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June 17, 1966 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-06-17

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Miriam Gargarian, Sylvia Davis
Win Center Musicians' Contest

The Friends of the Center Sym-
phony, in its second Annual Com-.
petition for Violin and Piano, Sun-
day, awarded first prizes to Miriam
Gargarian, pianist, and Sylvia Da-
vis, violinist.

Jewish Collegians
Form Corps to Aid
Fargo Community

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In what they call the "Domestic
Jewish Education Corps," 10
selected Jewish college students,
members of the Student Zionist
Organization left their college
campuses and homes Wednesday
for Fargo, N. D., to work for two
weeks with the Jewish youth of
that town and to enrich the Jew-
ish education and Israel culture of
that JeWish community.
The 10 students, who are from
all over the United States and Can-
ada, are members of the "SZO Do-
mestic Jewish Education Corps"
and in Fargo will staff a day camp
for youngsters, an evening pro-
gram for teen-agers and an edu-
cational program for adults. On
Friday night and Saturday, the
college youths will conduct cul-
tural and religious pro g r a m s.
There are about 120 Jewish fami-
lies in Fargo.
The SZO students are volunteers
and will not be paid for their
services.
The pioneering program, June
20 to July 3, was arranged by SZO
leaders, Rabbi Meier Eisemann of
Torah Academy of Minneapolis
and the Fargo Jewish community.

Japanese Youths to Study
Farming on Kibbutzim

TOKYO (ZINS) A group of 33
Japanese students left for a pro-
longed stay in Israel to study the
agricultural methods employed by
the kibbutzim. The group, which
includes four girls, will work in
kibbutz Dalia near Haifa.
The students, who are from the
University of Tokyo, will spend
about a year in Israel.

Bnai Mitzvah

Weekly Quiz

By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX

(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
* * *

David Syme was runner up in
the piano division.
Miriam and David will perform
solos with the Center Symphony Or-
chestra, under the direction of
Julius Chajes, next season. Miriam
will receive the cash award of $200
at that time.
Sylvia also will perform next
season and receive a cash award
of $200.
The competition was open to
pianists and violinists, age 16-21
who are residents of greater
Detroit.
The cash prizes were donated by
Mr. and Mrs. Milton .J. Miller and
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bean. Miller is
president of the Friends of the
Center Symphony, and Mrs. Bean
.is co-chairman of the women's
committee.

Why does Jewish tradition re-
quire the recitation of special
prayers before retiring?
The basis of this requirement is
taken from the Talmud where it
is stated that "although one has
recited the `Shema' during the
evening service, it is required of
him to recite it on (or at) his bed"
(Berakot 4b). The Talmud derives
this from a passage in the psalms
which reads: "Tremble, and sin
not. Commune with your own heart
,upon your bed" (Psalms 4:5). In
the Talmudic literature there seem
to be at least two trends of thought
as to the basic reason for this re-
quirement. Some consider this to
be a fulfillment of the Pentateu-
chal requirement that "t h e s e
words" be spoken of "when thou
liest down'! (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Although basically this may have
been accomplished by reciting
"these words" during the evening
service which is recited at a time
when one would already have been
considering lying down or "going
to bed," they are nevertheless re-
peated at one's actual act of going
to bed. Another trend of thought
considers the recital of the
"Shema" at bed time to be a
means of keeping away or defeat-
ing the intentions of the "evil
spirits."
A Gaonic source seems to feel
that the recitation of the "Shema"
at bed time is a matter of priv-
ilege or option since one has
already recited it during the eve-
ning service. From a practical
point of view, viewing the matter
in a psychological perspective, the
recitation of the "Shema" at one's
actual bed time is a good means of
freeing one's mind from guilt feel-
ings (for this reason there is some
sort of confessional attached to the
recitation, a c cording to some
opinions), as well as various emo-
tional stresses and strains which
tax the mental equilibrium of the
individual and have a tendency to
disturb his sleep and thus" serve
as a damaging influence in his life.
This could easily be what the "evil
spirits" mentioned in the Talmud
refer to.
Why do the mourners make
a special blessing in thanks to
God at the funeral?
This is the well-known bene-
d•ction referring to the Almighty
as the "Judge of Truth" or the
"true (or real) judge." This is
an old tradition. The Mishnah
(Berakoth 54) (9:2) states that
upon hearing bad news one should
say "Blessed is He, the true
judge." The Mishnah further states
(Berakoth 9:5): "Man must bless
the Almighty for the bad as he
does bless the Almighty for the
good." A proof text is brought by
the rabbis in the Mishnah for this
tradition from the Bible. Since the
Bible writes "And Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God . . . with all thy
might," this means that He should
be blessed for whichever measure
He measures out to thee, be it
either good or bad. This interpre-
tation is accomplished by having
the Hebrew term which is com-
monly translated as "might"
(Meodcha) to be'taken in the con-
text of the term for "measure
(i.e. Middah). The Palestinian
Talmud (Berakoth, Chap. 9) de-
duces this custom from the well-
known passage in the Book of Job
which states: "The Lord gave and
the Lord hath taken, Blessed be
the name of the Lord" (Job 1:22).
This means that the Lord is to be
blessed both when he gives some-
thing to us as well as when he
takes something away from us.
Through this practice, of course,
the strength of a man's faith is
realized. It does not take too
much faith to be loyal and thank-
ful to the Almighty when we are
the recipient of good things. It is
an act of deep abiding faith to feel
obligated to Him when we lose
someone near and dear to us.

AZA, BBG Councils
to Install Officers

The Greater Detroit Aleph Zadik
Aleph and Bnai Brith Girls Coun-
cils of the Bnai Brith Youth Or-
ganization will hold their instal-
lation of council officers 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday at the Shaarey Zedek
Synagogue.
Co-chairmen f or the e vent
Janice Solomon from Paborah BBG
and Alan Sorkow from Goode AZA,
have planned the theme "Sholom —
Hello, Goodby and Peace," to be
carried out through the installa-
tion ceremonies, honoring of grad-
uating seniors, recognition of all
chapter advisers, and award pre-
sentations. Members of the Bnai
Brith in Detroit and Michigan will
participate in the program.
The following are to be installed:
Michele Sinkoff, Gayle Meskin, Sue
Felzner, Joyce Keller, Minda Katz
and Edye Fagenson; and: Danny
Rosen, Richard Victor, Robert
Ostrovitz, Mitch Lefton, David
Eidelman, Aalan Sorkow and Rob-
ert Burnstein.
All members of AZA and BBG
and their friends and families are
invited. A reception will follow the
ceremony. There is no admission
charge.

Synagogue for Deaf
Dedicated Near LA

Michael Ellias, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Malcolm Ellias, will celebrate
LOS ANGELES (JTA)—A Syna-
his Bar Mitzvah June 18 at Cong. gogue for deaf Jews, Temple Beth
Beth Isaac in Trenton.
Solomon, believed to be the first
of its kind, was dedicated In Aris-
3 Chicago Congregations ta, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Founded six years ago by the
Merge Religious Schools
CHICAGO (JTA)—Three north Union of American Hebrew Con-
side congregations Bnai Zion, gregations, the congregation was
Ner Tamid and Shaare Tikvah- named for Rabbi Solomon F.
announced the merger of their re- Kleinman, former UAHC regional
ligious schools to form the United director and now rabbi of the new
Conservative Hebrew School. The Liberal Synagogue of Encino.
school year begins in September.
Administration of the United Beth Shalom USY Group
Conservative Hebrew School will to Hold Installation Dance
be vested in a joint school board
The United Synagogue Youth of
appointed by the sponsoring con- Beth Shalom will hold its installa-
gregations. The agreement, which tion 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the syna-
grew out of two years of talks, gogue.
results in the first merger of con-
A 'South Sea Island Adventure
gregational schools in Chicago.
Ball" will follow the installation.
Everyone is invited for a nomi-
125 Teenagers Leave for nal donation. For information, call
Jack Schwartz, LI 7-0634, or Jeff
Seven-Week Trip to Israel Appel,
LI 5-0539.
About 25 American teenagers—
the highest number ever regis-
tered—will leave July 3 from JFK Family, Children's Service
international airport for seven Invited to Join Guardian
weeks of traveling, studying and Program for the Aged
Working in Israel on the Israel
The Jewish Family and Chil-
Tour of Teenagers sponsored by
the American Zionist Youth Corn- dren's Service is among several
Detroit social agencies asked to
mission.
participate in a six-month trial
"guardianship" program to help
To Attend Israel Institute elderly people who cannot handle
Rena D. Harold, 18660 Lauder, their own problems. •
and Caryl L. Scheuer, 27979 Tavi-
The Detroit Metropolitan Com-
stock Trail, Southfield, will parti- mittee on Aging approved the trial
cipate in the Bnai Brith Youth Or- program, in which representatives
ganization's 1966 Israel Summer from social agencies will petition
Institute. This will be the 11th probate court for guardianship
annual Institute of BBYO, world's when such a move would be help-
largest Jewish youth organization. ful.
Action followed a report from
Better is the end of a thing than Circuit Court Judge George E.
the beginning thereof: and the pa- Bowles, who heads a new Commit-
He who cannot control his will
tient in spirit is better than the tee on Protective Services for dare not complain if his words are
proud in spirit. —Ecclesiastes 7:8 Older Adults.,
nnheeded. r-a proyerb. . ,



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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, June '17, 1966-17

Hillel's 1st Bible uiz Won by 3 Boys

Three boys from the Hillel Junior High have been named
winners of the first annual Bible Contest to be sponsored by the
Hillel Day School. Accepting their nrizes, books of Judaica, from
headmaster Rabbi Simon Murciano are (from left) Jonathan Licht,
third place; Mark Goldsmith, first; and Irving Mandelbaum, second.
Ten boys and girls participated in the quiz on the Books of Exodus
and Judges. The three boys were the survivors of an earlier contest. -
Rabbi Murciano, Menachem Glaser and Mrs. Tzipora Rees served
as judges, and David Gamliel and Dov Parshan were quizmasters.

They Made
the Grade

Cadet NORMAN NICKIN, a stu-
dent in the Roosevelt Military
Academy, Aledo, Ill., was cited for
excellence at special ceremonies
honoring award winners for the
fourth quarter of the school year.
Cadet Nickin, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sidney Nickin, 20478 Basil, was pre-
sented an award for excellence in
Military and Crack Squad, and was
promoted to the rank of cadet ser-
geant first class. He has attended
Roosevelt for three years and is
now a senior.

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