Novel by Detroiter Jacob Raizman
Describes Life of Brazilian Jewry
Sidney I. Raizman of 18674 Free-
land, a Detroit Free Press com-
positor, has resorted to his experi-
ences in his youth and his knowl-
edge of life in the Old World and
in Brazil to write his novel, "Lebns
in Shturem"—"Lives in Storm"—
in Yiddish. It has been published
in Tel Aviv by Maasef Israel Press.
His story commences with a de-
scription of the
life of the hero's
family in a de-
home before the
World War I.
The warmth of
ence is reflected
in the tale.
Then, as the
the youth began
to show a pas-
sion for revolt, a
desire to join
with the Poles in
their striving for
Raizman Polish independ-
ence and they sang "Yeshche
Polska nie Zginiela."
The hero of the story, Joel, de-
livers an impassioned revolution-
ary speech at one of the large
gatherings. He gains admiration
for his devotion to a cause. But
soon the desire to emigrate sets
in, he gets permission from his
In the interim, a love affair de-
velops with Rachel. She, too, emi-
grates. He goes to Paris, from
there to Brazil, and there he learns
of the tragedies that develop in
Brazil's capital through the spread
Because he had worked with
JDC in Paris. Joel's reception by
Brazils Jewish leadership was
He still loved Rachel, he pro-
posed to her, she delayed with an
answer insisting she must speak
with partners in an unsavory bus-
iness she had set up. He became
JNF Auxiliary Lists
Program for Donor
Mrs. Pearl Nosan, president of
the Women's Auxiliary of the Jew-
ish National Fund, announces that
the program for the annual donor
event, Jan. 25, 12:30 p.m., in
Temple Israel, will be featured by
an address by
Mrs. Judith Bei-
lin, Israel Consul-
in New York.
Mrs. Beilin is a
veteran of the
English stage and
BBC. In 1930 she
gave up her
career in acting
and went to
Palestine to mar-
ry Harry Beilin : . :c.
and since that.
time she has
with distinction. Mrs. Nosan
A veteran of the Palestine Broad-
casting Company for eight years,
it was Mrs. Beilin who announced
the news of the establishment of
the State of Israel over Radio
A New York City Center Opera
Company star, Miss Florence Wy-
man, will be the guest artist of the
afternoon. A featured star of the
National Broadcasting Co. Program
series, Miss Wyman has a wide
reputation both as a musical com-
edy and classical singer.
Mrs. Albert Posen, fund raising
chairman, announces many addi-
tional donors to this Chai donor
event honoring Israel's lath anni-
versary. Through the Pillars of
Courage project, a commemorative
series of pillars will be erected in
the border settlement of Gadot
now being redeemed through the
efforts of the Women's Auxiliary
of Detroit. For information call the
JNF office, UN 4-2767.
THERTAHOT JEWISH NEWS
24-4Kilikillanuary 7, 1966
Carol Shapiro Engaged Israeli Aged Thank Readers for Books
Thanks to warm response by Ackerman, Mesdames Phillip Goren, L.
to Mark D. Manhoff readers
of The Jewish News, the Karbal, Leach and Ida Nabowsky, Dr.
active in the community. Part of
the discussion at public gatherings
was geared to the problem of
youth interest in Jewish life, of the
Meanwhile Rachel's partner, to
release her, demanded payment of
her share of their "business" value.
His beloved's untimely death left
him saddened, his affections re-
tained. There was a special cere-
mony at the erection of a tomb-
stone over her grave and his re-
spect thus was expressed with love.
The significance of this book lies
in the author's effort to reconstruct
the history of Brazilian Jewry.
There is no trace of those who
settled in Brazil as Marranos—as
the secret Jews who escaped from
Spain's persecutions in the early
part of the 16th Century—and Raiz-
man contends that many distin-
guished Catholic families in Brazil
now are the great-grandchildren of
the first groups of incoming Mar-
It was under the direction of
ICA—the Jewish Colonization As-
sociation—financed by Baron Mau-
rice de Hirsch—that large num-
bers of Jews began to settle in Bra-
zil at the end of the last and the
beginning of this century. The ec-
onomic instability, the early resort
to underworld tactics, the eventual
stabilization are outlined by Raiz-
man. The early farmers abandoned
the land and became merchants.
There was much peddling. Now a
new community has arisen.
Raizman's novel, from the view-
point of an observer who has stud-
ied conditions in Brazil, throws
light on an important historical
era, describing the Jewish inter-
ests in Brazil, the festivities, the
observances by the faithful as well
as the reactions of the indifferent.
* * *
The Detroit author is well quali-
fied to write about conditions in
Brazil. Sidney I. Raizman taught
school there and was the editor of
San Pauler Yiddishe Zeitung, Bra-
zilianer Yiddishe Press, both pub-
lished in Sau Paulo and Rio de
Janeiro; Dos Naye Wort of Porto
Alegre and other publications.
When the Brazilian government
prohibited foreign language publi-
cations, he set up a printing shop
for commercial job work and pub-
lished several books, among them:
two histories of the Jews of Brazil
and a history of the Jewish press
He came to Detroit in 1946,
taught Hebrew in the Farband
Shule for two years, and then, as a
member of the printers' union in
Brazil, applied for ITU member-
ship here and secured a composi-
tor's job on the Free Press.
Harry Taner, Louis Levin, and Mes-
elderly residents of the Haifa Pen- dames David Berger, D. Shoichit, M.
sioners Club will have Yiddish Citron, Arthur Dunn and Saul Karpf.
Becker said the Pensioners Club
books to read.
In a letter to this paper, S. Beck- library now has over 500 books in
er cites in particular Detroiter Yiddish.
Isidor Becker, who now is send-
ing 20 pounds of books weekly,
and also thanks "for their good
deed" the following:
Mrs. William Hordes, Cantor Shabtai
to Deal With Issues of '65
Arlazaroff Branch 137 of Far-
land Labor Zionist Order will hear
a symposium on the most impor-
tant Jewish and world issues in
1965 at its meeting 8:30 p.m. Wed-
nesday at the Labor Zionist In-
Taking part in the symposium
MISS CAROL SHAPIRO
will be David Sislin, Mrs. Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Shapiro Levan and David Silver. Refresh-
of Fairfield Ave. announce the en- ments will be served. Guests in-
gagement of their daughter Carol vited.
Diane to Mark David Manhoff, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Manhoff
of Greenfield Rd., Southfield.
Both Miss Shapiro and her fiance
are students at Eastern Michigan
University and plan an Aug. 7
Irwin I. Cohn to Be
Guest of Honor at
Detroit attorney and philan-
thropist Irwin I. Cohn will be
guest of honor at the 28th annual
banquet of the Vaad Harabonim
of Detroit Feb. 27 at Cobo Hall.
Morris Karbal, general chair-
man, and Julius Rotenberg, patron
chairman, made the announcement
at a planning meeting in the
In a state-
ment hailing the
Cohn, Rabbi Leiz-
er Levin, presi-
dent of the Vaad,
said "Cohn has
devoted a life-
time to all our
He has served
o u r Federation,
Hospital and the
religious and edu-
tions of our corn-
Cohn munity. Mr. Cohn
has always expressed high regard
for the traditions of our people,
and a reverence for Torah by his
continuing support of yeshivot and
all institutions of learning."
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