BY RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
CONG. AHAVAS ACHIM: Services '7:40 p.m. today and 8:40 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Panitz will- speak on "Dedication, Consecration
and Confirmation." Harold Zalman Friedman and Harvey Stuart
Gettleson, Bnai Mitzvah.
TEMPLE BETH JACOB: Services 8:30 p.m. today. Rabbi Conrad will
speak on "Changing One's Self Image."
TEMPLE BETH AM: Services 7:30 p.m. today. Rabbi Jessel will speak
on "The Eleventh Commandment—Thou Shalt Follow the Other
TEMPLE EMANU-EL: Services 8:15 p.m. today. Presidents of syna-
gogue clubs will be installed. Services 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi
Rosenbaum will speak on "Heroes in Judaism." (See youth page).
Susan Jo Levin, Bat Mitzvah.
CONG. BNAI JACOB: Services 7:40 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Rabbi Isaac will speak on "The Levites."
BETH ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE: Services 7 p.m. today and 8:40 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Halpern will speak on "Giving and Getting."
Norman Weber and Marc Edward Jaffa, Bnai Mitzvah.
CONG. SHAAREY SHOMAYIM: Services 7:40 p.m. today and 9 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Goldman will speak on "To Be Counted."
BETH AARON SYNAGOGUE: Services 6:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Gorrelick will speak on "Judaism—Our Life and
the Length of Our Days." (See youth page).
TEMPLE BETH EL: Services 5:30 p.m. today and 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
Dr. Hertz will talk on "War or Peace This Memorial Day?" Howard
Krausse, Bar Mitzvah.
YOUNG ISRAEL CENTER of OAK WOODS: Services 7:30 p.m. today
and 9 a.m. Saturday. Gary Krasman and Clifford Miller, Bnai
TEMPLE ISRAEL: Services 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday. (See
youth page). Joseph Mark Fishbein and Neil Bradford Bernstein,
ADAS SHALOM SYNAGOGUE: Services 6 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m.
Saturday. Mark Feldman and Martin Leibowitz, Bnai Mitzvah.
CONG. BETH MOSES: Services 6:45 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m. Satur-
day. Stuart Horowitz and Paul Kanter, Bnai Mitzvah.
CONG. BNAI MOSHE: Services 7 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
Ronald Lathe and Ian Kranitz, Bnai Mitzvah.
CONG. BNAI DAVID: Services 7:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Stanley Cohen and Steven Goodman, Bnai Mitzvah.
CONG. BETH JOSEPH: Services 6:45 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Irving Mondsheine, Bar Mitzvah.
CONG. SHAAREY ZEDEK: Services 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Steven Michael Miller and Ronald Laven Leach, Bnai Mitzvah.
CONG. BETH SHALOM: Services 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Jeffrey Mazur, Bar Mitzvah.
Regular services will be' held at the Downtown Synagogue.
Rabbinical Assembly Adopts Resolution
to Expand Activity for Conservatives in Israel
TORONTO (JTA)—The Rabbini-
cal Assembly, central body of the
Conservative rabbis in the United
States and Canada, closed its five-
day annual convention here with
the adoption of a resolution calling
for the expansion of the activities
of the Conservative movement in
Israel and the development of ad-
ditional educational and cultural
institutions and activities in Israel
to further establish the Conserva-
tive presence there.
In a special preamble to the
resolution, the convention endorsed
the work of the Zionist movement
in the past and emphasized the
commitment of Conservative Juda-
ism to the Zionist cause.
Among the specifics referred
back to the executive committee
of the Rabbinical Assembly for
implementation were a network
of Rarnah camps for Israeli youth,
a high school in Israel for Amer-
ican and Israeli young people and
a young service project which
would • bring American college
graduates to Israel to teach and
work among newly arrived im-
It was also proposed that retired
members of the Rabbinical As-
sembly go to Israel to contribute
their experience in adult education
and related programs.
A cable from Israel Prime
Minister Levi Eshkol hailed the
Bnai David Couples Set
The annual fund-raising affair
of the Mr. and Mrs. Club of Cong.
Bnai David will be a dance 9 p.m.
Saturday at the synagogue.
There will be dancing to the
Martin-David Orchestra, refresh-
ments and a television set prize,
all for a nominal admission charge.
For tickets or information, call
Irwin Fenster, EL 7-0773.
What is "Shemittah?"
"Shemittah" (technically trans-
lated as "release") is the term
given by the Talmud to the bibli-
cal institution of the Sabbatical
year. The Bible (Leviticus, Chap-
ter 25) requires that the fields not
be worked every seventh year and
that debts be canceled at the end
of the seventh year. The term
"Shemittah" is actually an abbre-
viated form of the term "Shemit-
tas Karkaoth" (the release of the
fields from being worked) and
"Shemittas Kesafim" (the release
of money or indebtedness, etc.).
Why is it that the Bible re-
quires that the land in Israel
not be worked on every seventh
A number of reasons have been
advanced for this prohibition. Kab-
balistic literature contains many
references to the holiness of the
number seven, and points to the
seventh day (the Sabbath), the sev-
enth year (Shemittah), the seventh
cycle of years (Jubilee), and the
seven weeks (which end in the
Shavuoth holiday) as well as the
seven days of mourning, the seven
days of rejoicing for bride and
groom and the seven days of fes-
tivity (Passover and Tabernacles)
as indications of the sanctity of
the number seven, or units of
seven. Some consider the Shemit-
tah restriction on agriculture as a
means of sparing the land from
being ruined, thus improving the
soil. Others saw in the Shemittah
legislation the intent of the Bible
to liberate man from being a slave
to the soil, at least once in seven
years. It is also claimed that the
Shemittah year was a means of
equalizing the classes of the He-
brew society, since whatever was
on the field that year became pub-
lic possession and all could use it
* * *
What is done in modern Israel
regarding this requirement?
The Chief Rabbinate has al-
lowed the process of selling the
land to a non-Jew during the She-
mittah year as a means of circum-
venting the requirements of She-
mittah, since Shemittah applies
only to land owned by Jews. Some
rabbis have not been satisfied with
this procedure and have required
the farmers under their control to
observe Shemittah and refrain
from this method of getting around
it. Recent scientific discoveries
have helped the latter. For one
thing, a means has been found of
planting the crops that are nor-
mally planted in autumn, before
Rosh Hashanah (i.e. before the
Shemittah year begins). Special
pruning methods have been found
which do not violate the laws of
Shemittah. A system of "hydro-
ponies" (water plants) has been
developed: and so, many things
are grown on water instead of land
during the Shemittah year.
projects and welcomed the
participation of American young
people in the life of Israel.
The delegates also affirmed
their sympathy with the Jews of
Soviet Russia and called upon
Russian government either to
permit Russian Jews to live
religiously as Jews or to let them
emigrate. Another resolution urges
all Jews in Conservative Judaism
to give their support and leader-
ship to the growth and develop-
ment of Conservative Jewish day
The closing meeting of the con-
vention May 18 was a convocation
of the Jewish Theological Semi-
nary of America honoring Cana-
dian members of the Rabbinical
Assembly. At the convocation, the Additional Speakers
Jewish Theological Seminary of
America conferred the honorary Named for Conrad Fete
degree of doctor of laws on Les-
Fr. James L. Hayes of St.
ter Pearson, premier of Canada. Michael's Church, Pontiac, will
describe some consequences for
the community of the ecumenical
movement at the testimonial din-
ner honoring Rabbi Ernst J. Con
rad 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at
Franklin Hills Country Club.
Rabbi Conrad, of Temple Beth
Dr. Manuel Feldman will be for- Jacob, Pontiac, will be cited for
mally installed as president of his exceptional work in the com-
Cong. Ahavas Achim 9 p.m. June 4 munity.
Another speaker will be Dr.
at a malave malkah.
Taking office with him will be: Harry Riggs, past president of
Harry Wilson and Allen H. Kraft, the Urban League of Pontiac, who
vice presidents; David Grainer, will discuss some unusual aspects
Alex Kraft and Jerome J. Ettinger, of interracial relations.
Rev. Robert Marshall of Bir-
secretaries; and Jack M. Karbal,
mingham Unitarian Church will
Also to be inducted will be new- deliver the invocation, and Rabbi
ly elected members of the board Israel Goodman of Cong. Bnai
of trustees, George Eisenberg, Israel, P o n t i a c, will pronounce
Herbert Fealk, Richard Goldsmith, the benediction.
Larry Guttenberg, Emil Jacobs,
Judge George D. Kent, Max Kru- The glory of young men is their
ger, Louis Topor, Louis Weber and
And the beauty of old men is their
Humorist Max Sosin will be
master of ceremonies.
of Ahavas Achim
Commentary of Torah
To Be Published by UAHC
NEW YORK — Reform Judaism,
for the first time since its found-
ing in the early 1800s in Germany,
will undertake the publishing of
a liberal commentary of the Torah,
in order to meet the problems and
perplexities the Bible poses to
The new commentary is being
sponsored by the Union of Ameri-
can Hebrew Congregations, con-
gregational body of 660 Reform
temples in the United States and
Canada, and will be supervised
by the commission on education
of Reform Judaism, a joint body
of the UAHC and Central Confer-
ence of American Rabbis.
At the annual meeting of the
UAHC's board of trustees, Rabbi
Roland B. Gittelsohn, Boston,
chairman of the commission on
education, told the Reform syna-
gogue leaders that the commen-
tary "while drawing richly on
the insights offered by tradi-
tional interpretations, will seek
to reinterpret the Bible in the
Early Deadlines Set
Because of the occurrence of
Memorial Day Monday, May 30,
the Jewish News must set early
deadlines for the issue of June
3. All copy must be in our
hands noon today.
New School Head
at Shaarey Zedek
light of contemporary scientific
He estimated that it would take
from three to five years to com-
plete and would involve the com-
bined talents of many scholars,
writers, researchers and editors
at a cost of about $250,000. The
new UAHC commentary will use
a bi-lingual — Hebrew and English
— approach to the Biblical text.
Rabbi Teitz Guest
Rabbi Pinchos M. Teitz of Eliza-
beth, N.J., member of the pre-
sidium of the Union of Orthodox
Rabbis of United States and
Canada, will be guest speaker at
the Vaad Harabonim Siyum —
Dinner 6:30 p.m. Monday at the
Julius Rotenberg Building.
Rabbi Teitz's Yeshiva Day School
and Meshivta Academy in Eliza-
beth, where he has served for the
past 30 years, are considered mod-
el institutions of their kind. He
also pioneered and maintained the
"Daf Hashovua" weekly radio tal-
mudic lectures and the "Bas Kol,"
talmudic records available to those
communities unable to hear his
lectures over the radio.
For reservations call the Vaad
Harabonin office, 342-6260.
The rich and the poor meet face
The LORD is the creator of them
Cong. Shaarey Zedek announces
that Dr. Joshua Weinstein has
assumed the post of director of THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
16—Friday, May 27, 1966
Dr. Weinstein has served Cong.
Beth Yeshurun of Houston during
the past 11 years.
Under his leader-
ship, the after-
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to 1,000 children,
and has intensi-
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curriculum of the
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ceiving his doctor's degree in
education at the University of
Houston. Dr. Weinstein is also a
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He was in charge of youth activ-
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gogues in the Southwest.
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