THE JEWISH NEWS
bicorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951
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CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ
Sabbath Scriptural Selections
Licht benshen, Friday, Jan. 28, 5:22 p.m.
This Sabbath, the 8th day of Shevat„ 5726, the following scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion: Exod. 10:1-13:16; Prophetical portion: Jeremiah 46:13-28.
Licht benshen, Friday, Jan. 28, 5:22 p.m.
VOL. XLVIII, No. 23
Jan. 28, 1966
Dora Ehrlich: Symbol of Great Jewish Womanhood
Few personalities are on record, in the
story of the Detroit Jewish community, for
having rendered as many services as Mrs.
Joseph H. (Dora) Ehrlich. The gifts which
have made possible the financing of the Dora
Ehrlich Lounge in the Orthopedic Wing of
the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem
therefore indicate the deep affection in which
she is held here.
On her 85th birthday, which Mrs. Ehrlich
will observe on Feb. 1, the tributes to her
assume a national character. An associate of
Henrietta Szold from the earliest beginnings
of the great Hadassah movement, Mrs. Ehrlich
has made Hadassah "chief among her joys"
in her services to our people. Nevertheless,
her contributions have been in many spheres.
With her late husband, she spearheaded
many activities in behalf of the religious
activities in our midst, and among her chief
devotions has been the encouragement she
has given to the work of our educational
A staunch Zionist, she has never deviated
from her interest in the movement and in the
State of Israel that emerged from Zionism.
Our welfare movements have benefited
from her labors, and the Allied Jewish Cam-
paigns, the agencies of the Jewish Welfare
Federation and numerous national move-
ments have become more deeply entrenched
here, thanks in great measure to her services.
It is no wonder that Mrs. Ehrlich not only
retains the title of Hadassah's First Lady in
Detroit but also that of the First Lady in
Detroit Jewish Womanhood.
So much can be said in paying honor to
Dora Ehrlich that her biographical record,
listed elsewhere in this issue, must speak for
itself in calling Detroit Jewish community's
attention, on the occasion of the important
birthday she will observe next Tuesday, to
the great personality in our midst.
To those who have raised the $50,000 sum
to assure the reality of the Dora Ehrlich
Lounge at the Hadassah Medical Center we
extend congratulations on their wisdom in
having chosen so important a means of honor-
ing her. Mrs. Ehrlich's dedication to Hadassah
deserves this type of recognition. And to
Leonard N. Simons, who tirelessly labored
to enroll participants in this fund, go added
thanks for having rendered so valuable a
We wish Mrs. Ehrlich good health on her
85th birthday, and we pray that she should be
preserved for us, as a symbol of great Jewish
womanhood, for many years to come.
Continuing Community Responsibilities
Another excellent beginning for the ap-
proaching Allied Jewish Campaign appears
to justify the expectations that this year's in-
come for the nearly 60 causes—overseas,
national and local—may, indeed, again reach
that of the top year and may make a $6-
million-drive a reality.
A dedicated group of workers, already
having secured nearly half of the anticipated
total, has been informed, again in a spirit of
realism, that the duties to Israel are con-
tinuous, that possibly for decades American
.Jewry may be called upon to provide the
funds that are so vitally needed to assure
the security of the Jewish State.
Senator Jacob Javits' warnings that there
can be no letdown in efforts is being accep-
ted graciously, in a spirit of dedication, with
a realization that the great effort to rescue
Jews who are still in bondage will not be
In the same spirit, there must be full
recognition of the reality of local obligations.
Domestic causes must be _ supported and on
the local scene there is such a growing need
for expansion of the educational needs that
campaigns for large funds will be standard
actions in our midst. Not only the existing
school systems, but the growing day school
idea will have to be supported.
While it is too early to anticipate the
results of the educational surveys now in
progress here, it is evident that the attitudes
of Jewish communities towards day school
education is changing, that the large numbers
of children now attending such schools must
be provided with proper facilities and the
best available teachers, and that will require
The other needs—educational, recrea-
tional, health—are pressing, and the cam-
paigns to come will be large-scale, requiring
the raising of increasing sums.
A good response has come from the more
affluent in our community, affirming the be-
lief that there is genuine concern over exist-
ing needs. The increased number of contribu-
tors in last year's drive is added evidence
that more of our constituents are being en-
rolled as participants in our drives. This is
encouraging and adds to the confidence that
a benevolent community will not abandon
either those who are in need of Israel as a
haven or of the agencies that render valuable
services in our midst.
Renewed Hope for End to Arab Hostility
In his address here to Allied Jewish Cam-
paign workers, last week, Senator Jacob
Javits said "there is a lull now in the Middle
East, and now is the time to talk peace there."
The report that Saudi Arabia may soon
recognize passports - issued by Israel, for Is-
raeli Moslems wishing to make pilgrimages to
Mecca, may be a step in the direction of bet-
It will be recalled that when President
Truman labored, against British restrictions,
for the admission of 100,000 Jewish survivors
from Nazism to Palestine, Ibn Saud protested.
President Truman then wrote an historic
letter to the Saudi Arabian letter explaining
the humanitarian aim, indicating to him the
vital necessity of an open door to Palestine.
It didn't convince the Arabs, and it didn't
swerve the Bevin element in Great Britain,
but it was a great act consonant with Ameri-
can ideals and human principles.
There have been scores of appeals to the
Arabs to end their animosity to Israel, to
adopt a fair policy of good neighborly rela-
tions. But saber-rattling has not ended. Yet,
in recent months, there have been indica-
tions that rational-minded Arabs are seeing
through the machinations of politicians who
stand in the way of peace. There is a grow-
ing sentiment in support of constructive
efforts to elevate the standards of impov-
erished Arab communities to counteract the
military maneuvers. Perhaps a Saudi Ara-
bian move to recognize Israel passports—
even if they are to be temporarily for Mos-
lems only—may lead to better relations.
After all, that would mean a partial recog-
nition of Israel's existence, of the reality of
Israeli statehood. Perhaps this is part of "the
lull" that will lead to amity.
25 Centuries of Sources
Dr. Baron's Treasury of Jewish
Quotations in Revised Edition
"A Treasury of Jewish Quotations," republished in a new and
revised edition, remains the outstanding anthology of its kind contain-
ing major Jewish sayings gleaned from 25 centuries of Jewish literary
The late Dr. Joseph L. Baron of
Milwaukee had labored for more than 40
years to compile this volume. He had con-
tinued his research gathering material to
be added to this volume, and the new edi-
tion, with the revisions and additions, has
been published by Thomas Yoseloff (11
E. 36th, NY 16).
Nearly every conceivable reference to
Jews, talmudic and biblical commentaries
on all subjects of human interest, are in-
cluded in this collection.
The first listing is on the subject of
Ability, and the first quotation is from a
letter on Feb. 10, 1897, by Ahad HaAm:
"The less their ability, the more their
The final entry is on the Zohar and is
the following from Hillel Zeitlin's 1920 Dr. Joseph L. Baron
article in Ha Tekufa: "What is the Zohar? . . The Holy One took a
gem from His crown and dropped it on the earth. The gem split and
scattered into millions of brilliant gleams . . . whicTh came from eternity
to brighten all the somber nooks, to satisfy all the famished who thirst
for light, and to quicken and warm all that had been killed by the
cold of science and the darkness of ignorance, by the blindness of
nature and the cruelty of men."
The valuable glossary, the indices on subjects and authors, the
bibliography — all add enormously to the value of this collection.
A publisher's note to the second, revised edition explains: "When
the first edition of this work appeared, more than a decade ago, Rabbi
Baron set about correcting errors, adding to the references, and sub- ---
sitituting more appropriate and more accurate versions of doubtful
quotations. These amendments, which had reached several hundred by
the time of his death, he meticulously perpared for a second edition,
and these have been incorporated in the present printing."
This indicates the added value of the second edition. It remains an
enormous work. It will be cherished by all who acquire it.
Nation's Great Storytellers
Represented in 'Israeli Stories'
ISrael's varied experiences, life in the land, the effects of the war
for freedom, the immigrants' problems and numerous concerns—many
are the factors utilized by the storytellers whose share in the fiction
that comes from the Jewish state enhances the nation's literary values.
"Israeli Stories," which contains "a selection of the best writing in
Israel today," edited by Joel Blocker, with a valuably decriptive intro-
duction by Robert Alter, has been issued in a paperback by Schocken
Books (67 Park- , NY16). Originally published by Schocken in 1962,
when it was reviewed in these columns, this volume enriches the
available paperbacks on Jewish subjects.
Attitudes on Zionism, viewpoints of Israelis on many subjects, are
incorporated in this collection. It starts with the famous S. Y. story,
"Tehilah," in a translation by Walter Lever, and includes another
excellent Agnon tale, "Forevermore," translated by Blocker.
Other stories are by Haim Hazaz ("The Sermon"), Aharon Meged
("The Name"), Yoram Kaniuk ("The Parched Earth"), Benjamin
Tammuz ("A Roll of Canvas"), S. Yizhar ("The Prisoner"), Moshe
Shamir ("Next of Kin") and Yehuda Amihai ("Battle of the Hill").
Each of the stories powerfully reflects the spirit currently in
evidence in Israel.
Other translators include Ben Halpern, Minna Givton, Zeva Shapiro,
K. Kaplan, Hillen Halkin and V .C. Rykus.