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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-11-18

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

It, hali Perlman'
Balfour Concert
Dr. Steven Schwarzschild Due Was Ed Sullivan's Discover) on Israel Tour
Philadelphia and the special con-
Young Israeli-born violinist the major American musical
at Beth El Talk, 'Dead ViTorld' Itzhak
cert series inaugurated by Lin-
competition, the famous Leven-
Perlman, who will solo at

20—Friday, November 18, 1966

The third in the series of Bor-
man Memorial Scholar lecturers at
Temple Beth El, will be Dr. Ste-
ven S. Schwarzschild discussing
"A Dead World and Its God" 8:30
p.m. Monday.
Dr. Schwarzschild is visiting as-
sociate professor of religious stud-
ies at Brown University. There is
no charge, and a social hour will
follow the lecture, to which the
public is invited.
Ordained at the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Re-
ligion, from which he also holds
the degrees of master and doc-
tor of Hebrew letters, Dr.
Schwarzschild was rabbi of the
Jewish community of Berlin and
of the Federation of Jewish
Communities in the Russian Oc-
cupation Zone, 1945-1950. Until
1964, he was rabbi at Temple
Beth El of Lynn, Mass.
Dr. Schwarzschild is editor of
Judaism — A Quarterly Journal,
sponsored by the American Jewish
Congress. He is the author of
"Franz Rosenzweig—Guide to Re-
versioners" and of a large number
of scholarly articles.
Rabbi Schwarzschild is a mem-
ber of both the Central Conference
of American Rabbis (Reform) and
the Rabbinical Assembly of Amer-
ica (Conservative) and of impor-
tant commissions of both.

Jacob Epel Retires
as Sexton From
Shaarey Zedek

Jacob Epel, sexton of Cong.
Shaarey Zedek for the past 26
years, will be honored on the oc-
casion of his retirement from his
post at a congregation dinner Dec.
10.
Mr. Epel, succeeded by ritual
director Sidney Rube, will continue
to have an office ",r -.
at the synagogue
for the purpose
of writing and
studying and he
will bear the title
of sexton emeri-
tus.

Louis Berry,
president of Sha-
arey Zedek, an-
nounced the re-
tirement of Mr.
Epel, calling him
a "talmid hoe-
hom, a learned Epel
and scholarly Jew, at home in the
rich and many-sided universe of
Tora . . . From his comments and
conversation there trail many as-
sociations with the vast heritage of
Jewish learning. He bears his
scholarship with grace and dignity.
He is a man of gentleness and
peace, and his ways are ways of
pleasantness."

JWB Manpower Body
to Map New Directions

NEW YORK — To develop pro-
grains aimed at overcoming the
manpower crisis in the Jewish
Community Center field, both to
fill immediate shortages and cope
with long range needs, the Na-
tional Jewish Welfare Board has
established a JWB Manpower
Commission.
Primary causes of the manpower
crisis in the Jewish Community
Center field are its continuing ex-
pansion and the urgent need to
staff new and existing Center fa-
cilities not only with professionally
trained workers but with workers
thoroughly equipped to carry out
the Jewish purposes and programs
of the Centers.

Mail Must Go Through

The holiday rush is already
on. The Jewish News advises
all those submitting copy to
mail early, or hand deliver, as
the post office is already start-
ing to feel the pressure. Copy
received after deadline is con-
sidered too late for publication.

the Balfour Concert at Ford Audi-
torium, may eventually rank as
Ed Sullivan's greatest discovery.
He began to show an interest in
violin at the age of 3 and
maintained it even when he was
stricken by polio as a child. (He
still walks with two canes and
plays the violin in a seated posi-
tion as a result).
He was a 13-year-old violin stu-
dent in Tel Aviv when Sullivan ar-
rived to put together an Israeli
talent package to be taken to New
York for his CBS show. The hand-
some, curly-haired boy with blue-
green eyes was included. So Perl-
man made his U.S. debut not at
Carnegie or Philharmonic Hall,
but on CBS television.
Perlman remained in the
DR. STEVEN SCHWARZSCHILD United States to pursue his musi-
cal studies. In 1964 he entered

WJCongress Leaders
in Latin America Plan
Conference of Nations

BUENOS AIRES (JTA)—Plans
were announced Tuesday at the
plenary session of the South Ameri-
can executive of the World Jewish
Congress to convene during the
second half of 1967 the Fifth Latin
American Conference of Jewish
Communities here to stimulate re-
ligious and cultural activities
among Latin American Jewries.
The decision was taken after a
series of reports to the plenary by
officials of the executive, including
Dr. Moises Goldman, executive
chairman, Tobias Kamenszain,
president of the Buenos Aires
Jewish community and of the Ar-
gentine Jewish Communities Fed-
eration, Chief Rabbi David Kahane
and Mark Turkow, executive gen-
eral secretary.
The conference will be con-
vened by the World Jewish Con-
gress, the World Zionist Organi-
zation and the Argentine Jewish
Communities Federation. D r .
Nahum Goldmann, president of
the World Jewish Congress, will
participate. Delegates at the
plenary session here represent-
ed Jewish communities of Argen-
tina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile,
Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
The delegates approved a reso-
lution reiterating earlier appeals
of the executive to Soviet authori-
ties to end disabilities affecting
Soviet Jews in the religious and
cultural fields and urging that
Soviet Jews be allowed to emigrate
to other countries to be reunited
with members of families broken
up by the Nazi holocaust.
In another resolution, the execu-
tive expressed concern over the
resurgence of neo-Nazism in West
Germany as indicated by the suc-
cess of the neo-Nazi National
Democratic Party in the Hesse
parliamentary elections this month
and by the fact that the highest
position in West Germany can be
occupied by former officials of the
Nazi regime.

This was a reference to the ac-
tion of the Christian Democratic
Union in nominating Kurt Georg
Kiesinger as its nominee for the
post of chancellor.

Prize-Winning Movie
on Holocaust Shown in NY

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Ameri-
can premiere of "Memorandum,"
the prize-winning documentary on
the Nazi wartime slaughter of
European Jewry of the National
Film Board of Canada, was held
here under auspices of the World
Federation of Bergen Belsen Sur-
vivors.
Winner of first prize for docu-
mentaries at both the Venice and
San Francisco Film Festivals,
"Memorandum" examines the
question of the guilt of the Ger-
mans who killed 6,000.000 Jews
and then denied their guilt on
grounds they were only following
orders of their constituted govern-
ment.

Weekly Quiz

By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX

tritt Award contest, which has
been won in years past by Van
Cliburn, among others.
Perlman, playing in a chair, won
the $1,000 prize as well as appear-
ances with the New York Philhar-
monic and other major orchestras.
Soon the concert dates began pour-
ing in, and he is now on a coast-
to-coast concert tour.
One of his first dates after win-
ning the Leventritt Competition
was a return engagement on his
favorite television program — the
Ed Sullivan Show.
*- * *
Daniel Barenboim, brilliant Is-
raeli pianist, who, at 24, is a vet-
eran of the world's greatest con-
cert halls, will appear with Perl-
man at the 34th annual concert
sponsored by the Zionist Organiza-
tion of Detroit.
Barenboim is on his ninth
American tour. Last summer he
appeared at several of the ma-
jor festivals in this country, in-
cluding Robin Hood Dell in

(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)

What is the derivation of the
term "Tefillin" which is applied
to the phylacteries which Jewish
men wear on their heads and
around their arms during week-
day prayers every morning?
The Tora does not refer to these
objects as "Tefillin." It refers to
them as "a sign," or as "a me-
morial" or as "frontlets." The
term seems to have originated
in post-Biblical time s. Some
say it began to be used dur-
ing the Babylonian Exile. The
oldest source we know of in Tal-
mudic literature to have used this
expression is Hillel the Elder
(Mekilta, Bo, 17). Some explain
the derivation of the term from
the Hebrew "Pele" indicating
separation. This would indicate
that wearing the Tefillin separates
us from temptation and eventual
sin. Seine consider the term asso-
ciated with the Hebrew "Tefel"
indicating a sense of "clinging to"
something. This would indicate
that by wearing the Tefillin we
demonstrate our sense of belong-
ing to the Almighty. Others trace
the derivation of the expression
"Tefillin" to the Hebrew "Pillel"
meaning an argument or judg-
ment. They say that the Tefillin
we use should constitute to us a
convincing argument that the Al-
mighty is with us, as well as it
should serve to convince others
that we are the Almighty's chil-
dren.
Why are services in traditional
synagogues so prolonged with
the extended chanting of the
cantor?
This condition was never re-
garded as a requirement or even
as a favorable condition in the
traditional synagogue. The author
of the medieval work "Sefer ha-
Hasidim" strongly castigated can-
tors who prolong the service with
their excessive singing. The author
of "Avodath Israel" recommended
that cantors be chastised for pro-
longing the service beyond the
noon hour. Rabbi Jonathan
Eibschitz refused to allow any so-
called professional cantors to offi-
ciate at the prayer stand before
the shofar was heard on Rosh
Hashana. Rabbi Ezekiel Landau
did not allow cantors to have any
choirs in the community of Prague.
This is not to say, of course, that
the Rabbis did not appreciate
melody in prayer. As a matter of
fact, melody is one of the require-
ments of Jewish prayer. Those
with pleasant voices were encour-
aged to lead the congregation in
prayer; while those with unpleas-
ant voices were discouraged from
doing so. It is just that the Rabbis
were very mindful of the possi-
bility that cantorial performances
might be carried to an extreme
thus making the services at the
synagogue a concert rather than
a prayer experience. They, there-
fore took pains to admonish the
cantors not to prolong the service
unnecessarily.

CCAR Defends Govt. Right
to Give Birth Control Data

coln Center at Philharmonic
Hall. In September he played at
the Edinburgh Festival and
made a concert tour of Japan,
with a stop-off in Hong Kong.
The year 1966 has also seen an
extension of Barenboim's activities
in the conducting field. He con-
ducted the English Chamber Or-
chestra in London and on tour at
the Prague, Lucerne, Stresa and
Greece festivals. A highlight of the
concerts was a performance at the
City of London Festival of the
Mozart E-flat Concerto for Two
Pianos. with himself and Soviet
pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy as
soloists.
As a pianist, Barenboim was
hailed by critics as a sensational
prodigy all through his teens.
Barenboim was born in Argentina
but has been a citizen of Israel
since 1952.
Tickets for the Balfour Concert
may be obtained at the ZOD office
in Southfield 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-
day through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m Sundays or by calling 353-3636.

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

NEW YORK—The Central Con-
ference of American Rabbis ex-
pressed support Tuesday for gov-
ernment programs to make birth
control information available to all
persons seeking it.
Commenting on a charge Mon-
day by Catholic bishops that the
government was using "coercion"
to promote birth control in connec-
tion with antiproverty programs,
Rabbi Jack J. Weinstein, president
of the Reform rabbinical group,
said here that such information
from the government and welfare
agencies was needed to stem the
"crisis" of the world's population
growth.
Asserting that the CCAR be-
lieved that "the government has
the right and obligation to make
access to planned parenthood in-
formation available to all who
seek it," he said "we see no coer-
cion in government and welfare
agencies providing such informa-
tion."
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