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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-10-14

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6—Friday, October 14, 1966

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

YIVO Outlines Expanded Activity:

Yiddish Works, Exhibits, Studies

NEW YORK (JTA)—The YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research,
which has just entered its 41st
year, announced a program of ex-
panded activity in the field of
scholarship, publications and com-
munity service.
J. Borenstein, chairman of
YIVO's executive committee, em-
phasized that YIVO is the only
secular Jewish research institute
in the world outside of Israel. He
said it is unique in being totally
unaffiliated with a n y religious
political or organizational group-
ing.
Prof. Uriel Weinreich, Atran
professor of Yiddish language, lit-
erature and culture at Columbia
University, discussed the Standard
Yiddish-English, English - Yiddish
Dictionary which will be published
in the spring.
Dan Miron, young Israeli liter-
ary critic and scholar, who is
doing graduate work at Colum-
bia University through its de-
partment of English and Com-
parative Literature in conjunc-
tion with the Atran Chair of
Yiddish Studies, described the
photographic edition of an early
work written in Hebrew by Men-
dele Mokher Sforim, one of the
pioneers of modern Yiddish lit-
erature.
The long awaited "History of
the Yiddish Laguage," by Dr. Max
Weinreich, leader in the field of
Yiddish linguistics, will also be
published in 1967.
Shmuel Lapin, newly appointed
general secretary of YIVO, report-
ed on some of the other major
YIVO projects for the current
year. Special emphasis, he said,
is being placed on an expanded
community service program.
As examples of this phase of
VIVO activity, Lapin cited the
YIVO-sponsored in-service courses
for teachers in the New York City
public schools. Negotiations are
now being conducted for a cross-
country showing of the current
YIVO exhibit on Jewish mass set-
tlement in the United States in the
past hundred years.
During 1967, YIVO is also
preparing the publication of two
bibliographies of interest to the
general public as well as 10 the
academic community. They are a
bibliography of translations of
Yiddish works from Yiddish to
English during the years 1945-1965,
prepared by Dina Abramowicz,
the librarian of YIVO, and a bib-
liography of autobiographies by
American Jews prepared by the
YIVO archivist, Ezekiel Lifschutz.
In general, Lapin pointed out,
YIVO is devoting increasing at-

Soviets Reject Offer
of Prayerbooks, Say
USSR to Print Them

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Appeal
for Conscience Foundation, an in-
terfaith group protesting against
the denial of religious and cultural
freedom to Soviet Jewry, made
public here a letter from the Soviet
Embassy in Washington, rejecting
an offer to send 10,000 Jewish
prayerbooks to Soviet Jews but
aserting that "a prayerbook and a
religious calendar for Jews will he
printed in the USSR in the nearest
future."
The foundation made the offer
formally last June and had for-
warded to the embassy in Wash-
ington more recently a copy of an
appeal by 100 American leaders,
noting that Moscow had promised
twice to print 10,000 Jewish prayer-
books. The letter was a reply to
the organization.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, president
of the foundation, described the
Soviet Embassy statement about a
prayerbook and a Jewish religious
calendar as providing "a glimmer
of hope" that the Soviet govern-
ment would soon honor its "long-
standing promise" to provide pray-
erbooks for Russian Jews.

tention to American Jewish
studies. A substantial grant has
been obtained from a well-known
American foundation for the pur-
pose of cataloguing and arranging
all the material in the YIVO arch-
ives pertaining to American Jew-
ish history over the past 100 years.
This is an important preparatory
step for the eventual preparation
of a definitive history of Ameri-
can Jewry.
An up-to-date study of the Amer-
ican Jewish labor movement is
also under way. As part of this
project, which is being financed
by a number of American labor
unions, reminiscences and experi-
ences of leaders and rank-and-
filers in the American labor move-
ment are being gathered through
the means of tape-recorded inter-
views.
In order to insure the full im-
plementation of these and other
current projects, and to make pos-
sible the still further expansion
of the YIVO program, particularly
in the area of community service,
YIVO announced it is seeking an
additional sum of $100,000 over and
above its regular budget.

Israel Envoy Pleads in UN for Rights of Soviet Jews

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

UNITED NATIONS — Israel ap-
pealed in the General Assembly
here Wednesday to the Soviet Un-
ion to extend to the Jewish minor-
ity in that country the religious
and cultural rights enjoyed by the
other nationalities in the USSR.
The statement was made in the
assembly's 119-member social, hu-
manitarian and cultural committee
by Ambassador Gershon Avner, Is-
rael's envoy to Canada, who . is a
member of Israel's delegation to
the assembly this year.
Unlike most Israeli statements
in the United Nations in previous
years, which attacked the Soviet
Union for its anti-Jewish policy
without mentioning that country
by name, Avner's remarks stress-
ed the "tremendous efforts" made
by the USSR in the encouragement
of cultural and religious diversity
of its more than 100 officially rec-
ognized nationalities.
Continuing from that point, how-
ever, Avner called attention to
the fact that the Jews were one
of the recognized nationalities in
the Soviet Union, because they
were historically "an ethnic entity
rather than purely or merely a re
ligious group."
He added:
"We would here express the fer-
vent hope that, in this age of tol-

eration towards minority group with the trend towards coexistence
rights, the Jewish communities in and the removal of barriers be-
the Soviet Union may be enabled tween peoples," he stated.
to pursue and develop their re-
At the same time, the Israel rep-
ligious life and their religious in- presentative mentioned the "hate-
stitutions."
ful policy of apartheid practiced
Avner stressed that the Israel by the government of South Africa"
which was discussed by the com-
government also hoped that So-
mittee in previous sessions. The
viet Jewry will be "encouraged"
grave problems in that country, he
in the development of their press
said, had inspired the United Na-
and literature and folklore in
tions with a "greater sense of
their own language," an obvious
urgency"
regarding the need to
reference to Yiddish and to So-
viet Jewish youth which he deal with human rights problems.
hoped "will have access to the
teaching of the religious and cul-
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maintain contact with Jewish com-
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possible the reunification of fami-
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