Rashi
Kalkal Rashi
Chief Steward
Tabach Rashi
Chief Cook
Dining Room Steward )
Cabin Steward
Meltzar
Meltzarit
Stewardess
Meltzar Sipoon
Deck Steward
Ray Malachim
Bosun
Malach Hagai
Quartermaster
Nagar
Carpenter
Cashmellai
Electrician
Able-Bodied Seaman
Malach Kashir
Malach
Ordinary Seaman
Meshamen
Oiler

6 London Men Charged
With Synagogue Arson
Accused of 2nd Attack c‘

LONDON (JTA) — Six men
charged with setting fire to a
London synagogue July 31, who
were remanded a week ago, were
charged at a hearing in a magis-
trate's court here Nov. 13 with set-
ting fire to a second synagogue.
The first charge involved t.i/ — ')
Shaare Shomayim Synagogue
Capton, North London. The secontc ---A
concerned a synagogue in Neehive
Lane in Ilford, a London suburb.
David Hopkin, the prosecutor,
urged the court to deny the six
suspects bail, asserting that they
themselves "may well be in danger
because of the nature of the
charges." He also told the court
that witnesses to the arson attacks
had been "approached" and were
in fear. The court ordered the six
men remanded in custody until
Nov. 22.

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