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April 29, 1966 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-04-29

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Steinbeck Lauds
Reforestation
Effort in Israel

In his recent impressions of his
visit in Israel, the eminent novel-
ist, John Steinbeck, commented on
the water situation and paid tri-
bute to the tree-planters. Affores-
tation is the work of the Jewish
National Fund in Israel.
Writing from Haifa, Steinbeck
stated:
"I am not chemist enough to un-
derstand the round-the-clock attack
on the desalting of sea water, ex-
cept, of course, for evaporation or
the quicker distillation; but I do
know something about moving
earth, and it is my opinion that
the Israelites are the most persist-
ent earth movers in the world.
"If sometime this state should
design for itself a blazon of arms,
like the British with its lion and
unicorn, the Israeli royal beasts
should be two bulldozers rampant.
They push dirt
around like no-
thing I have ever
seen.
"Up and down
the land herds of
these iron Israeli
camels trudge.
They push dirt
dams across the
wadis, raise bar-
riers of soil in
every run-off
area, dig long
and patient ditch-
es for a some-day
irrigation system,
dredge out holes
to catch, restrain
and impound the
6:
. precious water.
Steinbeck "In the howl-
ing wilderness of Zin I saw the
lines of monsters working, prepar-
ing and protecting the land, con-
touring and revetting it for water
that may not be coming for years;
but when it does come, they will be
ready for it, for these people do
not hope. They are sure.
"In addition to this mountain
moving, I love the huge and persist-
ent reforestation-70 million trees
planted on the rocky and inhospi-
table slopes. In many cases the baby
trees must be hand watered until
their taproots can drive down; but
this, too, is done, so that in this
short time miles of the recently
moonlike surface is now deep-
furred with green.
"Trees are precious, emotional
things to me, and their destruction
is murder. I am deeply moved by
this ever-widening forest on the
hills of Israel. If, as some people
believe, trees draw the clouds by
changing thermal air currents and,
having called the clouds, persuade
the rain from them, then this work
of planting may well be a slow
majestic rain dance.
"But there is also a sad comment
on our species. When you come to
the Jordanian border, the forest
stops at the barbed wire, and be-
yond is that treeless waste, barren,
sullen, intractable, a chart of
human stupidity, understandable
even by backward children, but ap-
parently beyond the mental grasp
of rulers and governments. This is
a physical comment, a monument
of sadness."

Heschel Tackles Modern
Problems in New Book

In his previous works, Dr. Abra-
ham Joshua Heschel applied his
vast learning to the task of estab-
lishing philosophical foundations of
modern Judaism. Now, in "The
Insecurity of Freedom," he deals
specifically with the concrete per-
plexities of our age, and the prob-
lems faced by all humanity and all
moral teachings. The book will be
published April 13 by Farrar,
Straus and Giroux.
In each of the 20 philosophical
essays that make up "The Inse-
curity of Freedom," Dr. Heschel
confronts a different modern prob-
lem: race relations, religion in a
free society, Catholic and Protest-
ant renewal, youth and maturity,
wisdom and age.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, April 29, 1966-29

'Fiddler on the Roof'
Due Back Sunday

The "one-night stand" of "Fidd-
ler on the Roof," presented April
17 by the youth groups of Adas
Shalom Synagogue, is being
brought back for an encore this
Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the social
hall.
An all-Hebrew production,
"Fiddler" stars Daniel Shevitz as
Tevye and Michele Sinkoff as
Golde. Directors are Rabbi Leon-
ard Cahan and Marvin Berris.
For tickets, call the youth edu-
cation office, UN -4-7474.



Two Girls Win Bible Contest, Head for NY

Gloria Wolk and Shelley Stern,
both 15, will join the finalists from
other cities of the United States and
Canada May 8 in New York, for
the national finals of the Seventh
Annual Bible Contest.
Gloria, of the United Hebrew
Schools high school department,
won in the Hebrew Division; Shel-
ley, of Temple Israel, won in the
English Division. The district com-
petition took place Sunday.
Both finalists will be competing
for first prizes of a round trip to
Israel this summer. Other prizes

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`American Tall Tales' - Embracing
Davy Crockett,' Paul Bunyan,- Others

Adrien Stoutenberg is a prize
winner in poetry. And he is a
splendid storyteller. His newest
work, "American Tall Tales," pub-
lished by Viking Press, proves it.
With appropriate illustrations by
Richard M. Powers, this volume—
for young readers—captures the
imagination of young Americans.
If Paul Bunyan, whose story is
entitled "Sky-bright Axe," could
knock "down a mile of trees just
by rolling over in his sleep," just
imagine what tall tales Stoutenberg
has woven in his book !
The imaginative writings which
make for the yarns thus woven
will entertain and delight. The
young reader will be kept glued
to these stories as he (or she)
reads about—
John Henry, the "Hammerman";
Davy Crockett, the "Frontier
Fighter"; Pecos Bill, the "Coyote
Cowboy"; Johnny Appleseed, the
"Rainbow-walker"; Joe Magarac-
"Steelmaker"; Mike Fink—"River
Roarer" and Stormalong — "Five
Fathoms Tall."
Each title is part of American
legend. They are all well known,
yet, to be understood fully, they
must be well narrated — and that's

They Made
the Grade

what Stoutenberg does: he tells
his stories so well that American
folklore is recreated, making his
"American Tall Tales" a truly
notable work for the young (and
if the older get hold of it, they,
too will devour it).

Beth Abraham Group
Sets Independence
Day Celebration Here

The Young Adult Group of Cong.
Beth Abraham will present an
Israeli Independence Day Dance 9
p.m. May 7 at the synagogue.
Featured entertainment will be
the music of the Martin-David
Orchestra. There will be prizes
and refreshments. Nominal ad-
mission.
For information, call Anna Bet-
man, DI 1-8126.

Shaarey Zedek Day Camp
to Hold Reunion Sunday

The annual reunion of Shaarey
Zedek Day Camp will be held 2:30
p.m. in the synagogue youth lounge
for all past, present and future day
campers.
For information on the camp,
open to boys and girls age 4-11,
call director Albert Karbal, 357-
5544.

Bnai Mitzvah

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shapiro of
Judy Sandweiss will be perform- Grand Rapids, formerly of Detroit,
ing with the Detroit Ballet Corn- announce the Bar Mitzvah of their
pany in Washington on May 6-8. son Marc Jerome will be held 9
a.m. May 7 at Cong. Ahavas Israel,
The company has . .
Grand Rapids. 'Marc will be pre-
been invited to
sented with the Ner Tamid Award,
dance for the
boy scouting's highest religious
Northeast Region-
award for boys of the Jewish faith,
al Ballet Festival
by Rabbi Erwin Halpern.
which is being%
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held in Washing-
Stephen
Jay
Goldman, son of
ton this year. At
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Goldman of
13, Judy is the
Trenton will celebrate his Bar
youngest m e m.-
Mitzvah at Cong. Beth Isaac,
ber of the com-
Trenton, 9:30 a.m., Saturday.
pany. She studies Judy
ballet with Madame Violette Arm-
and and Marjorie Hassard. Judy No Golden Lining Here
attends Winship Junior High where
NEW YORK (ZINS) — Repre-
she is an honor student in the sentatives
of America's vast gar-
eighth grade. She is the daughter ment industry are now touring
of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Sandweiss, various countries in search of
6110 W. Outer Drive.
tailors to meet the manpower
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shortage in the clothing shops of
MELVYN MEYER ROM, son of the United States.
Mrs. Jack Rom, 4775 W. Outer
Israeli tailors were among those
Dr., was named a James B. Angell tempted to try their skills in the
Scholar at the recent honors con- land of opportunity, according to
vocation at the University of Michi- the New York Times.
gan. Rom, a pre-medical student,
However, the confrontation with
is a junior and has an all-A record. American reality has shown the
tailors that many stitches are re-
quired to make an American
Taxing Day for Minister dollar. The productivity of an
American worker is three times
TEL AVIV (ZINS)
Pinhas greater than that of his Israeli
Sapir, Israel's finance minister, counterpart. The immigrants from
was the victim of his own tax poli- Israel did not take this into
cies. The minister was recently account when they decided to
shocked to learn that the 7,000 settle in the proverbial golden
Israel pounds in vacation money land.
he had accumulated over several
years would be reduced by 3,200
He who loses wealth loses much:
pounds.
he who loses a friend loses more;
"What! So much income tax is but he that loses his courage
being paid in Israel?" exclaimed loses all.
the astonished Sapir.
—Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616).

will Include scholarships to Heb-
rew-speaking camps and Israel
Bonds. The national event is spon-
sored by the department of edu-
cation and culture of the Jewish
Agency for Israel in cooperation
with the World Jewish Bible So-
ciety, Jerusalem.
Fourteen students participated

in the district contest. Contest,•
ants in the English Section were
Suzanne Boschan, Laurie Bech-
ner and Joni Pastor, Bnai Moshe
Religious School; Glenn Saltz,
Shelley and Henry Traurig,
Temple Israeli Henry and Laurie
came in second and third, re-
spectively.

Beverly Weintraub and Naomi
Engel, both of the IJHS high
school, placed second and third in
the English Division. Other con-
testants were Haviva Donin,,Bnai
David Religious School; Simon
Kresch, Yeshivah Beth Yehudah
afternoon school; Daniel Leeman,
Barbara Silbersch.ein and Karen
Wenner, ITHS high school. All par-
ticipants received certificates and
prizes on the basis of their scores.
Dr. S. Ben Dor, Dr. Oscar Big-
man and Jay Rosenshine were
judges for the English Section, and
Dr. Irving Panush was quizmaster.
Hebrew Section judges included
Rabbi Leonard Cahan, Dr. Alfred
Greenbaum and Jack Malamud.
Menahem Glaser was quizmaster.

Hillel School to Mark
Israel's I8th Birthday

Israel's 18th birthday will be
the occasion for a celebration by
the students of Hillel Day School
in cooperation with the Jewish Na-
tional Fund and the Julius Rosen-
wald Post, American Legion. The
Yom Ha-atzmaut celebration will
be held in the school auditorium
12:30 p.m. today.
Marking the event will be the
presentation of colors and the
lighting of 18 candles by the chil-
dren whose birthday is the 5th
of Iyar — the day Israel became
an independent state.
Selections of the Declaration of
Independence will be read by
Jeremy Segal and Ronald Spalter.
A prayer for the welfare of the
State of Israel will be offered by
Ronald Schreiber and Donna Le-
Vine.
A birthday cake will be pre-
sented to the school by Percy
Kaplan, executive director of the
Jewish National Fund.
Mrs. Goldie Eskin, music direc-
tor of the school, will lead the
choir and audience in community
singing.

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German Claims Allocations
The Conference on Jewish Ma-
terial Claims Against Germany last
year allocated a total of $179,687
for educational, religious, medical
and general relief projects for the
Sews of West Germany.

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