THE JEWISH NEWS
Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951
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CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ
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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 27th day of Adar, 5726, the following scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion: Exod. 35:1-40:38 and 12:1-20; Prophetical portion: Ezekiel
Licht benslien, Friday, March 18, 6:23 p.m.
March 18, 1966
VOL. XLIX, No. 4
Great Significance of Current Campaign
Major significance must be attached to the current Allied Jewish Campaign,
the official opening of which is scheduled for next Wednesday. Routine com-
mitments are included in the campaign quota, and the close to 60 agencies
which will benefit from the income are well known to our community. But much
more is involved than the mere renewal of grants to overseas, national and
local agencies. What concerns us primarily is the form that our combined efforts
for the continuation of Jewish activities is to assume, and the success of the
present drive will in great measure control the philanthropic programming we
The allocation of a very large portion of the campaign income to the
United Jewish Appeal, for the settlement in Israel of as many expropriated Jews
as can be transferred from countries where they are persecuted, is in itself an
important reason for generous giving to the drive. But the obligation is greater
than ever before. The urgent need of integrating newcomers from backward
countries into the progressive Israeli environment requires more serious efforts
than ever in order to avert a struggle between Sephardim and Ashkenazim,
and the demands for better schooling, for health protection, for proper housing,
in addition to jobs and vocational training, all multiply the responsibilities to
There are a number of national agencies, in addition to the overseas causes
which must be protected, that call for increased support. The vast areas cov-
ered by a number of overseas causes—Joint Distribution Committee, ORT, the
Israel universities, etc.—and the services rendered by national agencies, justify
the increased allocations now asked of us. What we have given until now has
been commendable, but much more is needed to assure the continuation of
the many services cared for by the Allied Jewish Campaign gifts.
While taking all these needs into consideration, it is essential that we think
of our local needs, of the social services we assist with our gifts, of the recrea-
tional as well as educational projects we provide for. And it is to the educa-
tional field that we are primarily committed if our community is to be well
We are faced by many challenges The anti-Semitic virus has not been iso-
lated ; if anything, it is emerging in new garb all-too-often ; and while it is
recognized as emanating from the deluded and the demented, it nevertheless
exists. There are all-too-frequent misrepresentations of our position that can be
traced to Jewish as much as to non-Jewish sources. And that denotes ignorance.
And if there is to be a dignified Jewish existence, based on the highest ideals
imbedded in our rich heritage, we must strive to eliminate the ignorance that
deludes, that creates confusion, that stems from a lack of that knowledge
which we hope to provide through the educational institutions we support with
our campaign gifts.
Let it be recorded to the credit of those who are planning our campaigns
that they recognize the major need for an expanded educational system. This
becomes possible, in the various areas that concern us, when the proper means
are available. If we are to solve the most critical of all our problems — the
teacher shortage—it can be accomplished to a degree by assuring for the teach-
ers the proper remuneration and the raising of their standards of rendering
service as well as of their personal lives. If we are to have the schools that are
needed for newly-emerging areas of Jewish residence, we must have the funds
to assure proper buildings.
These needs add to the obligations which can be properly fulfilled by a
generous response from an understanding community. It is for such under-
standing that we join in pleading as the Allied Jewish Campaign is about to
open officially during the coming week.
S i na i : Hospital s Great Community Service
'The Man Who Cared,/ Splendid
Truman Biography by Wolfson
Victor Wolfson has written a remarkably good book about Harry
S. Truman. Entitled "A Life of Harry S. Truman" and primarily called
"The Man Who Cared," this biographical sketch, intended for young
people, was published by Ariel Books,
a department of Farrar, Straus and
Giroux (19 Union Sq., W., NY3).
It is an intimate story, filled with facts
to indicate the warmheartedness of the
past President and to show the kindness
that motivates his actions.
The very beginning of the work is an
indication of his devotion to his family.
It opens with the text of the letter he
wrote to his mother three months after
he became President, just before he was
to leave for the meeting with Stalin and
Churchill in Potsdam. And throughout the
book there are accounts of his friend-
ships—his loyalty to associates, his good
relations with many people in govern-
Harry S. Truman
ment, his kindheartedness to a former business partner, Eddie Jacob-
son, and above all his courage, the determination with which he ad-
hered to his principles.
The book's dedication offers another indication of the admiration
of the author for a great President. It reads:
"Mr. Truman inscribed his book Mr. Citizen to my young son in
" 'For Tom. I hope he has a good life.'
"This present book is dedicated to all my young friends. I hope
they have a good life."
The author of this biographical work, pointing to the fact
that Truman had "made decisions that changed the course of his-
tory," that he "held the destinies of millions of people in hiS
hands," quotes General Marshall's tribute to him that it was not
only the courage of his decisions that will live, "but the integrity
of them." And HST's daughter Margaret, according to Wolfson,
"best summed up the character of the 33rd President of the, United
States" when she said: "What can I say about my father that will
make you see his whole . . . except that HE CARES. He cares
about everything, and nothing is too much trouble. His philosophies
are singularly basic . . . the greatest good for the greatest num-
ber; the end can never justify the means; do as you would be
done by; do the best you can; don't give up; don't be afraid."
All of these qualities are ably delineated in the Truman activitie$
so well told by Wolfson. A rich life is portrayed in this biography
with considerable skill.
Among the episodes in Truman's life included in this biograph. —
is the following relating to Israel:
There is a touching story of how Eddie Jacobson, Truman's partner in O .:
haberdashery business, came to see his old friend in the White House one di'
"He came in," Truman remembers, "tired, a little older-looking. And he
just stood there at first; so quiet—my old friend Eddie Jacobson. You know,
lots of people have asked me how come I went into business with a Jew. That's
always annoyed me! Never meant a damn thing to me: a man's religion, a
man's color—never will—and it's high time this kind of archaic thinking stopped
for Americans. I went into business with a man, a human being—Eddie
"Well, there he just stood . . . my old friend .. . in all my years in politics,
Eddie had never asked me for a single thing. Now he could hardly talk.
"I remember I walked to the window and looked out at the grass . . . the
streets. Finally, after a long silence, I turned to him and said: 'Well, after
thirty years you've finally come to ask for something?' "
Eddie Jacobson did come to ask for something after thirty years. He wanted
his friend, now the President of the United States, to see Chaim Weizmann,
an old man, who had traveled thousands of miles to talk with the President
about recognizing the new State of Israel. Truman was meeting with opposition
in every quarter on this matter. Nevertheless, "when Eddie left, I gave
instructions to have Dr. Weizmann come to the White House as soon as it could
be arranged, But—through a side door."
The future first President of the new state of Israel, Dr. Weizmann, was
assured of Truman's support. On November 29, 1948, Truman wrote a letter to
Weizmann which said, in part: ". . . We have already expressed our willingness
to help develop the new State through financial and economic measures . .
I was pleased to learn that the first Israeli elections have been scheduled for
January 25. That enables us to set a definite target for extending de Jure
"In closing, I want to tell you how happy and impressed I have been at
the remarkable progress made by the new State of Israel. What you have
received at the hands of the world has been far less than was your due. But
you have more than made the most of what you have received, and I admire
you for it . . ."
The Israelis named a village after their friend Truman, and they wanted
to erect a statue of him. This is what lie said: .
"I was very touched and grateful, and a little overwhelmed by the sense
of immortality that seems to go with having a village named after you. But the
statue? I dunno—statues are made for people like Andy Jackson or Abe Lincoln,
or Chaim Weizmann. I'm not ready to be put into a statue yet."
In time of great crisis in our community, hospital's administrator, and their associates,
Sinai Hospital's administrative staff render- handled the situation with compassion, with
understanding, delicately, . efficiently. They
ed a great community service.
During the period of Rabbi Morris Ad- demonstrated an awareness of the serious-
ler's serious illness and prolonged coma, the ness of the situation. Together with the staff
eyes of world Jewry were directed at De- of able doctors, with the aid of a nursing
staff that was at hand at all times to care for
The interest was the concern not merely the injured spiritul leader, they were the in-
of the sadly afflicted family of our spiritual termediaries between hospital and the com-
leader and of the community that has been munity and its media of communications.
so tragically bereaved, but of world Jewry
They faced the challenges, in hours of dis-
in whose ranks Rabbi Adler had left an in- tress, with great dignity, and they have well
delible mark with his dedicated services.
It was imperative, therefore, that prop- earned the admiration and respect of all De-
er information should be provided, that Rab- troiters and of those outside our community
bi Adler's family should be sustained in its who
during to the
courageous confrontations of so sad an oc-
and weeks of uncertainty over Rabbi Adler's
Victor Wolfson wrote a splendid story. His "A Life of Harry S.
Dr. Julien Priver, Sinai Hospital's ex- condition. We offer them our sincere thanks Truman—The Man Who Cared" will thrill not only the young but
their elders as well.
ecutive vice president; Sydney Peimer, the for services well performed.